The Macs

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

sweet corn

I am learning to be a true farm girl.

I grew up in the city...
so this gardening and freezing and canning stuff is new to me.

Thankfully my in-laws are so helpful.

They have taught me everything I know about gardening.

We have a BIG garden this year.

Thanks to my father-in-law.

Over half of it was sweet corn.

Joel did all the picking.

My father-in-law and brother-in-law spent the afternoon helping us.

They are so great!

You gotta love those McClenahan men.

They got it all cleaned up and then it was time to cut it off the cob.

I know it looks like they did all the work.

I really did help.

I promise.

We added some butter and sugar.

Then waited for it to boil.


I did help!

We had three kettles full of corn.

We let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning I bagged it all up.

30 bags.

It will be so yummy to pull that corn out of the freezer this winter.

Gotta love being a farm girl!


Anonymous Courtney said...

Jess I love the country but I too am a city girl. We woulkd someday like to live in the country. Problem I really don't like bugs and other country critters. Oh well I'm sure you get used to that. Right?? Hope you and baby Mac are feeeling great.

July 29, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Melissa at Perry Jayne said...

That is AWESOME. I so want to eat your sweet corn. I am so planting some corn in my garden next summer. I bet even though it was a lot of work you guys even had a little fun getting the corn ready too.

July 29, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

way to go Jess!! that is what I am getting ready to do today...only we didn't grow it, but there is an amish family who sells it cheap, on our way to get pick it up!! It makes me feel good to have a stocked freezer for winter.

July 29, 2009 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger purejoy said...

ohhhh! i want to be a farm girl, too!! wow would you look at all that corn!! and you did help!! you took those amazing pictures!
i'm comin over this winter to have me some mccoy corn!!

July 29, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger rentz said...

Yum! I'm so jealous. Ryan's family usually plants an acre of sweet corn. And we would all work together on it. So much fun! But they didn't get it planted this year. No sweet corn for us. So sad!

July 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

There is nothing better than home grown veggies!! Yummy!!

July 29, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

That is very impressive! i think it's easier to be a farm girl when you have such good farm hands around. :)

July 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy...didn't know you had sugar before freezing....ah I'm a city girl :( although I did learn something new!
Love you blogging!
Looks like you are feeling well...
Continue to be in my thoughts(as you can tell from my blog stalking :) and prayers daily...


July 29, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger tara said...

You guys will enjoy that yummy corn this winter for sure! I grew up on a huge farm here in maryland. we had many fields of corn, sadly though it wasn't sweet corn. It was feild corn used to make silage (for the beef cattle to eat during the winter).
Hope you are feeling well, i've been keeping you guys in our prayers.

July 29, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Hi Jess. It looks delicious. My family LOVES corn on the cob. This would be a big hit in my house. I'm a country girl now, but I have never attempted the canning thing. I could probably start here. No lids to boil, seal, etc.... Scary to me.
You look great! I hope all of you are doing well. Lucky you, btw.
Love and prayers.

July 29, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Jamie from Quinter said...

You are so cute! My mom could really relate to this posting so I'm going to send it along to her. :)

July 29, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

Being a country girl looks like a lot of work but also looks like some family bonding time. I love seeing families getting together and helping each other-thats great and how it should be. I also enjoyed seeing your kitchen and dining room-loved the piece of black furniture in the dining area! It looks like you have a great life out on the farm-we are still praying for your family and happiness.

July 29, 2009 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

So lucky you are...oh what I would give to live on a farm and have a garden!! One helpful hint for you all...if you take a bundt pan and put your ear of corn in the middle to balance it and then cut your corn down off the cob, it will hold the cob in place and the corn will fall into the pan!!

July 29, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

You make a darn good farm girl!

(but you still dress like a city girl and I like that. Because it's really all about how you look, right? Haha!)

July 29, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Wow, good for you! You made it all look so easy. It almost makes me think that I could do it!

July 29, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Lane Gunter said...

My mouth is watering!!! Mmmmm! I would love a freezer full of that right now!
My husband and I dream of moving out to the country and growing our own veggies. How fun!

July 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow! That's awesome! Corn is my favorite! Yummy :D

July 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger A said...

Awesome!! We have two piddly rows of corn, compared to all yours! Looks like it was an awesome family affair to harvest it!!

July 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Toni :O) said...

WOW!!! Now that is SOME corn!!! Glad you all could spend some happy family time together. Your kitchen is SO awesome...I love it. Continue to pray for your sweet look great, so nice to see you smiling! Sending hugs around the Mac Family from Michigan!

July 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering just reading this post. How yummy and special that you will be enjoying it for months to come.

July 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Mmmm--suddenly I have a craving for CORN! Nice job getting all of that put away for the winter.

July 29, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Oh my. That looks delicious!

July 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Shosh said...

WOW. I didnt know you lived on a farm. That's awesome! I live in the backyard is approximately 40 feet wide.... :(

July 29, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.

July 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.

July 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Elisa Seaba said...

there is nothing better!! my parents grow corn and freeze tons (not literally:) of it each yr and all of us kids go home with a few bags when we visit! store bought corn is just not the same! Great job guys!

July 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

We worked on this yesterday too - at work - I work for a family business and we have big garden so men picked it, cleaned it and we cut it and work on it ... I love doing this, to me it's therapeutic, you relax while you do it, you get to talk and laugh ... I grew up in the city but I've learned a lot about farming too. Too bad I have a black thumb (some people call them selves a green thumb, I call myself black thumb b.c I feel I kill every living plant at my house) but I'm good at helping in the kitchen ... :D

Glad to see your smile!

July 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Petit Coterie said...

First visit to your blog. Loved all the pictures of your sweet corn it reminds me of my grandparents garden. Thanks for sharing.

July 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Sara Lynn said...

yummy. I LOVE sweet corn!!

July 29, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger kristyo15 said...

I don't know that I've ever commented...but I have followed your journey, and prayed for sweet Cora.

I had to leave a comment after salivating over the sweet corn. Part of my family has farmed in Illinois, and we LOVED visiting in the summer and having the sweetest corn I have ever tasted. Oh, how I miss that corn...the grocery store 'sweet' corn cannot even touch it.

We will continue to pray for y'all in your new journey with baby Mac. Have a great week!

*The Owens' Crew*
Cypress, Texas

July 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

real frozen corn from the cob is the BEST!

Very fascinating to see how you guys do it. Much different than the way I was my in-laws too!

July 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

ooh, that looks so good! hopefully you left some on the cob to enjoy over the next few days?! nothing better than sweet corn on the cob!

July 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger The Carroll's said...

Kansas is so full of goodness! I'm feeling very un-domestic!!

July 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Oh how I love a garden! Here in AZ it's a wee bit hard, but we manage to grow some tomatoes & green peppers. The birds ate most of my tomatoes........

LOVE fresh corn! It looks delish

July 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Oh my gosh that corn looks so good!

July 29, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger jen christians said...

Oh my garden is pathetic compared to yours... I know how wrong it is to be jealous. BUT I AM!!!! I am an Iowa farm girl who misses the big garden I grew up with. It looks like you had a good day with great help! Take care and enjoy your super yummy sweet corn.

July 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Sarah Joy said...

That is so cool! I love this post and seeing how you guys did that! Total supply and abundance from God's storehouse!

July 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Yummy. My grandparents have a big garden and the best corn, your looks wonderful also.
How fun to have a garden.


July 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sherryl said...

Jess - you have got to try this recipe for sweet corn soup that I posted on my blog. It is delicious!

Gotta love corn!

July 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Oh yum!! I am hoping we can maybe have a garden next year! You look great by the way!!

July 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

i, too, am a city girl out of my element (southern california girl turned alabama gal lol). although we don't farm, my in-laws have horses & pastures & barns & tractors. i understand :) that corn looks amazing! so yummy!

July 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

That is so awesome. I'm very jealous.

July 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Mmmmm..looks good. My hubby wants me to learn how to garden and can....

I love your kitchen - very pretty.

July 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Jenae said...

I love your corn! I remember you brought it to the Fasts at small group one time, and it was so DECLICIOUS! I'm hoping someday I"ll have some room to plant some corn. I'm impressed by all your work - but it will be worth it when you get to eat it!

July 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Sweet corn is so delish!

July 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Micah said...

w-o-w! What a blessing to have all that help! I'm a city girl, too, so I just buy my corn at Wal-Mart. I know yours is waaaaay yummier and I am so jealous!

July 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

I grew up a small town/country girl and now live in the city. While I love the city life and all that it has to offer, I do miss the country life too. I miss seeing the stars at night the most!

July 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Girl, that corn looks delish!!! :)

July 29, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy it for me! One of the things I miss about the "south".
We can only grow it in a green house up here or pay close to $1 an ear:)

July 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

That is SO awesome! Between you and PamperingBeki, I seriously want to move to Kansas. Seriously.

July 29, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Shana Putnam said...

Ahhh, we just did this too and it is so good in the middle of the winter to pull out garden veggies and use them. great job!

July 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger hoosier68 said...

I agree with Falling all paint a picture of life in Kansas that I thought was gone. Southern Indiana has the good corn and tomatoes but you seem to have the corner on such an uncomplicated, sweet life. That corn will be wonderful next winter. Smiles for all of you.

July 29, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, my that looks so delicious. There's almost nothing better than fresh corn. Great work!

July 29, 2009 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger The Jones' said...

I am in tears right now from laughing so hard...not at you I promise!! I too am a city girl that married a country boy! I have learned alot in the 3years we have been married...from farming to raising chickens as well as working calves. I do appreciate all the wisdom my inlaws have passed down. That bein said...I know where your coming from! :)

July 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Gail said...

Ummmm...looks yummy! I was supposed to do that with my Mom tomorrow, but the corn isn't quite ready.

July 29, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...


Cora's Corn :)

Love it.

July 29, 2009 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger sarahross said...

Yum-O! That is going to taste SO good come winter. I am jealous!

July 29, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Oohh! It looks like my corn when I get it off the cobs and cook it down with sugar, butter and salt...Mmm! Tastes just like fresh corn when you pull it out and cook it for a meal....Of course up here in MN our corn won't be ready for a good month or more yet...ugh! Hope your feeling well....

July 29, 2009 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Parks Family said...

My husband's parents have a farm in TN and grow sweet corn also. I did the exact same thing you did but it was last year. Seeing your pics brought back memories of it. The sweet corn is always sooo good when you reheat it up.

I have been reading your blog for awhile and you amaze me every time you post. My little girl Paige reminds me of Cora with her cheeks. I pray for you all the time and see what God has done in your life through this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life. You are a blessing to many people.


July 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

From one young farm wife to another:
I second the bundt pan idea...and I have another. Use an electric knife- makes it go faster!
Our corn is behind this year, so we've not put any up yet, but oh how yummy it will be.
Looks like life is going happy for you and still remembering your sweet Cora often.

Susan in Indiana

July 29, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger JJC said...

i'm a city girl, too. :) we (briefly) moved to arkansas and i was SO confused as to why "canning" was actually in a jar! haha.

i know that we don't know each other, but i do think about you and your husband from time to time. we have a little girl who was born on 3.2.08, so close to cora's birthday. just wanted you to know that i haven't forgotten her. or y'all. still praying for you.

July 29, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Sheryl From Colorado said...

What a gift it is to be a"farm girl" married to a "farm boy" are blessed, farm girl!

July 29, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

HOw cool is that!?! I have always wanted to live on a farm! Looks like fun...lots of work...but fun!

July 29, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

Wow!!! Wish I had that much corn put up! One of my boys is a gardner but thinks if you plant just a few seeds it will be enough! He brought in 1 cucumbe rthe other day and wanted to put up pickles...uh, well if ya get me a whole lot more just like that we will, LOL!

July 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

That is awesome! The corn looks so yummy-that will be great for the winter!

July 29, 2009 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Your land looks so peaceful. I love these photos. Jess, you look great!

July 30, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Chelsa said...

yum! i love doing corn! i think it is hard work, but it's def. worth it in the middle of winter!

July 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

That looks so yummy! This country girl that has moved to the city is jealous. :)

July 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Courtney and the Boys said...

YUM! I did that one summer with my girlfriend and we loved having that corn for the entire next year! :)

July 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

My mom always did her corn this way too, but you can just shuck it, clean it and then just put in a bag, no boiling before hand, and it is just as good.

July 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I am SO impressed with this!! Well done to you all, you're going to love that through winter. My son is an avid gardener and we also grew corn last summer (we only had 5 or 6 plants, so our harvest was tiny next to yours). Well done!!

July 31, 2009 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger Shan said...

Wow! That's a lot of corn!

August 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger rbrum said...

Our corn is almost ready, I would love your recipe.

August 2, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger R said...

Hey Jess,

Will you please send me an email on how to make/freeze the sweet corn. Thanks! God bless,
Renea H,

August 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Madison Sanders said...

Shucking corn is hard work! I've helped my grandparents can green beans, tomatoes, etc. so I know what you mean.

The end result is worth it all though. Nothing like a tomato sandwich or fresh corn in the summer time!

August 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Monogramchick said...

We spent a short 2 years in Iowa and being a southern, city girl, I'd never tasted corn so delicious! I know that sweet corn will be fantastic to gobble up this winter! I seriously miss the corn :)

August 18, 2009 at 8:54 AM  

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