Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cucumber Makeover


Got a bunch of cukes from the garden this week so I decided to try my luck at pickles!


 After quality time wasted searching the net I found a fairly simple recipe (which I neglected to write down). And the process began!

"Soaking"
 
I sliced the cukes and onion and sprinkled salt over them as I layered them in a bowl and let them sit overnight. Then they had to be drained and rinsed.

Pardon the stove mess, cooking is messy business!
 
After that I boiled 1 & ½ cups of apple cider vinegar, 1 & ½ tablespoons mustard seed, 1 teaspoon celery seed, and ½ teaspoon turmeric (you may need more or less depending on how many cukes you have). Then I added the cukes and onion to cook for about 3 minutes.

 
Scooped out the pickles into canning jars and boiled them for 10 minutes to seal them and here they are in all their canned glory! Now I just have to wait two weeks for the flavors to mingle and we will see if they taste as good as they look!


 
Now I need some help…
I found this yummy idea for flavored water that Monica shared at The Yummy Life 

 
And now I need to make some and making some for me means I need to start growing my own herbs. There the problem begins because I have cats, cats that eat anything I try to grow, so I would love suggestions for growing herbs indoors that are cat proof!


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Quick, Easy, Healthy, and Cool for Summer


With our air conditioner broken I have been looking for healthy options to combat the 90+ degree heat. So far I have found two recipes that work for me: Green Smoothies and Refrigerator Oatmeal. 


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Leftover Embroidery Floss?

Ever wonder what to do with the various colors leftover from embroidery/cross-stitch projects?? Well wonder no more because I have an easy solution for you.