Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Easy Fridge Pickles

Easy Fridge Pickles

What goes better with summer BBQs than pickles!? Between our family garden and the local Farmers' Markets, I am finding everything local and fresh to make delicious pickles that only take a few minutes to make and are ready to eat after being in your refrigerator overnight. This easy recipe is a big hit in my family and are worth a try!


Placed in a large Ball jar:

3 or 4 big kirbies, sliced

one small onion, sliced

3-4 garlic scapes, cut into 1-2 inch chunks

a big bunch of dill

Put into a saucepan:

1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp of salt

1 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

First, gather all the ingredients for the canning jar. Depending on the size of the cucumbers, you will need about 3, maybe 4. 

Slice up the kirbies, chop the onions, garlic scapes and break off any large stems from the dill. I use the thinner stems, dill and the flowers from the dill plant. 

I mix all the chopped ingredients and then begin stuffing it all into the jar. 

After the jar is ready with the vegetables, it is time to gather the ingredients for the saucepan.

Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, turmeric and mustard seeds to a saucepan. Slowly bring everything to a boil and allow it to boil for about 5 minutes. 

After boiling for about 5 minutes, add the saucepan mixture to your jar. Once it is all in, twist the jar from side to side in order to help the ingredients settle. 

And that is all it takes! Allow the pickles to cool, then cover the jar and set it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. After that, they are ready to enjoy. I am sure you will love them!!!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Whole Happy Bird Watchers


This morning we decided to stretch our legs and head out around the neighborhood. To add a fun twist to our walk, I introduced the little ones to a preschoolers version of bird watching! 

I created this colorful bird watching checklist for the little ones. We went over each item and then set out to see what we could find! (No need to leave a comment on my awful illustrations. lol! My children, thankfully, are very forgiving.)

We set out on our way and the little ones went right to work looking for neighborhood birds. Finding a bird nest was proving tricky but Big SIster and Brother stopped under every big tree to have a look. 

It was a perfect day! Everyone was so happy to be outside! Maybe it was just me but it seemed like there were even more birds out this gorgeous morning than usual. I am so grateful they obliged us. 


My little bird watchers were diligent in tracking their findings.  

We had a really fun walk, got in some early morning exercise and had some practice being careful observers of nature. It was a great start to another perfect summer day! 

Lastly, I will leave you with this. No matter how passionately they plead with you that they do not need to use the bathroom before the walk, MAKE THEM GO. Or else, walk home with a kid like this. For 5 blocks. 

Thanks for reading you guys! Hope you are having a great summer!