A milestone

Yesterday we had a milestone in our home, Miss P sat and played independently with her brother for five minutes while I cleaned up after breakfast. It sounds like a small thing but it is a big deal for my dear little barnacle, almost bittersweet. However, today she is back to her usual antics and we are Mommy+1.

I truly don’t mind but it also does my heart proud to see small glimmers of maturity in her tiny frame. Too soon these sweet days will be over and we will move on to a new chapter but today I celebrate a small success.

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The Update

The pickles are a hit! And it is always wonderful to see your hard work appreciated. These were a particular success because every single person in my household likes them and that hardly every happens. Ever.

On a completely unrelated note. My dear friend Bree over at Distant Pickles is hosting what she calls an online Sorta Summit. It is a gathering of a bunch of different bloggers with different sewing skills to share and learn new skills. And I’m very much looking forward to participating and my kids are loving the clothing that is coming out of my involvement as well! You should definitely go over and see what Sorta Summit is all about and plan on attending later this month! I know I’ll be there!

Refrigerator Pickles

Over the weekend we went to a farm stand and got what I’m sure are some of the last Kirby cucumbers of the season. My cucumbers did dreadfully this year despite all my hopes and careful tending so I was really excited to find some beautiful cucumbers so late in the season. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to make a mini batch of kosher dill refrigerator pickles.

I used a pretty basic recipe.

1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 and 3/4 cups of water
3 tsp of kosher salt
heated until it is almost boiling

In wide mouth pint jar I added
1/2 to 1 clover of fresh minced garlic (it depends how much you like garlic and how big your cloves are)
4 pepercorns
A pinch of red pepper flakes
2-3 tsp dried dill seeds

Place the cucumbers in the jar with the spices. Pour the almost boiling liquid over the cucumbers. Close the jars and shake to get all the seasonings distributed. Cool on the counter top to room temperature. Place the date on the top and then place them in the refrigerator. Give them 48 hours to a week to marinate and enjoy!

It is a fun project that the kids can even get involved with. My four year old especially enjoyed shaking the jars of pickles to get the seasonings incorporated into the pickling liquid.

I love that you can put the spices into pickles that you like. If I had my way I would add a hot pepper into the mix but my family doesn’t enjoy those as much as I do. C’est la Vie!
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