Sweet Pickles










I love this Blog…  This recipe sounds so good, and I have been looking for a fast sweet pickle.  Thank You Hannah so very much for this recipe.  I am going to add this to my fav recipes.

Quick Sweet Pickles Adapted from here
Ingredients     6 kirby cucumbers or 2 regular cucumbers     1/4 cup kosher salt     1 cup water     1 cup apple cider vinegar     1/2 cup sugar     1 tablespoon mustard seed 1 cinnamon stick     3 cloves     1 bay leaf

1 small red onion, sliced thinly
Directions Wash and dry the cucumbers. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice the cucumbers thinly and place in a colander. Sprinkle with the salt and toss to coat. Place the colander over a bowl and allow it to sit, covered, for about 1 hour. Rinse off the salt and dry the cucumber slices well. Place them into a sterilized quart jar, along with the onion.
In a small saucepan add the remaining ingredients. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Pour the brine over the cucumbers in jar. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Will keep, refrigerated, for about 2 weeks.
Sterilizing Jars
Properly handled sterilized equipment will keep canned foods in good condition for years. Sterilizing jars is the first step of preserving foods.
Sterilizing Tips: Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with a glass, plastic or metal lid, which has a rubber seal. Two piece lids are best for canning, as they vacuum seal when processed.
Before filling with jams, pickles or preserves, wash jars and lids with hot, soapy water. Rinse well and arrange jars and lids open sides up, without touching, on a tray. Leave in a preheated 175 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Or boil the jars and lids in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 15 minutes.
Use tongs when handling hot sterilized jars, to move them from either boiling water or the oven. Be sure tongs are sterilized too, by dipping the ends in boiling water for a few minutes.
As a rule, hot preserves go into hot jars and cold preserves go into cold jars. All items used in the process of making jams, jellies and preserves must be clean. This includes any towels used, and especially your hands.
After the jars are sterilized, you can preserve the food. It is important to follow any canning and processing instructions included in the recipe and refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products.

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I have such a hard time with bug bites…it seems I am allergic to mosquitos.  I found this homemade insect repellant and I am definately going to try this… I hope I have the same luck with it working.  Thank You Lynda at Bloom, Bake & Create for sharing this recipe, I will post the results.

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The flowers around here are all in bloom.  We have two Rhododendron along the driveway, the blooms are amazing.  Rhododendren are  in the Azalea family…I did not realize this until I started researching them, you can see how the blooms resemble each other,  they look like great big pink snowballs…I love them.


We have a few Azalea bushes as well, they don’t seem to be doing all that great though except for one..I think I will need to move the ones that are not doing as well.

We have a few rose bushes along the side of the house…I think they are Tea Roses’ because they are rather small.  My favorite one is a red and yellow varigated one, it is so pretty.

We have a Peony bush in the front of the house which I have fallen in love with…I definately want more of these, the blooms are the most gorgeous color.

Well I hope you enjoyed the flower show…I know I do.  Can you imagine a world with no flowers in it..ever?

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