Refrigerator Pickles

Refridgerator Pickles

Few things make me feel more lucky and secure than a full fridge. Right now with the garden and farmers markets so abundant with veggies, I’m finding it necessary to think up new and creative ways to prepare and preserve the bounty.

Last week my husband and I made up a big batch of refrigerator pickles. The above picture is what is left. The whole family sneaks a pickle of two every time we pass the fridge 🙂 Here is a link to my favorite recipe.

Today, more zucchini bread is in the oven as I type. I plan to make a few more loaves as gifts. Then this afternoon we are pickling some sweet banana peppers from the farmers market and I think I’ll try to pickle some carrots too. If they turn out, I’ll share the recipe.

Anyone have any ideas for all of my tomatoes?


One Pot Spaghetti

One Pot Spaghetti

I learned that this was even possible from an article in a Martha Stewart Living magazine a couple of months ago. The key to this recipe is the liquid to pasta ratio. About 5 cups water to 16 oz. pasta and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Then just let your imagination run. I used about 4 tomatoes from the garden, an onion, lots of basil from the garden, about 5 cloves of garlic, button mushrooms, and water. You don’t need a lot of produce, but I’d go heavy on the herbs. Sprinkle in a little salt and pepper and boil for about 10 minutes (until the water is mostly gone). I served it with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes on the side.

I can’t believe I never knew you could do this, because it is so easy and fast! It’s also an excellent way use up produce and makes a light summer meal.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with different liquids (stock, wine — with water of course) and different veggies. I might even add some cooked meat (chicken, sausage) next time. Please let me know if you try a yummy combination. I’d love to try yours 🙂

3 Cheers for Friday!

Here’s a peek at our harvest this morning (the kids gobbled up all of the strawberries):Image

It’s Friday, hip, hip hooray!!!!  It’s been a busy week for us, filled with:

4 days of summer camp.

Baking peanut butter, oat, chocolate chip cookies.

My husband’s 1st week riding the bus to work, and starting his new job.

Simplifying my son’s room by thinning out toys and books.

And 1 early morning doctor visit with 3 children in tow.

Needless to say, I’m happy it’s Friday and I’m looking forward to a calm relaxing weekend with my whole family close by 🙂
What did your week look like?




How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Here’s my garden 🙂
Beets and carrots at back. Cukes, green beans and squash in middle. Tomato and peppers in front. Corn to the right and strawberries behind that. Peas growing on the fence in back. We’ve been picking tomatoes, jalapenos, beans and strawberries. Looks like some beets are ready too.

I’d love to see pictures of your gardens or know what you’re growing 🙂