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Just a little catch up

May 24th, 2020 at 05:57 pm

It's been a busy week as I tick things off my to do list.

One thing I've been waiting to do until it was a decent day with no rain is clean up the car. We had road tar on the bottom half of it, probably from the pot hole filler they put in. We have so many pot holes, they are filling them and even when you try to avoid them, you still wind up running over some of it. So, yesterday afternoon was spent working on the car. About 4 hours later, it looks a lot better inside and out since we vacuumed and put some of that Armor All stuff on the plastic inside and out and washed and waxed the exterior. It's 7 years old and other than a few paint chips here and there, it isn't faring too badly.

DH worked some in the garden too. We had so many gloomy, rainy days, he was very worried about his vegetable garden. We've had some sun the past couple of days and I think the plants are excited.

We were hoping our peonies were going to open so we could put them on graves for Memorial Day. Sadly, only a couple have.

I asked DH to plant radishes earlier this spring and he did so, reluctantly. Well, we've had a few ready to eat and I pointed out how healthy they are for us, now DH can hardly wait to get more planted since we've eaten all that are ready. Funny how when you have to stay home and not go out, your taste buds appreciate different things.

Since we do not have room to grow green beans, I buy fresh ones from the store and can them. I'm about done canning beans for the upcoming year. I also decided to try my hand at making dill pickles. I've never made them before. DH doesn't like them, but I do, so I bought a couple of cucumbers to work with. I was pleased with the outcome. Here is the original recipe:

Dill Pickles

8 pounds of small pickling cucumbers
4 cups distilled vinegar
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c Kosher salt
4 c water
3 T pickling spice
7 heads fresh dill
7 cloves garlic

Place cucumbers in large pot and cover with ice. Let sit for 2 hours. Drain and pat dry. Place all other ingredients in sauce pan and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add to large pot with cucumbers and cover. Put cucumbers in sterilized jars. You can hot water can them if you wish.

I of course did not make this much because I wanted to try making them and I didn't have fresh dill; I used dry so I used less, but they are pretty good and will satisfy my dill pickle craving I have every so often. I guess I continue to be astounded how expensive pickle products are. So, I made 2 1/2 pints of dill pickles for myself for a little more than $2 since I had the vinegar, sugar, dill, and garlic. Figure that is a good way to save money.

5 Responses to “Just a little catch up”

  1. Wink Says:

    My car could use a good cleaning! I'm sure this isn't really true, but it always seems to run just with just a bit more "pep" when it's all clean and shiny!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Wink, my husband claims the same thing about a clean car! Smile

  3. Carol Says:

    I am growing two "window box" size containers of green beans.(Just ten seeds.) It worked last year, so I hope it works again! No ground area to plamt, but I do have good sun!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Your garden sounds great, Rob. I've put in carrots and radishes too, but mine will be later than yours. We used the last of the "store-bought" pickles the other day, so I sliced up an English cucumber which I put into the brine--they were pretty good and allowed us some nice slices for the burgers last night.

  5. mumof2 Says:

    we are constantly washing our car as it sits under a huge tree so between the sap and birds it needs washing

    I wish I knew how to jar things, I look it up online so many different ways to do it and I just get confused so don't...

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