Friday, July 24, 2015

Cucumbers, Pickles, the Garden is a Jungle this Year!

Because my shoulder was feeling awful this spring, I stayed out of the garden. Didn't help with any planting. I was purposefully staying away from any activity that I might get over involved in because that is what I do: I enjoy the moment and then realize later I've hurt myself. So no gardening. My oldest very much enjoys the garden, she likes living things, anything she can watch grow. And she was very involved in the planting so I tend to ask her what in the world do we have here? Because really... what in the world?

cucumbers, kids in the kitchen, whigs & tories strawberry swing top, tea tiger shirt
monster sized cucumbers

It would seem that someone chose "lemon cucumbers" These ones are humongous due to the rain. So in June we picked them before they turned to rot. But when I sliced off a taste they were sour. So we decided to try our hand at refrigerator pickles. Bitsy & Little Hawk were very helpful.

They wanted to cut the slices. Yep she's a lefty. Yep that is a THICK pickle. Yep it ended up tasting fine.

It wasn't the articles that German's let their kids use knives that has me allowing my 5 year old to slice & dice in the kitchen. It was the ones that talked about how kids who are allowed to use a knife (or other tools) have fewer accidents with tools because they learn to be safe with them. I'm supervising - his fingers are far from his knife - he is holding the knife correctly - he is being safe. It is something some of the parents I know (and several social workers I know) should think about. At what age is it really okay, and is it that you don't feel like supervising or is it that you really think it isn't safe to let your kid in the kitchen? He is very proud that he was able to help make the pickles.

kids in kitchen, refrigerator pickles, whigs & tories strawberry swing top
following the recipe

mix it all up then put into Bell Jars
We made these pickles at the end of June. My husband and the 4 older kids were away. They came home July 2nd and we asked them to try our pickles. BIG HIT.

This week K made some for her best buddy & her family.

I cannot find the blog I originally go the recipe from, but here is a similar recipe:'

6 c. thinly sliced cucumber
2 c. thinly sliced onions
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

we were not exact in our measurements. It seems to be forgiving.


troutbirder said...

Lots of good rain and sunshine at your place. And it's all good....:)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I bet they are great! I did not get to make picked this year because vine borers attacked my squashes.
Thanks for your comments on the psoriasis. He has had it since March and we have yet to find anything that truly helps it aside from sun. We are supposed to go see another specialist in November. I will try the diaper cream you suggested! That is a new one to us!