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: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/pj63d54y/easy-refrigerator-pickles.html'

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.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Keeping my hands busy

My family is doing a remarkable job babysitting me, fetching drinks, and medication and sitting with me. We just finished the movie Eragon. I read the book back when it came out, and then each one after as it was released, except for the last one, although my son Dragon, as I refer to him on the blog, has read it. (There was a run in sentence there and misuse of commas!)
http://www.alagaesia.com/

And while we are movie watching I have pulled out a very old project to keep my hands busy.  started this when I was 12 and we were living in WiBmansdorf back when it was West Germany. 
crazy quilt, hand embroidery, hand work, embroidery floss
what I'm working on today

I can remember what some of the fabric was for



pink, hearts, scrap quilt, crazy quilt, hand work, hand embroidery
I remember being very proud of that heart!


hand work, hand embroidery, crazy quilt, pink, 1980s, paisley, scrap quilt
I did that paisley at Uncle Dick & Aunt Joyce's house
it was the 1980s. Paisely was a thing.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Been a week!
Monday I received a message from my husband's sister that she was in town, but only until Thursday and she was hoping to see my kids. Mondays are swim meet nights and the kids were scattered so we picked Tuesday. I invited her and her parents over for dinner. As my husband is vegan and his family is not I spent some time figuring out a nice summer menu that everyone could enjoy.

I found this recipe: Easy Vegan Pasta Salad by the Vegetarian Snob
and added roasted veggies with white beans as a secondary dish.
We also had the Crowd Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad from Oh She Glows (minus cashews, my son is allergic to them)
Harris Teeter was running a fund raiser for veterans that involved pies. So we topped off with a blueberry & a peach pie from the Harris Teeter Bakery. This reminds me there may be some in the fridge, I think I'll have some with tea in a bit.

Wednesday I reported to Sentara Hospital for surgery. I had surgery on my left shoulder. It hasn't been right since the car accident in March and Dr. Lambert felt that if he corrected the shoulder then the pain I have had that includes my left arm, my shoulder and my neck would also be corrected. I hope so. I was home before noon and on lots of medication. In between sleeping I watched "American Sniper."

Yesterday I spent mostly asleep, though I did send out a call for books and my neighbors have brought me a library. I'm currently reading "Lowlands" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

I'm a bit stir crazy as not being able to use my left arm is more limiting than I expected. I can't cut because I can't use my left arm to hold things steady. I cant even get the pharmacy bottles open because I can't push with my arm, though I've figured out how to leverage the table.

I do wish I could sew, or that I had some thick wool blend for crotchet or something to keep my hands busy. I suppose I could sketch a bit... maybe I'll go do that