refrigerator pickles

My mom taught me how to make refrigerator pickles several years ago when her garden exploded with cucumbers. We made a huge jar of them and ate them all summer. So when I found these adorable little sweet gherkins at the farmer’s market last weekend, I had to have them. Despite the fact that they are in canning jars, they are not canned. They won’t last more than a few weeks because they just keep getting more and more vinegary.

pickles

Want to make your own? It’s super simple. All you need is:

1 part water
1 part white vinegar
pepper corns
a dash of salt
a teaspoon of sugar for every 2 cups of liquid
cucumbers!

Any kind of cucumber will do, and you can cut them any way you like! Just wash and chop your cucumbers, stick them in the jar with everything else. Shake it up and stick it in the fridge. They will be ready in about 4 days and should keep for about a week after that or longer depending on your preference for vinegar!

Also, I sanitized my jars (by dipping them in a pot of boiling water for about half a minute each), but only because I use them all the time and felt like they needed it if they were going to sit in the fridge for a month.

my yellow rose bush has a name!

I had a really great twitter moment this week! Brooke and I moved into a new house (in case you didn’t see the bazillion tweets and instagrams of our #newhouse already). The house has this AMAZING yellow rosebush in the side yard that has been in full bloom since we moved in. On twitter the other night I stumbled across a tweet from @RedneckRosarian with a picture of a yellow rose bush attached.

 

Super perfect because it’s planted right outside the back door from the kitchen and by our little kitchen garden.

yellow roses

Do you have roses? Do you know what they’re called? Ask the redneck rosarian!

welcome to the pumpkin patch

You can stop searching, Dickey Farms is the only place to go for pumpkins in Northwest Arkansas. They grow a bazillion varieties and each one is unique, beautiful, and some are even delicious!

pumpkinThis is our load from last year, but we’re gearing up to go again. Maybe even more than once! Aren’t they absolutely beautiful?

pumpkin