Unleashing my domestic goddess

I finally picked the last winner (sorry about the delay) for the where in the world is The Quilted Fish contest.  The winner was selected randomly by random.org and it is Colleen!  So, Colleen, leave me a comment with your e-mail or contact me directly at my e-mail and we can chat!

I love summer!  Going on vacation gave me a chance to look up from my computer and spend some time outside.  And now all of the local fruits and vegetables are coming on.  Farmer’s markets are advertised everywhere and little fruit stands set up shop on the street corners.  It makes the domestic  goddess (I use that term somewhat liberally) inside of me come out for a peek.  Maybe it’s the smell of the peaches!  I want to can jam and salsa and make pickled beets and refrigerator pickles.  Not to mention ice cream.  I indulged yesterday and bought myself an ice cream maker.  It is something I have wanted for a really long time and, well, you know how it goes, it was on sale.  I am a sucker for a sale.  SO later today there will be ice cream.  Yum!  But here’s what I did with a bunch of fresh cucumbers that I bought….pickles

These are delicious!  If you haven’t ever tried refrigerator  pickles before, you should!  They are sweet and tangy and crunchy.  I am the only one at my house that likes them, but that didn’t stop me from making 6 jars!  Here is the recipe I used….

Makes 2 quarts pickles.
Stir and mix the following:

1 c. onions, also thinly sliced
2 c. sugar
1 c. vinegar
2 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. celery seed

I put it all in a big bowl and then added all of the cucumbers that I could submerge.  I take the peels off of mine first, but that is just preference.


I can’t wait for ice cream tonight!  I am making vanilla bean.  With blackberry nectarine cobbler……(my mouth is watering).  What do you love to eat in the summer time?


jlk said...

I cannot get enough of pasta salad, or even green salad, during the summer.

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I like to make jam too... but I'm lazy. I use frozen fruit so I don't have to cut it up.

I think I may try your refrigerator pickles. They sound so good!

Colleen said...

My fav thing to eat in the summertime is a fruit salad my great aunt used to make. She would get different melons, grapes, banana's, strawberries, just about anything that was in season, chop it up, add some lemon juice and mix in a big bowl. It's the best!!!
And I will definately give the pickles a try, can't keep them in the house long, the kids eat them up to fast, lol