Category Archives: Summer

Refrigerator Pickles


I have decided to take up canning this year. Especially since I’m going to have more tomatoes than I know what to do with, soon. In order to get the motivation going, I made the hubby’s Grandmother pickle recipe this weekend. It’s super easy.

Refrigerator Pickles

By: Hubby’s Grandma


6 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers {about 2 pounds}

2 cups thinly sliced onion

1 1/2 cups white vinegar

3/4 cu sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


Place 3 cups of cucumber in a medium glass bowl; top with 1 cup onion. Repeat procedure with the remaining 3 cups of cucumber and remaining 1 cup of onion.

Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 4 days.

Note: Pickles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month

{Changes I made- I used onion powder instead of fresh onion. I also used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. I store them in mason jars.}

How I Spent My Weekend

One of my husband’s best friend’s got hitched this weekend at a beautiful farm/garden in the country. The sunset was just breath taking! The view from the reception window’s were just fabulous, overlooking a field and the rolling hills. I just loved watching the sunset and kept stepping outside to capture it.



We had a great time at the wedding and couldn’t be happier for the bride and groom!


This is my new favorite picture of the hubby and I! And I finally got to wear the outfit that I ordered for my niece’s wedding a few weeks ago, that never arrived on time!



Congrats Emily & Chris! We couldn’t be happier for you and wish you a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for letting us share in your special day! You were beautiful!


Why I’ve Been MIA

This month has been very busy. We spent 4th of July doing things around the house and preparing for company.


I had got a great deal on Strawberries and Blueberries for 99 cents each. I tossed them together to use some fresh and freeze the rest.


I just love how this picture turned out. I love summertime fruit.


We had a cookout with our neighbors for the 4th of July. They made ribs and I made potato salad, pasta salad and a corn salad that I threw together without a recipe. It was delish.


We had Strawberry/Blueberry Short Cake for dessert.


That weekend we found out that my cousins were on their way to NYC and Atlantic City for vacation and were going to be 20 minutes away from us when they came through Ohio. On the way back to Iowa on Tuesday, they stopped to spend the night. It was great catching up with them since we hadn’t got to see them since last July.  We had a cook out {have I mentioned how much I love summer and being able to cook outside?} BTW- doesn’t my cousin look pretty fab for driving 8+ Hours? I swear she hasn’t aged, ever! Hopefully those good family genes will stick with me!


On Friday, this cutie came with his mom (my cousin), grandma  (my aunt) and another cousin to bring us a present from Iowa….


I have the best mother in the world! She scored this couch at a furniture store in Iowa that was going out of business. My Aunt and Cousins brought it to us on Friday. We’d been looking for a new couch for some time now and hadn’t been able to find one at a good price.


And ever since then, this cutie pootie has decided that this is her new bed. She even has to have a pillow! But she’s not spoiled, I promise!

Then there has been this week where I have felt like doing nothing. Hence the reason for my MIA. I hate feeling this way. I hate not having any energy or motivation to do ANY.THING. Well, other than becoming addicted to Pinterest.

Thanks for your patients during my sometimes MIA weeks.