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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Easy Bread and Butter Pickles

Tim wanted some more cucumbers and onions, so I used the last recipe he gave to me.  But, I didn't notice they were called Bread and Butter, which I do not like.  But, I do like cucumber and onions in the vinegar sugar water.  And now that I have actually read the recipe, LOL, I didn't fix this recipe exactly as instructed.  Who cares, as long as Tim likes them!  :D

Here's the recipe by Jenny Jones:
Prep Time:  5 minutes
Cook Time:  2 minutes (Cook time??? OOPS!)
Total Time:  3 hours

Makes about 2 cups of pickles

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar (use 2/3 - 3/4 cup if you like them sweeter)
1 tsp. salt
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 tsp. each celery seed, mustard seed, and coriander seed
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
4 firm pickling Kirby (or Persian) cucumbers thinly sliced (cucumbers are cucumbers, right????)

Instructions (which I had not read til just now.....oops!)
1. Place water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
2. Pour the warm water into a large glass jar.
3. Add vinegar and the three spices (seeds).
4. Add cucumber slices and onions in alternating layers.
5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Note:  Container sizes will vary.  If your cuces and onions are not fully submerged just add more liquid to cover (half water/half vinegar).

So, I didn't have celery seeds, so I used celery salt and only 3/4 tsp. salt (since the celery salt.....).  Also, I just dumped all of the ingredients into a container, shook it all to mix everything up, and put it in the fridge.

I think everything is mixed pretty well and I don't see any sugar lying on the bottom, so I think that may be the only reason for cooking it, maybe???



Round 2 of the biscuit and gravy from Hardee's.  Today's cup of gravy actually had sausage in it!  :D


Went outside to see if I could capture anymore bird pictures.  Since they seemed to be chirpy when I took this flag out to air on the line.


A sparrow??

Turned tail and ran when he spotted me!  :D

Bluejay.  They are a fairly large bird.

YES!  The Hyacinths will be blooming soon!

There are 3 plants.

African violets in Tim's office


 Went to the post office with Tim today, just to get away from the house for a bit.
Our street runs into downtown Winston.

I wonder if anyone uses these any more?

After going to the post office, we were close to one of our regular thrift stores, so we made a pit stop.  On the way there, I noticed this building.  "ExtraSpace Storage" is what is on the sign.  Not sure if it is for people's "stuff" or what.  Americans have way too much "stuff" and that includes me!  Are you thankful for the "stuff" the Lord has allowed you to have?


Forsythia.

Tulip tree??

Closer view.  Or is this crepe myrtle?  Not sure.  The shape of the tree tells me it is not a crepe myrtle....too many branches, I think.  Well, the flower is pretty, anyway.

Too much light to see the pink blooms very well on the tree in the center of the picture.
 
I did find a book at the thrift.....actually, Tim found it.



  One of the photo prompts for today is, "Every day I....."
Every day I see more blooms on these 2 trees.
Another one was, "Bright."  This scene was a lot more bright in person than appears to be on camera.  I guess the cloud cover played tricks on it.


 Another prompt was "Evening Sky."


This is the flag as the wind is blowing at a good clip today.  Blowing in the cloud cover.

Watched the President's speech tonight.  Very good.  I usually do not care to watch these things, but I'm glad I did for a change.  I pray the Democrats will eventually give him the support and respect he deserves as President!  He's not a perfect man, just like none of the Democrats are perfect people, just like Americans are not perfect people.  We are all sinners in need of a Savior!

Have a great day tomorrow!

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