Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chai tea

Chai tea made from whole spices, cool! For under $5 from the bulk section I made 2 quarts of tea concentrate, one decaf with Rooibos and one full caffeine with Darjeeling. Mmmm! Perfect for a chilly fall morning.

Monday, September 12, 2011

ZUCCHINI!!! ... and Kale

Wow. We have a LOT of zucchini in the garden. I wasn't sure how much we would get because the plant started to look sick several weeks ago. A few of the small zucchinis just rotted right there on the vine, but the healthy part of the plant continues to produce and I can't even imagine how much we would have if we were getting fruit from the whole patch. I am totally out of ideas of how to cook it... zucchini bread, zucchini stir fry, pickled curry zucchini.
AND kale. Eric and Josie can eat their weight in kale chips, so those are a little easier to dispense with. Yum!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aviatrix baby hat

The aviatrix was more difficult then the average baby hat, but also cooler in the end. Short rows and a unique shape make this hat special. This one is going to my friend Emily who is having a baby boy in early January. You can find the pattern on ravelry:

Thursday, September 1, 2011


My first attempt at pickles, in a few weeks we will find out how good they are! I have very fond memories of my Grandpa's pickles, and this is the same recipe. High standard to compare to though, especially in memory :-)

Grandpa's dill pickled cucumbers:
Use small fresh cucumbers. Prick the skins with a fork a few times.
Pack into quart jars. Add 1 head of dill chopped, 1 TB. mixed pickling spices, 2 tsp. non-iodized salt, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 cup cider vinegar. Add cold water to fill the jar. Tighten the lid and shake a bit, then loosen slightly. Place on folded newspapers as they may run over while fermenting. Every few days tighten the lid and shake, then loosen lid. After 2 weeks you can tighten the lids and put them away.