Easy Dill Pickles and Kohlrabi

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We got quite a few little cucumbers from the CSA (though one bag went bad while we were traveling, so sad) and some dill, so it seemed like a good idea to make some homemade dill pickles and kohlrabi. This recipe is quite easy and tasty!

Original recipe from All Recipes.

Ingredients

4 cups sliced or speared cucumbers or kohlrabi
3 1/2 cups water
1 ¼ cups white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, or a mix)
1 T sugar
1 T sea salt
2 cloves garlic
2 heads or a handful of dill

Directions

Cut cucumbers or kohlrabi and prepare a jar.

Combine water, vinegar, sugar, and salt and place in pan. Cook over high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and cool.

Place cucumber or kohlrabi, dill, and garlic in the jar. Feel free to really pack them down. I recommend placing the garlic cloves near the middle or bottom if you leave them whole, or slicing and spreading throughout. This recipe makes enough liquid for quart sized canning jars of pickles.

Add cooled liquid to jars to cover the cucumbers or kohlrabi completely.

Seal and refrigerate for 4 days (minimally). They get better as they “stew.”

10 Random Things I Love Right Now

Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh.  If you have studied Buddhism before, this book will create new ways to think about old ideas and encourage your consideration of the interconnection of all being.  If you haven’t, it is a very enjoyable way to get started while being told an interesting story.

Quaker Quakes in Sweet Chili. Yum! My sister, Allison, recommended these when I confessed to a potato chip binge and it was a good suggestion. The only problem is that they are hard to keep in the house.  I haven’t tried all of the other flavors yet, but I suspect it is only a matter of time until I do!

George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. I sort of happened upon this series accidentally. I don’t know how, but I had missed all of the discussion about the HBO show. I saw it on Amazon while looking for vacation reading and did the pages/price calculation and decided it was a good deal for the ratings. Really. So, I read it while in Indiana and it took me almost the whole week, which is near forever for me, but was quite a good read. I’m now on book two.

The Quinn dress. I recently got this dress from Prana and I adore it!  It has enough support that I don’t need an additional garment underneath and it can go from super casual to semi-dressy with the addition of jewelry and a sweater, along with a change of shoes.  I wore it multiple times during my recent vacation and plan to pick it up in another print.

Anahatasana is a pose that I am really enjoying at the moment.  Something unhappy is going on with my shoulder, so some poses that work them feel bad, but this pose is a good pain – nice and opening.  We did this last night in Beth Filla’s class at Yogawood and with the heat it felt delicious.

Logitech 305M wireless mouse. I just got this little guy when I returned from my vacation to Indiana this week and I love it. Come on, how cute is this mouse?? And the USB thingy stores inside the mouse when not in use, so I won’t lose it. It was plug and play with both my Mac and my PC.

Camera+ for iPhone. I haven’t been totally happy with my regular camera app on the iPhone, and while Instagram is fun, I feel like it’s too limited.  My sister, Angie (check out her awesome blog) suggested this one to me and at $1.99 it was a very good deal!  It does a lot for an iPhone image app.

Community supported agriculture! – For the third year, we belong to a local CSA at Muth Family Farm in Williamstown, NJ.  I love going to pick up my basket of veggies each week, getting to wander through the available produce, selecting everything that looks delicious (which is almost everything I’m eligible to take) and then figuring out ways to cook it up each week.  Tonight, eggplant non-parm with fresh basil, parsley, and green onions is on the menu for dinner!

Running a Life blog. Ok, this is a funny one.  I do not run.  I’ve been trying lately and it’s not going well.  I’m not exactly sure that my body is made for running, and the bone on bone action going on in my hips and knees seems to also be a problem.  But, I love this blog.  Maria, at Runningalife.com makes me want to get out and run like the wind with every post.  That’s good writing!


The Amazon Kindle. I hate to end with a pricey electronic, but I just can’t help it.  I freaking love my Kindle.  When I bought Derek his, way back after they first came out, I didn’t want one.  I thought I wouldn’t use it.  And then he got me one and I was hooked.  I love it – a lot.  Having an endless array of books available to me – what’s not to like?  In fact, I currently have the 2nd generation model and am considering a new one because mine has developed a few little glitches.  That’s some serious technology love.

And those are 10 random things I love today.

L