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Monday, May 2, 2011

Industrious

We were pretty industrious yesterday.  Even though my darling hubby won't touch a cucumber or pickle (to eat), he was excited about helping me try a new recipe for spicy bread and butter pickles.  This version "cooks" in the refrigerator for 10 days.  I have to say, the cucumber slices just soaking in the marinade were pretty tasty.  Can't wait to see what they're like after 10 days!  We ended up with almost one full gallon.

And thankfully, we managed to track down half gallon jars at the Ace Hardware store in Cedar Park.  We called to see if they had any and they said yes - two cases.  We trooped out there and lo and behold, they had FIVE!  We bought them all.  They are the most excellent storage jars - especially now that we're back in the land of weevils.  Eeeeewwwwww!  And instead of trying to cram six pint jars of pickles into our already crowded frig, I was able to just use two half gallon jars.

On another note, the Cedar Park Ace Hardware store gave us EXCEPTIONAL customer service!  How sad that is such a rarity these days!

We also managed to make homemade cranberry sauce to go with our pork chops for dinner; roast portabello mushrooms for my lunches this week - portabello, roasted red pepper, goat cheese and basil wrap; rinse blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for this week's snacks; and make a homemade broccoli salad!  Whew!

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