|Snow off of porch few feet higher than porch!|
Alsace's stitching is progressing though not as fast as I would like and since Just Cross Stitch magazine has kindly invited me to participate in their 2015 special Christmas Ornament edition I'm having to take a stitching break to design and stitch the ornament.
|Alsace ticking fabric design|
When the typically heavier fare of winter gets us down we make some quick pickles to keep in the fridge and what a blast of the garden greets us when we go to these jars, which is frequently! So easy to make if you can get some good cucumbers and since Terry had to make a trip to Colville last week, he was able to go to a much larger store than we have near Gracewoods and he brought home the 'treasure' of several beautiful cucumbers and some daikon radish for pickles.
|Cucumbers in their pickle brine|
So easy to make, just slice the cucumbers and daikon into the thickness you like (a mandolin really helps) then follow this simple recipe.
· 1 cup rice wine vinegar
· 1 cup water
· 3/4 cup sugar
· 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
· 4 cups thinly sliced Japanese or English cucumbers (about 3 Japanese or 1 English)
. Optional - 1 tablespoon pepper flakes (we use gochugaru flakes we buy through Amazon)
And can you imagine a dog that loves pickles???? Well here he is, Jasper waits patiently to see if his clumsy Mom will drop one he can nab.
|Jasper waiting for a pickle|
|Kodoku no Gurume|