we can pickle that

...but seriously, we have so many cucumbers right now that I can't seem to eat them fast enough! Since we weren't going to be around the house for a few days I decided to pack a few of them into 2 large jars for some "short term" pickling. These types of pickles will keep for about 6 weeks... buying us some time to cook up our other veggies that are producing like crazy too!

Quick & Crunchy Dill Pickles:

1 1/2 pounds Cucumbers
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 teaspoons dill seed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt

-Sterilize your jars & their lids
-Wash/Dry the cucumbers & remove the blossom end. Cut into spears or chips.
-Divide the garlic, dill seed, & pepper flakes between the 2 jars
-Pack in the pickles. (If they are too tall, trim them until they fit just a half inch below the top of the jar) Fit as many as possible without smashing them!
-Combine vinegar, water, & salt in medium size pot. Bring to a rolling boil, then pour into each jar. Leave a half inch from the top of the jar...you may not use all of the brine.
-Tap jars along the side of your counter to remove any air bubbles. Seal them tightly with the clean lids.
-This is where you would typically process the jars for long term pickling; however, we want to use them within the next week or so. Simply let the jars cool to room temperature, then place them in the fridge for a few days. Wait at least 48 hours before you open the jars again.

Enjoy!

Now Stocking...

The from6th space at The NAT is packed full of some seriously mod gems right now! Hurry in before they go home with someone else! 





the haul

One thing is certain after our shower last week, that's that Emery is going to be one stylish baby! We received soooo many sweet little outfits along with some really useful items also. Here are just a few of the ones we can't wait to put to good use!

Showered with Love

This past Sunday some very special ladies threw me & our sweet baby girl one of the most adorable baby showers ever! It was complete with yummy cake, dream catcher favors, & lots of laughs. I cannot say thank you enough to everyone that came out & celebrated with us!


How Does Your Garden Grow?

I'm having a difficult time wrapping my head around the fact that this is what our garden looks like without us having to water like crazy...we've experienced a 6 year drought here in the high plains of Texas for those of you who aren't sure why I'm so amazed. Needless to say, I cannot wait to get this produce into the kitchen! Anyone have a tasty recipe for eggplants other than simply grilled or in eggplant parmesan?







le arts

I absolutely love this project by Dutch muralist, Telmo Pieper. The series is adequately named "Kiddie Arts" since the artist took original drawings from his childhood and digitally recreated them to look as though they were photographed in real life. Pretty sure I envisioned all cars with that same abnormally long hood & tall body style.






Modern Times

The moment I found out about this pregnancy I made a vow NOT to become consumed by the overwhelming amount of baby advice out there... from books & on-line forums to words from all of the women who have blazed this trail before me. Well, that lasted an entire 2 weeks, if that. I should have realized that my interest about the whole subject would get the best of me. I mean, these changes were happening TO me.

Anyways, I think I've done a pretty good job of learning about the whole process from a vast array of sources. Today I'm sharing three of my favorite places to go on the web when searching for baby & motherhood advice. 



I've followed the first one, Bleubird, for some time now. The little glimpses into her family's daily life are pretty sweet, and she's got a knack for picking out some wonderful products for the wee ones in your life. 

The second one is fairly new. I found out about The Ma Books from an instagram feed that I follow, HouseinHabit. It's packed with honest advice...they're anti-advertising so you know your getting the writer's actual opinion. Pretty sure I'll be referring to this page often once our babe arrives. 

Last, 100 Layer Cake-let is a spin off from the ever inspiring wedding site, 100 Layer Cake. I find myself scrolling here when I want to drift off in daydream world about our growing family...who wouldn't want to take part in some of these little parties? They're soooo cute!


Celebrate

I received my shower invite this week and I gotta say, it's absolutely one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by such creative ladies & cannot wait to see what else they have up their sleeve next week!