Monday, July 21, 2008

Pickles

Hey everyone, I'm back!! Besides a six hour car trip, I'm all right ; ) lol. Sorry for no posting in the last week or so, my good friend Liz experienced some technical difficulties hehe. But anyways, Maine was totally amazing. Wile we were camping, me and Gwen made ice box cake, and challah, but mostly we hung out at the beach.

But let me tell you, the seagulls in Maine are as bad as the squirrels in new york city. My brother was eating a sandwich just standing around, and a seagull swooped down and grabbed the sandwich right out of his hand!!

There was also this stone pier that you could walk out on. It was so cool, even though my cousin Gwen was a little uneasy with the situation. Good times ; D lol.


The day before we left, some Canadian hippies moved in next to us! They had this hilarious Scooby Doo van!So anyways, just some advise for the people who are the the level of crazyness that I am at: don't try to make watermelon juice. Just don't.
I spent quite a long time chunking, and blending a whole watermelon, and putting it through a fine mesh sieve. Personally, I hate eating chunks of watermelon because it is usually grainy or something. So me, being the genius that I am decided to make juice out of it. At first taste, it was good. Then it tasted completely nasty. Like it left such a foul aftertaste that I almost spit it in my dogs face.

So, like ten minutes ago I made pickles. My moms garden is overflowing with zucchini, squash, and cucumbers. It took me like 15 min. with my mandolin. No lie. Its nice because you don't have to cook or boil anything, just mix the stuff together and pour over pickles, and stick in the fridge.

Easy sweet pickles

  • 7 cups thin sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbs celery seed
  • 1 cup vinegar

Mix salt, sugar, celery seed, and vinegar until dissolved. Place cucumbers in a jar. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers. Let sit in the fridge for at least a day.

18 comments:

Peter M said...

LOL @ the van...Scoobie Doo or Lil' MIss Sunshine.

Neat way to pickle cukes!

didally said...

Yummy, I love pickles!

Parker said...

Welcome back. Sounds like a great trip. Maine is just so beautiful. Can't believe you still managed to get in some cooking.

~Priscilla~ said...

wow jessy those pics are gorgeous! maine certainley is so pretty. ha ha i don't think i'd try watermelon juice. those pickles look great!

noble pig said...

I would love to visit Maine one day, sounds wonderful, sans the seagulls though.

Also, those pickles, I was just thinking about making some. You beat me to it!

Sharon said...

Welcome back! I've never visited Maine but it looks beautiful.

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

Welcome back Jessy! That is great that you ate so good camping. Nice pics too. I totally forgot about making pickles! Good idea!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i love cucumber pickles! very refreshing for summer ;)

i feel the same way about watermelon juice. that's ironic considering i love biting into cold watermelon chunks...

Anonymous said...

sorry for no postings in the LAST WEEK? Try the last three weeks - harumph! Missed your blog, stay home! :)

daphne said...

What lovely photos of the blue sky..and cucumber pickles? that's a good summer dish.

Lori Lynn said...

Those pickles look so perfect right now on a hot summer day.

Nice pics of Maine, thanks for sharing.

giz said...

Looks like you had a fun trip. Hey .. that top picture looks like Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Spit in your dogs face????that's funny!!!! Looks like you had a blast!!!!

RecipeGirl said...

Welcome back from vacation. Looks very similar to where I was hanging out in Massachusetts. We had a rock jetty too.

I made some watermelon lemonade once where I had to make watermelon juice. It was good mixed with lemonade. And I've always meant to make some pickles. Maybe this summer...

Kevin said...

Nice photos. I like the idea of making your own pickles. It sounds like fun.

Neen said...

Your photos of Maine are gorgeous. One of Do and my dream vacations (honeymoon idea...?) would be to road-trip up the Atlantic coast, either ending or starting in Maine, and staying at B&Bs along the way. As for the pickles, I hear that there's a "Beat the Heat" or "No cook" event, or something like that going on, where you simply submit a recipe that doesn't require any heat source. This would be a great submission!

Dee said...

You had me at easy. Great recipe! Love the pictures, esp ole Scooby :)

Brentwood Kitchen Shopper said...

Love the pictures