Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

I started making pickled jalapenos a couple of years ago out of necessity more than anything. It was our first year with a garden and we planted a couple jalapeƱo plants thinking we'd get maybe a dozen peppers. Wrong. We ended up with several pounds. Hmmm. We realized pretty quickly that there was no way we could eat all of these peppers fresh and though we have a lot of friends, even they couldn't help us make a significant dent. Alas, pickling.

Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

makes 4 500mL jars

3.5 cups white vinegar
4 tablespoons pickling salt
2 lbs jalapenos
4 tablespoons minced garlic

1. Combine vinegar and salt in saucepan until boiling
1. Place jar lids (the actual top, not the twist on part) in separate saucepan to simmer and sterilize.
2. Cut and pack jalapenos into clean jars [I like to boil the jars as I'm starting to boil water for the processing]. Leave seeds and ribs if you like the kick, remove them if you don't.  Top each jar of peppers with 1 tablespoon minced garlic.
3. Fill each jar with brine, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Wipe rim of each jar and place jar lid on top. Twist on top holder until finger tight.
4. Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, right side up. Make sure all jars are covered by at least an inch of water. Remove to towel lined counter. You should hear tops pop sealed shortly after jars start to cool.

Wait 2 weeks to eat - these babies need to marinate.
These keep 1-2 years but always use your smarts - if the jars are looking cloudy or funky, toss them.

Enjoy these beauties on chili, in tacos or burritos, on nachos, or right out of the jar. I like to give them as gifts too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rake Hooks

Let me start off by saying that I am not some brilliant gal filled with ingenuity. At least not with this. People have been using broken rakes and other garden tools as rustic decor long before even pinterest existed. That being said, I flippin love them. They make me swoon. Maybe even blush a little bit.

Our rake broke this summer because I regularly, aggressively, abuse it. Nobody will tell you I'm a gentle or graceful person, nevermind gardener. However, I didn't cry too much. This broken rake had another life in its future. After a quick wire brushing and scrubbing, it still looked perfectly weathered and worn but without the jagged rusted parts. Now... where to put it?

Years ago, the hubs and I made a chalkboard out of a poster from homegoods. It has been sitting in our basement for a few years waiting for a home. Finally I caved and put it in our kitchen. But it's so plain! I wailed. Hubs rolled his eyes. Practicality rules in our house. Aha!  The rake! Badabing! 

I can't wait to hang all kinds of cute seasonal decor on this beauty. But please note. Unless what you are hanging is very light, please use more than one nail, preferably one on each end of the rake. For your sanity's sake. Otherwise the rake will swing to one side and it will drive you batty. Learn from me.

But really... can you imagine all of the possibilities???  Ugh... wreaths, holly, garland, ornaments, fresh flowers.... you should put one in your house and share all of the ideas you come up with in the comments section. and we can have a little rake-turned-hook fan club.