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Easy Peasy Pickles

Super Simple and Yummy

Our garden is overflowing with yummy goodness.  I love it, except my family can’t eat that many cucumbers before they go bad.  I pick 3-6 cucumbers a day.  I’m always looking for a way to stretch my garden.  I make muffins and bread with my zucchini, as well as marinate it together with my yellow squash.  I needed a way to preserve my cucumbers.  Pickles!

These Easy Peasy pickles are so simple, yet delicious.  This recipe is a hybrid of dill and bread and butter pickles.  I also have a true traditional bread and butter recipe and I’m working on a sour dill recipe as well (check back as they will be coming soon)

easy peasy pickles free recipe

Yield
4- pint mason jars

Ingredients:
6 cups cucumbers (its better if you can get pickle cucumbers but you can use any variety)
2 cups sliced onion (I use Vidalia)
1 1/2 cups white distilled vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp dill seed

Recipe:

Slice cucumbers and onion thinly and place in a large bowl.  Meanwhile bring vinegar, sugar and salt to a low boil.  Add dill and simmer gently for about 10 mins or until sugar is completely dissolved.  Pour vinegar solution over cucumbers and onion.  Leave sit for at least one hour, or up to 4 hours.  Ladle into 4 pint size Mason/Kerr jars.

Keep in fridge for up to 2 months, or seal jars in hot bath and keep sealed, in a dark pantry, for up to 2 years.

If you are giving these as a gift and you can crochet, I also have a free pattern for a Mason Jar Cover.

mason jar cover free crochet pattern

I hope you enjoy making these Easy Peasy Pickles.  If you like the recipe please share and if you have any questions please feel free to comment below.

Have a great day and remember to always ….

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Banana Nut Muffins

Super Moist and Delicious 

These are the most delicious banana nut muffins I have ever had, and I’m not just tooting my own horn. They are super moist and have just the right amount of sweetness. Best of all they are easy to make and only require one large and one small bowl and one spatula, as well as your muffin tins of course. This recipe makes 12 muffins but can easily be doubled . I use all organic ingredients to make these muffins a little more healthy for my family.

muffins

Ingredients: 

3 over ripe bananas (brown and almost mushy). Some grocery stores even sell them this way cheaper, so be sure to ask if you don’t see them on the shelf.
1 egg- raw brown
5 Tbsp melted organic butter
1 ½ cups flour- I use a mix of half organic unbleached white flour and organic whole wheat flour- but you can use either all white or all whole wheat flour as well
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of fine sea salt
1 cup organic raw sugar
½ cup chopped roasted walnuts/ or pecans
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (make your own)

on a plate

Instructions:

In large bowl mash bananas’s. Add melted butter (I rarely use the microwave but I do melt my butter in a small bowl, in the microwave for 30 seconds) and mix well. Beat egg (I use the bowl the butter was in) and add to mixture, mix well. Add vanilla and mix. Add sugar and mix well. Sprinkle baking powder over mixture and mix well. Add the flour ½ cup at a time, mixing well after every addition. Fold in nuts.
Either grease muffin pans or use muffin liners. Fill 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 mins. Check for doneness at 18 mins. Place entire muffin tray on cooling rack and let cool for 5 mins. Remove from muffin tin carefully and finish cooling directly on cooling rack.
These muffins can be frozen in zip lock bags for up to two months. They make the perfect breakfast on the go, or pair with greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast at home. If you freeze your muffins just take one or two out the night before and let defrost on the counter. By the am they are perfect.

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as my family does… they are super yummy for breakfast and keep my little ones full all morning.  We usually pair ours with greek yogurt and some of my Yummy Healthy Granola.

banana nut muffins cover

 

If you like muffins… check out our Blueberry Muffins with Corriander and Valencia Orange Peel and our Zucchini and Raisin Muffins

Have a great day and remember to always…

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