This weekend spiraled into complete insanity. In other words, we tried to do way too much. It all started on Thursday when Ryan came in from the garden with 21 cucumbers. We like cucumbers, but there is no way we could eat that many before they spoiled. So, Friday I decided to make pickles.
A friend of mine raved about a recipe her family loves. I figured I’d start with that recipe since my last pickle making venture several years ago did not turn out, or rather, I should say, it turned out but no one liked the flavor or consistency. I ended up with a dozen or so jars of uneaten pickles. It was a complete dud.
This time around I started by making a small batch and then made every single person living under our roof (minus the twins) taste them to let me know if they liked them or not. The vote came back almost unanimously in favor of the new recipe. The pickles were sweet, but also tangy. Super addicting. I gave each child one pickle slice to test and by the time we got all the votes in, most of the kids were begging for more. A definite win.
Right before we began the pickle taste testing, Ryan came home with five pounds of blueberries. Surprise! Knowing how much we already had to do this weekend, we decided to turn them into blueberry jam that very night, right after we got the kids down for bed so they wouldn’t spoil. So on Friday we made a few quarts of taste testing pickles and eight jars of blueberry jam. Saturday morning I prepped the rest of cucumbers for pickle making. While I was working on that endeavor, Ryan was prepping for our first honey harvest of the year. This was supposed to happen last weekend, but it was rained out and so, it got added to this weekend’s to do list. You may be wondering where our kiddos are at this point. The twins were napping. The others were at Buddy Break at our church. It was a mad dash to get everything prepped for pickle making and honey harvesting before we needed to go meet friends for coffee and then pick up our kids, but we did it.
Once we were home for the afternoon, I got to work and made up a large batch of pickles, bringing our grand total of pickle jars up to eleven. This will last our family a few months at best. I’m hoping we will get another large round of cucumbers so I can do a second big batch of pickles.
Ryan zipped around on Saturday afternoon cutting grass, weed whacking and getting things outdoors in order for our upcoming trip.
Sunday after church Ryan harvested our first batch of honey. We got around two and a half gallons. It’s quite a process to harvest it so we invited friends over, had Mexican and made a party of it. All in all, a very productive weekend. Somewhere in the mix of things, I managed to make six loaves of zucchini bread in a valiant attempt to use up all the zucchini we’ve accumulated. Monday dawned bright and early and we were quite frankly, exhausted. The cucumbers were all pickled. Blueberries jammed. Grass cut. Honey harvested. Zucchini, well we’ve still got a few of those hanging around.