Monthly Archives: August 2013

Easy Homemade Pickles Recipe

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easy pickle recipe

My mom’s garden was overflowing with cucumbers this year, so I pickled a few jars so that we could continue enjoying them for weeks to come.

Here’s my no-fail super easy pickling recipe – the longer you wait, the better they get in the fridge. They’re extra crisp and refreshing… delish!  I realize that not everyone can pick a fresh cucumber straight from the garden, but just pick out the freshest you can find at the grocery store.

Easy Pickle Recipe


  • one large cucumber, sliced into coins (under 1/4 inch slices)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3-4 peeled garlic cloves, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp. whole corriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. dill seed OR two sprigs of fresh dill if available
  • 1/2 tsp. pimento


  1. In a medium pan, bring water and salt to a boil until the salt is fully dissolved.
  2. Add cucumbers and remainder of ingredients into one quart-sized mason jar.
  3. Pour boiling mixture over mason jar ingredients using a potholder (glass jar gets hot very quickly!). Secure with lid, and let cool on the counter.  Place in the fridge as soon as the jar is cool enough.
  4. Let mixture set in the fridge for at least one week.  I know it’s hard to wait, but the more time you give it, the better the pickles will taste!

Note: I use a quart-sized mason jar for this pickle recipe, and I like my pickles with lots of stuff packed in so the jar will be filled to the very top. If you find yourself with too much liquid, toss the remainder – the recipe will turn out just as good.

Beautiful Cobalt Blues

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cobalt blue Zara skirt

People everywhere are getting the blues, as evident by the rich monaco and cobalt blues popping up everywhere from fashion and accessories, to home and entertaining. A few of my recent favorites, such as this gorgeous cobalt blue Zara skirt from the Chic Chef blog, are featured below.

DIY blue garland

DIY garland – get the tutorial from Oh Happy Day!

Texas map giclee print

Texas giclée print of vintage-inspired Texas state map, available on (And it’s geographically correct… awesome!!)

Lemon poppyseed pancakes

I am definitely giving these a try this weekend! Lemon poppyseed pancakes – get the easy recipe from Handle The Heart!

lace cobalt blue necklace

So unique and dainty – beautiful handmade monaco blue lace necklace from White Owl.

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Easy Blueberry Zucchini Bread

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easy blueberry zucchini bread recipeAfter going home to visit my family in Texas and coming home with a box full of fresh zucchini, among other yummy produce like cucumbers, tomatoes and peaches from Mom’s garden, I got the bug to do a little baking.

This blueberry zucchini bread is healthy and super easy!  The recipe below is adapted from an AllRecipes recipe, to be a little healthier (and in my opinion, a little tastier too!).

Easy Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (with the dark green outer peal still on)
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

easy blueberry zucchini bread recipe (2)

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