Refrigerator Pickles


This year with all that’s going on with the house, gardening has gone to the wayside.  I had planted some stuff but I haven’t harvested as I should.  There’s just no time in the day.  A week or so ago I made a batch of refrigerator pickles thinking I at least did something.  Today I pulled them out of the refrigerator for the first taste….oh I remembered why I loved them.  Then Hubby said…”Oh you made some!!”   That lead me to make another batch….

Of course then I couldn’t find the recipe that I use so I looked and looked and right then and there I decided that I am putting the recipe up on the blog so that next time I won’t have to struggle to find the recipe.

7 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup green peppers (I omitted these)
3 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed

Mix ingredients and refrigerate in a container with a tight lid.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon turmeric over the top of the pickles.  No cooking is needed.  Shake daily.  Ready to eat in seven days.  Keep refrigerated.

These are a long standing taste of summer for our family.

What I’m Reading: Ordinary Heroes


I just finished up listening to the audio book Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow.  I vaguely skimmed the over view of the book and saw something about WWII so I just put it in the cart of my online library.  I sure am glad that I did!

The story is told through a series of letters and journal that David wrote while serving as a JAG officer during WWII.  The book was interesting as so many of the books I read that are WWII related are told through the eyes of Jews.  If was great to read another perspective…even if it is fiction.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father’s death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David’s court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man he never knew.Using military archives, old letters, and David’s own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war’s deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father’s secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.”

Amazon readers give it 4.2 stars..I am upping the anti a little by giving it 4.6 stars.  The book is written in first person and is historical fiction..both things I love.   It is one of the better books I’ve listened to in the last month or so.  I am happy to report that this author has more books.  I know I’ll be checking them out.

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