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So… I guess the countdown is officially on?

On October 20, 2013 I will have lived 30 years on this Earth.  Apparently it’s a milestone chial but in a lot of ways I already feel like I’m way older than that.  She has lived a life yall…

In honor of this, I am going to try to push myself to do 30 things before I hit the big 3-0.  Try is the operative word here.  But nawl some of these things I’m already working on.  So here’s what I have so far:

  • Quit a job I hate– done and done!
  • Eat something I’ve never had- which is a lot of stuff
  • Push my limits
  • Run a 5K
  • Avoid looking old and run down- I think I’m doing pretty good on this; my summer color is coming in quite nicely 😉
  • Go fishing- haven’t gone since I was 5 with my granddaddy
  • Vegas? – the jury’s still out on that one
  • Go to a rock concert- like not at a fancy area but like at some hole in the wall type of spot
  • Do something like outdoorsy.  Yall know I do not do outside, so this will be a challenge for me
  • Practice compassion; with both others as well as with myself
  • Get another tattoo!

I’ll keep adding as I think of things, but whatchall think?  Is there anything that any of you did before you about to hit a milestone in your life?  I’d love to hear your stories!  Leave them in the comments or send me a private message if you don’t want to put yourself out there like that.  You can also go check out my birthday blog if you want and leave comments there.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Homemade Pickles 

So…did I mention I’m from the souf? 😉  Yes, I can/preserve/pickle shit on occasion too.  And just so happens last night I was in the mood for some homemade pickles, which are way easier to make than you’d think

Ingredients 

  • 1 c water
  • 1 c white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • dash of cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • about 4-6 home-grown cucumbers (you can substitite the gerkins here, but smaller is better)

In a medium pot, combine the water, vinegars, sugar, spices and the bay leaf and stir to combine.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

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Meanwhile, peel the cucumbers and slice them however you want.  I like to scoop out the seeds here as well.  Toss them in enough salt to coat (this will help remove the moisture from the cucumbers so that it can be replaced with the brine.  Rinse the salt off and pat the cucumbers dry with a towel to remove as much of the water as possible.

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If you’re using a mason jar, you wanna make sure to sterilize it by boiling it (the lid too) before you put the cucumbers inside of it.  Fill the jar with the cucumbers then pour the cooled brine on top.  Fill the jar with the brine and secure tightly with the lid.

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You then wanna bring a pot to a boil filled halfway with water and boil the jar for at least 10 mins.  You can refrigerate it after this or you can just put them in the cabinet to allow the cucumbers to actually pickle.

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You can eat these after they’ve had a chance to sit for like a day, but I like to wait because the longer you wait the better they turn out.

**You can try any combination of spices you want for the brine, these are the old school pickles like grandma used to make.

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