Pickles and pregnancy…

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Guess what! No, you’ll never guess…. B and I are going to have a baby!!!! Yay! Baby T is due in December!  

 This means, of course, that many cravings happen. One of which is pickles. Cliche, you say? Clearly you’ve never tried my grandmother’s dill pickles. Well, I decided that I better learn how to make them, since I’ll be the main consumer for the next few months, also, she won’t be around forever…but that’s depressing to think about. On to pickles! 
Of course, every good thing starts with a hand written recipe from a zillion years ago:  

The sacred recipe!


First you have to prep. Wash the cucumbers, wash the jars, peel the garlic… 

Preparation!

  Next, you add the garlic, alum, and dill to the jars. Note, Grandma uses the whole head, and bends the stem so that it will fit too.  

More preparation!

Now, time for the cucumbers! We cut ours into spears and disks, since the cucumbers weren’t the most beautiful shapes. Pack them in TIGHT! I filled them too high, so grandma helped by trimming the tops, and sampling, of course! 😊 While I cut the cukes, Grandma made the brine, a mixture of  pickling salt, apple cider vinegar, and distilled water. Yes. That matters. Also, she boiled the lids.  

Cuttin’ the cukes!

Finally, everything packed, brine added, lids on, we gave the 4 quarts a lovely 10 minute soak in the boiling water. (There’s a fancy contraption to put the jars in safely, too!) After their bath, we took them out to cool and seal. Now the hard part. Waiting at very least a whole week to open them!! 
 

Pickles!!!

 

Thanks, Grandma for passing on your secrets. She said she can’t help herself, when people complain about pickles, she tells them her secrets… The real secret is the love she puts into making each batch. 😊 

 

Voila!

 
Now, excuse me while I go eat some pickles from the last batch while I wait for mine to be ready! 

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Ferguson, New York, and beyond…

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So it may be beyond the point now, but with the shootings in New York and the officers turning their backs on the mayor, maybe it’s still relevant. Who knows, maybe you’ve moved on, maybe you’re still spun up too.  Here are some of my thoughts on the matter.
 
When I first heard about Ferguson, my husband was at the Academy to become a State Trooper (he was injured and will have to return at a later date), and I couldn’t help but view it through the lens of a future LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) wife. My husband will be out there in that world soon, and he will face the scrutiny of the public in a very real way. There are times when he will have to make tough calls. Will he make the right ones? I don’t want him to have to worry about the color of the criminal before he arrests someone for committing a crime.  Crime is crime, right? If a criminal commits a crime, he or she must be caught and punished accordingly.  If a man is going to choose to act as a thug, he will be treated accordingly.  Anyone can act like a thug, seriously. Thug doesn’t mean “big scary black male”…right?  Laws are in place for a reason – anyone of any color or gender or sexual orientation, etc is held accountable to the laws of the area. This isn’t rocket science.

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Clean eating, part 2

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Part two, written a few days ago.
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I finished the clean eating challenge and lost about 6 pounds. I feel so much better! Overall, the recipes were good, and I will keep a lot of them.

One thing that eating clean-ly helped me realize is that I am gluten intolerant. 😪 I thought the digestive issues were stress from school, but going back to “normal” eating, I noticed that whenever I ate wheat, I would have…issues…again, and I have zero stress at the moment. I tried cutting gluten out and immediately felt better. Darn.. Farewell cookies, pasta, sweet pastries…. It’s not you, it’s me, and I will miss you, but we can’t be friends anymore.

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Clean Eating…..and….. go!

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I wrote this back in May, but there was some negative feedback to all my Instagram photos. I’ll try to keep the blog updated on my fitness journey, and for personal accountability, I’m making this public. So, in an act of bravery….here it goes:
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I’m tired of being fat, tired, and unhappy. Who’s with me? Raise your flabby arms high! Yes, you. I see your hand! Let’s be even more honest. I weighed before I started this. 220lbs. 5’4″. Size 12-14. Yikes. Not good at all. Something has to change. I can’t keep this up, especially if I want to have kids some day!!!
(Also, shout out to my dear husband graciously agreed to do this with me since it’s easier to cook for two people. He’s the best, right? 😘)

So, without further delay, here’s what I propose to do: Buzzfeed.com had a two-week “Clean Eating” challenge. Click to see:Clean Eating Link.

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Update…2.0 Life, Love, Tattoos.

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Hello, forgotten blog world.  Thanks to Seester for finding it again and inspiring me to post again!

I’ve been married for a year! Wow.  I’m an English teacher now, and work at Sylvan.  Life is good.  It’s flown by so quickly, it’s hard to sum it up in one little blog post without making people yawn or gag. HA!   Suffice it to say, both my husband and I have learned so much about life and love and how to live with each other.  It’s hard to be married, but definitely worth it. I’ve been incredibly blessed.

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Hi, how are you? Fine…..not really.

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“Hi, how are you?”

                            “Fine, how are you?”

                                                             “Fine.”

Are we really?

                             No.

Can we say so?

                             No. Read the rest of this entry