It's late summer now . . . and time to get out those canning jars! Last week I made some dill pickles, for the first time ever. I have always liked dill pickles, but have not wanted to buy any at the store since I read the ingredient label a few months ago & learned that they have artificial colors plus some other questionable ingredients. But then I found this recipe and it looked easy enough for me to make. Not long after that, someone from church gave me some pickling cucumbers. Then someone else gave me some dill. Canning makes me a little nervous, so I only made a small batch. I ended up being surprised at how easy and quick this recipe was and how delicious they turned out. So now I want to make enough jars of pickles to last us for the next year! My generous friends have already supplied me with more cucumbers and dill, so that's what I will be doing in the next couple of days. And then later I will be making some apple butter . . . and who knows what else? Does anyone have any favorite canning recipes they would like to share? (Only easy ones, please!)
I am sending cards like the one above to my friends who supplied me with the cucumber & dill. I made all of the cards in this post using 3 basic items from the Stampin' Up annual catalog, which you can browse by clicking on the catalog image on the right side of the screen:
- Dapper Denim cardstock (p 169)
- Brights Paper Stack - daffodil delight (p 174)
- Jar of Love stamp set (p 75)
This is such a fun stamp set, with so many possibilities! To make these cards very quickly, I first cut all of my cardstock to the same dimensions and then stamped the images. This is an easy way to make up a lot of cards in a short amount of time.
A couple of other miscellaneous supplies:
- Whisper White cardstock (p 170)
- Ink - Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Sky (p 169-171)
Whether it's making pickles, cards, or anything else, it is satisfying to spend time being productive!