Pickled Jalapeños (No Canner Needed!)

Ingredients:

3 cups water

3 cups white vinegar

1/3 pickling salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 TSP garlic powder

6 cups sliced jalapeños

Place clean jars on cookie sheet in 300 degree oven. Put jar lids (not rings) into pot with water covering them and simmer. You don’t want to boil them. Wash jalapeños and slice into 1/4 inch round slices.

Bring all of your ingredients minus the jalapeños to a boil. Add jalapeños into the pot and bring them to a rolling boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.

Funnel jalapeños into hot jars. Wipe off jar rims and add lids to them. Screw rings on really tight. Place jars upside down for at least 15 minutes. Once lids are sealed, take rings off.

Granny’s Savory Chex Mix

This recipe is so nostalgic for me because my Granny always made this during Thanksgiving and Christmas! There were bowls of it set out and we would snack on it throughout the day. Especially during the holidays when there are SO many sweet treat, this savory Chex mix is a nice break in the sweet. haha

Ingredients:

2 cans (14 oz) mixed nuts

2 boxes Cheese its

2 boxes Rice Chex

2 boxes Corn Chex

2 Boxes Crispix

2 bags stick pretzels

Melt together:

10 sticks butter

20 dashes Tabasco

12 TBS Worcestershire sauce

4 TBS chili powder

3 TBS Italian Seasoning

4 TBS Celery Salt

4 TBS Garlic Powder

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients in large unscented trash bag (I know it sounds weird but I haven’t found a better method because its a LOT of stuff haha). Pour melted mixture over Chex and mix. Bake on cookie sheet for 1 hour at 275 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.

It really helps if you have double ovens to speed the process up. I do not, so this takes me a good 5 hours to complete since I can only do two sheets at a time.

Gluten Free Sausage Quiche

Sausage Quiche:

  • 1 9 inch pie shell (I use a frozen gluten free one)
  • 1 pound sausage (I use hot)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese

Take pie shell out of freezer and let thaw for at least 15 minutes. Bake pie shell at 400 degrees for 5 minutes and let cool. Bump oven temperature down to 375. Brown sausage and drain well. Beat eggs, milk and seasonings lightly. Stir in sausage. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on the bottom of the pie shell and pour in sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes or until set. 

Easy Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (frozen or fresh)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I bake my oatmeal in a cast iron skillet so I put my skillet in the oven while its preheating to warm up (I also add 3 TBS of butter to it and let it melt to coat the pan).

Mix ingredients and pour into hot skillet (or into a greased casserole pan if you aren’t using cast iron). Sprinkle a little extra coconut or brown sugar on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Best served warmed up with a slice of butter on top. We are loving this in the mornings. And it smells sooooo good while baking. Very “Fall-ish.”

Garden phase 3 // video tour

Well I kind of dropped the ball on updating you guys on our garden progress. ha Here it is July and we’ve been reaping tons of veggies from all of our hard work and I never even posted about me planting our seedlings! We obviously planted them. 😉

I got really sick towards the end of my pregnancy with Hollis and every ounce of my lack of energy was put into keeping myself and her alive (oh and my other three kids too ha) and blogging kind of fell to the wayside.

But Chris and I recorded a video update for you guys to see which will hopefully be even better than a blog post.

We are new to gardening and this is only our second year so we have a lot to learn, including how to better ward off diseases and mildew on our plants. We share the good and the bad to hopefully if you are new to gardening too you can learn from our mistakes and triumphs! Let me know if you guys enjoy the video.

Two pink lines

Two pink lines
Laughter and tears
Baby showers and gifts
Nausea and ginger and peppermint
Checking your belly in the mirror for a sign of growth

Your body swells with life and fluid
You waddle
You dream
You toil and push and cry
Or feel pressure and pain and fear and relief behind a thick blue curtain

You look down at your chest and see a brand new face
A person you get to discover and know before anyone else
A person who has spoken to you for months through kicks and jabs and swirls

You wake at night
You stumble
You reach for paci’s and wipes
You rock and cry
You rock and smile
Your heart and your breasts swell beyond capacity
You rock and sing

You lend fingers to chubby hands that need support as they take their first steps
You freeze ice packs for swollen gums as teeth make their painful entrance
You clap and sing
You say no and pop hands away from danger
You cry behind closed bathroom doors
You marvel at growth

A sigh of relief as your child puts on their shoes and clicks their seat belt unassisted
“We made it” you whisper as you feel a slight release in the boulder of responsibility on your shoulders
You sing together
You answer questions
You fix snacks
You answer more questions

You watch arms and legs once rippled with rolls now long and lean
You buy them bigger shoes and longer pants
You sometimes sing together
You sometimes sing alone
You buy them bigger shoes again

The realization sinks in slowly
The skin of your stomach loose and stretched but empty
Your arms and shoulder ache
Missing the rhythmic breathing of an infant
Why does your heart hurt so badly?

“Enjoy every moment” they say
“It goes by so fast!”
“You will miss this!”
Words that used to irritate
Words that meant well but never helped you get more sleep or soothe a toddler tantrum
Words you now realize are the grieving song of women who’s wombs are empty like yours

Why does no one tell you how much it hurts
This unnatural feeling that your body will never bring life into the world again
Why does no one talk about the sobbing that shakes your body
The regret that you should have heeded their words and enjoyed it more
The always wondering if someone else should have been born into your arms

How does a season go so slow you almost can’t bear it?
How does a season move so quickly you sit in shock, eyes wide that it has ended?

I didn’t know
I swear I didn’t know
How fast it would be done

So I sit
And I cry
And I let myself grieve
The wonder and beauty
The pain and agony
The blessing and privilege
Of my childbearing years.