Dill Refrigerator Pickles

When I was younger I distinctly remember eating jars of pickles. They were a staple in my parents house and they were a quick and easy snack. I still love pickles and I’ve passed that love of pickles onto my children. As the years have gone on I’ve become more and more label conscious and we try to avoid artificial dyes especially in food where it seems completely unnecessary like pickles. Does it really need Yellow 5 in it? The answer is a FIRM no for me. That left me searching for a better which came in the form of a facebook friend posting about refrigerator pickles. It caught my eye for three reasons.

  1. I love pickles
  2. It takes 24-48 hours to be “done” but tastes delicious even an hour after
  3. The pickles weren’t neon green

What’s not to love?! It didn’t take me long before I headed to the Farmer’s Market to pick up pickling cucumbers so I could make my own dill refrigerator pickles.

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The first time we made them I used these quart jars, but I wish I would have used these instead. The easier to grab them, my dear!

In your quart jar mix together 1 1/2 cups water, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher slat, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 5 cloves of garlic, 6 sprigs of fresh dill and 1 bay leaf.

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Grab your pickling cucumbers, they’re the ones that are short, fat and firm! Slice them into either coins or spears depending on your preference. I did a combination of both. I like them both but I prefer spears for snacking purposes.

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Add your cucumbers to your jar, you want to really stuff that jar. The more you stuff it the more the water rises so all the cucumbers will be well covered. Put your lid on the jar and shake it all around as you walk towards the refrigerator. If you can manage to not eat the whole jar before they’re officially ready in 24-48 hours, I applaud you. We tried our first pickle after about an hour and even with the cucumbers being in the brine for only an hour they were still amazing. 24 hours later they’re even better and 48 hours later they’re too good not to eat the entire jar.

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These dill refrigerator pickles come together in less than ten minutes and are well worth the wait and I will *never* buy pickles again. Hello saving money, goodbye yellow 5!

Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
5 cloves garlic, peeled
6 large sprigs fresh dill
1 bay leaf
3lbs pickling cucumbers

Directions

  1. In a large quart jar add 1 1/2 cups water, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 5 cloves garlic, 6 large sprigs fresh dill and 1 bay leaf.
  2. Put the lid on your mason jar and swirl around to make sure everything is all mixed up.
  3. Slice up your pickling cucumbers and add them to your jar. Put the lid back on and shake the jar to make sure the water gets everywhere.
  4. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours.
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

We’re super basic and do “Taco Tuesday” almost every single week. It makes meal planning so much easier when I know exactly what we’re going to cook. Even though we call it Taco Tuesday sometimes we switch it up and we don’t do tacos, instead we do something like enchiladas or burritos. So technically I guess it should be Mexican Tuesdays but that doesn’t sound nearly as good as Taco Tuesday so we continue to call it Taco Tuesday!

One of our go-to meals for Taco Tuesday is an enchilada casserole. We’ve done it a couple of ways, once with chicken and another time a vegetarian alternative with just black beans as the protein. The first time we made it, I thought it was a keeper but we were a little unimpressed with the flavoring. We decided that the problem must be the store bought enchilada sauce so I decided instead of buying enchilada sauce next time I was going to make it. I figured, how hard could it be? Turns out the answer is NOT HARD AT ALL. In fact I thought it would be a little more complicated than it was.

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This easy homemade enchilada sauce comes together super quick and can be customized to your taste buds. I would consider this a mild sauce which is perfect for our kids who aren’t quite ready for the spiciest enchilada sauce we can make! This recipe makes quite a bit so I suggest using any leftovers to make a quick and easy enchilada chicken freezer meal (recipe coming soon).

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup avocado oil
4 tablespoons self-rising flour
1/2 cup chili powder
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium sized sauce pan heat 1/2 cup avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in 4 tablespoons self-rising flour and 1/2 cup chili powder. Lower heat to medium and stir until sauce becomes it becomes lightly brown. Be sure to stir the sauce occasionally.
  3. Slowly stir in 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, 3 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon onion powder until smooth.
  4. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  5. Add salt to taste.
http://littlebgcg.com/2017/08/homemade-enchilada-sauce.html

You can spice this up by adding jalapenos or using homemade habanero powder. If you love Taco Tuesday like we do you’ll also love making your own tortillas! It’s a little more time consuming but a tortilla press really speeds things up and is worth every penny!

What will you make with your homemade enchilada sauce?

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All Natural Savvy Minerals Makeup Makeover

Whew! It has been a whirlwind of a month! As soon as Mason man got finished with school I packed our bags up and headed up to New York. I spent a couple of days there before hopping on a plane to Salt Lake City with Emilia and my Mom. It was Emilia’s second flight and she did amazing!

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If you’re like my mom you may wonder “what the heck is in Salt Lake?”. Honestly I had no idea what to expect from Salt Lake City but what I did know was that Young Living was having their annual convention and I needed to be there. Last year I missed out on being there while they announced all the new products and I knew I didn’t want to miss it this year!

I’m SO glad I didn’t miss out on this year’s announcement because we got some amazing new products like our brand new Savvy Minerals make-up line! This make-up is amazing, not because of what’s IN it but what’s NOT in it!

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How amazing is that?! I’m so excited to have the ability to go and buy make up without wondering what’s in it. The ability to go and buy make-up and *know* the quality of the ingredients!

It’s been a while since I’ve used mineral make-up and to keep it totally real, I don’t wear any type of make-up regularly. So I was excited when I sat down and realized it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. With a little bit of guidance I was able to get the job done and I was pretty darn happy with my results! I present you my before and after!

savvy minerals makeover before and after

I started off my making sure my face was clean and applying ART Renewal Serum and ART Intensive Moisturizer.

Throughout applying my make-up I used the Savvy Minerals Misting Spray. This spray helps to set the make up and is a must in my book! Okay now onto the make-up!

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Foundation: Warm 3
Contour: Dark 1
Blush: I Do Believe You’re Blushing

I also used Diamond Dust over the apples of my cheeks and to highlight.

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Best Kept Secret as Base
Diffused on outer lids
Veil aka Diamond Dust on inner eyelids and brow
Eyeliner: Jetsetter
Multi-tasker on my eyebrows to fill in just a tiny bit.

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Lipstick: Uptown Girl
Lip gloss: Abundant

I’m obsessing over this make-up. I love how light weight it is, it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. It makes me feel like I can actually wear make-up everyday. I’ve got a bunch coming my way and I can’t wait to perfect my 5 minute face aka the I’m “mom so hard” daily look!

So now I have to ask YOU a question.

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Now that you’ve got that answer in your head, my next questions for you is when are you going to make the switch to something better for you? I have the ability to go and purchase make-up and not worry about what’s in it, don’t you want that ability too!? Ready to switch over your makeup? Head here. Grab the “basic” kit and then add:

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Dill Refrigerator Pickles

When I was younger I distinctly remember eating jars of pickles. They were a staple in my parents house and they were a quick and easy snack. I still love pickles and I've passed that love of pickles onto my children. As the years have gone on I've become more and more label conscious and we try to ... read more