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Hi 🙂

How was your weekend? I had one of the best weekends ever! The main component involved doing nothing 🙂 🙂 Plus Tim was here so that made me a happy camper 🙂

I did make it to a yoga class. It was one of the hardest Bikram Yoga classes. I swear I was sweating buckets! I can normally handle the heat, but it was so hot in there that I had to take a knee a few times! Phew! I downed the two liters of ice water I brought with me, and during my eight minute drive home, I finished a 14 oz coconut water and a 20 oz G2… and I was still thirsty! I had to work hard to rehydrate!

Remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned about all the jalapenos I had?

I got some really great suggestions! Pickling and freezing seemed to be the best choice. I froze half of them according to Mia’s suggestions. I just cut them in half, de-seeded them, wrapped em’ up, and stuck them in the freezer.

The other half went into the pickling jar. This was my first time pickling anything. I researched tons of recipes and finally decided on one.

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I dipped my jar in boiling hot water to sterilize it, then cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise. I decided to leave the seeds in.

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Next was boiling the pickling water. In the pot went:

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp cumin

I brought the mixture to a rapid boil, then poured it into the pepper filled jar.

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All sealed and ready!
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I know it looks kinda gross right now… but I’m hoping they’ll taste great 🙂

We’ll find out in two months! That’s what the instructions said… to wait for two months to open the jar.

I feel like I’m doing some sort of science experiment!

Have you ever pickled anything before?

On the agenda today:

  • Yoga
  • UPS store to overnight a package
  • More work of Weekly Bite Newsletter
  • Grocery store and Trader Joe’s
  • Blog 🙂
  • Figure out something fun to do with M 🙂 🙂

Have a great Monday!!!

19 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on July 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

    In my opinion those are the best weekends ever. I love doing nothing.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on July 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

    i haven’t pickled anything before, but it looks so fun! i can’t wait to hear how these turn out!

  3. The Candid RD said on July 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I just did yoga on Exercise TV, for 30 minutes. It wasn’t too intense, but it was perfect for me since I’m sort of new at it and I’m still sort of getting into it. I always feel great afterwards!

    I have never pickled anything, but I’d like to one day. My grandma used to make pickled beets and eggs. I was the only one in the family who requested it! They were so good.

  4. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl said on July 19, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I love weekends where I get to do nothing! Such fun!

    I’ve never pickled anything, but you made it sound super easy! Can’t wait to see how these turn out…they look GREAT!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on July 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

    It doesn’t look too good, but I bet they’re great after two months. Then again, I have a strange love of vinegar and think it makes everything better.

  6. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on July 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

    You’re brave. I would be AFRAID to pickle anything. Although I’m not really sure why. Apparently, I’m intimidated easily 😉

  7. Mia said on July 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

    You’re jalapenos look great! Let us know in two months how they taste.

    Many of my friends have toddlers. Some fun things we do: pool or kiddie pool in yard, sprinkler, drawing with chalk on driveway, aquarium, childrens museum, finger painting outside

    Have a great Monday!

  8. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary said on July 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I have never pickled anything, but I’ve been toying around with the idea of making something spicy and pickled for a while now. It sounds so easy, I should just try it. Would love to make some REALLY spicy pickles or carrots !

  9. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said on July 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I have to agree with Jessica! I love those weekends! I need one soon!

    I love “science” experiments. Good luck with your pickling!

  10. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on July 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hubby would go nuts over these!! He’s been dying to make pickles, so we’ll tackle that first 😉

  11. tanyadaily said on July 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I haven’t tried jalapenos, I don’t care for too hot.

  12. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on July 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I just made some pickles for the first time…but they are refrigerated and only last a month…I need to get eating!

  13. sophia said on July 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    How coincidental…I just read an article about pickling! Maybe it’s a sign that I should try my hand on this, too!

  14. Mo@MommyRD said on July 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    No, I’ve never pickled anything before. My mom pickles cucumbers and beets, but I am to scared of the whole sealing/food poisoning thing.

  15. Lawyer Loves Lunch said on July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Oooh, I’ve read a bunch of recipes for pickling recently but I’ve never pickled anything before so I’m kinda concerned. Thanks for making it seem so easy! Maybe I’ll try it soon 🙂

  16. Nicole, RD said on July 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Huh! I’ll be anxious to hear how you like them! I’ve never pickled anything…but now I at least know how 🙂

  17. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on July 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Yes! Pickles and veggies! I love them! I am so glad you had a great weekend! Makes you start the week out right!

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on July 20, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I pickled for the first time last week!
    http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/07/vegan-sweet-and-sour-refrigerator.html

    and no heat or canning required 🙂 the raw vegan way of pickling!

    i do ferment kefir and kombucha though, too, so it’s not pickling but it’s fermentation. i love playing w/ bacteria!

  19. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on July 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Well, that seems easy enough! I haven’t pickled or canned anything…I guess I always fear I’ll screw it up or the contents will make me sick because I did it wrong. But it sounds like I’m missing out!