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The last several weeks at “The Farm” has had it’s challenges. It has rained almost every day, sometimes, all day. This has limited the projects that we can complete outside, and has led to some ‘down time’. I have to admit, down time in the middle of the summer, isn’t always a bad thing. It usually gives us a chance to catch up on some inside projects that mostly go neglected until the winter months.
This week I used that time to go through some recipes that had been given to me when my Grandmother passed away in November. I enjoyed seeing her handwriting and her side notes jotted down on the side of each card. As I was going through them, most called for an extraordinary amount of white sugar, white flour and oleo. As a side note, I asked the kids if they had ever heard the term ‘oleo’ and they looked at me as if I was making up a new texting acronym. Oh, how have the times changed…..
I did run across a recipe for sweet pickles that caught my interest. Now, to be honest, I am not a fan of sweet pickles, but Jim loves them. I hesitated to make them before because of the amount of white sugar that every recipe I had required. However, when I came across my Grandmother’s recipe for sweet pickles that required no white sugar and only sweetened with honey, I knew I had to give them a try. And boy, I am glad I did! Move over dill pickles…..time to make room in the canning pantry for sweet pickles!
**These are the ingredients exactly how listed on my Grandmother’s recipe card – I have added her handwritten notes in parenthesis.
Mary and Jim