Hot Kitty Days of Summer!
Well, summer is nearly over but it is still very hot! We are in process of wrapping up the scorcher days, but not the fun that goes with the season!
We are still spending a lot of time in the pool and also managing to get our work done too. Even the overwhelming amount of wasps around is not spoiling our summer!
They are quite interesting. If you are curious what their job in the world is check out the story here.
Sun Pickles Anyone?
lf you're anything like me, sometimes a pickle just seems to be the exact thing you need with your sandwich. My friend Penny Powers said it was ok to share the recipe with you. So without further ado, here is her delicious Sun Pickles recipe.
They are so simple to make. Here's what you do:
Gather 6-7 fresh picked pickling cucumbers, 1 TBS of pickling salt, 2 TBS white wine vinegar, 1 fresh Dill Head and 1 frond of fresh dill. Put all this at the bottom of a one liter glass jar. To prepare and load the jar, follow these steps:
- Wash the cucumbers and remove blossom end. Dry them. Using a kebob skewer, start at one end of the cucumber, twist, and remove.
- To fill the jar, start with 4 cucumbers, stand them up on top of the ingredients, then stuff the remaining cucumbers around the jar.
- Fill with your favorite pure water and cap tightly with a plastic lid (NOT a metal lid).
- Gently shake the jar 3-4 times, turning upside down, etc.
- Loosen the lid a bit. Place outside in the sun. Bring your jars inside nightly. You may see little bubbles and stuff. That is perfectly normal.
- In 3-5 days, the pickles are ready and ready for refrigeration. They last for months.
As a tip, make sure you make them on days no warmer than 85 degrees, or they may get soft and cloudy. These turned out great... and Al, who doesn't like pickles generally, really liked these.
This month, Al did a presentation on Aquaponics for "Voice of Education" with our BANG group. The meeting went very well. Al presented the aquaponics cycle.
Basically, the fish produce the waste, and the worms and microbes convert the waste into fertilizer for the plants. In return, the plants provide clean filtered water for the fish to thrive on. Therefore, you can have your plants and fish to eat.
We have always been very passionate about Aquaponics ever since we got our first system set up in the store a couple of years ago. In order for us to meet our goal of getting closer to self-sustainability, we will have a project starting at home in our garage in the Spring. We look forward to teaching workshops to inspire others how simple it is to set up and with very little space you can grow your own food.