Pucker Up Buttercup!

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Pickles are one of my top favorite snacks and sidekicks to a sandwich.

I’m a dill only kinda gal. I’ll eat bread & butter pickles or sweet pickles but there is nothing like the puckering quality of a dill pickle.

My late Grandpa Bee would agree with me!

My sister-in-law gave me a big ‘ol jar of homemade pickles with the recipe and pickling spice for my birthday! For some reason, I had never thought to make my own all these years. Now I’m eating a pickle or two any time the munchies appear.

We had a girl’s day with other family and friends to make refrigerator style traditional and unique pickled items.

Hmmm mmmm Delicious!

Thank you, Becky, for enlightening me on the delectable homemade pickle process!

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Beauty Tip: A good dill pickle will always create that perfect lip pucker.

Dill Pickle Recipe:

8 cups water

1/2 cup canning salt

2 cups distilled water

Bring to a boil, then place in bowl with:

1 bulb garlic

2 tsp pickling spice

8-12 stocks dill

3-4 small onions

pickling cucumbers

Let sit out for 3 days (c0vered), refrigerate for 8 months – 1 year.

Sub-Urban Sketching

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Other than mail, I love…

Small things

Colorful things

and Art

I recently found a new book that combines all three of these things into one!

Urban sketching is a whole community of artists that I had no idea existed! Everyone has a little book of life-inspired sketches from around their town or travels.

Usually I’m eager to give away anything I create since I’m a purger at heart. But this little book of art is becoming my favorite item to hold onto. I now look for items or scenes throughout the day that inspire or hold meaning for me.

Thank you, Katie, for gifting me this artistically inspiring book!

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I’m conquering the suburban elements to sketch onsite. I think a trip into the city is needed next!

Here are my first three sketches.

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Opening Act at the Big Top

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I’m excited for the next Family Camp already!

One of my birthday wishes, this year, was for special camping dishes. I was inspired by Deru, a local favorite spot, who serves their food on black and white enamelware dishes. Clean, functional and perfect for camp life. Add a dent or two and suddenly it has more character with memories.

Thank you, Mom and Dad^2, for a wonderful gift and many memories to come!

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Camp life is always a juggling act of some kind. But, oh is it fun!

Here is the link to the dishes I received.

A Weekend Away

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My man and I had a great excuse to have a weekend away when two great friends were married outside of Bellingham, WA. We enlisted another couple to be our tour guides of the city. They did a spectacular job!!! I now want to spend every weekend away in Bellingham exploring the little shops, drinking coffee and getting in the holiday mood.

Thank you Matt & Maggie for being such gracious hosts and tour guides!

Bellingham Thank You

The Herald building felt very ionic on our way to pizza and beer.

Labeled Frenzy

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I am one of those people who receives immense satisfaction from organization. Nothing better than a clean space with appropriate labeled boxes, cabinets, pens, dogs, husbands…

This year for my birthday my parents gave me a label maker! How I’ve lived without one for this many years is a mystery to me.

Labeler Thank You

All of my Husband’s fears, in regards to label makers, are coming true in this sketch. You know sometimes you gotta label what is yours so everyone else knows. Hehee.