3/19/09

Domestic Scenes


I'm afraid I haven't been around in blogland much lately. I have finally been pressured into joining the dreaded facebook, and have been familiarizing myself with it. Real Simple magazine had a good article in April's issue that clearly stated a lot of my thoughts about fb. I will have to share that in another post!
But I wanted to share a few domestic scenes with you this week. I finally made my first batch of refrigerator pickles, a favorite from childhood, made by my mom. When I stumbled upon some Kirby cucumbers, I just knew I had to make them. I used this recipe, modified somewhat. They were good, but I'll tweak them a bit next time. It was rather exciting to make them, though! (It doesn't take much to make my day.)


I've also managed to do some stash busting this week, and used up 12 yards of flannel that I'd had for several years to sew baby blankets for a donation drive at church. They're so easy: 36-inch squares of two different fabrics, sewn together inside out, turned rightside out, and then topstitched around the edges. Yes, perhaps they're not traditional baby blanket colors, but they're warm and I'm thrilled to find a use for that flannel! They will go to an orphanage/day care center in Romania; it's a little humbling to think my quickly whipped out blankets might be used to wrap up little babies in need of so much. I wish I could offer so much more.



And, I rather liked the way these daffodils looked after they'd dried up in the vase. They were from my garden. A few more are blooming, but they're almost done. A friend also split some of her perennials to share with me this week, which was exciting gardening news (thanks again!). She brought her border collie to play chase with my pup in the backyard; what fun to watch them race around!
Have you tried any new recipes? Enjoyed any spring flowers?

14 comments:

Michelle M. said...

I've never made pickles- or anything pickled for that matter. The sound great! My little girl loves pickles :)

I posted a new recipe on my blog the other day. Check it out if you are looking for something new. Enjoy!

KatCollects said...

Hi Kristina,
I would love to see a picture of one of your baby quilts, what a great thing to do! I love dill pickles. My Mom always canned them when I was little, I would love to learn how to make them. I hope you have a great Friday.
Hugs,
Kathy

Shawna said...

trying to sneak in gardening between my crazy work week! it's so much fun to see mini beans and lettuces springing up. it's my first year with a real garden, and boy i'm already in over my head!

DebD said...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on FB and also to see a picture of the finished quilts.

I've never pickled anything either- very cool.

renee @ FIMBY said...

You have such a lovely domestic life.

here is my favorite fridge pickle recipe but here in Maine we won't be making these again till July!

http://fimby.tougas.net/Fridge_Pickles

Meadowlark Days said...

Looks like i'm not the only pickle lover! Thanks for the recipe, Renee. And Shawna, I hope to plant some lettuce seeds - I'd love updates on your garden. And, oh my, I only sewed simple receiving blankets, nothing as complicated as quilts! If I ever finish any of the quilts I have started, I'll share photos!

peaceliving said...

I have YARDS of flannel that's just not quite right for anything else...what a great idea to make the blankets and donate them. I don't know why I never thought of it...thanks for the inspiration!

elizabeth said...

sigh. Nice. Would love to hear your thoughts on facebook. I use it but keep the number of my 'friends' really low - i.e. around 30 or so. I find it super tricky and way too overwhelming for introverts such as myself! not to mention the utter lack of privacy that they keep promoting.

Mimi said...

I'm coming right over so you can show me how to do pickles! Yum those look good.

ELK said...

hi I am happy to see what you have been up to...Blessings ELK

Pres. Kathy said...

The pickles look delicious!

Cloudscome said...

Came here from shutter sisters. I love making pickles! I am going to have to try that recipe. And the blankets sound like a wonderful project! Enjoy your blog.

Sharon said...

I am definitely NOT domesticated. I am thrilled when I make dinner without a box. ;)

I like your captures.

(shutter sisters)

Letters From Midlife said...

This was fun to read and I always enjoy your photos. I used to do a lot of home canning, including pickles.

As for Facebook, I'm determined not to join! lol! My son wants to do a MySpace page so I'll have to join so I can be one of his "friends" so I can monitor what he's doing there, but I refuse to do my own page.