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Thirty before 30 Update! Homemade Dill Pickles

I’ll admit… I haven’t been keeping up with my Thirty before 30 list like I wanted to. But I won’t be turning 30 until the end of May next year so I have about 8 months to go. I guess that makes me feel a little better! Anyway, I just wanted to give everyone an update.
Thirfy before 30
I still haven’t finished coming up with a list of all 30 things I’d like to accomplish. So far, I’ve come up with 21 items (view the list here) and I also got some fantastic suggestions from my readers. So I’ll be updating the list soon (hopefully) to make it a full 30.

I HAVE, however, checked off a couple of items so far. One of which is item #4: Make homemade pickles.
Homemade Pickles!

I checked Pinterest (of course) for recipes and most of them required you to actually do some canning…which meant I’d have to wait at least a week or so to try my yummy pickles. It seemed way too impossible for me to wait that long. Luckily, I found a recipe for “Quick Refrigerator Pickles,” which said your pickles would be ready after 24 hours. BINGO! Sounds like my kind of recipe!

I found the recipe here. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly… In fact, I barely followed it. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the recipe; it looks great! But I didn’t have most of the items on hand and I was really just winging it. I didn’t go out and buy “pickling” cucumbers; my mother-in-law hosted a family gathering and sliced up a TON of cucumbers for salad. She ended up having way too many so I took a cupful home.

Instead of buying all the different spices & fresh dill, I bought a pre-made mix of pickling spices and some pickling salt. The pickling spice is a mix of mustard seed, dill seed, bay leaves, coriander, chiles, and allspice.
Homemade Pickle Supplies
I didn’t have too many cucumber slices so I only used one pint sized jar (which was still a bit big for the amount of cucumbers I had). I added about a tablespoon of the pickling spices, 1 1/2 tablespoons of pickling salt, 1 tablespoon organic sugar, 2/3 cup white vinegar, and 1 cup of filtered water to my jar. I closed it and shook the jar until the sugar dissolved. In a separate jar, I packed in my cucumber slices and poured my liquid mixture on top of the cucumbers. There was too much liquid so I couldn’t use it all. I just made sure that the cucumber jar had all of the spices, even if I couldn’t use all of the liquid. I sealed it up and stuck it in the fridge.

I waited exactly 24 hours (ha! I’m totally not lying. I was practically counting down the minutes!) and popped that jar open right away. OH MY GOD. I fell in love. I ate almost the whole jar within about 5 minutes. I guess that’s a good thing since this recipe isn’t made for pickles that are meant to be canned and stored for long periods of time.

I’ll definitely be making more and will be making jars for my pickle-loving friends. You should give them a try, too, and let me know how they come out! You can also experiment with adding different spices/ingredients, like garlic or jalapeño peppers. Or you can try pickling other foods besides cucumbers, like pickled garlic (one of my FAVES!), asparagus, green beans, onions, cabbage… The possibilities are endless! Comment below and let me know all about your adventures!

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Thirty Before 30 Project

A few weeks ago, I read about the Thirty Before Thirty project and I was really intrigued. You compile a list of thirty things you’ve never done in your life and you try to accomplish all of those things before you turn 30. I turned 29 in May of this year and I think it’ll be an awesome thing to try!

I’ve come up with the following list and I need just a few more suggestions. Care to give me some? It’s much appreciated! This is what I have so far:

  1. Make Thanksgiving Dinner
  2. Make a baby
  3. Buy a house
  4. Make homemade pickles
  5. Donate blood
  6. Sell at a craft fair or farmer’s market
  7. Complete at least 30 new Pinterest projects
  8. Read “Rain of Gold”
  9. Pay for a stranger’s meal in the drive thru
  10. Try Pho noodles
  11. Spend a whole day (or do I dare, a weekend?) without the internet, including my iPhone (I’m terrified of this one!!!)
  12. Knit a blanket
  13. Sew a quilt
  14. Learn enough Spanish to comfortably carry on a conversation in Spanish with my mother-in-law
  15. Host an online charity auction
  16. See “The Book of Mormon” or “Wicked
  17. Have a garage sale
  18. Host a fancy dinner party
  19. Host a “beauty white elephant” party (gift exchange with beauty products)
  20. Have dinner at LA Prime
  21. Make cake pops

So far, I’m really enjoying this list and I’m anxious to start! But again, I’d love suggestions for the remaining 9 items. Feel free to comment below. Thanks again!!