My hibiscus bush from last year (overwintered in the garage) obviously likes the new place next to the front door better. Some shade there sometimes!
We even have 'wildlife' in our garden.
Here is a video for William.
She had planted two kinds of cucumbers. Some of them were huge. Some of them were found too late and I had to cut away bitter parts. But there was plenty left to have to google for recipes.
The second batch was a big success. Even James likes it and he is usually not so fond of sweet pickles. I took ideas from several recipes on the internet and came up with this:
Christa's not so sweet refrigerator pickles!
3-4 cucumbers (the size you buy)
1 Tbsp salt
1or 2 onions
1 red pepper
1 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (I used the latter)
1/2 cup water
3 oz (3/8 cup) Stevia (in the raw cup for cup)
1 Tbsp dried dill
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
Peel the cucumbers. Make sure the end is not bitter and slice very thin (I used the thick setting on my mandolin). If the seeds have become too big, just cut the cucumber lengthwise and scrape seeds out. Sprinkle the salt over it and let stand for at least 2 hours.
I also sliced the onions and pepper on the mandolin.
Combine vinegar, water, Stevia and Cayenne pepper and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes. At the end add dill.
The salt should have drawn a lot of liquid out of the cucumbers. Drain but don't rinse. Add onions and pepper and stir. Add the hot liquid. Let cool and enjoy at room temperature or cold.
Will keep in refrigerator for up to a month (so says the internet).
Catching up with volunteer stuff.
Testing the dehydrator. Aldi, our favorite store in Nashville, always has special things on sale. This time this! We bought one and I tried it out in Nashville on bananas and raisins and strawberries. We thought it will be nice healthy snack food for William when he is ready.
We liked it so much that we left the one in Nashville and bought another to bring to Richmond.
More testing: Kiwi, apple, pear, peach, banana again, cherries, basil.
Helen just told me that William now likes raisins. Should Omi put something in the mail?