So, Saturday was National Can-It-Forward day. I was unable to participate since I had plans on camping. I figured I would share one of my recipes that I made this year. These are sweet and spicy pickles. The previous year I had a recipe I found online and it was so disappointing. I ended up throwing out 5 or 6 quarts of pickles because they were blah! They tasted like a not so spicy and not so sweet cucumber. Regardless, I learned my lesson and concocted my own recipe.
This year was definitely my year for cucumbers. I’ve had tons to pickle and tons left over to set up a produce stand by the road and sell some. People just love fresh vegetables and I love getting money for my fresh vegetables. It’s a win/win.
I shared a wonderful recipe for sweet and spicy pickles. Now, I’m going to go on about how great camping was. I’ve camped with my family at the same state park for as long as I can remember. They recently started letting you bring your dogs at a price of course and you’re at the very top of the hill. It’s quite the secluded area far from where I’m used to camping. I can remember always being in lot #13 growing up. It was right next to the bathrooms and it was an awesome place to ride bike. This time we were up in lot #99. Needless to say it was a long walk down to the fishing hole and swimming area where the playground is.
We ate a couple mountain pies, which are to die for. There is no secret ingredient that makes them fantastic. I think it’s the whole experience and cooking them in a cast iron mold over the camp fire. If you don’t know what a mountain pie is, it’s like a grilled cheese, but with pizza sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni. I didn’t get a picture because that’s when Lucian’s allergies kicked up and we had to make a run to walmart at 10:30 at night. It all starts with a decently high fever. Luckily, I think we’re on our way to recovering. I hope to share a few pictures soon.