Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Goes to Connecticut

I am excited to announce my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the Read Across Connecticut program.

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles book cover

Children will have a pickleicious time as they listen to Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles and do pickle-themed activities such as making quick pickles and coloring the Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles coloring pages.

Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Free Coloring Pages Available!

I am very grateful my book was seen at Mt Olive Pickle Company and chosen for the Read Across Connecticut program. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope I hear more about it in the near future.

May you have a wonderful day!

Jobs of a Preschooler · Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles · Ramblings

10 Cookbooks for Kids

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Does your family have a favorite TV show you watch together?

My family enjoys watching MasterChef Junior, and I have been trying to find out when the new season will premiere. A while back, I had read it was going to start on February 26th this year.

But it didn’t.

Now, it appears it should be starting again on March 12th. I guess we will see if that date is correct. It is amazing to watch children between the ages of eight and thirteen create such elegant dishes. Especially when they use ingredients I don’t even recognize!

I enjoy watching how the kids often band together and encourage one another even though they are competing against each other. They are still competitive, but they are also compassionate.

Sometimes, I wish I could taste test the dishes the contestants have created. Other times, not so much.

from book Jobs of a Preschooler...preschooler being a taste tester

Be a taste tester like the girl in the book Jobs of a Preschooler.

I don’t think I could handle the challenging task of being a judge. The emotions of the kids when they are eliminated can be quite heartbreaking, and I don’t think I would want that responsibility.

My daughters and I do enjoy baking and creating foods together, and it is not uncommon to hear my daughters discussing with one another whether or not our food dishes are “MasterChef worthy”.

Typically they are not. And when they might be, it is probably because we found a good recipe to follow step-by-step and didn’t mess up.

If you have ever seen the show, you may know a Mystery Box Challenge is when the contestants have a large crate they can not see through in front of them flipped upside down. When the contestants are given permission, they lift the crate to discover an assortment of ingredients they use to make a dish.

A few years ago, we celebrated the start of the MasterChef Junior season with our own Mystery Box Challenge. My girls were nervous as they lifted the crate because they had no idea what I was going to have them create.

I think they were pleasantly surprised when they lifted the lid and found vanilla ice cream, marshmallows, M&Ms, cookies, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, saltine crackers, nuts, and a few other items that could be used as toppings on ice cream.

So, it wasn’t a true Mystery Box Challenge. I didn’t have them cook or bake anything, and I didn’t taste test either of their creations.  But we still had fun.

From book Jobs of a Preschooler...Preschooler being a chef

Be a chef like the girl in the book Jobs of a Preschooler.

This is a picture of one of their creations. It had vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallows, M&Ms, and broken cream filled cookies mixed together.

ice cream creation

Unfortunately, I can’t find the picture of my other daughter’s creation. I personally would have prefered vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, and crushed saltine crackers mixed together.

Yes, crushed saltine crackers in my ice cream. It’s tasty!

No pickles, though.

from Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles book

Illustration from Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles

When I celebrated National Pickle Day, I had one student tell me he likes olives in his ice cream when I gave him a coloring page for the picture above. I’m kind of curious if he really does.

Cookbooks for Kids

If you have a little chef at home who would like to do some cooking, you may want to check out some of these cookbooks for kids.

This is an older book (c 1994), but my daughters and I (along with a few friends) enjoyed bringing science into the kitchen with the included experiments and recipes. Along with the experiments and recipes to try at home, The Science Chef explains different kitchen tools, measuring techniques, stovetop cooking terms, and safety rules. It also defines various cooking skills such as the difference between chopping, dicing, mincing, and slicing. Perfect for the little scientist who also likes to cook!

What is your favorite recipe?

Check out these posts for more fun with food.

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20 Gifts Under $20 for Pickle Lovers

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National Pickle Day is this Wednesday, November 14th!

I have put together a list of 20 pickle-themed gifts for pickle lovers under $20 that would be great for a variety of ages.

These pickle-themed items may even make great Christmas gifts! Can you believe Christmas is already next month?

I found all of these items by doing an online search. The only item that I have actually seen in person is item number one, so please do your own research before making a purchase to determine if it is truly what you want.

1. Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Book

Of course I had to put Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles on this list! This is a great gift for children and adults (so I’ve been told). Free coloring pages and activity ideas are available to go along with the book if you are interested.

2. I Heart Pickles T-Shirt 

I have seen quite a few pickle-themed shirts, but I like how simple this I Heart Pickles T-Shirt is. It’s available in sizes for youth, men, and women.

3. I’m Kind of A Big Dill T-Shirt 

Here is another simple pickle t-shirt with a little humor. This “I’m kind of a big dill” t-shirt is available in sizes for youth, men, and women. It is also available in five different colors: asphalt (shown in picture), black, cranberry, grass, and navy.

4. Pickle Pen 

Many of the reviews state that this pickle-shaped pen is cheaply made; however, it may make an interesting gag gift.

5. I’m Kinda a Big Dill Ceramic Mug

This may make a great gift for those who like pickles and hot drinks, although the thought of the two being mixed together doesn’t sound very appetizing. Coffee and pickles anyone? I like that the handle is shaped like a pickle on this “I’m kinda a big dill” ceramic mug.

6. I Love You More Than Pickles Box Sign 

If you can’t stand pickles, then maybe you shouldn’t buy this for someone you love. That would be a little insulting, don’t you think? Instead, those who love pickles may be interested in buying this “I love you more than pickles” sign for their loved ones.

7. Pickle Lover Street Sign Sticker Decal 

I’m curious what would be the best location to place this 8.25″ x 2″ Pickle Lover Dr sticker decal. Do you have any ideas?

8. Pickle Fabric Button Earrings 

These pickle fabric button earrings are handmade in Omaha, Nebraska. I laughed when I read the part of the description that states “ears are NOT included”. It appears as though there are multiple designs available besides pickles including science, pigs, manatees, basketballs, dragonflies, sea horses, and more.

9. Pickle Charm Hypoallergenic Stud Earrings 

These pickle earrings look like pickles cut in half lengthwise on the backs. As of this writing, there were no reviews of this product.

10. Pickle Slice Earrings 

I haven’t worn earrings in so long that the earring holes in my ears have closed, yet I included three pairs of earrings in this list. I’m sharing them because I thought each pair looked so unique and different. Part of the description of these pickles slice earrings states that these are “straight from the pickle jar to your ears”, but I’m assuming they are not real pickles. These pickle slice earrings also have no reviews as of this writing, but I think they look cute in the picture.

11. I’m Kind of A Big Dill Bib

Aren’t all babies “kind of a big dill”? Sorry, I don’t think this would fit on an adult because it only comes in size small. It also only comes in this light blue color.

12. Lil’ Pickle Short Sleeve Onesie 

This “Lil’ Pickle” short sleeve onesie is available in five sizes: newborn, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months. I think it would be funny to get a picture of a little one trying a pickle for the first time while wearing this short sleeve onesie.

13. I’m Kind of A Big Dill Long Sleeve Onesie

This “i’m kind of a big dill” long sleeve onesie is available in size 6 months. Wouldn’t it look cute on a baby boy or girl?

14. Zippered Pickle Pillow Case

This is a large 20″ x 54″ zippered pickle pillow case, not an actual pillow.

15. Keep Calm and Eat Pickles Pillow Case 

This is a 16″ x 16″ pillow case with a reminder to “Keep Calm and Eat Pickles”.

16. Bring Me a Pickle Socks

These socks are only available in one size. There are multiple other possibilities to choose from besides “a pickle” such as “bring me ice cream” or “bring me popcorn”.

17. Rubber I Heart Pickles Bracelet 

This is a simple silicone rubber I Heart Pickles wrist band bracelet available in green.

18. Personalized Pickle Charm Bracelet 

This pickle cord charm bracelet can be personalized with a letter of choice.

19. Pickle Apron

This pickle apron could be used for any pickle lover who also enjoys cooking or maybe even crafting. It includes a pocket to hold small items.

20. Pickle Coin Purse

This zippered pickle coin purse may become a pickle lover’s favorite coin purse.

Will you be purchasing a pickle-themed item as a gift this year?



Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles · Ramblings

Quick Fresh Salsa

My family enjoyed making pickles in July, which just happened to be National Pickle Month. Although we didn’t have enough cucumbers in our garden to make all of our pickles, I do enjoy being able to use our own fresh produce when possible. In fact, Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles began the day I was in my former garden picking cucumbers to make pickles.

We had a large garden at our previous house, which I loved. It was nice having a wide variety of produce in our garden and multiple fruit trees in our yard. Now that we are at a different location, our garden consists of a variety of plants we are growing in pots on our deck and patio.

It is definitely different (and takes less time) than what we had before, so it has been a little bit of a learning process. I am glad we have still been able to enjoy some of our own fresh produce.

We use to have sixteen jalapeno plants, so we pickled a lot of jalapenos and made/froze a lot of jalapeno poppers. Now, we have four jalapeno plants. I am glad we have still been able to enjoy quite a few jalapeno poppers, and we have been able to pickle two quarts of jalapenos (so far).

Pickled Jalapenos

We’ve canned salsa in the past, but since we don’t have as many plants anymore, I was really excited when we had enough peppers and tomatoes to make some fresh salsa. One of my daughters and I ended up making two varieties of salsa.

We picked some tomatoes, a jalapeno, and a green pepper.

We rinsed them off, diced the tomatoes, and cut and deseeded the peppers.

salsa making

In our first batch, we mixed diced tomatoes, cut jalapenos, a splash of vinegar, and some salt. Our second batch was less spicy and included diced tomatoes, diced green peppers, diced onions, a splash of vinegar, and some salt.

The salsa was really simple to make and tasty to eat with some tortilla chips.

Do you have a garden to enjoy some fresh produce?

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Pickle Making During National Pickle Month

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I had a lot of fun celebrating National Pickle Day last November, but I really haven’t done much to celebrate National Pickle month this year. You do know July is National Pickle month, right?

Well, my family and I had the opportunity to can some pickles the other day just in time for National Pickle month. This is a family activity I enjoy doing that we didn’t get a chance to do last year. This year, we planted cucumber seeds, but we have only been getting enough cucumbers to pick and enjoy fresh with our meals or to quick pickle in small amounts. We simply haven’t had enough cucumbers picked all at one time to justify digging out the canning supplies.

Thankfully, we know someone who has been blessed with an abundance of cucumbers this year who was gracious enough to pass some on to us.


I was excited to finally be able to can again even though it took me a little while to find my canner* and canning supplies in some boxes in my basement. I am certainly not a canning expert, but I have enjoyed canning pickles, jalapenos, peaches, pears, and salsa in the past with my family. Online recipes and information are great!

My favorite pickles (practically the only pickles that I actually enjoy) are bread and butter pickles. I absolutely love my grandma’s homemade bread and butter pickles. She makes refrigerator bread and butter pickles with her recipe (no canner or extra equipment required). I adjust her recipe a little when we can the pickles so that the ingredients fill the jars and are safe to store on a shelf until eaten at a later date.

We began our pickle making process (once the canner and supplies had been located) by washing all of the canning equipment and cucumbers. We divided the amount of water needed in the canner between the canner and another pot so the water heated up quicker. Heating the canner filled with water can take a lot of time! It doesn’t help that I somehow manage to fill the pots with more water than needed, which takes even more time to heat and remove when steaming hot.

My daughters often have the job as “cucumber taste tester”. Essentially, they taste and approve or disapprove a small slice of each cucumber before we put them in the jars. They get a healthy snack while helping with the pickling process.

They are now getting older and were promoted to cucumber slicers as well as cucumber taste testers this year. I cut a few of the cucumbers, and then they cut the rest. They also helped add the slices of cucumbers to the jars once each cucumber was approved. Just incase you are wondering, all of the cucumbers were approved this time around. I also cut and added a few slices of onions to each of the jars.

I tried pushing the cucumber slices and onion slices down into the jars as much as possible. Then, I added 1/4 tspn tumeric, 1/4 tspn celery seed, and 1/4 tspn mustard seed to each of the jars.

I filled my kitchen sink with some hot (not boiling) water and set all six of the quart sized jars in the sink so the outsides would not be cold when placed in to the boiling bath of water in the canner. I don’t want the sudden change of temperature to cause the jars to burst open.

While the jars were being filled, I heated and mixed 8 cups vinegar, 8 cups sugar, and just over 2/3 cup canning and pickling salt. Once the sugar and salt was completely dissolved, I let the vinegar mixture cool slightly.

From there, my husband and I added the vinegar mixture to each of the jars, making sure to leave some empty space at the top of the jars. We had a little bit of the mixture left over, which I poured into a separate jar to make refrigerator pickles with future cucumbers we pick. We wiped off the tops of the jars, placed the lid inserts (which had been warmed in a small pot) on each jar, and then carefully tightened the rings on to each of the jars.

We removed the jars from the kitchen sink where they had still been sitting in hot water, shook them a little to mix all of the ingredients, set them in the canning rack (included with our canner), and placed them gently in to the canner (after removing all of the extra unneeded hot water from the canner). Our daughters don’t get to partake in this part of the process since it involves very hot water and jars that could break.

Once the filled jars sat in the boiling water for 15 minutes, my husband removed the jars from the canner one by one and placed them on a towel on our counter. All six of the lids sealed within a few minutes. I love hearing the sound of them popping as they seal!

Don’t they look yummy?

Canned Bread and Butter Pickles

I dated the lids and shook the jars around some more to allow the ingredients to mix together. These will be stored out of direct sunlight and eaten some time in the future. I’m excited to see how they will taste – hopefully delicious!

Have you ever made pickles? If so, what kind of pickles do you like to make?

(* This links to the canner that I use; however, I have had it for many years and did not pay what it is currently listed for. If you are interested in canning, there are other canners available at a lower cost. Unfortunately, I do not have any experience with any other canner, so I wouldn’t be able to make a good recommendation.)

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