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Monday, May 07, 2018

Another beginning - and from the kitchen

Over the weekend I started working on another barn landscape.  It doesn't look like much as yet, but thought I'd show you anyway.

DH puttered about in the kitchen and this is what he created...

Here's the recipe - just in case you'd like to make some too!

10 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced*
3 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 Tablespoons salt
2 cups white sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon celery seed
Combine cucumbers, onions, green pepper & 2 T. salt.   Cover with crushed ice and mix well.  Refrigerate for 8 hours.  Drain, rinse and drain again.
In large saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed and remaining salt.  Bring to a boil & cook and stir for one minute.  Spoon over cucumbers.  Pour into jars, leaving 1/2" headspace.  Cool.  Top with lids and freeze for up to 6 weeks. *NOTE:  DH uses English cucumbers.

Another anonymous quote..."Be thankful for all the troubles that you don't have"


  1. You are proof that practice makes perfect!! Remember when you started your FIRST barn?? You were my CQ inspiration and now you inspire me to continue to applique....striving for more than passable if not perfection. Practicing to perfection, lol.
    xx, Carol

  2. Barn is looking good! Love to see your process. Pickles look good to.

  3. Those pickles do look, love pickles! Another lovely barn in the making. You will be an old hand at them now. Love those mini gardens in a teacup. I might try one or's not like I don't have a few pretty cups hanging around. =) Enjoy your barn stitching, lovely Mary Anne.

  4. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Hi Maryanne your barn is coming along beautifully,well done and the freezer pickles look yummy xx

  5. Every time I see any barn I always think of you dear and your amazing way of recreating them in fabrics. Great beginning. Those Quilts...WOW! I love buttons but would never have enough for such fun collages. Tiny Amigurumis are so sweet. Thank you for sharing the pickle recipe. Amen to the quote! <3

  6. Hello Mary-Anne! I just love this new barn. I am sorry I haven't had much time to visit recently but moving home is a BIG undertaking and I am only just getting back to some semblance of order! I have seen a few glimpses of your barns and I just love what you have been doing! Hugs Christine x

  7. I like the green pastures in front of this barn. Yummy looking pickles!

  8. Looking back at the picture you're doing this new quilt from, I have to say yours is looking much prettier than the original. :) And in checking out the links you provided, I loved the sweet little baby dress!!! I don't think I've seen a sweeter one in fact. It's printing out as I type! ;^)

  9. 'Tis the season for canning and pickling - well, maybe, the beginning of the start - I'm just planting my garden and though I hope everything grows well, I know I'm making more work for myself with all of this! At least it's tasty work!
    Love your new project, and after scrolling down and looking at your previous building-themed works, I'd say this one will be another stunner. There's something wonderful about barns...

  10. Good start, Mary Ann.
    And you have a husband who makes pickles, nice.
    Those are cute teddies, thanks for the links.

  11. Wow - your DH is a treasure, what fabulous pickles. Talking of fabulous - your barn :) :) :)
    Wren x


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