Weekend in the Woods

Nic and I took a little weekend getaway to Canada. My parents kindly met us in Mackinaw City to take the dogs off our hands. We enjoy taking the dogs with us on trips, but we were bringing paddleboards and I didn’t want to leave them in the car. The weather on the drive was amazing. We drove through black storm clouds and ended up with some great rainbows. We arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, ON around 7 pm and did our grocery shopping. Is it just me, or does food and beer in Canada seem much more expensive?

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Cold Packed Hot Pepper Rings

I promised that I would be putting more of my recipes up. This recipe was given to me by a coworker. This coworker is always giving me cooking advice and bringing me samples of his food. He and is wife are food fanatics. I love to trade recipes and produce from our gardens. These pepper rings are for the refrigerator only. I don’t know if I would try canning them for storage because a) it has oil in it and I’m not sure how that works with canning and b) a water bath would probably make the peppers lose some of their crunch. These are very crispy and you can use them to top nachos, enchiladas, pizza, or just eat them right out of the jar like I do! I picked up banana peppers (a mixture of hot and mild) from my farmer’s market for 1.79 a pound. Feel free to halve the recipe if you don’t have enough fridge storage. This is so easy; you will be amazed.

Cold Packed Hot Pepper Rings:

  • 7-1/2 lbs of banana peppers
  • 2/3 – 3/4 cup canning salt
  • 2-3 heads of garlic diced
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 5 cups white vinegar (Heinz)

Slice the peppers into rings. I kept all of my seeds in them, but you can take them out if you want them less spicy. 

In a large bowl or container, add all of the ingredients and mix very well. Put the container in the fridge and let it sit overnight to absorb flavor. Stir it every so often, I just did it once before bed and once in the morning. 

Clean out a bunch of glass canning jars. Give the pepper mixture a good mix, and stuff those jars with the peppers. Make sure you get some liquid in there too, to keep them moist. You can keep the jars in the fridge for up to 2 months (maybe longer) but they wont last that long! 

*expect the oil to settle at the top of the jar after a while in the fridge. The oil gets cold and kind of forms a jelly. Just give it a good hard shake before you open the jars and it will be fine.

Post Cleanse

It has been almost 2 weeks since we ended our little body cleanse. I thought that I would tell you guys that I haven’t indulged in pop yet, which is a big feat for me. I am just not craving it like I used to before the cleanse. I have also noticed that certain foods make me feel awful. After I eat pizza or a big sandwich, I cramp up. My stomach feels like crap for a couple of hours afterwards. I think that cheese is something that my body rejects also. I feel very lazy and don’t want to move after I eat it. We haven’t bought milk since the cleanse ended either. Since we mainly use milk for only cooking, we have been keeping coconut and rice milk around. It is working great and I find that it doesn’t go bad as fast as normal milk.  Continue reading