Friday Finds

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These DIY ice buckets are amazing.  It’s one of those projects that you reallllly wish you had thought of yourself so you could put it out in the blogosphere and claim it as your own.  But, alas, I didn’t.  So enjoy French By Design’s post.  If you’re not up for the full on ice bucket, you can make some beautiful ice cubes instead!


I want to make about a million of these to recognize those everyday heroes that remind us that kindness really is everywhere if you take a moment to notice it.  How special would you feel if a stranger gave you one?


Right after graduating from undergrad, I was a personal trainer.  I used to love using sliders but haven’t used them in years and it’s time to fire them back up!  They’re super effective, and you can easily substitute a towel (hard surfaces) or paper plates (carpet) to get the same effect.  Try this workout to feel the burn and see results.


It’s going to be steamy again this weekend (I’m not complaining, it’s better than -30 degrees and fearing for your life when you leave the house), and a frozen eucalyptus towel sounds like just the right way to lounge outside with a cocktail and still feel refreshed.


I have been dying to make these marshmallow fluff krispie treats.  Cookies and Cups actually claims that these are the best krispie treats out there, and from the looks of them they’re a strong contender.  I have to wait to make them until we go to a group outing where they’ll disappear immediately, because otherwise I know that I will eat the entire pan in a weekend.  Oops.


Have a really wonderful weekend, wear your sunscreen, and in the words of my personal hero Ellen, “Be good to one another.”

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Pickle Recipe Roundup

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Pickles are so delicious that at one point in time I actually thought I should be suspicious of anyone who doesn’t like them.  And then I met my fiancee.  Who hates pickles.  Over the past six years, I’ve slowly come around to accepting him for who he is – a pickle hater – but his pickle hating ways have not rubbed off on me in the slightest.  That being said, I’ve never actually made my own pickles and after seeing a few too many jealousy-inducing farmer’s market pics I think this year is the time to start!  Bon Appetit magazine has an amazingly beautiful spread on pickling in their current issue that has inspired my great search for the best pickle recipes to get started.


Here are a few that I am dying to try:

Classic Dill Pickles from Bon Appetit.  I always think it’s a good idea to start simple and work your way up.  This seems like a great, easy, basic recipe.


Old Fashioned Horseradish Pickles from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen.  A local butcher shop here, Von Hanson’s, makes horseradish pickles.  They are my all time favorite but a little pricey, so it would be great if I could come close at home!


While not exactly pickles, this Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish from Serious Eats is seriously tempting!


Who doesn’t love garlic?  I can’t wait to try these Fast Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles from Epicurious.


Just so you don’t think I’m discriminating against all of the other pickle-able foods out there, check out this article on 20 Surprising Things You Can Pickle.  Watermelon?  Whaaaat?!?


Before you decide to hop on the pickle bandwagon, check out this article about the 7 Common Quick Pickling Mistakes.


Do you have any tried and true pickle recipes you think I should try? 

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