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Sundays in Fall and beyond

It feels good to see the seasons change.   

You have so many options for creating at this time of year.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.  
Read on for the pickle recipe you can give as a gift with our festive mason jar lids....and rings

Enjoy these pickles all year round.....

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Ingredients 10-12 pickling cucumbers 4 cups water 2 1/2 cups white vinegar 2 tablespoons kosher salt (or more to taste) 1 teaspoon sugar big bunch of fresh dill is best, but you can use dried 1 head of garlic skins removed, cloves smashed (less if its a strong garlic) 10 peppercorn kernels

Instructions Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices or spears. Set aside To make brine, combine water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and swirl to make sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Add cucumbers to jars. Do not pack them super tight   
as you'll want room for the brine. Add the fresh 

dill, smashed garlic, and peppercorns t…
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Please share a moment of Silence  for all the People affected on 9-11 2001.

People all over the world suffered in so many ways.  Those who looked to American as a beacon of hope, those who loved this country, those whose lives were changed forever.

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