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DIY Cat Grass Tutorial for Cats, Dogs, & You

I’m taking a break from my huge #trashure haul makeover fun to show you something I’ve been working on. When I see something that not only inspires me, but also is a way to upcycle, I can’t resist seeing it come to fruition. Like many of you, I want my family, including our beloved pets, to be healthy. I’m sharing how I created a DIY cat grass (aka. wheatgrass) planter to enjoy all year long using these hydroponic vases. Hang with me now…

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If you’re like me, winter can be a loooong time to wait to see beautiful blooms. Cabin fever really starts to get to get to me around late February to early March. Thankfully, there are ways to stave off my insanity by

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Roasted Stone Fruit Dessert

Eating fresh from the garden is the ultimate treat in the summertime, isn’t it? You can’t beat the flavor or the nourishing elements in food grown and prepared properly. Last month I shared with you one of our family favorite recipes, cabbage skillet pizza. At that time, I made a promised to do the same for each month we encounter as we continue on our grain-free journey. How does a roasted stone fruit dessert sound? Let me tell ya, you may be kissing that junky s’more goodbye!

Grain & Gluten Free Roasted Stone Fruit Dessert Cooked Campfire Style. Kick the S'more to the Curb by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com*post sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links to my resources listed below. (see full disclosure)

It is a simple to prepare and even can be made in advance for the family camping trip. It’s also versatile so that you can please every member of your family with their favorite stone fruit (peach, apricot, plum, cherries).

Selection of Fresh Sliced Nectarines for Roasted Stone Fruit Dessert by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Half of the fun of making s’mores is the roasting, and this sweet treat is just as fun! (psst…mom will feel better that there’s no sugar-high too.)

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Cabbage Skillet Pizza {Lasagna}

Summer is coming and so is the garden goodness we reap every year. Whether you grow your own, shop a farmer’s market or local grocery store, there’s nothing like fresh food. As I promised earlier this week and in my feeding a large family on a budget post, I am sharing a family favorite recipe with you today. Have you ever tried cabbage skillet pizza?

Skillet of Cabbage Pizza (aka Cabbage Lasagna) by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Before you wrinkle your nose at the thought of cabbage, let me just say that I didn’t like cabbage as a kid and didn’t even as an adult until I learned how to prepare it right. My kids have told me repeatedly that they love this almost more than our regular whole wheat pizza – now that’s saying something.

My kids aren’t picky, which in and of itself is a miracle because my mother swore to the highest heavens that she never saw a pickier eater than me. I admit I was, but I believe there was a reason.

Let me go back a few years and explain why I am making efforts in my household diet. I have always been an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and thought I was doing good.

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Dill Pickles ~ How to Make Fermented Crock Dill Pickles

Summer offers garden goodness and one of my all-time favorites are pickles.  If you eat the typical store-bought canned dill pickles or any canned pickle for that matter, you are completely missing out in more ways than one.

Washing Garden Pickle Cucumbers for Crock Dill Pickles with Recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

A LITTLE HISTORY

Fermented, or cultured foods, are an integral part to the human diet, and most do not understand how our bodies need them.  Not only is our gut is our second brain, and eating fermented foods nourishes it to the full, but we are also creating an awesome mini-system that fuels our bodies giving it what it needs to battle diseases and toxins.  Check out Mother Earth News (Aug.-Sept. 2013) for an excellent article. (see below for more resources)

Mother Earth News Issue 2013 | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesMy family is not what you would call your average grocery consumer.  However, we are whole food, real food, get-it-while-its-fresh food eaters making the most of every bite.  Now, I will say that we deviate from time to time, but for the most part, we avoid processed foods.

Likewise, we make our own ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, cortido (Latin sauerkraut), yogurt, buttermilk, crème fraiche, salsa, kefir….all fermented.

So, of course, we ferment our dill pickles, like the olden days…in crock, with a salt-water brine, just bubbling with goodness.  My kids salivate just waiting for them to be done.  What better healthy snack can I provide for them than a crisp, juicy, full-of-fermentation goodness dill pickle?

Want to make your own?  Here’s how.

How to Make Fermented Crock Dill Pickles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #recipe #food #diet

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You’ll need: (this is for a 1 gallon recipe. I use a 10 gallon crock…I have a family of 8 and we like to eat them all year)10 Gallon Crock for How to Make Fermented Crock Dill Pickles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

  1. 1 gallon crock or food-grade bucket, cleaned
  2. plate to fit inside crock or bucket, cleaned
  3. 6T. sea salt (3/8c.)
  4. 3-4 fresh dill flowering heads (you can use dried, 3Fresh Garden Dill for Homemade Fermented Dill Pickles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com-4t., but fresh is best)
  5. handful of oak, grape, or cherry leaves (Yes, leaves.  They make the pickles crisp!)
  6. 2-3 heads of garlic, not cloves, peeled
  7. a pinch of peppercorns
  8. 3-4lbs. unwaxed cucumbers (small pickle size)
  9. Large rock or weight, cleaned

LET’S MAKE DILL PICKLES

First, wash the pickles, and remove any blossoms being careful not to bruise them.  If you can’t get fresh ones, just soak the ones you have in some ice-cold water to freshen them up.  Then, place them in the crock along with the dill, leaves, garlic, and peppercorns.
Crock full of pickles for home fermentation by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNext, dissolve the sea salt in half a gallon of water and pour it into the crock.


Adding Water to Crock Dill Pickles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesNow, the pickles will float and you want them submerged.  Here’s where the plate comes in. Turn your plate upside down and push the pickles under the brine, making sure to catch them all. Place your large (clean) rock on top of the plate to keep the pickles submerged.

Using Stone Weight for Crock Dill Pickles by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, place a towel over top for a tent to keep the pesky flies and gnats out.

Batch of Crock Dill Pickles with Recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, you’ll need to check the pickles daily to see if there is any mold on the surface. However, don’t panic, just skim it off and wash the plate and rock (or weight) and replace them – mold is good.

Fermentation Happening in Crock Dill Pickles with Recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Skipping Foam off of Crock Dill Pickles with Recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDo the same the next day, and so on. In conclusion, after about a week, grab a pickle and give it a taste. In addition, you can stop the fermenting whenever you like the flavor.  My 10 gallon crock takes around 4 weeks to get it where I like it. A one gallon crock takes anywhere from 1-4 weeks.

Once you think they’ve pickled to your liking, just store them in a refrigerator for months. How easy was that?!

Any questions?  Please feel free to ask!

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In addition, more recipes like my fermented dill pickles:

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