Well it's that time of the year when we reflect on the things we did or didn't do and start thinking about what to do in the New Year. I have never been good at making or keeping New Year resolutions and like to keep any goals very general. This way I can focus on what I did achieve no matter how small or inconsequential they may seem!
One of the things I wanted to try this year was Pickled Zucchini Slices - yes, I've eaten it many times courtesy of the other Friday Girls, but I've never made it. I'm more of a cake or dessert girl, possibly because Mum baked them effortlessly. Preserves were never a great success no matter how closely Mum followed the instructions. An accident with the pressure cooker put a halt to any more attempts. So preserves have always been a mystery to me.
These things cannot be rushed. The recipe book was purchased over 12 months ago and suitable jars collected all year. I was determined to make them the week before Christmas (your supposed to let the flavours infuse for a week before consuming them). I sliced everything up and realised it would not fit in my saucepan. Yes, I had to buy a bigger one. My pickles may not look gourmet but they do have a gourmet price tag!
This year I've managed to finish quilts started ages ago and made a collection of little red and white ones, but right now what I am most excited about, is the pickles.
I guess it's no surprise one of my 2011 goals will be to make more.
Wishing you a year of much laughter and many achievements.
Hi Marg. Your Pickles look fab and I bet they taste beautiful. I'm so glad your new Saucepan did the trick - pretty funny.. Im always chuffed when I finish a batch, 'To Sew or to Pickle?' 'To Pickle or to Sew'.... Lots of love from Tassie.
Posted by: Michelle Williams | January 01, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Happy New Year, Marg - can't wait to see what you create next year - have fun pickling:))
Posted by: Jenny | December 31, 2010 at 07:07 PM
Well done getting the pickles made Marg! I love the feeling of achievement when a goal is realised...have a wonderful and creative 2011.
Posted by: Lorraine | December 31, 2010 at 01:57 PM
Hi Marg, Looking forward to learning more from you with regard to designing in the new year. Im going to let me creative juices flow this year.... Woo hoo....
Posted by: Michele Kampen | December 31, 2010 at 01:47 PM
Good on you for making your gourmet priced pickles! ;) A good excuse to shout yourself a new saucepan!
Posted by: Maree @ Farmyard Crafts | December 31, 2010 at 09:48 AM
Thank you for your good wishes. A Happy New "pickling" Year to you too.
Posted by: Elyte | December 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM