Homemade Pickles

There are two types of people in this world, those who love pickles and those who don’t.  I fall into the first group. My dad loves pickles and as a kid I remember eating pickles with everything. (Including our famous peanut butter and pickle sandwich, try it some time!)

Homemade pickles are actually really easy to make and so delicious. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep them for the fridge!

I absolutely love homemade (or house made at a restaurant) pickles. There is nothing better than a cripsy dill pickle on a sandwich or burger. So delicious!

A few years ago I made these cold crock pickles and they were so easy I couldn’t believe it. Not only where they easy, they were delicious!

Remember you need pickling cucumbers to make these pickles. Pickling cucumbers are shorter with thinner skins and usually have bumps on them. Salad cucumbers are longer and have tougher skins.

Homemade Cold Crock Pickles
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
These homemade cold crock pickles are easy to make and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup fresh dill
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup non-iodized salt
  • 3 quarts water
Instructions
  1. Heat the water, salt, and vinegar and vinegar until it comes to a boil.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 7 minutes.
  4. Layer garlic, dill, and cucumbers in a large crock (I use a giant mason jar).
  5. Pour liquid over the cucumbers.
  6. Let cool another 10 minutes.
  7. Loosely cover the top of the crock.
  8. Store in refrigerator for one week.

 

This is how simple it is, layer your cucumbers, garlic, and dill. This is a fun cooking project for the kids too!

I’ve tried a few other pickle recipes and they called for too many ingredients or made it much harder than it needed to be. This cold crock recipe is really the simplest one I’ve tried and the best.

You’ll never go back to store bought dills after you try this!

See all of The Happy Housewife’s recipes here!

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie

Jump in to summer with this refreshingly light and natural Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie. Found at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

Jump into summer with this refreshingly light and naturally sweet raspberry pineapple smoothie. I don’t know about you, but when the weather warms up, I just want to jump in a pool and enjoy the bright, beautiful weather.  Floating on the water with a cool drink in my hand is just about heaven on earth, in my opinion.

This smoothie reminds me of all the good things about summer.  The fruits are bright and delicious, not to mention full of vitamins to help me enjoy my days.  The yogurt adds lots of protein to power my afternoons.  I just can’t get enough of the cool freshness of smoothies!

Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple junks with juice, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup apple juice or water (or dairy substitute)
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender. If the liquids do not reach the top of the solids, then you can add more apple juice or water.
  2. Puree.
  3. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Jump in to summer with this refreshingly light and natural Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie. Found at The Happy Housewife

You might also like…

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Baked Chicken Fries

Baked Chicken Fries at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

If you’re looking for a delicious finger food for a crowd, these Baked Chicken Fries are the perfect hearty appetizer. With very few ingredients, it’s easier than you might think to make these delicious snacks.

Serve them at the big game or as an appetizer at a dinner party. They’re delicious with a side of ranch and veggies or spicy hot wing sauce.

Baked Chicken Fries
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts (around 1¼ pounds) cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 box chicken flavored stuffing mix (6 ounce package)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, grind contents of stuffing box into a fine powder.
  3. In a gallon zipper bag, combine stuffing powder, flour, and cornmeal.
  4. In a shallow dish, place the butter and heat it on high in the microwave just until melted. Add hot water and stir together. Add eggs and whisk to combine.
  5. Add a few pieces of chicken to the gallon bag and toss to coat the chicken. Shake off excess crumbs and transfer chicken to the egg mixture. Move the chicken back to the crumb bag to coat once more.
  6. Place the chicken on the lined baking sheet and arrange flat so it cooks evenly.
  7. Repeat these steps until all chicken is coated with crumbs, egg, and crumbs again.
  8. Bake at 425 for 8 minutes and use tongs to turn the chicken over. Bake for another 7 - 9 minutes until light golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and serve warm with your favorite veggies and dip.

Baked Chicken Fries at The Happy Housewife

You might also like…

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn Holiday Gift Idea at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

This Peppermint Crunch Popcorn is a great gift idea for teachers and coaches. It takes only a few ingredients, and kids can help make it themselves.

If you can’t find the peppermint wafers in your grocery store, most craft stores carry them in the candy and cake decorating section. You can also substitute white vanilla candy melt wafers if the peppermint ones are not to be found.

Tip: Coconut oil is a great way to thin out the candy wafer a little. It helps them melt smoothly and flow through the condiment bottle. Also, make sure the condiment bottles and lids are dry because any liquid will cause the candy to harden.

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn Holiday Gift Idea at The Happy Housewife

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
Special Equipment Needed
  • 2 condiment squeeze bottles
Instructions
  1. Use an air popper to pop the popcorn according to manufacturer instructions, and spread the popped corn out on baking sheets in a single layer.
  2. Melt the peppermint candy wafers in a mug with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Place the mug in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. If it’s not completely melted, microwave for 15 seconds and stir. Candy should be smooth.
  3. Pour melted candy into completely dry condiment bottle. Repeat for red candy melts.
  4. Drizzle popcorn with all of the melted peppermint (white) wafers, sprinkle on the crushed mints, and then drizzle with the melted red wafers.
  5. Let cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn Holiday Gift Idea at The Happy Housewife

You might also like…

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.