Kitchen August 20 2012

BonBon Break


Refrigerator pickles are an easy, quick, and delightful way to put a dent in your bounty of cucumbers this summer. This recipe is vinegary, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and a little bit dilly, but it’s flexible enough for you to make it your own by omitting or adding ingredients of your choosing. Just one bit of advice: consider making a double batch. We tore through the first batch in no time flat. They are THAT good.

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I saw this on Pinterest recently. It’s from a website called Beyond The Grades. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that’s where this comes from….because it’s a THIRD GRADE teacher’s website. lol. Nothing against Mrs. Rivera. Her website is amazing! I just have to laugh at the fact that this is 3rd grade stuff that I find so amazing. 🙂 I apparently didn’t pay too close attention in 3rd grade.

So here is the 411 on how to remember how many cups are in a gallon, etc.

There are 2 Cups in a Pint
There are 2 Pints in a Quart
There are 4 Quarts in a Gallon

Two “C’s” fit inside a “P,” two “P’s” fit inside a “Q,” and four “Q’s” fit inside a “G.” Brilliant!

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About Jillee: Jill Nystul is the creative force behind One Good Thing By Jillee. She started the website in June of 2011 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise in readership since that time. She attributes this success to savvy readers that desire to enrich their lives while recognizing the need to conserve time, money and resources. Her background in broadcast journalism and television talk show production have proved to be the perfect compliment for her blogging career and website mantra: “Sorting through the beautiful clutter of life to find that One Good Thing each day and sharing it with you.”

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In the first weeks of school, the cafeteria is filled with new lunch bags and carefully packed lunches. A few weeks in, the clatter of school lunch trays is a louder—when many of those children begin trading in their homemade lunches for school meals. What happened to the beginning of the year excitement and dedication to packing healthy school lunches every day?

Bag lunch burnout.

The beginning of the school year often begins with well-meaning, but over-effort lunch making. Simply put—parents are trying too hard to make really special lunches.

We share simple school lunch ideas for a stick-to-it plan to make packing school lunches quick and easy. Print our free printable of simple lunch ideas to keep on the fridge for ideas when packing school lunches—or, your own.

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About Heather: Heather Cahoon is a mother of more than a few children, and a bestselling children’s book illustrator and author, who treasures slow, under-scheduled days. Each week she shares creative, natural play inspiration, outdoor family activities, and wholesome recipes for children on . And, you can find her handmade designs at

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Pencil Push Up PopsSchool starts back this week for my nieces which seems super early. I mean I’m just now getting used to it being summer, and haven’t even taken any time off yet.

And now it’s the season’s signal that summer is almost over. Bummer.

But I thought I would make some cheerful Back to School sweets for the occasion. And also because for some strange reason I can’t get the song Back to School Again from Grease 2 out of my head. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that. I’m probably one of the few that’s seen the movie more than once. On purpose. I especially like when Michelle Pfeiffer sings Cool Rider. Cooo-ooo-ooo-ool Rider. Raise your hand if you like it, too. How many of you hear crickets right now and have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s okay. I’ll stop and talk about cake.

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