Archive for August 2nd, 2011

Honey Lemon Refrigerator Pickles (Bread and Butter Style)

Yesterday I confessed my new obsession with cucumbers and shared a healthy version of refrigerator pickles using apple cider vinegar and honey.  You can find that recipe here.  I also shared that I found another refrigerator pickle recipe that was so unique I just had to try it. 

Instead of the traditional vinegar and sugar, the base of this recipe is lemon juice and honey.  Then you add a variety of spices including turmeric and cloves. 

I am no pickle connoisseur, but I would say that these pickles resemble bread and butter pickles with an interesting kick from the clove.  I did a quick search for bread and butter pickle recipes and found that turmeric is pretty standard, cloves appear occasionally and lemon and honey are rare.

I served both pickle recipes to an expert my pregnant sister in law.  She had not had refrigerator pickles before today.  She enjoyed the Honey Sweetened Pickles and could not taste the honey.  When she tried the Honey Lemon Pickles she agreed that they tasted similar to bread and butter pickles with a kick.  She could not identify the kick as cloves.

I have to admit, I don’t like to eat these pickles straight from the jar.  Maybe this is because I don’t really like bread and butter pickles.  But I added them to my hamburger last night and my turkey sandwich today.  I really, really liked what they added to my sandwiches.

Give ’em a try and let me know what you think!

Honey Lemon Refrigerator Pickles

This makes 3 pints so I halved the recipe.


  • 6 cups Cucumbers, sliced
  • 2 cups Onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Kelp Powder (Don’t have kelp?  You could try 1/4 tsp salt.)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves


  1. Put cucumbers and onions in a large glass bowl.  Add remaining ingredients to a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook and stir until honey is dissolved.
  2. Pour the liquid over the vegetables and stir well.  Let the cucumbers cool while keeping them submerged.
  3. Transfer pickles to jars and refrigerate at least 24 hours.
  4. Store in refrigerator.

This recipe came from From Asparagus to Zucchini.

GratiTuesday: Dressage Team USA

Tori is second from the left.

I mentioned last week that we were going to Lexington to support my sister and the USA dressage team at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship. I bet many of you are wondering exactly what that means.

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. Many of North America’s best equestrians who now regularly represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of international experience at NAJYRC.  (Source)

Six countries competed in an event that one might call the equestrian junior Olympics.  There was a moving opening ceremony in which the teams paraded in carrying flags and banners.  One by one their names were called.

We were in the nosebleed section. See all the countries lined up in the back?

The heat was unbearable.  It was so hot the dress jackets were banned and the riders were ordered to wear their team shirt.

Can you believe I forgot my camera? All I have is this picture from our iphone.

It was no easy decision to postpone college and train full time with hopes of making the team.  In spite of not having a horse for this level of competition, my sister put off all fear of failure and decided to go for her dreams.  This attitude most definitely comes from our Dad.

Tori rocked the scoreboard the first day but she did not do as well the second day. Though she was disapointed, we were and still are very proud of her. One of her coaches wrote on her facebook page “‘Success is a journey, not a destination.’  Stay with the journey, Tori!”  I can’t wait to see what she does next year!

This post is part of GratiTuesday.