Spicy Garlic Quick Pickle Recipe

Since I wasn’t able to do a tutorial last time, I felt the least I can do is give you folks two – two recipes! A hah hah hah!

You may have noticed that I got rid of the spicy mac and cheese a while back because it got a little ridiculous on retrospect and I plan to revisit that recipe at some point anyhow. While I love baking, now and again I will make savory stuff and this is just another to add to my repertoire here. (As you guessed, my next recipe on queue will be back to baking, as well as tips on how I add/substitute ingredients like a mad scientist).

My mom and I got really into quick pickles last summer when a local patron from my home library/Saturday/on-call weeknights job had extra cucumbers and gave some to the staff to share. He grows HUGE vegetables and they are always delicious, so my mom and I always look forward to when his next crop comes in. When it comes to cucs, it means lots of quick pickles for lunchtime!

Momma does her’s pretty straightforward and of course is just as delicious; if you’re not big on spice or garlic (or cucumber skins, which are good for you by the way) you can omit those from this recipe and skin the cucumbers, and you basically have her version. Either way, be sure to make at least 4 servings of this stuff because they’re pretty addicting and will go fast.

 

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In the words of Nick’s friend and pickle connoisseur Nikki, “This is how you pickle!”

 

Spicy Garlic Quick Pickles (makes about 20 slices)

  • 1 large cucumber (don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on pickling cucumbers like Kirbies, but organic/homegrown does make a difference in moisture and flavor)
  • 1 tsp ground garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp turbinado/raw organic sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  1. Wash and cut the cucumber into 1/8″ slices. If the cucumber is thick, you can cut it in half before slicing. Leaving the skins on will keep its crunch while it brines, besides it being tasty. Put the slices in a sealable container at least 2 inches tall and set aside.
  2. In a separate cup, stir in the garlic powder, pepper flakes, sugar, and salt. Put in the hot water and stir until incorporated (I used about 3 tablespoons but this doesn’t need to be exact; you just need enough to melt everything.)
  3. Stir in the vinegar and pour the mixture over the cucumber slices. Refrigerate overnight or for a more robust flavor (and a lot of patience), at least 4 days. These will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks, but they never stayed long enough past that anyway so they very well could keep for longer.

Perfect for cold cut sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, or even by itself as a yummy summer side! Maybe in ice cream, if you’ve got those pregnancy munchies, I won’t stop you! These could also be chopped and stirred in mayonnaise for a special homemade tartar sauce for your fish and chips, mmm.

Happy pickling!

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Oops this was supposed to be a tutorial, really!

I planned to do a tutorial on a hardcover traveler’s notebook/bullet journal, but I realized that the references I used basically explained what I was about to post. So this will be a listdump instead, as well as a look at my current bujo and the one I am going to use next year. I really didn’t mean this to just be a post where I show off my notebooks, I swear! I’m a little sad I can’t do my tutorial now ^^; I had progress photos and everything all ready. Oh well.

Current (red on the left); blank for 2018 (kraft on the right)
Hardcover Custom notebooksPaper book sleeve

 

I’ve tried other planners but they either couldn’t stand up to the test of time (apparently I’m a little rough with my notebooks) or got too fussy, since I like to customize my pages and sandwich things as folders, etc. Before all this, I only really used those freebie personal planners, or the academic ones back in school, so I’m used to a no-frills/this-is-strictly-business format. The point of a planner is to be organized and plan properly, no?

Left is standard hardcover (fiction novel) with custom B6 paper. Right is a smaller hardcover (non-fiction in Spanish) with original-sized paper of 4″x6″.

Which is why I love dot grid paper and the traveler’s notebook format. Dot grid gives me the flexibility to make any layout I need on the fly, regardless of where in the notebook, and the actual booklets can be swapped in or out as needed in the cover. It takes a little more time to set up, but it saves me a lot of time and headaches in the long run as well.

Bonus to book covers – the sleeves can be pockets for notes, and to attach paperclips and little notepads. 

To keep organized and sort my thoughts, I try to use color and washi tape at a minimum. I like 1/8” grids since my writing isn’t really big, so it helps me measure things better and keep things more legible.

 

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I don’t write down my full-time hours unless it’s a change in schedule because..well…I remember to be there 5 days a week lol. 

 

 

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I wonder what I’ll make at my next office potluck?

 

My favorite bujo pages are for the video games I’m playing (knowing that I eternally will have a backlog!) as well as books I’m reading; this is my second spread actually, and I’ll likely hit another set before the end of the year too. I mainly read non-fiction like crafting or cooking, but you’ll see some fiction titles in there too.

 

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I plan to reformat this in my next bujo, since I play a lot of Vita/PSN apparently and ran out of room! Btw I’m also on Backloggery!

 

 

 

 

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Titles marked with “♦” were personal favorites of mine. Come to think of it, why didn’t I mark ‘Off to Be the Wizard’ as one!? Gasp.

 

Of course, if there’s a format you dig for your own bujo, feel free to copy :). I’m no notebook police so go ahead! Do you have a page or list you like in your own bujo or planner?

What’s New in the Shop? (August 20 edition)

It’s been an eventful week here for B.M.D. Studios! My Pachimari proofs came in earlier along the week and these are definitely my best work yet!

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Stitchimari in white and navy, also on Etsy!

The fabric here is a little different compared to my other proofs; I wanted to make an infinity scarf out of them this time, so I ordered them in fat quarters, and also in their chiffon. I used a white backdrop to have the pattern show better as a result. If you’re ordering in a sturdier fabric like cotton or twill, the design will still show up just as bright and bold as the others in my collections, so don’t worry!

Once my scarf is done, I hope to photograph it as a sample for made-to-orders on Etsy! I’m trying to do different things than zip pouches, though I have no problem still making those!

I also am working on my next tutorial (possible freebie?). You can see a sneak peek of part of what it looks like below!

 

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Sources: original dot grid paper printable and autumn floral pattern

 

 

Post-con review: Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2017

My committee wasn’t able to man our table due to lack of staff (weekends have been kicking our butts lately!) but I still wanted to enjoy the Expo anyway and attended on Sunday with a friend. We made like bandits! The selection from these collectors was amazing, and in incredible condition on top of that. These are no ordinary vendors who just pile in bargain bin GameStop fodder regardless of what state they’re in. If you’re on the hunt for something to start, continue, or complete your gaming collection, this is a perfect spot to go to without the hassle of navigating the boroughs and NYC.

 

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Shoutout to the Tuxedo Mask for our quick ‘skirmish’! 

Since there’s a lot of long-awaited Persona standoff titles coming out next year in Japan (I am excited for all of them!), I decided to be Mitsuru for the day and had no idea I’d get stopped so much for photos! Unfortunately I only have the one on my phone here above, but I’m still trying to find ones from CTCon, let alone from Sunday. (Over the years I’ve realized I will never get to see most of my cosplays online, so I don’t bother digging too much anymore. The fun is in the experience with friends and making new ones anyway!)

I’ve had bad experiences with Eternalcon at the Cradle of Aviation a few years ago, and was relieved to see their floor plans at the Expo here made way more sense of the space. (I know that the Cradle is a museum and was not really meant for stuff like this when it was designed, but still.) To this day I still kind of cringe when I hear an event wants to use the Cradle as their venue of choice, but I’m happy the Expo didn’t fall in that trap. Compared to its first year when I attended it briefly at the Upsky out east, there was way more room for them to really show what they had to offer.

Aside from navigating everything and checking out the selection of goods, I also appreciated that there was actual music playing throughout the Expo that weekend from live bands covering tracks of popular game themes. It made me a bit nostalgic for Video Games Live (which every fan should attend at some point in their life!). I still hover their tour date list for when they’re in New York again.

As a wrapup, I definitely will be returning to the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo! Hopefully they stay within the county since it’s centrally located for me and I know that area well (which means food isn’t an issue at all; the towns nearby all have really good restaurants). But even if they return out east it’s still only a drive away :).

 

New pattern preview – I leveled up!

How’s everyone this summer? I’ve been busy experimenting with Affinity Designer, as well as new pattern creations for the shop. I finally got the hang of seamless tiling at last, and my next design is my best one yet! I may even go back to some of my older designs and respin those :).

My Pachimari pattern is all set for some proofs, and I ordered myself fat quarters so I could turn the proofs into a really cute infinity scarf! I went for a fun sewing/plushie theme in this design. I’m stoked to see how it turns out in person!

As of the retro gaming expo next weekend, my committee was unable to cover enough staffing for our table, so we had to decline the offer. I will still be attending on the Sunday as Mitsuru, but now as a regular attendee! I haven’t been to the expo in a while so I’m curious to see how they’ve expanded.

That aside, I am still waiting anxiously on Kinokuniya’s contest that I entered last month, as this will determine if I’m able to put that design in my shop as well! There were so many amazing entries though…I’m not sure if I will get chosen but I wish everyone luck regardless!