Shrubs and still more salt preserving

I really may never tire of salt preserving. I finally got around to making some lime cilantro salt a couple of weeks ago and can’t wait to use it to season some flanks steaks soon. I used the lemon garlic parsley salt this weekend in my warm potato salad, and it was great….especially reheated the next day! Sorry no picture!

And now that it is practically the end of March, it’s time to write about this month’s preserving challenge….shrubs. I had heard the term, but, before this month, I couldn’t have explained what they were. However, I am now a shrub convert! I made a strawberry balsamic shrub following a recipe from the Sweet Remedy blog. I can’t believe how much I am loving adding a splash of it to a glass of seltzer water for a refreshing drink. I’m also planning to try it in iced green tea and use it in a homemade salad dressing. I used the last pound of strawberries in the freezer for this recipe and am really looking forward to trying it with more strawberries this spring, peaches this summer…oooohh, and cherries and raspberries and the list goes on!

Unfortunately, I haven’t made much progress in my quilting projects this month. I pulled out a project that I started in 2014, Lisa Bongean’s 10th anniversary stitch along. I kept up fairly well for awhile, and then I didn’t 😀. I really want to get this completed because I think I’m going to try to hand quilt it or maybe machine quilt. Obviously, I don’t have that part figured out, but it really inspires me to try to quilt it myself because it is relatively small, and with all the different borders, I can really play with some different designs. I found this blog post which is also inspiring me to quilt it. Now just to find the blog post to inspire me to finish piecing it 😀. Here is where I am so far. 

Our local quilt show is this weekend at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. I’ll share some of my favorite quilts after the show is over.

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Not quite done with salt preserving…. and another finished quilt project

I was very interested in the topic of salt preserving that was introduced in February’s Food in Jars challenge and wasn’t quite done after the salt preserved lemons. This evening I finally had all the ingredients to make lemon parsley garlic salt from Preserving by the Pint. It smells amazing! It’s sitting out on the plate for the next few days to dry out. 

Then it will go in a glass jar to sit in the pantry with my other spices. I’m excited to experiment with it and taste how much fresher it is going to be compared to commercially available flavored salts. And it was so easy that I might not be done…..cilantro lime salt, anyone? #fijchallenge

In the world of quilting, I was able to complete my Annette challenge last week. Annette was a member of my quilting guild and bee and a dear friend. She passed away last year, and we are putting together a display at our quilt show next month. She loved snowmen so when I saw this pattern from Primitive Gatherings, I knew this is what I wanted to make and display in memory of Annette.

I have a small series of gardening classes starting this weekend offered by my county extension office. I hope it inspires me because I have done zero planning for my garden this year, and although there is snow outside now, spring is coming!