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 πŸ˜€. 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 πŸ˜€. 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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