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Happy Birthday, Sweet Wheat!

He doesn’t have a facebook page or a twitter account (although he does have Instagram!), so if you see him around today, tell Wheat HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Wheat & Juin 2015 | oysters and pearls

I hope that your day is full of golf, football, Juin, fall weather, and all the sweets – I even promise not to make any sweet tooth comments!  Love you!!

And in case anyone is interested in some really great guy gifts, Wheat was thrilled with his this morning. :)  He got a new pair of briar britches from Kevin’s for his upcoming pheasant hunting trip to North Dakota (not pictured) already, but today he awoke to a Yeti cooler cup (also from Kevin’s), a shotgun shell carrier from Sturdy Brothers (not for sale online, but they’ll have them at Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival again this year!), a Sturdy Brothers Sturdy Square (a pocket square or handkerchief), and a Bixby beard comb I also picked up at our Maiden South pop up at Sturdy Brothers last week. I may or may not hope this encourages him to grow his beard again…


Not (completely) pictured is the blaze orange hat Wheat requested for his North Dakota trip.  I’m still working on it!  But Harold is obviously a huge help when it comes to hand knitted gifts.

Just in case any knitters are interested, the yarn is a superwash worsted by Sweet Georgia (colorway: Dutch) that I purchased at (where else?) Fuzzy Goat. For those of you not near Thomasville, you can find it online directly from Sweet Georgia Yarns here.  The pattern is the same one I knitted for my dad last year (and for Wheat last year using Spud & Chloe Sweater in Penguin).  You can find the pattern in my Ravelry projects here – and find & friend me on Ravelry @ oystersandpurls!

Happy Birthday, sweet Wheat!!!
Until Next Time - oysters and pearls



Wheat with Trout on Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

I know so many things are all about me and my hobbies and interests and jobs these days, so thank you for being the most patient person alive and putting up with all of my shenanigans.  You are the very best, sweet Wheat, and I love ya!!

For everyone else, please enjoy this ridonculous medley of pictures of my husband.

Wheat at Upper Falls, YNP | Oysters & Pearls Wheat on Observation Point Trail, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & Pearls Wheat at Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park | Oysters & Pearls Wheat and a Fly Fisherman | Oysters & Pearls Wheat and Juin the French Brittany, At Six Weeks Old | Oysters & Pearls Wheat and a Scamp | Oysters & Pearls Natalie and Wheat - Sweetwater 2014 | Oysters & Pearls Wheat Climbs the Tree | Oysters & Pearls Wheat & Natalie, 2014 French Brittany Field Trials | Oysters & Pearls Wheat, Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls Wheat & Cloud Eggnog, Christmas 2013 Natalie & Wheat in Central Park, Thanksgiving 2013  | Oysters & Pearls Wheat and Century Tower | Oysters & Pearls Wheat & Harold | Oysters & Pearls st joe beach wheat

You’re welcome, world.

Until Next Time

Pickled Green Tomatoes

This is another belated pickling post, but with another crop of Fall tomatoes on the horizon, I thought it would be a good time to share this pickled green tomato recipe.

Better late than never, right?

Pickled Sliced Green Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

At the very tail end of our Summer tomato crop, we were left with quite a few green tomatoes.  We decided to go ahead and pick them all and tear out the plants, as they were quickly rotting thanks to the relentless monsoons.  Thank goodness for gorgeous, *dry* Fall weather!

I followed Garden Betty’s recipe for the most part, but left some spices out and added some based on what was in my cabinet.

Pickled Green Tomatoes
makes as many jars as you have tomatoes


Basic Brine Ratio:
– 1 cup cold water
– 1 cup white distilled vinegar (5% acidity)
– 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Pickling Spices (per jar):
– 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
– 1 teaspoon celery seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
– 1 garlic clove, peeled


Wash and dry tomatoes and slice them however you like.  I did some cherry tomatoes whole or in half, and sliced some bigger green tomatoes into round slices, and some into quarters.  Do what feels right!

Fill each jar with pickling spices of your choice – really, it can be anything as long as your brine has the correct ratio.  Get creative!

Pack the jars as tightly as you can with tomatoes.  I could have packed mine much more tightly, but didn’t want to mix slices.

Bring vinegar mixture to a boil and ladle into jars over tomatoes and spices, leaving about a half-inch of headspace.  Use a chopstick to de-bubble, or just gently tap the jars down on the counter a few times to release bubbles.  Tighten the bands down over the lids, and process for 15 minutes.

Remove with a jar lifter to a dish towel spread out over the counter and let cool.  The jars will pop as they seal.  If any jars don’t seal, refrigerate them immediately.

Pickling Green Tomatoes  | Oysters & Pearls

These are SO great on salads, in relishes, in chicken salad, on burgers….  Or alone, if that’s your thing.

Pickling Green Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

I would also like to reiterate my love for the new blue Ball jars.  And to send my awesome Mama a shout out for always picking me up a case whenever she sees them!  They make pickles even prettier.

Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

Perfect mason, indeed.

And because you haven’t had a good dose of Harold in a few days, here’s a half wet, extremely displeased Harold after his bath the day I made these pickles.

Harold Hates Baths | Oysters & Pearls

You’d think he would learn to quit rolling in small dead animals.  Quit acting like a dog, Harold.

And last today, but most definitely NOT least, I’d like to tell my amazing husband HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I attempted to shock and amaze you with a surprise party!


Love you so much, old man! ;)

Bring on the birthdays!!  And Fall tomatoes! And pumpkins!  And everything else that Fall entails.

#fallingforFall #pumpkin #PSL

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