Back when I was pregnant with Thatkid, I was looking for something else when I stumbled upon these mother/baby bird necklaces. I fell instantly in love and knew I had to have it.
I love the symbolism of it, and it fit so well with the bird-themed nursery I had for Thatkid. I still wear it pretty religiously, but recently I decided I needed to upgrade. After all there's only one baby bird on this necklace, and soon I'll be having two under my wing.
I asked for a 2-baby option for the holidays, but when it didn't materialize as a gift, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Except, the whole symbolism of the birds isn't as meaningful this time around because Oppo-baby isn't getting a bird nursery. The nursery this time is going to revolve around rockets. And so I went looking for a rocket necklace.
I wasn't finding anything that really fit the bill, so I contacted an Zealous Bee on Etsy and asked if they could help make my vision a reality. They agreed, and together, after several back and forths, we designed exactly what I was looking for:
Pregnancy is a fun time to splurge. On things like necklaces or things like ice cream sundaes. Personally, I'm always a fan of vinegary things when pregnant. Like salad dressing. And pickles. And while I prefer dill pickles, I've been really enjoying the mustardy tang of bread and butter. I can eat them by the jar. Which is why I thought it might be a good idea to make my own.
Bread and Butter Pickles (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
6 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
1 lb onions
1 green pepper, shredded
1/4 cup salt
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
2 cups cider vinegar
- Mix the cumbers, onions, green pepper, and salt. Cover and let stand for 3 hours.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a large pot, bring slowly to the boiling point, and boil for 5 minutes.
- Drain the vegetables in a colander and rinse them well with cold water.
- Add them to the hot syrup and heat to just below the boiling point. Spoon into hot sterilized jars, fill with cooking syrup leaving 1/8 inch headspace, and seal.