"No woman ever has enough time, enough energy, and enough strength to do all the good things that are in her mind to do.  We have to have the help of the Holy Ghost to take care of the most essential, and then the necessary, and then fill in the nice-to-do things around that."  - Julie B. Beck, president of the Relief Society, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Boy, is that right!  I oughta be in bed right now, judging by what happened last night. 

Like any self-respecting American woman, I intend to exercise on a regular basis.  Yesterday I managed to get on the treadmill for just over a half hour.  The only problem was the time: ten p.m.

So I walked, and walked, and walked, as I balanced my reading book on the treadmill's control panel.  The book had to be held to stay up and stay open, so I alternated which hand could swing freely, and which stayed put.  Since the book (Seven Miracles That Saved America) was more interesting that paying attention to which side of the treadmill I leaned towards, I wandered too far to the side and whacked the back of my hand on the rail.  Now I have a big blood blister there. 

After I finished, it was time to stretch out.  So I did, sitting on the floor with my book still in hand.  After a while stretching, I  woke up.  As in, while sitting up, reading and stretching, I had fallen asleep.  Totally, completely asleep. 

So that's how well my intentions end sometimes!

Anyway, if you thought from this post's title that the pickle juice was somehow a secret to exercising, get your hopes back down. :-)  They're not even related, as far as I can tell.  If you find out differently, please let me know...

It's just that something new dawned on me yesterday-  pickle juice is useful.  Sure, I've always used a tablespoon or two in homemade Thousand Island dressing, but the rest gets dumped. 

What IS that pickle juice?  Basically, it's vinegar, with salt, spices, and sometimes sugar.  So if you find (or make up) a recipe that needs those things, you can use pickle juice!   I even found a recipe online for pickle juice soup (which got surprisingly good reviews).  Try it in place of the vinegar in a tuna salad, egg salad, potato salad, pasta salad, etc.  (The flavor will penetrate better if you pour it over the potatoes or pasta while still warm.)  Or make it into a vinaigrette or creamy dressing; in a pan sauce for meat- especially fish; poured over a roast (vinegar helps tenderize meat); pour it over cooked beets to make 'instant' pickled beets (or use another vegetable- try Dilly Green Beans), or do whatever else you can think of!

Have you ever been tempted to buy a bottle of fancy flavored vinegar?  Look at that, you had some in your fridge all along!



12/10/2011 11:17

I love the exercising story. I can so relate. Although, I have yet to fall asleep during exercise:) All's we can do is keep trying I guess!! Thanks for the info!!!

12/12/2011 16:46

This was SO FUNNY!! I can just picture you asleep on the floor, mid-stretch with book in hand. I guess I can find the humor in it because I can SO relate.


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