Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Day Pickles.

One of our favorite things to make is a stock pile of pickled vegetables straight from the garden, and it's something everyone in our family loves (especially the kiddos!) which is always a plus.

I grew up with a simple + fresh pickled cucumbers recipe, simply white vinegar, water, sliced cucumbers, salt + pepper and ice cubes. But, I learned this recipe from our friend Wayne at WoodKith and it's my new favorite. 

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Day Pickles

Author: Heirloomed
These quick pickles are the perfect way to utilize your summer garden haul.


  • 2 parts white vinegar / 1 part water
  • rather thinly sliced cucumbers w/ skin on
  • sliced celery
  • cubed small spring onions
  • sliced green tomatoes
  • sliced + seeded jalapeno
  • sliced radish
  • onion flower + dill flower + parsley flower
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • ice cubes


How to cook Day Pickles

  1. Gather all ingredients.
  2. Make a brine by combining the water, vinegar, and salt and bringing them to a boil.
  3. Pack two clean glass pint jars with the vegetables. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pack the vegetables in tightly - you don't want them to float when you add the brine.
  4. Pour the hot brine over the other ingredients. The vegetables should be completely immersed in the brine. Since these refrigerator pickles will not be canned, it is not necessary to leave head space between the surface of the food and the rims of the jars.
  5. Fasten lids and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before eating.
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The "recipe" is super flexible and you can toss in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand. The secret flavor to this recipe is in the herbs, and the most important part to either recipe (in my opinion) is the ice cubes to make the veggies super crisp and crunchy.

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If you know me by now you know my "recipes" are just that but this one truly is trial and error to your personal taste, and to whatever you have in your garden at the moment. For example, I don't love spicy so I don't eat the jalapeno but I do still include it because it adds a great flavor and subtle kick to the batch.

Love to know your best pickling tips, and also what else you love to include in your batch.





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Classic Banana Pudding.

A classic dessert recipe for Southern Banana Pudding, a summer staple that the kids will enjoy as a favorite for years to come.

I don’t think I have ever turned down a big scoop of banana pudding and this recipe in particular has my family and me licking our bowls clean. I mean, even if you don’t love bananas, odds are you will still love this dessert. Its rich, creamy and sweet and really everything you could ever ask for in a dessert.

My husband’s aunt makes a wonderful homemade recipe and it’s become a BBQ staple dessert around their parts.

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Not only is this pudding absolutely delicious, but it also makes for a beautiful, bright treat to serve during the summer time. We almost always have bananas on hand in our house so it’s nice to be able to pull ingredients I already have without making an extra trip to the store. It’s so easy to whip up for a get-together or to just make with my kids during the summer.

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Classic Banana Pudding

Yield: 10
This banana pudding is a classic dessert that your whole family will adore.


  • 4 large bananas
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz. can)
  • 4 oz. creamed cheese
  • 1 Box of Nilla Wafers
  • 2 cups fresh whipped cream


How to cook Classic Banana Pudding

  1. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together. Then combine instant pudding mix and milk to the bowl and beat until mixture is well combined. 
  2. In the bottom of a small bowl or serving glass, crumble a few Nilla wafers. Then add a scoop of pudding mixture on top of the cookie crumble. Add a layer of sliced bananas. Repeat this until glass is full or at desired level. 
  3. Top this with homemade whipped cream and more sliced bananas and Nilla wafers.  
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The key to the perfect banana pudding is to find the perfect bananas— golden yellow with a few brown spots. I love topping this off with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a few extra banana slices for good measure. I also love the mix of textures in banana pudding with a sprinkling or layer of crispy, fresh Nilla Wafers - they just take me back to being young.

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What memory does this classic banana pudding make you think of? Let me know in the comments below.


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at