Tuesday, August 25, 2015

...More Cucumbers = More Pickles...

...our neighbor who did the second planting of squash...also did a second planting of cucumbers...and we got a few bags of them...
...and another of our parishoners grows dill weed...and she gave us a bag full...
...so we soaked some more cucumbers...
...and made another batch of Aunt Frances' sweet pickles...
...but that hardly put a dent in all those cucumbers...
...so I got our Aunt Delores' Dill Pickle recipe...
...and some garlic...
...harvested some dry dill seed...
...and chopped a bunch of garlic...
...and mixed everything together in a big bowl...
...for now we're storing these in the fridge and eating them like refrigerator pickles...I may can them later...if they last that long...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, August 24, 2015

...Community Blood Drive...

...they had a Blood Drive at the Church yesterday...
...and our sweet Scout donated blood for the very first time...

...he did an awesome job...he was all done in just a few minutes...
...and they gave him this neat t-shirt...

...have you donated blood recently?

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

...beans...✔...corn...✔...so what about squash...

...we are the recipients of so much wonderful fresh veggies that I can hardly believe it...
...our neighbor did a second planting of squash to have some for the late summer...he said because his granddaughter loves it so...
...so the first thing I did was get out my trusty old Emmie food processor...but for some reason...(probably the move)...I couldn't find the little insert that keeps the shreds from coming out the chute...
...so I made one out of one of those reusable storage containers...
...it's stiff enough...and bendable enough to fill the slot...and I still have faith that I'll find the 'real' one soon...
...and first...I shredded several zucchini...
...and measured it into 1 cup containers...for zucchini bread later this fall...for some reason...we don't make zucchini bread in the summer...maybe we should...
...then...I just did some angled zucchini cuts and added some onions...
...and cooked that together for a sort of zucchini stew/soup...the boys don't like it...but it will make a few nice lunches for me when the weather turns cool...
...so now squash gets a ✔ too...

~Have a lovely weekend...

Friday, August 21, 2015

...peppers and okra...

...so now that we're halfway through August...everyone that has a garden has OKRA...which for most people down south...that's one of the main reasons you have a garden...

...so...of course...we were gifted a whole bag of okra...you should have seen Scout's smile...remember how much he loves okra...
...just washed...trimmed and cut...on a cookie sheet and ready for the freezer...
...and all these pretty shiny homegrown peppers...
...get basically the same treatment...washed...trimmed and sliced...also ready for the freezer...we'll keep a few whole ones for stuffed peppers this winter...
...frozen okra...
...bagged for the freezer...I'd say it's loosely packed and we could just get out as much as we needed...but in reality ...we'll probably cook the whole bag all at once...
...the frozen peppers...frosty and stiff...
...also bagged and ready for the freezer...

...you can see I'm working through all the veg we've been gifted...'cause...thrift hates waste...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

...a bunch of banana...peppers...

...there were a lot of banana peppers in with all that veg...and we don't eat a lot of banana peppers...but they are so perfect with cabbage...
...that I thought I'd freeze some for when we cook cabbage this winter...as we don't cook much cabbage during the summer...
...but I think one bag full is just about enough to get us through the winter...

...all I did to prepare them for the freezer was wash them...trim the ends and slice them in two...so pretty easy prep...

...what about you?...do you like banana peppers?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

...corn...

...so...yesterday was all about green beans...
...so today is going to be all about corn...
...shucking and silking...
...cutting...
...and scraping...
...a nice big bowl of sweet yellow corn...
...ready for the freezer...
...now it's time for the white...
...washed...
...and silked...the white corn was much 'silkier' than the yellow...
...a pretty pile of corn...
...we sorted out the best ears to freeze whole for wintertime corn on the cob...
...then I cut and scraped...
...and cut and scraped some more...it's a messy job so I set the plate and the bowl down in the sink to minimize the splatter...
...and a few more pints of corn to be enjoyed like a ray of sunshine during the winter...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

...lots of green beans...

...remember all that veg we got when we got back from the beach...well...my fridge is crammed full of veg...so we've got to do something with all of it...
...a bean breaking station...

...the carpet makes it easy to sit on the floor and break beans...
...one movie = one huge pot of green beans...

...the smaller pot on the back are Jack's green beans...yes...he loves them...they're the ones that were a little too tough for us humans...but trust me...Jack loves them anyway...
...I went ahead and seasoned and cooked this batch completely...

~Have a lovely day!