Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Zuchinni Bread

Another zuchinni bites the dust.  Zuchinni bread :) 

Going Green Smoothie

Really Really Good on a hot day :)

Strawberry Smoothie

2 cups of frozen raspberries (I used frozen from our garden), 12 oz. of diet 7-up or diet ginger ale, ice, fat free raspberry yogurt 8 oz.  Blend all of it in a blender. 

Chili Sauce

Yesterday I used up between 8 to 10 lbs. of tomatoes, a couple of our onions and green peppers to make 1.625 gallons of chili sauce.  I found the recipe in the book "Small Batch Preserving" by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard.  I doubled the recipe.  I also found the recipe on this lady's blog.  Here is the link:  I still have tons of tomatoes out in the garden on completely leaf less plants.

I forgot to buy the peaches and pears and totally didn't feel like running to the grocery store to get them so I dug up a bag of frozen peaches from the bottom of the freezer and had two cans of peaches     in the basement pantry.  It took hours to make.  Thank goodness for the Kitchenaid food processer or I'd still be out there chopping.  Jar count as of today:  Approx. 114 (I gave a couple away and can't remember how many.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hockey Season is approaching...just not fast enough.

1950's retro style doll dress in Bruins fabrics.  Pattern is Butterick B6265.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Moving out the Zucs

 Made this last weekend. It was really good but how it tastes is less important than how many zucchinis did the recipe get rid of :) At first I was happy to see the garden actually growing (it's never done this well) but the initial glee of seeing stuff growing has turned into "oh crap not another zucchini" :)  I just remembered I still have tomatoes out there.  Thought it was just eggplants and plums but there are more tomatoes.....I wonder if porcupines like tomatoes??  :)

Dill Pickles and Back Yard Pests

Caught up on the pickling cucumbers.  6 quarts done!!!!  A few of the pickles were too ripe so I gave them to the chickens.  For this batch of pickles, I used a "Classic Dill Pickle" recipe from the book "Food in Jars Preservcing in Small Batches Year Round".  I tripled the recipe. There are no small batches in this house. Looking at all these canning cookbooks, I've figured out I'm somewhere in between "small batches" and "grand scale".  Only thing left in the garden still growing are my eggplants and my plum trees.  The porcupines destroyed the apple trees. Not only ate every apple but then chewed up most of the branches.  After I get done with the plums and eggplants, I'll hit the numerous bags of frozen raspberries in the freezer or maybe I'll save that for something to do in the middle of winter.....because I'm am getting plum tired of canning :) 
Oh and this is out in my backyard on a daily basis.  I think there are baby coyotes in the far back of the property.  The coyote is not afraid of humans. I yelled at it and it just looked at me.  I ran toward it and it took a second before it ran away.  The fact that it had to think about it before moving isn't very reassuring.  Seriously getting too much like Dances With Wolves, I just want it to go away.