Hello, friends. Last week, I prepared cucumbers and squash every chance I could. For one dinner, I made a squash/tomato/corn dish with leftover beans & rice, and asian cucumbers. I took the same cucumber and squash dishes to a gathering later in the week. I requested a book from the library. Eggs were boiled for the pups. As my cold was still hanging on, I continued to eat a good amount of garlic in eggs and hummus. One of the things in the fridge I cleaned out for friends was a bottle of Kick*ss Immune Support, so I've also been taking that as well. While catching up on ironing, just 6 pieces, I found two pieces that needed small areas of mending, so I guess next up is mending. A bag of pumpkin was defrosted, and used in brownies.
From the garden, I'm gathering cucumbers, tromboncino squash, and okra. My husband went to pick up an order I had placed online from the hardware store, but they had no record of it. They apparently had a glitch on their website, and I received an email saying they'll be sending me a $5 gift card for the inconvenience. Thankfully, the order was for one item, unlike recent others for multiple items, so it was easy enough for him to just go get the item. The $5 will more than make up for the 2% I was to get back from ebates. We're opening windows on cool nights, and closing them as the day heats up. This year, I started tomato seeds from a homestead friend, which I believe are called Blue Berries. Their shoulders start out blue. I'm curious to find out what they taste like.
While in town for work, I stopped at the salvage store, and found a few good deals... organic chickpeas .50/can, organic juices $1, black olives .50, natural almonds .50/6 oz. I stopped by the bank and picked up the $100 gift card I won. Tractor Supply sent a 10% off coupon, so I used that when buying chicken feed, dog treats, and a bag of dogfood that was on clearance. I made a salad with the last of our lettuce to go along with leftover spaghetti for dinner. The pups got chopped cucumber each night, and I've been cutting up small apples and pears with brown spots for them. Not much fruit once I cut away the bad spots, but at least they're getting a few pieces in with their cucumber and kibble. The chickens are getting cucumbers every day too, as long as we have more than we can use. This time of year, it's all about the garden... harvesting, weeding, watering, thinning, cooking and preserving... repeat....
At week's start, there were 8 peaches remaining, none of them close to ripe. By Wednesday, all that was left were pits on the ground. So, out of dozens, we will not have one peach this year. I'm a good sharer, and believe myself to be compassionate, but this definitely crosses the line. Now we've begun seeing the squirrels move on to eating our plums. Besides all the acorns and hickory nuts in the forest, there are lots of sunflower seeds below the feeders they can easily eat. An occasional piece of fruit is fine too, just not every.single.fruit on several trees. Grrrr. We cleaned up the gardens so much, there was not much lamb's quarter this year to harvest. I'd been gathering it little by little. Thank goodness it keeps very well in the crisper. I finally had enough to blanche and freeze 2 cups, which will be enough for one recipe. Our plan is to dedicate an area for lamb's quarter; just have to decide where that is. I had bought mushrooms that were marked down on Tuesday. They looked great, but I knew I needed to use them quick. J asked for mushroom gravy, which I'd never made. I'm so glad he asked. We really enjoyed it over jasmine rice, with cucumbers, our first yellow tomatoes & olives on the side. The only changes I made was subbing butter for the margarine, and I had no marjoram. Yum! We enjoyed the leftovers with our first caprese salad of the year.