Hello, friends. On Monday, I gathered purslane and basil, and made a triple batch of purslane pistachio pesto. We enjoyed it with pasta two nights. I made a double batch of granola. This time, I had pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and added those too. After working in town, I stopped at the discount grocery and got organic beans, canned corn (for the chickens), & cans of olives for .50 ea, and organic juice $1 ea. I got a 6 pack of LED votive candles for $5, and saw a used pack of this brand for $16.50 on ebay. I dropped off a box of books at the Friends of the Library store. There were several antique books, including one from 1886. I hope they'll be able to make some decent money from them. At Aldi's, I picked up cherries @ $1.89/#, avocados .69 ea., and mangoes .49 ea., and bought a pack of their meatless crumbles to try for $3.49. Not inexpensive, but we like to have sloppy joes occasionally for a quick meal. I had hoped to pick up some things at the Farmer's Market; some tomatoes, and maybe corn and peaches, but a deluge sent them all packing before I could get there.
|female summer tanager
Homemade salad dressing was made, and garden cucumbers and tomatoes were enjoyed in a salad. Cabbage and noodles was made with some more of the gifted cabbage, but there's more left. The gift that keeps on giving :o). Now that we have lots of cherry tomatoes, I was reminded of a favorite breakfast my Sicilian grandmother and my Mom used to make. Saute some garlic, throw in chopped tomatoes, then add eggs. The bread was local sourdough. All else but the oil and salt were homegrown. I've started noticing hazelnuts dropping, and have begun gathering them. I tried a new recipe, for Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad. It just so happened I found a bag of Bob's Red Mill tricolor couscous at the discount store for $2 the last visit. The recipe was excellent, and leftovers were just as good. It's a Budget Bytes recipe. Most of Saturday morning was spent picking lima beans. That night, J & I shelled them while we talked. We ended up with a gallon of beans. The shells almost filled a 5 gallon bucket. I decided to cover them with water, for a future dyeing experiment.
|Hopi Dye sunflower