Hello, friends. Last week, I got several of the storage butternut squash, peeled and cut them up. Seeds were saved. I made squash crumble, and froze bags for two more. This winter, I was introduced to a new to me kitchen tool, a Kuhn Rikon peeler, which has made peeling winter squash considerably easier, and I no longer have to worry about cutting myself, cutting through thick skin with a knife. When it arrived, I was surprised by how small it was, but it does a fantastic job, and doesn't waste any squash, unlike my usual peeling with a knife. I learned of it from a chef who shared his favorite kitchen tools. The squash peelings went into the broth bag. Butter beans were pulled from the freezer to have with it, and a broccoli salad was made. Pretty pear and peach blossoms are opening, and the violets and pulmonaria have also begun blooming.
Soup was made using up leftovers. J put all the partially done compost in the wheel barrow to dry out for a couple of days. I then sifted it and got around 5 gals, which he spread in the asparagus bed. We continue collecting warm up water, and use it for flushing and in the woodstove humidifier. While packing orders and wrapping soap, I enjoyed listening to podcasts. Tomato rice loaf was made, with peas and a salad. Most of the winter greens are bolting in the garden. I harvested the last of the cabbage, and started a small batch of sauerkraut. The first of the tomatoes are sprouting, three Brandywines so far. After delivering soap, I went by a thrift store, and bought a lavender cashmere sweater for $3, and a canister for $4. I drilled holes in the canister, cut a carbon filter, and listed it in my shop.
I transplanted 14 wintersown spinach seedlings into a raised bed. I also planted a few of the wintersown lettuce, but they came up very thick, and most were too fragile to make it. I've left the top off the container, so they'll hopefully harden off a bit. Looking through the freezer, I noticed how many bags of grated tromboncino squash there were. J is avoiding cheese at the moment, which made it a bit tough to find a recipe, but I found a zucchini potato bake to make. I used the grated squash in place of sliced, and it turned out fine. I'm beginning to see anole lizards, skinks and frogs on the homestead. The frogs are making quite a chorus at the pond. With the leftover squash/potato bake, I made corn on the cob I'd frozen, and we finished the broccoli salad.
J finished putting up the last of insulation and sheetrock in the workshop. We took out all the leftover insulation and sheetrock, then I cleaned up and swept before mudding the sheetrock where needed. J requested pasta with olives, and parsley was harvested for it. On Sunday, my intention was to begin picking up sticks and limbs from the yard, but I started weeding first, which kept me busy for several hours. Oh well, it all needs to happen. After that, I cleaned the refrigerator, which sorely needed doing. I opened a jar of home canned crowder peas, to have with jasmine rice and cauliflower for dinner. Over the weekend, my sister and I planned an adventure in a few weeks, and I'm pretty excited about it. It's very nice to have something to look forward to. Wishing you a most lovely week.