Hello, friends. I hope your August has been going well. Last week, I cut up our figs and pawpaws to use in fruit salad, and added beauty berries gathered on a walk to top it, adding nutrition and a little color. Sweet potato pieces were fried. Our cucumbers, pepper and tomatoes were used in a salad. A book was returned to the library, and more were picked up. When my sister was here learning to can, I gave her garden produce to take home. She brought me a lovely homegrown bouquet. My stepmom was visiting NC, and my sister, brother, SIL and I met her for lunch. I brought produce to my SIL, and brought jars of tomatoes and tomato juice to my sister, which she had helped can. While in Greensboro, I shopped at my co-op. They had a sale on Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seeds for $2 ea., so I got three lettuce and a sweet pepper we haven't tried. Pawpaws were prepped and frozen in 1/2 c amounts in muffin tins.
To use some of the bounty, fig bread and zucchini bread were made, the latter with tromboncino. I blanched and froze some cowpeas, enough for three meals. Figs were used in a green salad, with beauty berries sprinkled on top. I gave the zucchini chips another try, hand cutting them thicker this time. Two trays were prepared, just to try them, and the dehydrator was otherwise filled with onions. You may remember some time ago I braided onions. They're doing great, but that was only about half of them, and the round J dug a bit later sat on the drying rack for weeks, which didn't do them any favors. Several of them, particularly white ones, had started to rot, so I salvaged what I could, and dried it for onion powder. The latest squash chips ended up being too thick. I plan to try at least once more. Another round of pawpaws were prepped and frozen. A local farm with a CSA had told us they wanted to buy some, but did not in the end, so I'm freezing them for future smoothies. I redeemed Swagbucks points for a $25 gift card.
Between the tromboncino and cucuzza, the squash has gotten out of control. I still have many canned quarts on the shelf, and early in the season, I canned up some pints. I decided to make Burden soup with some, which uses up 2.2# at a go. Still only a dent, but every bit helps. On Friday, we gave away many squash. Hooray! I froze all the tomatoes, and will make tomato paste when there are enough to make it worth my while. Laundry was dried on the line. Some weeks back, I mentioned how much fun we had dancing at a gathering. When we saw a local Inn was having a 70's dance party this past weekend, we decided to do it again. We had a fun evening, the costumes were fantastic, and we were well taken care of for breakfast, despite all our quirky food challenges. Garden produce was shared with our pet sitter when we arrived home. Shortly before we left, J harvested most of the winter squash and pumpkins. J harvested the last three cabbage. One was used for dinner, and our yellow squash, onion and garlic in another dish. Though not in the forecast, we received some lovely rain Sunday afternoon. Wishing all in the US a happy Labor Day weekend!