|veggie scraps being turned into broth|
Hello, friends. I headed to the coast on Monday for a funeral, and listened to an audio book that I was able to change from an ebook on Kindle for free. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for a long drive. With the woodstove going again, another three gallon bags of veggie scraps were taken from the freezer, and simmered for broth. I cut up and grated another two large cucuzza squash for the critters. A toothpaste tube was cut, and it's already lasted close to a week more, with more to go. I strained the first batch of broth, put it in the fridge, and started another pot of scraps on the woodstove. Last week, I harvested parsley, rosemary, and collards. I went through Rakuten for gift purchases for 2% and 2.5% back.
|this Mickey mouse shadow caught my eye one day|
We did get another 1/2" of rain early in the week. The first real cold arrived, with lows in the low 20's. We closed up all the chicken coop windows, except for leaving a small opening at the top of one for air flow. I was able to purchase a label at home for a package heading to family in Italy, saving me a trip to the P.O.. I've been reading Lilac Girls from the library, which is a hard read at times, as it goes into details about experiments done in concentration camps. I've known there were horrific experiments that went on, but would rather not know the details. Before the coldest night, J and I gathered up everything we could find, and covered up all the plants in the fall garden, plus the olives and pomegranates. There was kale that had a stalk too tall to fit under the cover, so J cut it off, and I tried a new recipe for wilted kale salad with apples and pecans. The pups also got some chopped leaves in their dinner.
|this is apparently what made the shadow above|
I turned some of our potatoes into fries, made black bean burgers, and harvested winter greens for a salad. J and I watched the new Downton Abbey movie, free on Prime. I would have loved to have seen it on the big screen, as we did the first movie, but we were too busy when it was playing locally. We did enjoy watching it. When I went by Harris Teeter after an appointment, the produce section was looking rather skimpy in what was offered. I decided to head to Food Lion on Saturday, to get the things HT didn't have, or were too expensive. I stopped at the Aldi across the street first, and was happy to get .99 cranberries, pomegranates for $1.89, which is the cheapest I've seen this year, and brussels sprouts for $2.29. Food Lion had bags of mandarins for $2.99. I went to a second Food Lion, because I wanted enough celery to not have to shop again before Thanksgiving. They had enough celery, and I was delighted to see 3 bags of organic Pink Lady apples, which I had a $1.50 store coupon for, and haven't been in the first store in at least a month. I also found $1 off raw honey on the clearance rack.
|tomato rice loaf ingredients before combining|
For a dinner, I made colcannon with our potatoes and cabbage. It's one of my favorite comfort meals. J is still going back and forth with the solar company in China. It sounded as though they were trying to blow him off last week, and honestly, what could one do about a company in China? But he persevered, letting them know how unhappy he was, and they asked us to take another video to send them. Please send good thoughts for a positive outcome. I've seen a few people using LED candles lately. With being back on grid power, I decided to buy some I saw at Aldi, and so far, have been using one in the bathroom in the early mornings and evenings. J spent Saturday blowing a large portion of our leaves into piles, which he'll pick up with the lawn vac. For Sunday dinner, I made tomato rice loaf, using our onions, garlic, last grape tomatoes, and three small tomatoes. Peas and pear sauce were sides. While the oven was going, I baked lots of small sweet potatoes, some of which I plan to turn into pie. We'll be enjoying the day with my sister and family for Thanksgiving. I hope yours is peaceful, if you celebrate, with good food and company. Take care, friends.