Sunflowers

We are having fall like weather, and I love it!

I spent the morning doing a menu for the next two weeks and making bread and butter pickles and zucchini pickles.  Our cucumbers and zucchini both are doing amazingly well this year. I think mostly because of the food grade diatomaceous earth and neem oil we used. Both organic and safe!

Our garden has been taken over by sunflowers! We haven’t planted sunflowers in years, but they think our garden exists just for them.

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:)Vicki

Rocky Knob

Hi, all! We are enjoying some really nice summer weather. It’s so nice that the rain has moved out! Saturday we picnicked and hiked at Rocky Knob Recreation Area on the parkway. I made up some ham salad and a loaf of homemade bread. We packed some chips and dip and peanut M&M’s. It was easy and yummy! We ended with a long hike through the woods.

My(not so little) littles!

My(not so little) littles!

Me and my hunny bunny!

Me and my hunny bunny!

Finally made it to the overlook, and it's too bright to see!

Finally made it to the overlook, and it’s too bright to see!

I love summertime!

:)Vicki

Garden & Life

Right now our garden is booming with green beans and broccoli. Yesterday, we canned 14 quarts of green beans and froze 11 quarts of broccoli. I have a bushel of cucumbers that I will use to make Christmas pickles. I am happy with how my garden is growing!

Quentin soaked kale leaves in Italian dressing and grilled them. They tasted a lot like kale chips!

Quentin soaked kale leaves in Italian dressing and grilled them. They tasted a lot like kale chips!

Freezing peppers again.

Freezing peppers again.

Tuesday, Quentin found the EXACT truck he had been looking for at EXACTLY the right time. It was pretty amazing, and I am sure his car would not have made it back home. It is a 2009 Colorado with only 56,000 miles. I am sure it will haul its fair share of deer.

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My beautiful niece. My mom and sister must have called her Vicki half a million times?

My beautiful niece. My mom and sister must have called her Vicki half a million times?

My nephew and Bub playing Mario Kart

My nephew and Bub playing Mario Kart

Lego Boy :)

Lego Boy :)

Sweetness :)

Sweetness :)

My mom and me. She would kill me for this! My niece took lots of pictures including one of my sister sleeping sitting up, lol.

My mom and me. She would kill me for this! My niece took lots of pictures including one of my sister sleeping sitting up, lol.

All the cousins on my side of the family except one niece and one nephew. My kids have one cousin on Quentin's side.

All the cousins on my side of the family except one niece and one nephew. My kids have one cousin on Quentin’s side.

Today, I hope to get the front yard mowed and more green beans canned. I am starting to think about my fall garden and need to get some seeds started really soon.

:)Vicki

July 10 Picture Post

It has gotten a little busy around here. We have continued to get a fair amount of rain, and with it lots of weeds that need pulled and grass that needs mowed.

We are getting so much from the garden now: green beans, beets, turnips, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini. Every days garden haul requires canning and freezing. Today we will be freezing peppers.

We had a nice 4th of July weekend. Last Friday we bowled and went out for pizza. Saturday morning, the 4th,  we had grilled chicken salads and s’mores. Sunday we had a cook-out, eat-in(crazy rain!) picnic with friends.

I am always snapping pictures with the intent of making a blog post that never happens! So, here is everything I wanted to share, and I will try to do better.

Madison making blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

Madison making blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

Quentin making jalapeno poppers using our own jalapenos.

Quentin making jalapeno poppers using our own jalapenos.

Madison's blueberry bread. She keeps us well fed!

Madison’s blueberry bread. She keeps us well fed!

Madison's first bundt cake. We picked up the pan recently at a thrift store.

Madison’s first bundt cake. We picked up the pan recently at a thrift store.

Madison's made from scratch monkey bread.

Madison’s made from scratch monkey bread.

4th of July S'mores!

4th of July S’mores!

First picked broccoli. I am so amazed!

First picked broccoli. I am so amazed!

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Pretty purple cabbage.

Pretty purple cabbage.

Making dill pickles with our cucumbers and homegrown dill.

Making dill pickles with our cucumbers and homegrown dill.

My garden pickers.

My garden pickers.

Blackberry cobbler. Our berries are doing well this year.

Blackberry cobbler. Our berries are doing well this year.

Beets and turnips.

Beets and turnips.

There is lots of shredded zucchini in the freezer.

There is lots of shredded zucchini in the freezer.

Pickles!

Pickles!

Have a great weekend!

:)Vicki

In the Garden July 1

We have been enjoying cooler weather and getting enough rain to keep the garden moist. Right now we are eating squash, turnips, radishes, potatoes, jalapenos,  and banana peppers from the garden.

broccoli is doing great

broccoli is doing great

been eating lots of jalapeno poppers

been eating lots of jalapeno poppers

bell peppers doing well

bell peppers doing well

we will be making our first batch of pickles tonight

we will be making our first batch of pickles tonight

lots of pumpkins growing

lots of pumpkins growing

lots of squash and zucchini still

lots of squash and zucchini still

just a pretty pumpkin blossom

just a pretty pumpkin blossom

no green beans yet

no green beans yet

rose of sharon bushes are starting to bloom

rose of sharon bushes are starting to bloom

Have a wonderful July!

:)Vicki

Yellow Squash Muffins

I will be freezing squash and zucchini today. I thought the squash bugs would have remedied my squash problem by now. Besides, life would be pretty dull without zucchini brownies anyway. :)

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Yellow Squash Muffins

  • 2 lbs crookneck yellow squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 cup melted butter
  • 12 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar(I used sugar in the raw)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour(I used self-rising and left out baking powder & salt)
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Wash squash, trim ends, and cut into 1-inch slices.
  2. Cook in a small amount of water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Drain well and mash.(I used the blender)
  4. Measure 2 cups of the cooked squash, combine with eggs, butter, and applesauce, and set aside.
  5. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  6. Make a well in center of mixture.
  7. Add squash to dry ingredients, stirring only until moist.
  8. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

They taste like pumpkin bread!

:)VIcki