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

Sterno S’mores Bar

We went blueberry picking today for the very first time with our friends, the Dawson’s.  The blueberries were beautiful and plentiful. Makes me want nice, big blueberry bushes. Not sure that will happen, though, I’m just no good with the weed eater! :) Afterwards, we picnicked at Pandapas Pond and took a little stroll through the woods. Such an enjoyable time!

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We made s’mores at a friends house a couple of weeks ago using  a sterno s’mores maker just like this one. You can also make them yourself much cheaper. I really like the one done here. I am going to make my kids a s’mores bar for the 4th of July. Here’s what I came up with.

a ceramic flower pot, decorative rocks, and Sterno

a ceramic flower pot, decorative rocks, and Sterno

All done!

All done!

So easy!

:)Vicki

A Picture Post

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Quentin worked all weekend, but we still made it super special. Saturday we took him out to eat. We tried a new restaurant, and it was fabulous. Sunday Madison surprised him with a chocolate chip cookie cake. That was pretty fabulous too. :)

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There are lots of pretty blossoms to be seen around our place. Such a beautiful time of year!

Pretty yucca in bloom

Pretty yucca in bloom

day lilies are starting to fade

day lilies are starting to fade

coneflowers

coneflowers

bee balm

bee balm

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marigolds are starting to bloom

marigolds are starting to bloom

This years parsley doing really well hidden behind hostas and a hibiscus

This years parsley doing really well hidden behind hostas and a hibiscus. The kittens were resting around the flower pot.

Some dill that decided it didn't want to grow in a flower pot. :)

Some dill that decided it didn’t want to grow in a flower pot. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

:)Vicki

Frozen Vanilla Yogurt

I start a quart of viili yogurt each morning, let it sit on the counter all day, pop it into the fridge right before going to bed, and it’s ready to enjoy by the following morning. Yesterday, we tried our hand at frozen yogurt. It was so good! I used a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Sorbet Maker. I followed the recipe found here using only 2/3 cups of sugar. It was done after just 20 minutes in the ice cream maker.

014Grab some berries from the yard and enjoy!

017Happy Sunday!

:)Vicki

Grilled Summer Squash-Inside

It’s a bright, sunny morning. It rained on and off all evening yesterday, but not until after I got the back yard mowed and weed eated. Looks like the rain will start around 3 today. We are having grilled cheese and avocado sandwiches, carrot sticks, and grilled squash for lunch today.

I found this old rooster planter at the thrift store yesterday. I’m in love! I think I will plant an herb of some sort in it.

001We are picking squash now. It’s always nice when your garden starts giving back. We will gobble these up as we pick them. We never seem to enjoy them after they’ve been frozen.  I read an article here about the vitamins and antioxidants found in squash and was pretty pleased.

003I sliced these long ways, brushed both sides with oil, and sprinkled with sea salt just like I would if we were going to grill them outside. Only I grilled them inside on the stove top. Just a couple minutes on each side on a pre-heated griddle is all it takes.

006Have a wonderful weekend!

:)Vicki

Roasted Carrots for Smoothies

We got rain again last night. A soft, gentle rain this time.We are getting ready to shop the thrift store in our little town. We will have egg salad(again), leftover baked beans from last night, squash fresh from the garden, and pineapple for lunch today. I mixed up some trout salad for Quentin’s lunch made from leftover grilled trout from last night for him to take to work. It is just too hot to cook indoors now. Today will be cooler only reaching around 83º. I hope to get the back yard mowed today.

003 Carrots in our spaghetti, carrots in our mashed potatoes, and now carrots in our smoothies. And everyone agrees it’s yummy! I roasted these at 400º for 20 minutes. We put a couple carrot chunks in each smoothie.

"Just get the glass, Mom, not my face."

“Just get the glass, Mom, not my face.”

"No, really, just the glass."

“No, really, just the glass.”

Have a great day!

:)Vicki