Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Now I remember why I gave up with vegetable gardens all those years ago. It's a lot of work, there's too much rain or not enough rain, and then you wind up feeding bugs and slugs and other critters OR you end up with so much of something that it's rotting in the yard before you can deal with it.
Better to support the local farmer and just buy fresh what you need.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
But that is not a safe way to drive so Mike and I decided to ditch the money sucking something almost always broken. We did research online and both came up with the idea to get a Ford TaurusX--a crossover utility vehicle, or, for those of us who still remember the 1950's, a station wagon. Having made that decision, the next step was to find one. Not easy. Ford didn't make that many and they ended production of them entirely this year, replacing it with a Flex (an ugly, boxy thing, IMHO). We did find one though--Walker Motors in East Montpelier had a 2008 model that they were using as a courtesy shuttle. We jumped at the chance to get it. They cleaned it up and put on four brand new tires. So now we are happily on the road again.
Yes, I know about found on the road disabled, so don't bother me with that.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I have two recipes for scones. Both use the exact same ingredients. However, one says to knead the dough and roll it outbefore cutting with a biscuit cutter while the other warns to handle as little as possible. I chosse the "little as possible" option--not just because I'm lazy but because I wanted to add blueberries and I didn't think they would survive a good kneading.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I had a couple meals from the green beans and I froze some, but then something literally ate the bean plants right down to the skeleton. I pulled up the plants and got rid of them. Maybe it was some kind of flea from what I can find online.
I planted one Italian sweet pepper and now have more peppers than I know what to do with. I put some in Buffalo shrimp the other night and that was pretty good. I throw them in salads. I'll have to consult the Martha Stewart web site for some creative ideas I guess. I think it was in her magazine (that I check out from the library) that I saw a recipe for Italian peppers stuffed with a sherry-shrimp salad.
It has not been a very hot summer so I took a chance on planting more lettuce. I'm hoping that will come in by September when we are picking all those tomatoes.
Cucumbers...the first one was half eaten by some critter, but there are plenty of little ones on the vines so maybe we'll get to have some of those too. We had to chase a woodchuck away while preparing supper on the grill tonight. Last year he started to eat my flowers so I should expect he'll be nosing around the vegetables. Pesky varmint!
Parsley, sage, thyme, basil, chives, and lavender are the stars of the garden. I've been using them all season and all the plants look so pretty and healthy. Maybe I should specialize in herbs.
It really underscores what a risky business farming can be, but there is so much satisfaction in picking and preparing--and eating, of course--something you've tended from seed to maturity.
Here's a recipe for Blueberry Fool:
1 cup blueberries simmered in 1/3 cup water until tender (10 min)
Add 2 T sugar and 1T creme de cassis. Cool in pan then
chill for 1 to 2 hours.
Fold in 1 cup heavy cream whipped with 1 T sugar and 1/4 t lemon zest
Serve in chilled glasses.
I cheat and use vanilla yogurt instead of the whipped cream when I'm feeling health conscious.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Here's the thing. Mike can spread a job like that over several days, weeks. He can work for a set amount of time and then stop. I cannot do that. Once I start something most of the time I just cannot stop until it is completed. However, I have noticed that over the years we've been together, we are getting way more tolerant of each other's working habits and we actually do work together pretty effectively now and then.