Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Gadget that Works!

Sometimes you buy gadgets that you try once and they either don't work or they just aren't worth the effort.  They go into the closet or drawer never to be seen again.
Well, I am so pleased with this spiral slicer that I got just in time for
zucchini season!
It works so easily; like using an old fashioned pencil sharpener.
I've only tried it on zucchini but I bet it works wonderfully on carrots or potatoes or anything else that will fit in there.  The blades are supper shape.
plus it only costs $14.99 and has a lifetime guarantee!


I got mine on Amazon and there's no shipping is you have Prime of course.
Next I'm going to try it with potatoes.
I can only imagine how wonderful they will be!!

Shirley


Monday, July 21, 2014

Treating the Chickens

The girls are always very excited to hear me coming or see me round the corner.
That's because I always have something for them.  Sometimes its just some dandelion greens and clover that I pulled from my garden and sometimes it's treats from the house.
Today it was a half can of corn, some salad greens and a quarter cantaloupe.
Sometimes it's yogurt and some fruit and vegetable peelings.



Pepsi the barn cat always loves to go into the run with me.
She runs up the ramp and checks out the coop.

Martha keeps an eye on her.



When she's had a good look around she lets me know she wants out.

OK, she's gone now.
They really all get along really well.
I think it's because mamma cat takes off during the day and Pepsi is left to have the chickens as her friends.


Shirley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

First Zucchini

Yippee!
My first zucchini!
There's more coming of course.

Squash blossoms are so beautiful!



I got this spiral cutter to make zucchini noodles and boy does it work great.
I got it on line.  Quite inexpensive.



And I made Panko crusted, feta cheese stuffed chicken.
Delicious!
And yes, a low carb. meal.

Shirley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happenings in the Garden

First though, here's a picture of Dexter at his playtime.
He gets to go over to Jolene's doggie daycare and socialize with the other dogs.
He loves it.
Jolene comes and takes him for long walks at home too.
He ran around so much today she couldn't get a good picture of him that wasn't a blur!
He napped when he got home!

OK, as promised I wanted to show you how the spaghetti squash plant just keeps growing and growing!!
I hope I get more than one squash from this plant!


I have tomatoes : ))
I have a couple baby zucchini too but they were too deep to get a photo of.

Oh No!!  Somebody has been nibbling all my green beans!!



Also chomping at my swiss chard.
I haven't seen any rabbits.  Maybe the deer.


Meanwhile out front.
Here's my kitchen porch.

I've been working at weeding my little herb garden.
At least I can find the herbs now!

This is the forest of thistles I'm working my way through!

Outside the fence, the daisies are in bloom/
(along with a few thistles there too!!)
If it stays cool, I'll do more weeding tomorrow.

Shirley

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I've Just Met Spaghetti Squash!

I like all kinds of squash.
I don't know why I never tried this before.
I think I saw it on Pinterest lately and went right out and bought one.
Like they say, it's a great substitute for pasta noodles.

You cut it in half length wise.  Remove the seeds. 
Put cut side down on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.
I think I'll try a shorter cooking time next time so it is less mushy.
It's supposed to be more like al dente pasta.



When it comes out of the oven you scrape the inside with a fork and the squash comes up like long strands that resemble noodles.

There's all kinds of things you can do with it from just butter, salt and pepper
to adding all kinds of things to it.
I just decided to put my turkey spaghetti sauce on top.
It was delicious.


I don't know why I gave myself such a little helping!  I had to go back for seconds.

By the way I have a spaghetti squash plant in my little vegetable garden and it's taking over.
This was a week ago.
It's now  HUGE!!

See, it's reaching out and trying to strangle my tomato plants!


Shirley


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fresh Organic Garden Vegetable Soup

I bought these vegetables at the organic grocery store.  Mine aren't ready yet. 


I'm not a very good cook but I do get the urge every once in awhile.
I had the urge for real vegetable soup!

I looked at several recipes on Google and then this is what I came up with.

First I barely browned 2 cloves of garlic and a medium yellow onion.  Added a little water and sautéed a couple sliced carrots.
Then added 4 cans of regular beef broth
and
all the rest of the vegetables:
1 chopped green cabbage
1 chopped zucchini
some fresh broccoli
About a quarter of a sweet red pepper
A handful of fresh spinach chopped
and one big TBSP of tomato paste.
I added pepper but no salt as there's a lot of salt in the canned beef broth!
Toward the end I added fresh basil and oregano from my garden.
I cooked it till the carrots were not crispy.

It is really quite delicious!
And healthy.
(I suppose it would be healthier with low salt broth but probably not as tasty!))
I have a lot to freeze plus meals for the next couple days.
Yum!

Shirley



Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Nastiest Weed!

THISTLES!!!

I seem to be able to grow them really well!
Half of my front garden is filled with them
They are out of hand!!
AND THEY HURT!

I pulled 50 of them today.  (Well, 75 because I didn't count the small ones)
It hardly put a dent in them.
I decided to pull 50 every time I go out there.

Look at their pretty little flowers!
Those will soon turn into fluff balls and scatter even more seeds for MORE THISTLES!



This is the forest of thistles.  You can't even see my beautiful cone flowers that are in there someplace!

That's my herb garden on the left.
It got like this in a week!!

There's a brick path going to that white gate!!!!
Completely overgrown.


Here's what I was picking.

OMG, they are even coming through the porch!
HELP!

If anyone has a solution on how to rid myself of this awful weed, PLEASE tell me!!!!
I can't use poisons in my garden.


Shirley
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