Not by day, month or date, but by the "signs" that keep showing up indicating the end of summer is truly here. Summer fairs are winding down, market produce is changing, the last of the tomatoes and broccoli have been picked....
One of the best things about retirement is that I can finally enjoy a birthday OFF from school. For the past 30 years the first day of school has been " around" my day. Even though I worked and there was no celebration, it was great! I enjoyed a handmade gift of wool muffatee'sand a very special package
Well almost 101! I know enough to be dangerous but I'm trying! I realized many months ago that the migraines I had been experiencing were a direct result of the types and combinations of foods I was eating! Corn and corn byproducts specifically. Reading labels on EVERYTHING was mandatory as corn byproducts are used as filler in MANY foods! I also learned that CORN tops the list of the Genetically Modified Foods! It's was a scary moment when I learned that the corn products I was eating and feeding my family weren't 100% corn but were chemically altered! They are out of our diets now and the migraines have gone too! The only way to guarantee the food you eat is 100% pure... Grow them from pure/native seeds! First up tomatoes! Slice them and squeeze the seed flesh out.
Thought I'd share our favorite recipe for Zucchini Bread. Let me be perfectly clear when I say this is the "foundation" of the recipe as I make substitutions frequently as needed. I'm working to " use what I have" in every aspect if my life (not just in crafting), so if there's a banana or apple sitting lonely on the counter...it's fair game! Just sayin'! The end result is always the same though a delicious quick bread! So here we go... The Favorite Ward/Henry/Leamer/Shuck Family Zucchini Bread...
First up...prep the zucchini. If you have a monster sized squash you will have monster sized seeds inside which may offend some tastebuds. Scooping out the seeds is easy by cutting a portion of the zucchini in half and hollowing out just like you would a cantaloupe or melon.
Once the zucchini starts to grow it seems to go on and on and on and on!!! Our plants are full of blossoms and just picked our first 4 zucchini.
That's our garden...small but mighty. We're "testing" the new gardening grounds this year. Grandparents had great luck here years ago so we decided to try it. Tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, squash, cukes and some others. We are out of practice and not as attentive as we should be but the garden is doing well!
Sharing a Family Favorite today in honor of the "official" arrival of summer!!!
Fresh spinach to cover the bottom of the container. Sprinkle a dash of pepper, salt and sugar over spinach. Cover with 3/4th lb. crispy bacon....
Finally it feels like Spring with a few days of hot summer weather mixed in. The internal clock is saying "school's out for summer" and the pace is slowing just a bit. Yard sales and outdoor shows and markets are popping up everywhere. Gardens are planted and bright colors decorate flower boxes, lamp posts and sidewalks. I love how those outdoor colors were used to brighten up the home with vintage linens. These are just a few of my favorites!