Friday, August 22, 2014

Got To Love A Fresh Tomato

The tomato harvest has begun. Ripe, red, juicy, full of flavour!!!! I can see lots of toasted tomato sandwiches in our future. I can also see lots of tomatoes frozen to add the same type of end of summer taste in meals this winter.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits

I am surprised at how quickly this month is passing. Every day just seems to rush by on wings. I will be very sorry to see the end of the summer and the beginning of fall.

I was worried that today we would be spending lots of money to get the air conditioning in our

Buick Enclave repaired.

I got a lovely surprise when I went to pick it up after the repair was done (there was also a seat belt recall so that was repaired as well).

I pulled out my debit card to pay and was told I did not have to pay a cent. Seems that Harvey bought the extended warranty (now 5 years on everything instead of 3) and this air conditioning repair was under that warranty.

Whee, it seems as if my no spend will extend another day or two this week. I may actually end up having 6 no spend days!!!

I am finding it easier and easier to shop at home, repair, recycle and make do every month. Trying to cut the budget is getting to be loads of fun as I figure out ways to save money on everyday items.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Project Updates

I have been busy these past few days working on those pesky PHD's (projects half done). Slowly but surely I can see some progress.

First up the cross stitch project.

The arm of the gown is now done!! I have moved on to working on some more of the cloak. Hopefully when I post next week you will see even more of a change.

Next the rug for Kris's Christmas present.

I have made enough cord to start the solid gold brown colour off. I am hoping to even have more done (a couple of rounds anyway) next week as well. Things are moving along nicely and if I can keep up the pace I have set myself I will definitely be done by Christmas.

No progress on the sewing front however, which makes me a bit sad. Tomorrow I have to hem some drapery panels for a friend, so perhaps a bit of sewing for myself is in order.

Tonight I made Moussaka with eggplant from our garden. Nothing better than eggplant fresh from a garden!

Here it is before putting it in the oven.

And here it is waiting to be served.

It looks a bit overdone here, but really the darker patches were a lovely golden brown. There is enough leftover for another meal. Probably on Friday which switches my menu around a little bit.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Baking Day

I got up fairly early this morning and managed to get all the household chores done in record time.

So what to do?????

I decided that nice large bag of shredded zucchini that was residing in the fridge needed to be used. I looked through my recipe books and found two recipes that I had either never made or hadn't made in a very long time.

First on the list were these Zucchini Muffins.

I kept these 6 out for breakfasts this week. They are so good and a recipe I have never made before.

Then came something I haven't made since the boys were much younger.

Chocolate Zucchini cake!!!

By the time I cleaned up the kitchen the temperature had risen and so the rest of the zucchini will have to wait until tomorrow.

Here is the recipe for the muffins, there is a surprise ingredient. I have a feeling this ingredient is what keeps them nice and moist.

Miracle Zucchini Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 egg
3/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, milk and egg, beat well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring with fork, until all ingredients are moistened. Fold in remaining ingredients (mixture will be thick). Spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins.

Tomorrow morning I plan on using up the remaining zucchini in a couple of loaves for the freezer.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Monday

Off and on this week I will be working on getting things done in preparation for the winter. Canning, drying, and just nesting are top of the list. This means menus could change depending on how busy I become.


Grilled Pork Chops, Creamed Potatoes, and the leftover sliced veggies from yesterday.




Tuna Casserole.


Grilled Smoked Sausage, rice, a salad, and corn.


What Mom called Glace and Eggs, I call German Noodles.


Chili and toast.


Roast Chicken (I ended up doing the roast beef yesterday instead of the chicken) potatoes, beets, and perhaps a salad.

Lunches will be the usual leftovers or toast or a sandwich.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

After Mass today I quickly changed and headed out to the garden.

Harvest has begun in earnest on the old homestead. Today was getting together all those ingredients to make my MIL's relish recipe. The last jar of what I made two years ago is almost gone and Harvey just loves this. I enjoy making it as with some of the recipes I make that have been handed down from my Mother I feel an attachment to the older generation of family.

So I picked cucumbers...

Green tomatoes......

Green and red peppers (only got a picture of the green ones for some reason)....

 and some onions (which I did not get a picture of at all).

After a bit of time standing over the food processor (veggies washed and cut in chunks first), this is what I ended up with.

My large roaster full of the processed veggies. This was mixed with a bit of coarse salt and will sit overnight on my counter. Tomorrow morning I will drain off the liquid and start making this into lovely relish for the next few years.

We didn't stop at picking things there.

Harvey picked what remained of the kohlrabi.

Which after a bit of work became this.

Four packages of blanched kohlrabi which is residing in the freezer downstairs.

I also picked some zucchini and eggplant.

The oddly shaped zucchini was shredded and put in bags and in the freezer. The eggplant will be used this upcoming week to make a lovely meal.

This large zucchini was also shredded. I did not however put this one into the pot for freezing. Instead it resides in the fridge where it will hopefully over the next few days be made into loaves, cake and some muffins.

I think I may be fairly busy for the next little while!!!

I am a bit upset with blogger right now. The posts on my blog list are not always updating. I hope I don't miss any of your new posts, but if I do I will catch up with them. At least I hope so!!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Well Organized Shelves

Today dawned with clouds, and with the clouds the rain finally came. We received 4/10ths of an inch, which really isn't much, but at least we finally got some rain and slightly cooler temperatures.

Since it rained until the middle of the afternoon I had lots of time to remove the clutter and organize things on the shelves of the computer desk.

This is what the shelves look like now.

I managed to rid us of all the old disks from computers we no longer have.... One set of discs were from the very first computer we ever had. That computer was gotten rid of long ago, probably 20 years ago.

The same can be said for all the manuals and such that went with programs we no longer use. So nice to have room for new software. There are a few CD's that I still need to check out before I know what to do with them.

Now this is the really messy side. I now have binders containing all those loose receipts, bank statements, paid bills and such. Lots of papers and out of date items have now been tossed. I still have a bit of work to do on this side. I need a couple more binders set up for maintenance on our vehicles, and my pay stubs as a sub. Perhaps another for a group of items that I really have no idea what to do with. Once that is done things will really begin to look organized.

Still working on the sewing/craft room, but it is slowly but surely taking shape. I will share pictures once I have everything completed.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.