Friday, June 22, 2012
Well, now that I have all of these squash and zucchini plants, I have to come up with creative ways of using them. I wanted to share a quick recipe that I made for supper last night. My family loved it. Plus it was easy, quick, and cheap! What more could I ask for? I could ask that you would come pick beans and save my back and legs from that!!!!!
Smoked Sausage Stir Fry
Cut into bite size pieces as much smoked sausage as needed for your family. Put it in a stainless steel skillet. Add a bit of olive oil. Cut up an onion and turn on the heat. Slice squash and zucchini in the desired amounts. Add Crazy- Mixed- Up -Salt. Be careful to taste before you get to heavy handed with the seasoning because it does have a lot of salt content . (You can find Crazy-Mixed- Up-Salt in Walmart or your grocery store. It is located in the spice section). Cook until tender. I served over rice with some homemade sourdough bread.
grace and peace,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
With my plan fixed in my mind, I climbed out of bed dreading the chores that I had left undone all day yesterday. I quickly dressed and headed slowly downstairs in search for a cup of coffee. As soon as my foot hit the last stair, I noticed that the living room was put together. The strewn blankets were no longer on the couch. The shoes that had become an obstacle course were no longer in sight. Then my eyes slowly glanced at the kitchen table. It was spotless. There were no remnants of last nights late dinner to be seen anywhere. My counters were spotless too. I then saw one of many garden baskets full of green beans that had all been broken and left as a gift. There was a beautiful toilet paper bow tied on the handle, and a precious note left by my three cleaning fairies.
One of my sons, who will remain nameless because he doesn't like anything that he does to be made public, and two of his friends stayed up late last night. They sat on the front porch and drank coffee. This is something that happens almost every night at our home, but my husband suggested that while they sat and talked they could break a few beans. After they broke ALL the beans, they came in the house and started cleaning. I have waited all of my life for the cleaning fairy to show up, and quite frankly, last night was much needed. Those boys couldn't have spent $1,000 on me and made me any happier than what they did for me last night. The only negative about last night was that I was left with an eerie feeling...if those boys could break all the beans and clean the house without us waking up what might a burglar get accomplished while we slept? Maybe we need to purchase a better watch dog!
grace and peace,
Monday, June 18, 2012
With all the negative talk out of the way, let me share the joys of the garden from this year. I have sunflowers everywhere. They are standing tall and proud in the first two rows of the garden. I also have them in vases and containers all throughout the house. They make me happy! I also have zinnias in bloom and they too are poked here and there in pretty jars in our home.
We are also enjoying green onions, zucchini, squash, peas, and lettuce from our garden. We also planted 3 more small rows of pole beans so that we can have fresh green beans for eating all summer long. I won't be canning these!
What have I learned from this year's garden? Although it may not be perfect, I can still enjoy and use it. I just have to step over the weeds from time to time. Come to think of it, it is kind of like my life.
grace and peace,