Showing posts from July, 2011

The Land Of 10,000 Zucchini

Thus far, we have had zucchini with Andy's wonderful roasted peanut mole sauce, zucchini salads, zucchini with roasted tomato sauce, zucchini with cilantro pesto, I've made "zany zucchini" pickles..........and the zucchini are only getting warmed up.  I've lined up some new  recipes, so I'll probably be making zucchini relish tomorrow, or maybe hot and spicy zucchini pickles.  It's a bit hot for zucchini bread.  Maybe zucchini cole slaw?   Anyone ever tried zucchini parmesan?  How about zucchini moussaka?  Zucchini football.....?????


"The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on."

--Warren Buffett

The Garden..........That Never-ending Saga of Nature vs. Toni

So, the good news:  The basil is finally healthy enough for large-quantity projects, so today I made and froze basil-walnut pesto:
The good/bad news:  Another canning  rack rusted into uselessness, but I think it might finally stop Theo from destroying the new cucumber plants
as he has done to almost all the OTHER cucumber seedlings.

The "what initially seemed to be bad news" news:  The zucchini plant that I didn't plant is a very, VERY exuberant plant, and we've how harvested six zucchini and counting:
The "what is she thinking?" news:  copious amounts of zucchini just calls for experimentation, so we now have "Zany Zucchini" pickles.  Probably the first thing I've ever canned just because it has a fun name.
And the "why-isn't-the-zucchini-bad-news?" news:  The patty pan squash I actually planted back in April?
Not so much looking like a patty pan squash.  I'm thinking maybe acorn?  I wish I could remember what I planted when I …

Great Article from the NY Times Today.

Some Traditions I Can Live Without

As a kid, I seemed to get ear infections in the summer pretty regularly.  The memory of the actual infection is non-existent, but the memory of not being able to swim when we went on the one-week family vacation right after the 4th of July is quite clear.  I actually don't even remember if they hurt or what we actually did about them,or what actually caused them.

BUT, feeling all proud of ourselves for our determination, Andy and I got up at 5:00 AM on Monday to go to the gym where Andy lifted weights an I swam laps..........and got water in my ear.  And it's still with me. So, it's July, I have an ear ache, I don't hear very well, and I can't go swimming.  Okay, THIS summer tradition stinks.

Because Some Days Just Need Silly


Vacation, Day One

My cousin, Dustin, and Andy have birthdays about 2 weeks apart, so we decided to celebrate both with a little trip into Oregon.  We left early on Friday so we could dawdle and take in the sights along the way, which turned out to be a great idea because when we pulled into Baker City for lunch we discovered they were having a Mining Jubilee celebration in the park, so we stopped to tour the booths, then headed to the Baker Heritage Museum.

For such a little town, this is an amazing museum.  There were lots of "rock hounds" in the area, so there are some wonderful rock and mineral exhibits, including:
a room of phosphorescent rocks.  Very cool exhibit for kids--even those in their mid-thirties and forties.......

Andy discovered a pedal-powered scroll saw...
...which I'm guessing meant there were no overweight woodworkers in the 1800s.  Probably lots with missing finger bits as well.

One of my favorite parts was in an exhibit about long-gone mining towns in the area, inclu…