After church, we came home and had delicate squash boat halves with Quinoa and kale in them. Last summer there were so many squash in the garden, we couldn’t eat them all, so I cut them in half, took out the seeds, cooked, and froze them. We added a tossed salad
For dessert, I had made a fruit salad with apples, bananas, mandarin oranges, and pineapple (make sure the pineapple juice covers the other fruits to keep them from getting brown) I drained the pineapple juice, put it in the blender with cashews to make a cashew cream and added it and blueberries to the salad. Delicious meal!
The socks are still progressing very slowly. I’m on row 27 of 65-70 for the leg part.
It seems during the summer that the week starts in the garden – most likely because we didn’t check on it the previous day. We went to the garden with the intention of picking tomatoes, however, 17 of these personal sized cantaloupes filled the 5 gallon bucket. They are incredible sweet and juicy.
So a second trip to the garden brought in some of the tomatoes. I canned 7 quarts. Now here is the problem: with all the jars of beans, salsa, jam etc which was well over 150 jars, I only had 2 that didn’t seal. With these tomatoes, out of 7, 3 did not seal (yet) and I don’t know why. They will get a chance to go back into the canner tomorrow.
Did you know Safeway delivers? After a two unsuccessful attempts to use my personal special price they emailed to me, in the store, I called their delivery customer service rep. She was very patient and we got it all set up and the first delivery is free. After that there is a small charge – she thought about $6. The driver arrived with the bananas just as the tomatoes started boiling and brought them into the house where l ‘ll be working on them – probably Wednesday as they are green. The reason I wanted this many bananas was because we use at least 2 daily. I wanted to be able to freeze some and dehydrate some for snacks. It was also good I checked the bill as they had charged me $1.09/# instead of the .69, I was supposed to be charge. When I called it to their attention, the fellow was really sweet about it and refunded the difference, saying he didn’t understand how it happened in the first place. I met two lovely people on the phone and have the organic bananas that I want at the good price. All worked out in the end.
I was tired by now, but this blog is supposed to keep my fiber adventures motivated so, I put together this September block from the Pat Sloan Trip around the World BOM.
This is the placement photo. We are now done with the large X interior block and all the small ones around it. So we will probably beginning the sashing between the blocks next month.
I did sew this morning, but nothing really to show yet.
The doctor ordered new shoes, so that was the first order of business when the stores opened. New Balance, they are.
Then it was off to the hardware store and Costco. When I can get the camera to take color again, I’ll show you the new garden boots and shoes. Costco was more expensive trip. They have really changed things around since we were there three weeks ago and now near the entrance, have an organic section with many gluten-free selections. In case you missed them there, they are also in the regular section. We were like kids in a candy store.
Then home to face a mass of tomatoes. Fortunately there are still about 5 gallons that are not ripe enough to process. But I did make and process 22 pints of salsa. Since we use about a pint a week, I’ll get some more green peppers and onions and do about that many more. The rest of this years tomatoes will just be sauce and canned as is. I do write the products and date on the lid so we have some idea of age and product.
There are only another 10 pillowcases finished.
However, most of the canning is now done. I am still waiting on more tomatoes to ripen to make salsa and will be doing some jam again soon. Today’s efforts produced 20 pints of split pea soup, 10 pints of lentils, and some jam.