Monthly Archives: August 2011

what a difference a week makes.

my weekly garden update!.  We’ve enjoyed eggplant – probably for the first time, REALLY ENJOYED EGGPLANT!  This has joined the list of veggies to only be eaten fresh from the garden!  Lots of eggplant all at once so gave much … Continue reading

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sunday garden update

looks really lush out there.  with the demise of the gopher, the  nangua is coming in big time. Unfortunately think its too late in the year to bear any fruit. But am thinking that next year I’m going to let … Continue reading

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home made sausage

  Making sausage isn’t about saving money. Its about quality. Knowing what’s in there!  In this case, its fresh ground pork, salt, pepper, sage, oregano, thyme, fennel and cayenne pepper. Very little fat. So little, we cooked up one patty … Continue reading

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Friday’s harvest

Its that time of year when the garden has to be checked every day. Two spaghetti squash, one of which will be for lunch.  One striped Roma, some regular roma, and a few of the heirloom purple tomatoes that I … Continue reading

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making yogurt

Around here, if I’m lucky, can get a 6oz container of organic low fat yogurt for 80c.  That’s about 1.33/ounce.  With an investment of $2.99 for a half gallon of organic fat free milk, 3/4c of powdered milk, some 1/2pint … Continue reading

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how to peel tomatoes

As this is the first year I’m having any decent tomato harvest, am finding myself woefully unprepared.  Oh, have the proper food mill for the job of processing TONS of tomatoes, and even used it once last year converting several … Continue reading

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almost tortilla soup

Made a big batch of chicken and vegetable soup.  4 jars with rice, 3 plain (1 of the jars gets shared with a friend), then the rest added tomatoes from the garden and canned another 5 jars.  Was going to … Continue reading

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left overs

New preserves this year, those left over from last get made into fruit leather.  In past years I’d wait and add some prickly pear juice to the leather, but last two years have been poor harvests for the cactus, and … Continue reading

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potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant

A potato plant volunteer came up in one of the grow bags. Other than knowing they would be white potatoes (white flowers), had no idea what type these are.  Last year’s potatoes got inundated with dirt termites. they missed these, … Continue reading

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bush bean update

dark of moon, planted the next crop of bush beans, figuring the existing plants were about 2 weeks out from flowering. Its now  a waxing gibbous moon and the beans are sprouting, while the others are just showing signs of … Continue reading

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