Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chicken Chatter: #6

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted about the chickens we're raising for egg laying and meat.  As you can see they are growing and some of them will be ready for butchering in a couple of weeks. 

Sunday the 5th, they will be 2 months old!

(They're enjoying garden scraps of squash and tomatoes.)





They continue to try to find ways to escape their coop and we continue to ruin their plans!


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Sewing Day Accomplishments: June 30th, 2015

My sewing day today almost didn't happen!  In fact it wasn't until 9 p.m. tonight that I actually got around to doing any stitching. 

I was determined to not let the whole day go by without getting any sewing done so  at 9 p.m. I set down at my sewing machine and worked on the scrap quilt-a-long I'm taking part in.  

I stitched and trimmed all my blogs to 12 1/2 inches long.  The width varies as it should.



So what do you think?  It's looking quite 'scrappy' isn't it?

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Daybook: June 29th, 2015



For Today ... June 29th, 2015

Outside my window ... the temperature is in the low 90’s … so glad we are getting a rest from those really high temperatures we’ve been having. 

I am thinking ... about my son, who had knee surgery today. 

I am thankful ... for my daughter-in-law who is really stepping up to the plate and taking care of her husband/my son and their small children during my son’s recovery.  She has her hands full and I appreciate all that she is doing.  I wish I were close enough to be of some help to her.

I am stitching ... on my scrap quilt! 

I am going ... to prepare to have the twins stay with us for the rest of the week while their daddy has some pretty serious surgery and their mommie stays with him. 

I am wondering ... what we can do with the twins to celebrate the 4th of July. 

I am reading ... the latest issue of GRIT magazine.  I glean gardening and pantry building information from this as well as other similar magazines.

I am seeing … my husband reclining in his recliner after a long day of running errands and grocery shopping. 
I am hearing … my little grandson jabber in the background as I get an update on my son’s surgery/recovery.  What a sweet sound! 

I am hoping ... my daughter’s dog gets better soon. She had to make an unplanned visit with him to the doggy doctor this morning. 

I am learning ... to utilize my calendar better thereby making it a more helpful tool in staying on top of things.

In my garden ... we are harvesting okra, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. 

In my kitchen …. We went grocery shopping today and I need to finish putting them away. 

One of my favorite things ... an unexpected visit to JoAnn’s Fabric!!! 

Around the house … I see the fabric purchase I made today … using my 60% off coupon!  I can't wait to start using it!

A scene from my day … these are for my oldest granddaughter, aren’t they just the cutest little pair of shoes!  (They are gently used but in great shape!)





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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pantry Challenge #26 ... 2015



We finally got some relief from the intense heat we’ve been experiencing for the last three weeks.   The somewhat lower temperatures are suppose to last for about a week so I hope to be able to get some outside projects done while the weather is cooler!

My to-do list from last time:   
Can potatoes.  Didn’t get done … again!

Here's what I did get done though:
I canned 5 pints of yellow squash pickles.  You can get the recipe HERE.

I washed and sliced several squash to flash freeze.  I’m going to try freezing them this way for the purpose of going from the freezer  straight to the frying pan while still frozen. 
The same friend that told me about flash freezing the squash for frying purposes also shared with me her recipe for making squash/zucchini chips.  Here's the recipe ...

Squash/Zucchini Chips
Slice thin
Spray with coconut oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bake on parchment paper 2 hours at 200 degrees.



I can't wait to try these.  She also shared a link to this Garlic Parmesan Squash Chip.  They sound good too and I'm sure I'll be trying those this week as well! 
I harvested 5 bell peppers from the garden, brought them home, washed them, deseeded them and cut them into fourths.  I placed each piece on the food chopper and chopped them into small pieces.  I filled snack baggies with ¼ cup of chopped peppers then put the snack baggies inside freezer bags.  I added 12 snack baggies of chopped bell peppers to the freezer part of my pantry.  I’ll use them in casseroles, frittatas, soups, etc.

I harvested more basil, oh my, it sure smells good.  I plan to make some spice mixes when I get through harvesting and drying my kitchen herbs.

I brought my garlic cloves in that have been curing in the greenhouse and am ready to start using them.  This fall I want to plant twice as much garlic as I did last fall.
I started another jar of cider fire.

I baked more of Gwen's Bread.  That's all the baking I got done this week!
I made up some more turmeric capsules and vitamin c capsules.
We ate our first tomatoes of the year from the garden this week. They were so good! We also harvested the first okra.  If all goes well I should have plenty of okra to preserve this year so please share with me how you preserve okra.  I need inspiration!

I planted some turmeric and some horseradish.  You can read more of my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 
On a not too good note, our cabbage is rotting in the garden due to the prolonged intense heat we’ve been having.
I didn’t buy any groceries last week.
I stitched up a pair of Mickey Mouse pajama bottoms for my little grandson, put a zipper in his Mickey Mouse pillow case and worked on my scrap quilt.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.
I’m well on my way to earning another Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.
I earned enough points through Bing to get a $5 Amazon gift card.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

can potatoes ... yes, again!

 Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

 patsi
A Working Pantry

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Q & A: Can You Share Your Squash Pickles Recipe?




In this post I shared some ways I use squash.  A reader shared her family recipe for making Yellow Squash Pickles in the comment section ... they sounded really good so I made a batch this past week.

When I mentioned the Yellow Squash Pickles in another post a reader asked me for the recipe ...



Yellow Squash Pickles

8 cups squash necks, sliced 1/4" thick
2 cups onions, sliced thin
2 cups vinegar
2 bell peppers, sliced thin and diced
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. mustard seed
3 cups sugar
salt to sprinkle (just enough to barely cover the top)

Combine the squash and onions, sprinkle with salt and cover with ice. Set aside for 2 hours; drain liquid off but do not rinse. Combine vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed and bell peppers in a pan; bring to a hard boil (I let it boil for a minute or two). Add squash and onions; mix well. Pack in jars and seal. Process in boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. These are so good to eat with a vegetable meal. Enjoy
(my opinion - You can leave the bell pepper out but do NOT leave out the onions)

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