Tomatoes

We thought the tomatoes were over, but they keep producing flowers and new green leaves.  Still some beefs there and almost cherry tomatoes everyday.

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Btw, this is a giant bowl of cherry tomatoes.  I told Xanadu to stand there for size comparison but she just wanted to put her face in them.

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Green Beans

So Irene killed our scarlet runner beans.  But that’s ok Irene, I understand, you were having a bad week.  I’m not sure if that really means it’s ok to destroy our beans and our spice pumpkins causing me to cry, but ok, ok, I get it.  You = nature. Me = helpless. 

So Round 2 of the beans.. this time, green beans.

This is on Sept 4… starting to come up.

One day later on Sept 5..

And on September 24, they are already starting to climb themselves high.

More beans behind the cut.

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Broccoli

Round 2 of the broccoli! It did good in the Spring, so now it’s time for the Fall…

The Broccoli seeds were planted a few weeks ago in early September.  We started with 9 plants which are contained in the sugar snap pea box.  Some of them weren’t looking so good, so we started 7 extra plants a few weeks later just as a backup.  Well turns out they turned themselves around so now everything looks good and we’re going to have 16 broccoli plants. :)

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Sometimes my nail polish matches the plants.

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Beautiful broccoli boy.

More broccoli talk behind the cut.

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Seedlings

Not even a week and almost everything has started to show itself.

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Because I usually plant 2 seeds in each (just in case), if everything grows I will have to sadly pick favorites and weed out the extras.  Sorry guys.

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Peppers

Just when you think none of your peppers are turning red, you suddenly find 2 in the back that probably have been red for days. Look at these beauties, I love the dual tone on them right now.

I love peppers for lunch, just with a little tomato sauce and sea salt. OH MY.

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We have so many green peppers right now, I counted 30+ tonight.  I CANT WAIT.

Frozen Pesto Cubes

If you are growing herbs in  your garden then right now you might have alot and not sure what to do with them. Do you dry them? Do you use them as is? How about we make delicious pesto and freeze them? Yes, let’s do that!  Here we will use our fresh parsley and basil.  Just think about in December when it’s freezing out and you’re in a bad mood because your boot has a hole in it and you stepped in a big slush pile.  You come home, cranky, boil some pasta.  What to put on top.. pesto… from your garden.. oh the summer time  memories.. everything feels better now. :)

What can you do with pesto besides put in pasta? Use it as a pizza sauce.  Marinade chicken or steak or shrimp in it.  Use it as a vegetable dip.  Make soup.  So many options!

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh parsley
4 cloves of garlic
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh basil

What you’ll need to freeze:
Ice Cube Trays
Clear Wrap
Freezer Bags

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Let’s make some pesto and freeze it behind the cut.

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Shower Curtain

I have a cat. Her name is Xanadu.  She’s a Siamese.  She’s a handful.  She’s my baby.

I got a new shower curtain and liner and put it up today.  It is pretty and smells good.

Xanadu loves the new shower curtain.  Can’t keep her paws off it.  Just keeps reaching out and touching it.

Xanadu realized she can walk between the curtain and the liner.  She can sit in between them.  In the dark. 

She’s currently sleeping in between them.  All stretched out.

My cat is weird. I love her.

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Baked Potato Soup

Seriously, if a recipe consists of potatoes and bacon, then you know it’s going to change your life.   This is a super filling soup.  Afterwards I had to squeeze into a bodysuit and skirt, yikes.

Please make this.  You won’t regret it.  This is one of those meals where you impress yourself.

Ingredients:

3 pieces  of turkey bacon (listen, turkey bacon is delicious, save the calories and get this)
1 clove garlic
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup half and half cream
2-3 large baked potatoes
1/2 teaspoon hot chili or pepper sauce
fresh parsley on top

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Winter Seeds PT 2

Wow.. look at this.  Just 2 days after planting the seeds the pak choi is already poking through!

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We moved the seeds straight to the roof today.  Instead of watering on top, we find that if you water from the bottom it absorbs better.  So just fill up the container with a bit of water, your seeds will love you.

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Freezing Tomatoes

Have a great big tomato harvest? Are you running out of ideas/time with what to do with all your tomatoes?  Breathe. It’s going to be ok. Besides tomato sauces, you can freeze whole tomatoes! That’s right.  Just clean the tomato, put on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer.  Once it’s frozen, package them all up in a freezer bag.  In my freezer I have bags of tomatoes.  This week I pulled out some tomatoes from our July harvest and made some salsa.  Figures, Matthew said it was the best salsa all year! 

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When you get them out of the freezer, they’ll be frozen, but not frozen together.

Then you’ll just place them in some warm water for a few minutes.  They’ll defrost super quick and basically blanche themselves (or you can keep the skin if you wan, I usually do!).

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