Monday, August 9, 2010

Making Use of Down Time

The last week has found me completely under the weather.  In the hours I managed to sit upright, I spent some time trying to plan ahead for the fall harvest.  It's gonna be a big one if the weather stays as warm as it's been, and I'm hoping for the snow to stay away at least until I get a full crop of tomatoes to turn red.

I've clipped recipes for pickling, canning, and items to bake, such as red beet chocolate cake.  When you start to look you can find so many more things to do with veggies than just cooking them in or out of their skins, and adding them to baked goods and other concoctions certainly makes you feel a little bit healthier; unless of course you slather the aforementioned baked good with frosting.

Having planted such a huge garden and seeing it get completely out of hand has me a bit scared, and I am concocting a full arsenal of a large variety of things to make with all the loot.  If my head can regulate itself (I've decided that it's the weather that is giving me pains, we've exhausted all the other causes) I will be up early and up late using the oven during the cooler times of the day.  I am so looking forward to donning a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans to keep the first fall chill at bay.

If I come to you in the next few weeks begging you to please take some zucchini off my hands, please don't say no.  I will be more than happy to include some recipes with it.


Kristi Pohl said...

Nancy just gave me "Vegetable Love" and it has TONS of wonderful veggie recipes! I will bring it when I come home for you to check out.

Rachelle said...

How fun that you are getting a bumper crop of veggies! I always hope to make fresh salsa with some tomatoes, but we usually eat them all up by themselves or as BLT's or just sliced with a sprinkling of salt. I like zucchini when it's tiny, but I panic when I find a huge one.

Rachelle said...

I'm excited about your bumper crop of veggies! However, I am scared of very large zucchini. Then again, my friend Ann just mentioned making some chocolate zucchini bread. Now, that sounds good.

Rachelle said...

Garden girl (after my own heart), it was so fun to see you (very briefly) at the All School Reunion. Thanks for coming up and giving me a big cousin hug. I loved it.