Thursday, August 14, 2014
Yellow Squash Relish ~ Random Tidbits
My sides with breakfast are garden potatoes with onion and green pepper, leftover squash patties, and a cup of organic wild thyme tea. The only thing missing was a slice of homemade English muffin slathered in homemade Cinnamon blueberry jam. I would be baking the muffins, but garden duty calls most days.
This was yesterday's breakfast. Today? I'm not so sure. It's my turn to not get any sleep. I was woken up by Hubby at 3:30am, who was up for some reason and let a dog out. In the process he held the door open too long and out went Tiger (youngest one's cat). We ran around the house a few times and finally got him in. I never fell back asleep until just before Hubby's alarm went off - 5:30am. I have a long day ahead (more canning).
I surprised Hubby with a dinner of taco salad. I popped open a jar of home canned taco sauce the other night.
Is anyone else finding a place to sit at their table this time of year? It's becoming quite the challenge here lately. My spaghetti squash is starting to harvest now.
I canned my first batch of yellow squash relish. I've never canned this before. Once we open a jar, I'll give you my update on flavor and versatility. I used Taste of Home's recipe, and felt I had a bit too much brine (note to self - always read the all of the reviews first). I'll pack the squash tighter, when measuring, or toss in extra. I might even make it again with some hot peppers in it too. I think this would be good mixed with peas, maybe green beans, over black beans, and on some meats.
By the way, shredded yellow squash is great for making hash browns. Just add some shredded potatoes, onion, garlic and salt. Note: I squeezed the liquid out of the squash before mixing them with everything.
Sadly we lost a barred rock hen. Not sure why, but she could have been egg bound. I checked the poo today and it all looks healthy.
School starts in 6 days. The mail lady has delivered the dreaded letters - school fees. The total this year is a whopping $262.00. For that amount I could almost buy a ton of wood pellets to heat all winter.
The best time to make my garden layout, for next year, is now. I ordered a bunch of gardening books from the library, so I can get it all down before I forget things. Or lose my ambition. I take advantage of the canner pot, and while things are boil sealing, I read snippets from books. I'm almost finished with one book this season (gotta get it in where I can these days).
And speaking of canning, I need to get back to the stove. I did tackle the zucchini yesterday, but it's in a marinade to get canned today. First, I need to peel some tomatoes. I'll be back to share soon.