Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, May 26, 2017
Garden ~ Baked Flounder
My new oven mitts. These were a gift at the big birthday bash from an old friend. They are longer than they look in the photo, and withstand up to 500°F. I love them.
I baked us some blueberry banana bread. I different recipe, but used up a few lingering over-ripe bananas. My freezer is still full of blueberries (thankfully).
Then I baked a cauliflower frittata. My lunch, Hubby's breakfast today. I wanted to make this with kale, but we are clean out. I have a bit of collards, swiss chard, turnip greens, nettle, and a ton of dandelion (but no kale). So glad the kale is growing again.
Rain still didn't arrive.
I went out to water and found my hose cut in half. Yeah, someone mowing didn't check for it, and ran right over it. I had to haul my watering cans from the house rain barrels. Over and over, to water the 30 sweet potato slips I had just planted and four rows of green and wax beans.
Hubby fixed the hose last night after work, but I'll have 10 less feet of it. I hope it works out today, but it'll all depend on what this body can do. Both Hubby and I have been having so much achi-ness, it's slowing us down. My arnica isn't growing fast enough to get that salve made, so I'll have to come up with something else. And today. He and I were both sort of moody, due to the aches and pains, and I need to fix that. Our diet is pretty anti-inflammatory lately too.
As for the sweet potato slips, I found a source for next year. It'll be by mail, unless I can find an organic nursery here (again). I was lucky to find the sweet potato slips as it was. Once I find a new source, and once I have my root cellar, I will grow my own slips from my own organic/non-gmo potatoes. It's always good to have future goals.
Speaking of goals, Hubby and I had plans to knock down the old big barn this Memorial Day weekend. We are not. I'm not happy and I'm not sad, just meh about the whole mess. We need it down and gone, because it stands, our insurance went up. A lot. Hubby is super stressed, but we are currently both a bit, shall we say physically halted for such work. We do have help for the barn, and hopefully large equipment (who will be repaid with barn wood), and are friends of the family. So....some day. Some day.
I baked us some lemon pepper flounder last night, and a side of steamed broccoli. I am trying to make sure we get fish at least once a week (but should be eating more of it). We have one slab of salmon left in the freezer. Time to restock.
Lemon Pepper Flounder:
Sprinkle lemon pepper mix over fish, add a bit of homemade garlic powder and dried thyme. Bake for 8 minutes at 425°F.
I make my own lemon pepper, but you can find a recipe at Simply Scratch (love her site) as well. I used my garlic powder vs. freshly minced, only because we are out. You could use either.
We are still getting asparagus. Just a few here and there, but they'll keep until I have enough for a meal. There are more coming up, so I check it daily now.
Well, I have talked my ears off this morning, procrastinating my planting today. I know the cucumber, squash, pumpkins, and more need planted, but I have a salve to make. And I hope it works.