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~
Monday, July 17, 2017
Random Tidbits ~ Zucchini
I pulled all of my garlic (somewhere between 175 and 200), despite the humidity we were having. It needed done, and the remainder of the garden is still too wet. One job done, and only a few bulbs didn't come up. And thankfully only a few rotten bulbs.
It was wet I tell ya'. I hosed a ton of mud off the garlic, but rain was due again (which we got late afternoon yesterday), and I wasn't losing it. I had to hose off myself and my garden gloves. That one in the photo was a Russian Giant variety, but my new variety and my own were not much smaller than that. I have to admit though, the variety I've planted for years, had the most smallest ones too. I may do away with it, and only plant the other two. I guess we'll do a taste test first. Hence, the area I planted is the best area to grow it. And not far from the peach tree (which helps ward off bugs and what not).
My first ever, quart bag of blanched shell peas made their way to the freezer. Even if it's the only one, it's one step ahead of last season.
More Russian kale was blanched and stocked up in the freezer. That photo above was only a handful of what I froze.
Zucchini (some) was blanched and frozen for winter casseroles, pasta dishes, stir fry dishes, and soups and stews. Many folks don't like to freeze it, due to the softness it has when thawed, but I like to have my nutrients all winter and spring. Good gut health. Zucchini has a good amount of protein too.
Saturday Hubby and I took a day off together. We him-hawed about if we wanted to ride with others and decided to join. There was no way we could work in the garden, mow, or weed flower beds. We met up at noon, and I've learned that when we stop to take a break, the destination changes most times. We had started out with so many options, and ended up 3 hours from home, ha ha ha ha! I literally thought we'd overnight with the clothes we had on, but made it home by 11:30pm. We were tired for sure, but we had a very good time (and day off of everything).
We rode the motorcycle up to the hospital on Sunday too. We visited his sister. She was sedated completely, and did not respond to us at all. Although her heart is working 50% on it's own, her blood pressure is very very low. Otherwise, they are saying all is well, but her breathing vent is being weaned off starting today.
We made it home, dodging the dark sky and rain, and decided peanut butter and jelly was the best dinner there was.
Today is a work day.