Hmmm… (and please don’t freak out)

So, last week I discovered this misshapen little pepper in the garden.  An enterprising spider had built its web in the hole created by some other less-beneficial insect.  (I know, I know, a spider isn’t an insect.)  Now how to get the little critter out?  I admit that putting my mouth over the hole and…

Thankful for…

summertime BLT’s with homegrown tomatoes and lambsquarter strength for the day Bible study a chance to see my sister safe travels time to sleep fresh peppers for the freezer the opportunity to try again things to laugh about

Korean stir-fried cucumbers

I’ve only made one other cooked cucumber recipe (although I may have stuck some in a biryani or something, once), and that recipe definitely proved that cooked cucumbers are edible (and delicious), but it was kind of a lot of work if you’re trying to use up a lot of cucumbers… So, Google helped me…

Smoothie add-ins

In my recent smoothie kick, I’ve stuck to a pretty basic formula of one banana (fresh or frozen), one other fruit (usually a peach or nectarine), a healthy glug of lime juice, and some milk.  This is a good basic smoothie any day, but it’s all the little “extras” that add a little variety (which…

Herbed floral mayonnaise

I was planning for a tea party and still sailing along on the “try new things” buzz from Cambodia, when I whipped this recipe up.  I was researching tea sandwiches and came across recipes for herbed mayonnaise and floral mayonnaise, so I decided to just pack the herbs and flowers into one spread for the…

A smoothie or something

One of the fun things about travel to new places is the food, and Cambodia was no exception.  It was hot, hot, and humid while I was there, and I appreciated the wide variety of fruit drinks available in the comfort of cafés with “air con” such as the refreshing lime ginger juice available at…

Broccoli Bacon Salad

This is one of those perennial salad favorites.  It may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie! Ingredients: 1 large bunch of broccoli 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup raisins 10 bacon strips, chopped and cooked 1/2-1 cup sunflower seeds 3 Tablespoons white vinegar 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup sugar Directions: Cut the…

Cucumber Boortha

Pardon the picture of unrelated produce, but it’s just such a cheery shot of some of the garden vegetables from this summer, and there are cucumbers in the picture.  😉 This recipe is a little unusual.  It was dug up in response to a large quantity of cucumbers that needed to be eaten; really, you…

Simple salad

It’s been a rough year for the garden, but I’ve been getting a steady supply of little tomatoes and cucumbers.  A lot of them have been ending up in my lunches in the form of this salad. It’s a great work day snack — quick to put together and easy to transport. Simply take a…

Busy as bees

Late summer has been busy with family and our short reunion saw us busy like the bees talking; laughing; trying new recipes and pulling out old family favorites; gathering with old friends; checking on the bees; picking apples, tomatoes, pears, peaches, peppers, and flowers (and doing the requisite follow-up canning, freezing, and cooking); playing games;…