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Hot Vegetables (How Our Garden Grows, July Edition)

Those two title words pretty much wrap up my week.  It's hot.  And we have vegetables.  Some insolent deer have begun to think of our raised beds as their own all-you-can-eat salad bar and we've lost some lettuces and Anaheim peppers (my farmer man's favorite; he is displeased), but we did eat our first harvest of green beans last night.  There's also a bag full of bok choy and tatsoi in the fridge which my Thai cooking on Wednesday night only put the tiniest dent in, and several more servings of snow and sugar snap peas.  Here's my husband's labor of love getting its only shade and water of the day...


I made this bread for the second time this past weekend...no more store-bought sandwich bread for us!  Don't the loaves look so homey and rustic?  They were worth heating the house up for.  That one is missing its end because I ate it hot from the oven with Nutella.  You know you'd have done the same thing. 

My kiddos have spent a lot of time splashing aro…

Blueberry Buckle

Don't you love the season of fresh and inexpensive produce?  Not only is great stuff coming in from our garden (which is the only green part of the yard at the moment--we need rain!!), the farmer's market that sets up just down the street from us has more to offer each week, and the local supermarkets have lots of goodies too.  I have about 5 lbs of blueberries in the refrigerator right now!   I made this Blueberry Buckle around this time last year, and I think it's about time to whip up some more.  If you can legitimately eat cake and fruit for breakfast, why would you not? :)  This recipe is from a little church cookbook I have, and it's a good one, though I have cut back on the sugar a little at times.


Blueberry Buckle
Cake: 3/4 c. white sugar1/4 c. shortening3/4 c. milk2 c. all-purpose flour2 1/2 tsp. baking powder3/4 tsp. salt2 c. fresh blueberriesCrumb topping:

1/2 c. white sugar1/3 c. all-purpose flour1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon1/4 c. butter, softenedIcing:
1/2 c powder…

Clay Cookie Craft

Though school is out for the summer there are a few things my little lass and I are still trying to work on consistently--reading, piano, and art.  Now, I have some fine art background but I don't consider myself very crafty, at least when in comes to coming up with fun projects for kids.  I loved this project from The Little Hands Art Book because it combined some great elements of cooking, sculpture, and painting.  I like crafts that actually teach something.  The bonus here is that we ended up with some great looking little cookies for my daughter's play kitchen.  Here's the salt dough recipe you need to get started (click on the photo to see it full size):


We left out the alum and baked the cookies.  We also halved the recipe.  I had my daughter (who is 4) pour the ingredients into a bowl and after I got the mixing started, I taught her how to knead the dough like bread.


The dough becomes smooth and pliable.


I split it into two sections to make it more manageable and l…

Pasta with Peas in Creamy Sage Sauce

Our herb garden is going nuts and I whipped up this easy little pasta dish to showcase the sage.  I used a type of pasta Wegmans has labeled "nuggets," and I love the way they hold creamy sauces.  Small shells or another small, textured pasta would also work.  
Pasta with Peas in Creamy Sage Sauce 16 oz. small pasta1 - 1 1/2 c. frozen peas4 T. unsalted butter1 onion, chopped3 cloves garlic, minced3 T. flour2 1/2 c. 2% milk1/4 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese1/4 c. shredded Fontina cheese1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon3-5 fresh finely chopped sage leavespinch of salt, dash of pepper
Cook pasta and peas together in boiling water for time directed on pasta package.  Drain and set aside.In a saucepan, melt butter and saute onion and garlic in it until onion is soft and translucent.Whisk in 3 T. flour to form a paste, then add the milk a little at a time, whisking constantly to prevent burning.  Stir and cook until mixture thickens enough to coat the …

Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat

Ok, one more track from Jamie Barnes.  Thy promise is my only plea, O God!  My understanding is these lryics are adapted from the writings of John Newton.  (May not play in readers.)

<p><p><p><a href="http://sojournmusic.bandcamp.com/track/approach-my-soul-the-mercy-seat">Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat by Sojourn</a></p></p></p>


Approach my soul, the mercy seat
Where Holy One and helpless meet
There fall before my Judge's feet
Thy promise is my only plea, O God Send wings to lift the clutch of sin
You who dwell betwe…

Black Beans & Mexican Fried Rice

I didn't originally mean for this blog to be so recipe centric.  But as I love to cook and do it every day, it's been the most natural thing for me to write about regularly.  And I don't plan on stopping the flow of recipes any time soon!  But there are a few non-food posts that have been floating around in my head that I hope to get "on paper" in the next few weeks, among them:
My summer reading listA great craft my daughter and I are working on Some cool stuff God's been teaching me through 1 Corinthians It just feels like it takes me so stinkin' long to process photos and write posts, and in the meantime, a family's gotta eat!  And this here's good eatin'.  It's my favorite kind of summertime meal too, just a few ingredients that I almost always have around, adaptable to the use of garden vegetables, and quick to prepare on the stovetop.  Are the beans considered refried?  I don't really even know.  But they're beans. Yummy blac…

A City No Longer Forsaken

Just a track I'm loving right now.  As in, I've listened to it at least 10 times this afternoon.  Musically interesting and excellent word-smithing.  (Might not play in readers.)

<p><p><p><p><a href="http://sojournmusic.bandcamp.com/track/a-city-no-longer-forsaken">A City No Longer Forsaken by Sojourn</a></p></p&amp…

S'more Nut Bars

Ah, long weekends.  Hubby is off work through Tuesday and has been busy with all sorts of projects, not the least of which is moving a huge pile of compost from the driveway to the backyard, prepping some spots to receive fruit trees. I haven't been quite so productive. After washing a pile of dishes yesterday morning and starting some laundry I spent most of the day outside, reading a good book and working on a tan.  Today I've industriously contracted a nasty head cold (though it didn't stop me from enjoying church this morning or my spontaneous lunch date with the Mr.).  I started a renovation in our little downstairs bathroom earlier this week--death to Victorian floral wallpaper!--that I hope to return to tomorrow or Tuesday, and share the results of when the carnage clears.
So, raise your hand if s'mores are one of your favorite summer things.  I'll admit that I didn't spend much time around campfires growing up, and I'm not sure I even tried a s'm…