Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Zucchini Overload!

We have had a very bountiful garden so far this year.  I have been canning, freezing, drying, baking, sharing and barely able to keep up with the abundance of fresh veggies.  This was a picture of my first day's yield earlier this summer.  (Oh, and the eggs we got from our backyard chickens too!)

Last year I did not have the best of luck with zucchini and squash.  At first, it seemed they were doing great but then one day I noticed we had an attack of the squash bug.....and within a couple of days my plants were gone.....the bugs soon moved onto the cucumbers and then eventually the cantaloup.  So I decided that this year I would plant a TON of zucchini plants so I could get my harvest done early and get some in the freezer.  I planted 4 plants and I am glad I only planted 4!  Whew!  I have been completely overrun with zucchini.  I am not sure what happened to the squash bugs....but they didn't come around yet this year.  Maybe it is the chickens keeping them down?  or maybe the marigolds I planted around the garden....I've read that helps keep bugs away.....

After making zucchini bread one day, I decided to go ahead and shred the rest of the zucchini I had on hand and freeze it so it was all ready to go this winter!  I froze in 2-cup increments (as called for by my favorite recipe).  I have also found a breakfast recipe (will share later) that we love that calls for 3 cups of chopped zucchini, this week I plan to freeze more zucchini chopped in 3-cup increments so we can enjoy that recipe as well this winter.  So love having my garden this year!  

Do you have zucchini overload?  What are your favorite recipes?  favorite ways to preserve for later use?  I'd love to hear your ideas!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

High 5 For Friday

This week's High 5 For Friday is brought to you courtesy of Lauren from My Grey Desk.


Let's get started!

1.  We have finally started soccer!  My kids are having a wonderful time playing this year!  This is my son's first year and my daughter's second.  Looking forward to a great season!

2.  My garden is producing like crazy!  We have had a ton of cucumbers, especially.  The tomatoes are starting to pick up production too, finally.  I can't wait to make salsa and do some canning!  Wanting to try out some new ideas and recipes this year. 

3.  We have been having some beautiful weather here in PA!  I just love taking pictures, but for some reason I can't seem to capture the magnitude of the beauty that surrounds us.  This day, the sky was so blue!  The clouds were pink and white...like fluffy cotton candy.  So beautiful!

4.  My children started their music lessons this week.  We have a trombone and a french horn joining the family band.  They are excited and I am thrilled that we can support them on their journey.  

5.  Today is going to be the best day of all!  Headed out for some retail therapy with a good friend.  

Hope you all have had a great week too!  Let's make it a great day!!