Monthly Archives: July 2014

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad
Our tomato plants are finally slowing down. While I am thrilled with the less work that it gives me, I am already going to miss all the fresh tomatoes! The various cherry and pear tomato plants are the first to go. The harvest remaining is small. This is one dish that is absolutely wonderful with any type of smaller tomato. Continue reading

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Crazy Busy

Today’s post will not be a recipe as things have been crazy busy here lately. I promise to post more goodies soon! Last weekend Jack and Ewan swam in the City Meet and I have been busy baking up a storm since then for the swim banquet which was last night.

The attendance for the banquet kept creeping up and reached 140 people. I feared there may not be enough cake but luckily there was. Leftovers to give away even!
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Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Pasta salad is such a wonderful meal for hot summer days. Even better is using couscous instead of traditional pasta. Couscous is the less known pasta miracle. It cooks quickly and doesn’t need to boil the whole time. Perfect for meals in a hurry or hot days when you don’t want to boil water longer than necessary. Continue reading

Preserving the Flavors of the Fourth

Here is how I have spent my holiday thus far…blackberry picking with the boys while Josh had to work. Pickings were slim so I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted. The boys were very disappointed there wasn’t enough to make cobbler!

We came home and I worked in the garden. I had to hunt things down for my harvest. We had another heavy rain yesterday so many plants were hanging over. The cucumber plants are hanging all over the pepper plants. The melons are all over.

Here is what I managed to pick this morning…

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Today’s harvest includes tomatoes (golden nuggets, grape, yellow pear, zebra cherry, full size zebra), a MASSIVE zucchini, a cantaloupe, blackberries, cucumbers, tomatillos and a pepper.

What to do with it all? I canned two and a half jars of cantaloupe jam with vanilla (a first time and I must say it is SUPERB) and two jars of spiced blackberry jam.

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I also made a pot of cherry tomato sauce. We had some earlier in the week with pasta and it was wonderful. It is cooling and waiting to be bagged and frozen.

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Then after all that I was able to put the yellow pear tomatoes and cucumbers in bowls. Have you seen these before…they are Mexican Sour Gherkins. They are the best cucumbers ever!! They look like dollhouse sized watermelons but are really a bite sized cucumber. We MUST plant these every year now! I will pickle them at a later date, I’m exhausted!

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If you want to know what boys do while their mom is harvesting in the garden, here is a clue….

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Should you care to see more pics of these muddy boys swing on over to Dalrymple Clan Adventures.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
Our summer continues to be crazy busy, and that is without vacation!! The two older boys still have swim practice five days a week, meets two evenings a week. Needless to say that makes dinner time crazy. The only relaxed dinners are on the weekends. Otherwise we are packing dinner to eat at the meet or we get home just before six and have dinner that I prepared earlier in the afternoon or something I can throw together quickly. Continue reading