Thursday, August 3, 2017


It's been five long months since I posted, so I'm doubtful anyone is still reading but I'll continue to write since I promised myself I'd keep this blog as an occasional diary of life's happenings. It's been a great help remembering when certain things took place and how things like my garden have evolved over the past seven years. To make a long story short, I had a rather rough spring and it's taken me longer than anticipated to get back on the blogging track. I had no less than five family members in the hospital for various things. We sadly lost one but the other four are okay now, thankfully. All the stress took a toll on my well being and I've been trying to practice self-care like yoga and making nutritious smoothies in my new Vitamix to get back on track. I've been taking yoga classes twice a week and a water exercise class once a week at my local Y. I'm hoping to eventually take a couple water classes a week if I can bring myself to get there early in the morning. Part of the healing process has also been getting back in the sewing room. The other afternoon I decided to try making a cute pincushion pattern I found in a Country Register a few years ago. It's the cutest cat head pincushion.

I've also been busy trying to keep up with the garden, which has been a challenge this year since we're practically in a drought here in central Iowa. I don't think we've even gotten a half of an inch of rain in the last three months. As a result, I've been watering the garden nearly ever other day and my edibles are still struggling. I was very disappointed to get only this much from the garden one day last week. I usually get more than twice that much on any given day. Everything started out so well at the beginning of the growing season. I started harvesting zucchini in late June, which people say is early. My cherry tomatoes started coming along in mid July. If you grow zucchini, I'd be curious to know if this is typical timing for zucchini. Feel free to email me by clicking the Email Me button located at the top right sidebar of my blog. 

This is my first year growing tomatoes and among the six varieties I chose is this fun grape tomato called 'Chocolate Sprinkles' and wow, does it taste good. I would highly recommend it. 

I grew this pattypan squash from seed and just started harvesting it last week.

When life does give me zucchini, I make zucchini fritters...

Or a zoodle (zucchini noodle) salad with my spiralizer. If you have a spiralizer, I would be curious to know which brand you have and if you like it (Again feel free to email me by clicking the Email Me button in the right sidebar of my blog). I am 75 percent satisfied with the kind I have but don't feel the suction cups that are supposed to keep the unit in place work as well as they could. 

Speaking of kitchen gadgets, I recently found the perfect solution to making rice and quinoa for my small household of two. It's this handy little mini rice cooker, which I found for $14. I could never bring myself to buy the larger ones since they were way oversized for what we need. This cooker makes up to two cups, which is plenty for us. Best of all, it's pink! I just thought I'd mention it for those of you with small households like us. We use the extra rice to make coconut milk rice pudding.