Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday - The Phoenix

Unfortunately, I only have one item to show you today, but for a very fantastic reason...I have three out for framing right now! Mini Pom & Pear, Pathways and Daffa Down Dilly are all there. So, hopefully next week I'll have pictures for you!

Phoenix Progress

So, here she is now. Page 2 almost completed.

For a reminder, this is where she was in April.

Phoenix Start

I know, I'm not the fastest stitcher out there, but I've had other irons in the fire too!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Year Three - Week Five: Revenge of the Zucchini!

As we get into the CSA season, some things are becoming weekly, like zucchini and summer squash.

Week Five

5 ears corn
1 small head lettuce
PT tomatoes
1 small head broccoli
1 head cabbage
2 zucchini
1 handful cilantro
1 large cucumber
1 QT blueberries

Corn: Taken on vacation and grilled at campsite.

Lettuce: Salads.

Tomatoes: Eaten in salads mainly. Sometimes just sliced and eaten as is.

Broccoli: I looked at that one night, already had some rice noodles left, so threw them together for an impromptu stir-fry.

Cabbage: Gifted to the folks. Hopefully I'll come to some handy uses for cabbage. It's just not one of those things I like terribly much.

Zucchini: Summer vegetable pizza. Yum.

Cilantro: Wilted. Just didn't get to it in time.

Cucumber: In salads and with hummus.

Blueberries: Eaten by the handful. And for breakfast sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon-sugar.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Year Three - Week Four: First Local Corn!

Last week had cherries, this week had another long-awaited treat - the official first local sweet corn. It lasted all of 24 hours given that Wednesday was the 4th. It worked perfectly for having the folks over, and served everyone.

Week Four

1 PT blueberries
1 head lettuce
1 bunch chard
2 kohlrabi
2 zucchini
1 yellow summer squash
6 ears sweet corn
1 handful garlic scapes **Last of the Season! :(**

I've used some of this up rather quickly, but most of it is left.

Blueberries: Seriously, I just shovel these in my mouth by the cupful. They don't last long at all.

Lettuce: The usual. (a.k.a. salad, salad, salad)

Chard: The chard was gifted to the folks. Still have some chard left over from a previous week...

Kohlrabi: I was filled with a sense of nostalgia when I saw these. I remember one year when we grew kohlrabi; ironically, I remember growing it, but never remembering what we did with it to eat it. So... I was excited to see it again. Then unsure of how to use it. So, in comes Mark Bittman again - and in comes stir-fry again. So, I already have a lesson for this year - if you don't know what to do with it, make a stir-fry.

Zucchini: Became zucchini boats. Well, 2.5 of them did, the other became a future side dish of zucchini stewed in marinara sauce, yummy.

Sweet Corn: Husked and right on the grill for the 4th. It was so sweet and so tender and so yummy. I hope there is more in the forecast. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Year Three -- Week Three: An Extra Treat!

This week, the CSA said we were to be receiving a special treat, which was something to look forward to! Being a fruit share member and deciding to stick it out with them earned all of us some cherries! Which smell so ripe - I'm just waiting for inspiration to strike.

Week Three

1 PT blueberries
1 QT cherries *Fruit Share Item*
1 basil plant
2 heads lettuce
3 bunches chard
1 bunch broccoli rabe
1 small bunch beets
3 small onions
1 clove garlic
1 cucumber

Blueberries: Yeah, pretty much gone already. I just eat them by the handful.

Cherries: Cherry Almond Crisp. I really don't need to say anything more.

Basil Plant: Planted. It is a little shocked, but I'm hoping it will rebound just fine.

Lettuce: Salads. Had a party this weekend and have only 1/2 head left. Thank Goddess that Tuesday is pick-up day.

Chard: I used one bunch in the aforementioned salad.

Broccoli Rabe: Also went in aforementioned salad. The salad was so large it fit in the popcorn bowl, which is massive. :)

Onions: Made potato salad for the party. I'm not a huge onion fan in that I don't like larger slices of onion, so I chopped up these little ones and they did the trick.

Cucumber: Also went right in the salad.

I think this is one of the best weeks so far for CSA usage. I'm saving up the beets and turnips for something....I just don't know what yet. I'm thinking that I'll roast them, but I'm not sure with what.....any ideas?