It has been a wonderful weekend at home.
Thanks to a dear friend supplying me with milk we not only had the best milk to drink, but I was able to make butter and then make wheat bread with the buttermilk. I have missed cooking and especially cooking with wonderful fresh dairy products!
I also made salsa, it turned out fantastic! Basic recipe:
In a large saucepan, sauté diced onion and garlic in olive oil.
Add to saucepan: 2 quarts diced tomatoes, 1-2 cups of chopped cilantro, 2 TBS chili powder, 3 TBS lemon juice, salt to taste, one jalapeño (chopped and seeds removed), 2 cups banana peppers (or bell) chopped. Heat through, stirring and sampling as needed! Serve warm with tortilla chips and a frozen margarita. Ole'!
The homemade granola, well lets just say it will be repeated!
4 cups oats
1 cup flax seed
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (mine were pre-spiced, leftovers from holiday baking)
1 TBS cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
In a large bowl mix all the above ingredients (may add a couple TBS of brown sugar, ginger or some shredded coconut, if desired).
Heat slightly until well mixed:1 cup honey and 3 TBS olive oil (or butter melted)
Toss dry ingredients with honey/oil, spread on large baking dish covered with parchment paper.
Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring and rearranging every 10 minutes.
Allow to cool for 20 minutes and mix in 2 cups of dried fruit (raisins and cranberries in mine).
When completely cool store in quart jars for up to 3 months.
In other news, I looked at 4 rental houses while in Fla last week; all were doable, and one was spectacular. We have dropped the price on the house again and hopefully the Realtor is on the same page for getting a contract in the next 30 days. Otherwise, we will be here for another year. School starts in Florida on August 9th--not much time for messing around!
Our anniversary is this weekend, we have the same debate every year "is it the 26th or 28th?".
This year we have decided to celebrate it all weekend and wish each other happy anniversary every day. Quite romantic! Dave surprised me with the most beautiful, gorgeous suitcase I have ever seen! It is red leather(ish) and matches my red leather work bag. I feel like a princess!
I am making the wheat rolls and honey butter mainly for him--two of his favorite things he has not seen in many months!
I am looking forward to getting moved and settled for many reasons, but this weekend has reminded me how much I have missed cooking with real food.
After harvesting 20 more pounds of cucumbers, I pulled the vines out and covered the bed with black landscaping fabric. The bean bed (pole beans that are not setting fruit) is next on the list, and then the carrot/weed bed after I harvest the carrots. Slowly but surely the garden is getting put to bed, and the number of beds that need to be weeded is reducing! The Roma tomatoes are not far behind, they are a determinate variety so once they are finished setting fruit in a couple of weeks that bed will get shut down too. The cherry tomatoes that looked so horrible at the start of the spring are now enormous and producing well. The melon patch that we planted in the old pig pasture is doing very well. It must have been fertile soil! The produce is such a blessing and I am constantly wondering what our next garden will look like.
This week and next is the official break between semesters. Thankful for that too.
Wishing you all a great week!