Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Days Are Filling Up...

Wild canned salmon patties with caper butter

These were perfect on one of the hottest days of the year.
They take just minutes to fry up and leave the kitchen as cool as a cucumber!

Grilled fresh pineapple with a honey glaze

Super simple, and simply delicious!
Whole pineapple cut into spears, brushed with a thin glaze of honey, then grilled for just a very few minutes.
Up the ante and serve them with a dab of sour cream, or even better yet, a schmear of mascarpone!

Zucchini, olive oil, parmesan cheese.

Now THAT says "summer"!

Ollie by Gollie

The house is air conditioned, and Ollie takes full advantage, staing inside and just chillin'!
I thought for sure he was just gonna slide right off my bed!

Birdhouse and catmint

Somehow or another, those two just don't seem like they should be near each other!

Chickens, just barely tolerating this heat.

I make sure to let them out bright and early, as the night time temps are still in the upper 70's.
When I tuck them in for the night they are all inevitably panting.
The two hen house windows are left open (screened with ultra heavy screening so's not to be a temptation for intruders) for a cross breeze, but does little good when the air is still and hot.

My garden gate, as seen thru the camera lens of my dear friend, Jen.

Jen's photos ALWAYS make my garden, chickens, heck...even ME, look far better thru the lens of her camera, than in real life.

Another garden gate.

This time it's the tomato, pickle, pepper, basil garden.

Farmboy and me

I take back what I just said about Jen making even ME look good on camera!
Course, look what she had to work with that day!
Hotter than blazes, hair all nasty from the pool, and no make-up!

Farmboy grillin' chicken with one of his two besties, Dave.

"A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
Proverbs 18:24

I LOVE the Proverbs!
They are each like little fortune cookies!
BUT... unlike the ones you get in a Chinese restaurant,
THESE nuggets are God's Holy Word!!!

I have a crazy schedule for the rest of my week!

I'll be busy doing demo's at the CSA farm today.
(on THE most humid day of the year so far!)

Friday I will be prepping for the Ethnic Spices 101 class I will be co-teaching on Saturday.

And Saturday, with high's expected to be in the low 90's, I will be co-teaching a class of 21, where we’ll be focusing on Turkish, Iranian, Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes that are cool and refreshing—think lots of lemon, yogurt, dill, mint and parsley.

Sunday....will TRULY be a day of rest!

Take care, and have a MOST blessed remainder of the week!

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christschild said...

You are busy!! All that food looks so delicious! Hope you have a great week as well.

Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

you ARE busy! did you make the caper butter? that sounds yummy.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Wendy...4 TBL butter, with 2 TBL drained capers! Voila! Butter/caper sauce!

Cheryl said...

Everything looks so good. Have had our first yellow squash I make it the same way you do. One of my favorites. We have been so wet that mine are rotting before they get big enough to eat.
Have a great weekend and stay cool!

Pam said...

The pineapple sounds so good. I can't get over how darn cute Ollie is!

maggie said...

So, Cindy... When do the web versions of your cooking classes come out?

Faith said...

I worry so much about my chickens. Same as you, two cross-ventilation windows, but the house never cools enough and when they go in at night I really feel for them. :o(

I love, love, love grilled pineapple! And I think I'll try that simple way to prepare summer squash today. I've got a couple of piles of it in the house.

Chuck Missler is going through Proverbs in his daily teaching. You can listen for free through iTunes if you've downloaded that free program.

Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition said...

Great Post, really enjoyed it.
Absolutely loved the gate picture.

Satakieli said...

The food looks wonderful, and I love the photo of your chickens! My parents kept chickens when I was a kid and I have fond memories of them digging through my mom's flower beds. Sadly I live in an apartment now (not by choice) but one day i hope to have some chickens of my own :)

katiez said...

I love the pictures of your gardens and chickens... Never see wooden picket fences here....or windmills!

Donna said...

Thank you for sharing all your summertime pictures! I think your kitty has the right idea, LOL.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Hey Girl! Finally getting around and making the blog rounds. I love the new look of your blog -but it's probably not new huh? I'm just so behind the times. Great post! That cat cracked me flat up. And as far as your cucumbers getting fat in the rain - I wonder if that's what happened to me.

Michelle (Health Food Lover) said...

Lots of great food you have there! I love that picture of the cat almost sliding off the bed- too cute!
Thanks so much for linking up to Wholesome Whole Foods!

Camille said...

LOL...that photo of your cat is hilarious!! :) *LOVE* the photos your friend Jen took of your gates and YOU...silly DO look lovely...I thought your hair was pretty like that. Well, have a wonderful week my friend!


Amy said...

That photo of Ollie is absolutely hilarious!!