Menu and what we are up to this week!

What’s coming out of the garden: Tomatoes, peppers, okra, melon, potatoes, pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, cucumbers, and full herb garden.

What’s going into the garden: We are planting our late fall crops.  We started seeds inside about a month ago and now is time to put them in the garden.  These are all crops that can handle a light frost. This week we planted; brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, carrots, kohlrabi, kale, chard and beets.

Sunday: We had basic leftovers, everyone for themselves.  I did make homemade sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast with sliced fruit.  Great start to our day!

Meatless Monday: Noodles with a pesto sauce.  We have beautiful purple basil in the garden. I will make pesto with Parmesan and olive oil. It will go great with some slice tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.  I had extra bread dough that I turned into bread sticks. They will taste amazing dipped in that pesto. 

Taco Tuesday:  Same old Tuesday meal.  There is no lettuce coming out of the garden right now, so we will eat it with the spring cabbages that we have in the cold cellar. With some fresh cilantro and pico de gallo, I am sure it will still be an amazing meal!

Wednesday: Roasted chicken with purple sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  I know it is still summer, but squash is coming out of the garden and I am in the mood for a fall meal.  This with some fresh cucumber salad and pears for dessert.  Thankful for the summer kitchen so I don’t heat up the house.

Thursday: Meatloaf, baked potatoes and sauteed green beans.  Our green bean plants were covered in Japanese beetles I assumed the plants were dead.  I like the look of them on the bean poles, so I left them in the garden.  The plants came back.  They have new growth and are producing green beans again.  So fresh green beans are back on the menu! 

Friday: Hobo packets.  This is my daughters meal choice for the week.  She is going to slice potatoes and wrap them in aluminum foil with butter, salt and pepper.  Also on the grill she will cook cabbage wedge packets.  Our meat will be either hamburgers, steak or chicken she has not decided yet.  We will have watermelon for dessert.

Saturday: Steak (or chicken depending on what my daughter chooses), with grilled peppers and quinoa. Simple and quick.  We work in the garden most of the day on Saturday and I need something with very little prep.  

This week we will also be making another batch of cheese for the winter.  I think I am going to try an Italian hard cheese this week.  I am nervous.  The thing about cheese making is you have to wait 6 months to see if it is any good!  At least it delays the failure, right. 

We will also be making another batch of soap.  We use the lard from the pigs to make all of our hand soap, bar shampoo for the boys, and body soap.  This Sunday we made a batch of tea tree oil soap to help with poison ivy.  It takes 4 weeks for the soap to cure.  In the fall someone always gets poison ivy as we process fire wood and clean up for the winter. Next week we will make a batch of lavender soap. 

 

Happy planting, I hope everyone has a great week and benefited from some suggestions for seasonal eating!  Eat local, grow on!

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