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Posts from ‘June, 2013’

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The last couple weeks have been busy ones at our house. We visited with some friends from out of town who are here for a couple of weeks and with friends who are moving out West later this week. We spent a few days tent camping up in the mountains of western North Carolina and then came home to discover that our computer had died. (It was rather ironic going from a time with no electricity to being so dependent on modern technology.) We were able to purchase a new laptop and Rob has been very busy setting it up and trying to restore things the way we would like to have them.

Grandson Ryan visited today while his parents went to a prenatal visit. Mark and Katie's little girl is due very soon. We have several birthdays and anniversaries in the family during the next two weeks and will soon add another birthday to the calendar. We are very excited to meet this new little girl.

CoffeeMousse

I'm not normally a coffee drinker but for some reason I really enjoy coffee flavored desserts. I was intrigued when I saw this recipe for Coffee Mousse recently and decided to try it. It is a light dessert made with unflavored gelatin. The only change I would make to the original recipe would be to stir in a small amount of the cool whip initially and then fold in the rest to make a more uniform texture. My picture doesn't make it look too attractive, but it is very refreshing and tasty. If you need a cool summer dessert you might like to give this a try.


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For my Greenville readers


BoxOne

A friend of mine who lives here in the area posted something on Facebook about a local company which offers produce boxes. I checked into it and it looked like a good deal so we ordered one yesterday and picked it up today. We were very pleased with our order. The company is Marvin's Produce. The cost is $15 for a large box. The contents change every two weeks and you can order on-line whenever you like. You don't have to order every week. This appealed to me because I don't know if just the two of us could keep up with a weekly order. The pick up place is on Wade Hampton Blvd. near the Country Boy market. You can find many more details at Marvin's website.

Here is a picture of the contents of our box:

BoxOne

On a totally unrelated note regarding boxes: My grandmother and grandfather got together when he purchased the box lunch that she prepared for a box social way back in the early 1900's. 🙂

Have any of you readers ever participated in a CSA or other type of food co-op?

Becka


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It’s not too early to think about zucchini


ZucchiniThymeSkillet

I bought some zucchini last week to make Oven Roasted Pasta Primavera. As we were eating it we both decided that this dish really needs to be on the menu more often--it is really good.

There was some zucchini left over and I used it to try this recipe for Zucchini with Thyme from the Simply Recipes Blog. It is pretty quick to prepare and we both enjoyed it. I used a paste-like beef base which gave it a rich dark color and a nice flavor. It is pictured in the skillet above and plated with the rest of the meal down below.

ZucchiniThymePlated

Rob has given up trying to grow squash in our garden. We just never have any success with it here. When we lived in Michigan it grew in abundance and over the years I collected many good recipes which utilized this prolific crop. I do remember having so much that we searched for people who might like some. Since I can't give away zucchini any more I thought I could at least share a few of my favorite recipes with others who might be blessed with an abundant supply this summer.

Here's a link to an impossible pie-type recipe for a zucchini main dish called Zucchini Bake. It has been one of our favorites for many, many years.

You can use fresh or frozen zucchini in both of these tasty soups: Spaghetti and Meatball Soup and Zucchini Garden Chowder.

If you have a favorite zucchini recipe please feel free to link it here in the comments.

Becka


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I was a fugitive…


Our library has a website where you can check to see which books are available and request books that you would like. When I went to the site to reserve a book recently I was informed that because I had a 50 cent fine I could not use this service. I had no idea that I had committed this offense! I often return books in the drop box in the parking lot and I do strive to return them by the due date. I'm not sure if I truly did return the book late or if there was an error in the processing, but I decided to go ahead and pay the fine and clear my name and reputation. 🙂

On my way into the library I stopped to peruse the new book section and found a wonderful new book: Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living by Evelyn Birkby. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Evelyn was from Iowa and had a newspaper column and later a radio program for homemakers beginning in 1949. She has written other books and you can also find a great deal of information about her on-line. This particular book is a compilation of many of her favorite newspaper columns and she has arranged them topically. She is a delightful writer who gives wonderful glimpses of farm and family life over the course of her adult life.

I know there are at least two of my readers who have lived in Iowa. I'm wondering if any of you have ever heard of Evelyn, read her columns or listened to her on the radio? I'll be interested to hear your comments.

Becka


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