August 23, 2011

healthy tasty zucchini patties

This time of year is the one where you might be wondering:
"what the *^$% am I going to do with all this Zuchinni?!?!"

well here's one fantastic idea. these puppies are so dang tastey and full of nutrition!

the recipe comes from my hometown's cookbook :
" Buchanan Centennial Cookbook 1907-2007"
its my "good old cookbook that you consult for almost everything"

then I added and changed a couple things in the name of protein

here it is, get a pen.

Zuchinni Patties

1c. flour (i used half organic white and half spelt)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. margerine or oil (I used olive oil)
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
(a vegan option is Daiya vegan cheese -or any vegan cheese, but I LOVE daiya cheese!)
1/2 c. grated onion
2 c. grated zucchini
1 c. smashed chick peas
( my addition. if you do not use this, put one more cup zucchini)

2 free run eggs, well beaten
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed (optional)

Sift flour, baking powder and salt; cut in margarine. Mix remaining ingredients. Heat oil in skillet. Place mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil and fry until golden brown on medium.

we dipped ours in plain yogurt. ketchup is always good too!
I fed this to three kids under the age of 4 today and they all gobbled it up happily!

what are you doing with your zucchini?!

August 22, 2011

garden party! (link up)

Please join me in a little garden party!

leave a comment with a link to your garden's latest doings post or just a comment!

we're harvesting a lot of good stuff these days.

a few jems.

eggplant is such a beautyful thing to grow.

a green jem

some butternut jems

all kinds of these lushious beauts.

that wheat I "thinned" from a crop this spring! Its a nice thing to have in the garden
as a symbol of the pioneers of Saskatchewan.

I've never been successful at this before, but its looking good this year!

Costata Romanesco zuchinni - a nice heirloom variety.

and then there's the brassicas.

I learned about the cabbage moth when the garden was new. well, that was one thing!

despite the little white moth turning the brassica's leaves into fishnet stockings,

my broccoli did great. we had loads of it! Cabbage too.
the kale wasn't able to make it

BUT. now its the dreaded flea beetle! they're the new brassica killer.

completely infested my broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale and cabbage.
So i had to pull them all out.

poor brussel sprouts. wasn't able to salvage.

I did save this beast tho!

In my family, when you harvest a cabbage, its time for...

(an old passed down recipe HERE...)

this pile of veggies means borsht:

and a sneaky hand going in for a veggie swipe!!

do you have a battle with any garden pests this year? any organic remedies?

what are you cooking with your garden's fruits?

happy harvesting!

August 18, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment}

- A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

August 17, 2011

we've been on the road

little attie and I and one big galute of a car.

We had a wedding to attend!
and grandparents to visit...

and endless blue skies to contemplate.

we passed thru a valley too deep and full of life to ignore

here in southern Saskatch, the Valleys are almost the only wild places left!
so we took advantage of the wildflowers.

a momma hawk above teaching their young to fly or how to assess human activity, wasn't sure.

grasshoppers a plenty. these ones looked just like butterflys when they jumped!

found some sweet grass

thanked these guys for filtering out all the crap that prairie humans dump in their water systems

flutterbies butering fly...

a soul refreshment.
a good break from the car!

we even made er to the wedding on time!

congrats Dana and Glenn!

August 7, 2011

~ Gratitude Sunday ~

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}
If you would like to join us, share your gratitudes by leaving your link (or simply sharing your list, whether one or many) in the comments below for all of us to enjoy.
Our gratefulness feeds one another.

(from Taryn at Wooly Moss Roots)

There is a lot to be Grateful for these summer days.

Here's my list:

~ firstly i am grateful for these dark, voluptuous, beautyful, eggplants growing in my garden! (pictured above)

~ the ability to grow food, how the process nourishes my body and soul.
All the teachers I've learned the gardening arts from
(bless you my "Greenwood Gramma!")
and most importantly - the WANT to grow food! without that, there'd be no garden.

~ Finding out how absolutely grand chocolate mint is in smoothies!! I won't be making many without it from now on.

~ I am grateful for having enough. Also for knowing how to get by on very little. Which we've been doing for the last few months with no income. I am glad we are coming out of that problem.

~ So grateful (again) for my supportive partner, and loving father to my baby girl. It is just really awesome that we are both happy with our situation of him working and me staying home with the kiddo. He works hard for us and I feel blessed.

~ Attie is really grateful that her daddy likes playing in the park nearly as much as she does!

~ for the song Home, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. In a world where it is hard to know where to be, its great to know that I have found a permanent home!

~ I am grateful that YOU are reading this post even though I have nearly abandoned my blog!! (sorry bout that, i assure you I will be back in the fall time - full force!)

~ very grateful for all the family and friends who are contributing a beautyful sewing project which I can't say too much about - a certain someone might be reading this!!

~ I am grateful for the abundance of berries in my freezer right now! and for the U-pick near here from which we will pick mass amounts of saskatoon berries this week.


(Ness Creek folk festival)

music bringing people together,
the celebration of children, art and diversity,
the fellowship of friends and like minded people,
the sharing of progressive ideas,
the inspiration that comes with it all...

~ kids dancing at festivals!

(regina Folk festival)

~ Dogs. Freedom and Rio to be specific. Their ability to love you (and your food offerings) unconditionally, and the protection they provide.
Making me feel so much safer just by their presence.
Grateful that they still love us even tho we leave them at home all the time!

~ VERY grateful for the caring dog sitter friends I have!

~ for having found some really good books to read after a long while with no reading. I've missed the secret friends in hidden worlds that encounter in books!

~ The friends that influence little Attie. I watch her stare in amazement at how the older kids do stuff and immediately trying to copy!! so dang cute.

~ every time we come home from a trip (today for instance) , i am so grateful that we have this house to come home to, our comfy nest.

~ the smell of my home made soap!

~ that I have started running again. the way I feel after is amazing.
fully relieves stress and builds confidence.

~ I am fully grateful for each day my mother is on this earth.

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