We had lots of pumpkins hidden in there...
And, we had some green pumpkins (or winter squash?) that we didn't plant. We usually end up with one or two mystery items from our compost pile.
|So many green tomatoes just begging for another month of sunshine and warmth!|
Ten hours later this is what I had...
Mmmmm...the ones I sampled were so delish. Luckily I managed to just have a few and the rest made it into the freezer. These are going to be perfect to throw into winter dishes, top on sandwiches or eat right out of the bag when we are feeling like a taste of summer. Why bother canning when you can preserve them so easily this way? That's just my cop out for this year...maybe next year I'll venture into canning.
Because of all the fresh veggies overflowing in our refrigerator, I spent a lot of time cooking Thursday while the girls were at school.
I feel like on days the girls are in school and I'm not working and I don't have a list of things to get done, I go to the kitchen and go a little crazy. It settles my mind...music on loud, cupboards all open, ingredients everywhere and I just chop, bake, cook. This day besides preserving tomatoes I made mini zucchini muffins to use up our garden zucchini, some veggie chili with some miscellaneous vegetables and corn bread from the corn we grew. (We didn't actually grow corn, I was just on a roll there.) The veggie chili and corn bread were so perfect for that cold evening...
Last year I tried to do think of fun things for the girls and I to do on Fridays when they get out of school early. It's the one day of the week there is no homework, no activities, no worries of bedtime. It gives me a chance to just hang with them and not worry about other things going on. A lot of times it was going for ice cream or yogurt, doing a tea party or making something fun for snack. Yesterday, we re-instated our "fun Fridays" Because of the chill in the air, we traded yogurt for hot cocoa. This one is a bonus for me cuz mama gets and afternoon Americano.
We didn't end things there. Since the Starbucks is in Barnes & Noble the books were calling our name. Girls grabbed some books and we settled into some story time. I just love book stores and libraries. I can't help it, I'm a total book nerd. And, I can't get on board with all the Kindles and Tablets...I like the smell and feel of a real, live book. I love that I have instilled this love into my girls as well...
Have a very happy weekend...stay warm.
-28 ounce can diced tomatoes
-4 cups of veggie broth
-15 ounce can of each-black beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans...all rinsed and drained
-1 diced zucchini
-1/2 chopped onion
-1 chopped green pepper
-1 chopped jalapeno pepper
-2 cloves minced garlic
-2 tbls chili powder
-2 tbls oregano
-2 tsp cumin
-1 tsp coriander
-1-2 tsp hot sauce
-Salt & pepper
Combine all the above in a crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Top with sour cream and cheese.
So easy. So delicious.