New to the Flock

We’ve recently added some new animals to our life and completely enclosed the pasture.  Two new Cochin Bantam Chickens are wandering the yard around the house, but they aren’t quite old enough to leave any eggs in the nest box just yet.  If you have never seen the egg these birds lay, think slightly small Cadbury Egg.  They are very cute.

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24 Zucchini Recipes

There is a lot of green in my life, these days.  The garden is growing and thriving for the most part, but I have way more zucchini and cucumbers than I know what to do with.  This weekend my sister-in-law and I shredded and sliced zucchini and then par boiled it so we could freeze it for future use.  And yet freezing the zucchini doesn’t change the fact that I need to eventually cook it, and in more than a few basic ways if I don’t want my family to get weary of seeing it on their plate.  Knowing this I set off to search the internet for some unusual zucchini recipes. Since I figured that I may not be the only person suffering with a surplus of zucchini I decided to share those recipes with you.

But before I go down the yellow brick road of zucchini recipes let me share some tips and images from my garden.

While everything is growing well without the use of any insecticide or fungicide, I didn’t make my rows quite as wide as I should have.  Walking down the rows without stepping on a leaf, squash, vine or beet is very difficult.  Tip #1: Remember to make the garden rows wider than 8 inches next year.  Yeah I know…you wouldn’t think you would have to tell me this, but evidently I had to learn the hard way.

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Love how the squash hold their bright yellow blooms, but next year I will plant more butternut and fewer summer squash.  Tip #2:  Summer squash requires a lot of time to preserve in order to eat it later.  Butternut, on the other hand, is simply picked and left to rest in a basket until you are ready to eat it.

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And now the zucchini dish line-up.  Keep  in mind that more than likely you can substitute any summer squash for zucchini, in these recipes.

24 Zucchini Recipes

1.  Zucchini Bars from – Allrecipes

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On the Set of Our Front Deck

If you are on Facebook you may have seen the post that has 50 behind the scenes movie photos.  One of my favorites, as I am a Star Wars child of the ’70s, is this fun image of Chewbacca and Princess Leia.

Not too long ago we captured some behind the scene images right here in the mountains.

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Friend of Foe in the Garden

A few years ago I planted a large garden and even though we were in a subdivision and never really saw any wildlife, in the dark of night deer snuck into the yard and had a party.  They invited their family, friends, distant relatives, and even those they didn’t really like but associated with anyway, and they tromped my plants and leveled my beautiful garden.

When we moved to the mountains I vowed that the critters were going to lose this battle, and I set about staking my garden and purchasing heritage seeds.  So far no deer, rabbit or hedgehogs have reared their heads in my presence…but I know they are out there and I am getting ruthless as I put in more and more hours and sweat into my vegetable garden baby.

My oldest son came for a visit in early May and he and my husband tilled the spot I had designated.

Garden Friend #1:  Family

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Homestead Livestock

One of the main purposes in moving to the mountains was to become more sustainable.  So far in an effort to reach that goal we have purchased a bit of livestock and added a large (at least by my standards, if no the local farmer’s) garden.

This is Abraham the Barred Rock Rooster and he rules the roost here…at least as far as the chickens are concerned.

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