Currently my garden is just pumping out the goodness! Mostly zucchini. Probably because we planted a zillion of them. I’ve been giving them away and finding ways to preserve and use them. Zucchini bread=check. I came up with a recipe for the bread that used the pecan pulp from the milk I made. It was SO good too! Look for it on the blog soon! Zucchini chips in the dehydrator=check. Zucchini cut, steamed, and frozen for smoothies=check! Zucchini noodles aka zoodles=check. Zucchini sautéed in olive oil=check check check. Zucchini fritters=check.
I’ve been getting an overload of cucumbers too! My fave way to eat them is with grape tomatoes and my balsamic vinaigrette.
We’ve had a garden the last two years but this is the first year that I’ve been really enjoying it!! I put in my earbuds, crank up a podcast (currently addicted to Do Something Beautiful by Leah Darrow on iTunes), and pull weeds till my back might break. All while my chickens follow me around or I chase them away from the tomatoes.
Last Saturday my oldest daughter (11) entered the 4H bake-off at our County Fair. It was her first year entering and she was so nervous! Thankfully we have some really sweet, neighbor girls that have done it before and gave her all sorts of pointers. She has to bring literally every-single-thing to make the cookies expect the oven. She got started, we looked on and then I turned to my husband and said “OH No! She forgot the coconut oil!” I stood back and watched as she so brilliantly thought to add extra honey. The contest lasts an hour and when she I was finished she brought us some cookies to try. They were perfect!! Talk about proud mom moment!! She got her results Monday…BLUE RIBBON!
Oh and the cookies she made were totally Paleo. For anyone who hasn’t tried gluten free baking, it’s tricky!! Not very forgiving like wheat flour is. Here’s the recipe she used for Uber Fluffy Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a huge family favorite!
Product I’m digging right now… MuffinElse Paleo muffin mixes! These little babies are so delicious! But what’s really cool about them is they are individual packets that you pour into a mug, add water and microwave. So simple, so good, all Paleo! They also came out with a pancake mix that looks amazing! I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite flavor because they are all THAT good. And FYI, I don’t endorse products that I don’t also use and love.