Tales of a Perfectionist

Life is more than a quest for perfection, a lesson I'm learning day by day.

This Week’s Harvest July 19, 2009

Filed under: My Garden 2009 — Becky Marie @ 4:16 pm
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We have had family visiting this week, so we let all the vegetables ripen over the last week.  On Wednesday we picked a cucumber, tomatoes (Roma and cherry), lettuce, basil and oregano for dinner.  I made pizza (homemade sauce) and a salad.  Yum!

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On Friday morning we picked 12 HUGE cucumbers to eat and share.

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On Sunday we picked our first golden girl tomato and our first sugar peas.  We also had a nice bunch of ripe Roma and cherry tomatoes.

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Knit Wool Shorts July 14, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — Becky Marie @ 2:39 pm
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IMG_0263I used up my scrap wool from several different other projects to make these shorts for BeBop.  Wool makes a great cover over cloth diapers because it can absorb a lot of water before it feels wet.  We have use wool quite a bit through the winter and I liked that it kept BeBop warm.  I was a little concerned that wool in the summer would be hot and sticky but its keeps BeBop’s bum nice and dry.  Plus, its a much better alternative to plastic covers.  

I combined two different patterns for these shorts and have been pretty happy with the result.  However, I did have to add a drawstring because BeBop has figured out how to pull his pants off.

 

Cucumbers! July 13, 2009

Filed under: My Garden 2009 — Becky Marie @ 7:53 pm
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I started cucumber seedlings inside, but they did not survive the move outside thanks to whatever ate them.  I bought some seedlings at a local store and they started out very slow then exploded overnight.  Now they are growing very well…  And by growing very well I mean they are trying to take over the garden.
My Cucumber Bush:
The cucumbers have been growing very well.  And by growing very well I mean they are trying to take over the garden.
The cucumbers are HUGE.  We were impressed when the leaves were the size of our hands.  Now that are bigger than BeBop’s head.
 And another one.  Cucumber prior to harvesting.
 We’ve picked at least one, sometime two or three every day for the past two weeks.  I’ve given them away to all our neighbors and we’ve eaten several ourselves.  They are sweeter than I expected.
 More cucumbers...   They just keep growing.  Almost faster than we can use them or give them away.
BeBop’s reaction to the first cucumber we picked.  I think if he had a thought bubble it would say, “What exactly am I supposed to do with this?’
 "What exactly am I supposed to do with this?"
BeBop Helping harvest the cucumbers. 
BeBop helping.
My hand (about 6 inches) next to the cucumbers to give you an idea how big these suckers are.
My hand (about 6 inches) next to the latest harvest.  These guys are so big, but they are nice and sweet.  We gave these two to some of our neighbors.
And of course BeBop wanted to take the same picture that Mom did.
BeBop's hand to give you an idea of how BIG these are.
 
 

Summer Salad July 1, 2009

Filed under: In The Kitchen — Becky Marie @ 7:35 am
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This is in response to the challenge my friend Tami posted on her blog.  She has shared a few summer salad recipes and asked us to do the same.  I got the idea to substitute pureed beans for mayonnaise from a cookbook so this isn’t entirely my idea, but I have tweaked this recipe quite a bit.  I’m still trying to perfect it.  Enjoy!

Chicken Waldorf Salad

2 to 3 Chicken Breasts

 1 cup dry white beans (I use navy beans)

1 tart apple

a bunch of grapes (red or green, seedless)

walnuts (or almonds or pecans)

celery

lemon juice

Mayonnaise or Mustard (optional)

I soak the beans overnight in the crock pot.  In the morning I change the water, add the chicken and turn in on low for several hours.  When its done I turn off the crock pot, drain the water and allow it to cool for a few minutes.  Cut up the apple, grapes, and celery and place in a large bowl.  Cut up the chicken (It should fall apart pretty easily at this point) and add to the bowl.  Add walnuts.  Place the beans in the food processor with lemon juice.  You can use canned beans, rinse the beans several times (this takes out some of the salt) before use.  Puree the beans, adding as much water as needed to make a somewhat runny paste.  Add either a little mayonnaise or mustard for flavor, if desired.  Add the beans to the bowl and mix well.  This tastes the best once its rested in the fridge for a while.

Sorry there are no pictures of this yet.  I made this two days ago, before Tami’s challenge, and didn’t take a picture.