It makes me so happy when we eat something that was made from homegrown produce. It lifts me like a warm greeting from the sunshine at the beginning of a summer day. Speaking of sunshine, I also made sun-dried apricot-lime fruit leather!
We were blessed to have been given several pounds of apricots from other people's trees, so in addition to eating them, I've made an easy batch of fruit leather.
|3 cookie sheets of leather drying away in the sun. I put a window screen over the top to keep the bugs off and it worked marvelously. I felt like MacGuyvor for coming up with that screen solution.|
Tonight for our family home evening dessert, we had warm chocolate-chip-pumpkin cake (made with frozen roasted sweet meat squash from last season that our friends gave to us),
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake
- 2 c. pureed pumpkin or sweet meat squash
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 c. water
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 box carrot cake mix
- 1 c. chocolate chips
In other garden news...
We have pests in our garden this year eating our cabbage, pole beans, tomatoes, and squash plants. My husband, Steve, got some pictures that will make you itch with the creeps.
|Cabbage leaf being devoured. There is also an egg for the cabbage moth on the very left of the photo.|
|Main culprit: cabbage moth.|
|Squash bugs are everywhere. Steve has been good to go out and hand pick them and their eggs off the plants. Such nasty work, and he's my hero for doing it!|
Tonight I made a homemade garlic-mint garden insect spray, and it's outside steeping until morning when I'll strain it and spray my infested plants with it.
I found the recipe here, and I'm hoping it works wonders.
It definitely looks like a witch's brew, and since some reviewers complained that it stunk their homes up, I just boiled mine outside on my grill, and left the smell to be enjoyed by the mosquitos and other creepy crawlies.
And that's it for now. We've got some weeding to do and some pests to fight, so it's off to bed for a good night's rest, for tomorrow we work!
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