Nope, I didn’t win the lottery, but a friend gave me some home-grown, fresh produce from his garden and I was super excited about it! He brought me two bags of goods (which I shared with my mom) yesterday which included Swiss chard, collard greens, a HUGE zucchini, yellow squash, purple bell peppers, green peppers, basil (smelled heavenly), green beans, and tomatoes. After all my reading about local, organic food, I was ready to make yet another homemade meal.
A sampling of the garden fresh produce a friend brought me yesterday.
I got on allrecipes.com and typed in my ingredients, which led me to fix Ratatouille (something brand new for me). It was a delightful summer meal. I also made zucchini bread from a Farm Bureau cookbook recipe that I found. It turned out really well, too.
Earlier this week, I made a spaghetti squash dish from a home grown squash my mother-in-law gave me. I was so tickled when my toddler son was gobbling up squash!
I know I cooked another meal this week, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was! I remember making fried potatoes, corn on the cob, and macaroni and cheese on Monday, but I’m drawing a blank on what I cooked Tuesday night. I’ve just been on a roll this week cooking and really enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of the season. I remember making those cobbler bars again (yummmm).
OH! Now I remember what it was I made! I’m going to call it “Teresa’s Bake” because a friend gave this recipe to me. A lady used to make it for her and she loved it. I changed it up a bit, so I’m going to list what it calls for and what I used.
Layer the following ingredients in a greased 2.5 quart baking dish, starting from the bottom. Bake in the covered dish for one hour at 350 degrees.
- Chopped/shredded cabbage
- Diced potatoes
- Chopped onion (I used chopped yellow & orange bell peppers)
- Sliced mushrooms (this was my addition)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- Sliced corn beef (I used raw ground turkey because I had it on hand)
- Shredded cheese
It was a big hit with my family, too. I just made up a box of Jiffy corn bread (not the healthiest, but quick and easy) and there was dinner.
Needless to say, I feel very domesticated this week. I’d rather spend my time cooking good meals for my family than sitting on my toosh watching the TV, but that’s just me. If I was working a full 40 hour week with a commute, I’d probably feel different about it, but thankfully my work week only consists of 30-35 hours with a 10 minute drive. Also, I’m not having to shuffle kids around to all kinds of sports practices, etc. BUT, when that time finally comes, I hope I still make it a priority to focus on feeding my family well. Even if the crock pot takes over in my absence!
One more exciting thing! I emailed the local folks that I’m buying milk from and asked them if they might have a Jersey calf for sale and they said they might in about a month! I’m going to talk to my husband about it, but maybe we can get our Jersey girl soon. Yippee!