Farmer’s Market Week: Green Beans w/Red Peppers

The garden is starting to overflow with ready-to-pick goodies. Here are some new flavors to try with fresh green beans. Below are stovetop and instant pot instructions.

Photo: Betty Crocker

Green Beans w/Red Peppers:

  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced in strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz sliced black olives
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

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First Tomato: Park Wonder

And of course the first tomato sandwich, for breakfast. Tomato, lettuce, mayo on homemade bread. Perfect.

Not the best photos, but this was all pre-coffee this morning.

Been a weird growing season this year. I had the tomatoes started in mid-February -because why not have a growing nursery while growing ducklings?  And then had them in the ground by first week of May,  in walls of water.

So, expectations were there would be tomatoes by 4th of July, if not earlier. Continue reading

Dinner Menu: Beef and Pepper Subs with Pear-Walnut Salad

This is a quick and easy dinner and the pear salad has a nice, fresh flavor that is really complimented by the walnut oil and blue cheese.

I’ve been wanting to make bread for a few weeks, but the temperatures in the upper nineties and even breaking one hundred a couple days in a row meant the last thing I wanted to do was turn on the oven.

Today will stay in the low seventies for much of the morning, so I felt like I could risk a nice round of baking. I turned this recipe into one loaf and four sub rolls.

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RIP Bixby

Respite Open Thread: Bixby Update 1

I’m just going to rip the bandage off, today.

Bixby died in his sleep yesterday after a very brief, but intense illness. As many of you may remember, he had an adverse reaction to (or overdose of)  Maropitant citrate two years ago that left him paralyzed. He was amazing and willed himself to recover, but his health was never robust after that and I truly knew I was treasuring each day I got with him after that. He gave me seven great years and the best hugs.

I’m about as messed up as I have ever been right now, but I needed to let you know because you’ve been on the journey since he was a pup and I’m not going to want to talk about it the rest of the week. Just hunker down with Scout and grieve our loss.

Hug your critters for me today…


Duckteen Holds Own Gender Reveal Party

It’s official.  Just before bed last night it was quite clear that Nick’s drake feather popped. Was 99% sure, because of his quack, he was a boy – but didn’t want to make assumptions. Not one of my ducks sounds the same, so figured no reason not to wait until we had a definitive answer.

Without further ado, here are Nick and his drake feather:

So it’s officially Nick and Nora. If they open their own detective agency, I’m sure it’ll make a good story…

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