Updates from the Homestead
Wow.. the last week has just flown by.. We have been enjoying a few cool days and a few hot summer days! My garden is growing like crazy. So far I have harvested lettuce and cukes. I have one summer squash about ready (and hopefully many more coming soon!) and lots of green beans that seem very close to the first picking. The corn is getting taller and the flowers are starting to bloom.. so it all is looking pretty. Oh.. and I have a nice tan from spending so much time working in the garden! LOL..
The kids have all been busy with summer fun and work. For
I took advantage of the cooler weather days and made bread and baked some cookies. This next week looks like it will be a hot one so I am planning my menu accordingly.. sandwiches, salads, freezer stash meals and bbq meals!
Speaking of summer heat and meal planning.. I have cooked a few meals outside on my deck in either my roaster oven or crockpot. Salads such as taco salad work well for main dishes and right now my garden is producing lots of lettuce so I have been thinking of chicken salads and other main dish salads to serve. And of course we like to grill on the bbq. Side dishes can be a challenge if you don’t want to heat up the house. I was even thinking that my rice cooker could probably be set outside. I love potato salads and macaroni salads but have to find a time of day to cook the potatoes and noodles that won’t overheat the house. I was thinking at night (in prep for the next days meal).. that way the house can cool down somewhat during the night. Of course having meal starters in the freezer has helped me out quite a bit too.
How are you surviving the summer heat and meal planning? What kind of meals do you plan for this time of year?
Anywho.. that is all from the homestead! I will try and not let another week go by and not blog..
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