Buckwheat makes the best pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes are a favorite in our house. We use a recipe from a blog I follow, Simply Recipes and it makes the most delicious buckwheat pancakes. I make them 100% buckwheat and I make buttermilk by adding vinegar to our raw milk and letting it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. They have so much flavor, they are fluffy and everyone in our house loves them.

Our squash plants have slowed down quite a bit but we are still harvesting a squash a day. So how do you convince your family to eat squash AGAIN when we have been eating it every day for several months? You chop it up and add it to scrambled eggs of course! It was a big hit last night for dinner. We had scrambled eggs with squash, homemade yogurt with strawberry jam and sliced cucumbers. Yum!

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Canning and shelling

We had a productive weekend in the kitchen. We are harvesting tomatoes faster than we can eat them so  Adam decided to can tomato sauce this weekend. We didn’t have a very big harvest of beans and my favorite vegetable are zipper peas. We called them “Florida peas” at my grandmother’s house and the smell of these peas on the stove bring back so many fond memories for me. We haven’t attempted to grow them yet so fortunately a girl I work with was selling big hampers full of my favorite peas! I picked them up Friday and I intended to begin shelling sometime Saturday however, I had to work in the morning and my sister’s baby shower was in the afternoon. Well, to my surprise, I arrived home after my busy day and my wonderful husband had shelled almost all of them! I am so excited that we will these peas through winter!! And he was able to can 4 jars of tomato sauce and that barely put a dent in our tomatoes. Enjoy the pictures!

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See the beautiful bag of peas?

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Backyard burgers

We have been grilling a lot this summer. Our house was built in the early 40’s and it is not insulated well. Needless to say, the house warms up quick in the summer, no matter what temperature the thermostat says. Adam made a backyard burger, literally because all the meat came from the backyard. We used our KitchenAid meat grinder attachment and ground rabbit and pork together to make a delicious burger! We grilled squash and potatoes from the garden. We also had sliced cucumber and tomato from our garden and we had a side of zipper peas from a local farm. Everyone cleaned their plate, even MJ!

BTW, K took a few of the pictures 🙂

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Ginger-peach kombucha

Ginger-peach kombucha

Another one of Kathryn's pictures

Another one of K’s pictures

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MJ is 9 months

MJ is enjoying crawling, clapping, saying “uh-oh,” waving (she turns her hand toward herself, super cute), pulling up and playing with her brother and sister.

Enjoy the pictures!

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Summer garden

We have had a pretty successful garden this summer. The squash came in strong and we ate squash every night for 6 weeks! We found that grilling it was the easiest and most delicious way to cook it plus it prevented us heating up the house with the oven or stove. We began harvesting our “sun gold” tomatoes a few weeks ago and then last week our beef tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes were ready. K will pop a sun gold in her mouth, shake her head slowly and say “Ooooh Mama. This is like eating candy.” They are more orange than red and the flavor is juicy and sweet with a hint of tart. Our cucumbers are done for the season; I think the heat is too much. We were able to enjoy a few weeks of cucumber and tomato salad with feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. We are still waiting for the peppers and the winter squash should be ready for harvest soon. We have a few blackberries and blueberries but not enough to store for winter. I have been picking blueberries at a local farm every week and freezing for winter. We only had 1 harvest of green beans and they were excellent!

These pictures were taken in June, so that is why most of the tomatoes are green.

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Sun gold tomato

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Dill

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Red leaf basil and rosemary

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