Things have slowed down some in the garden. There are tons of things that need to be done but nothing is really pressing right now. We are enjoying the weather and I proclaimed it a putter around day. So many little things I need to get done that sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. I'm just not as organized as I want to be, which might be a good thing since then I'd probably get all OCD. Thank goodness I'm a list maker.
I'm still getting tons of cayenne peppers. I've been drying them as they ripen and probably have at least 4 quart jars full. That sounds like a lot (even to me) but once they are ground to cayenne powder it won't be.
I had a couple of ripe yellow bell peppers and a couple of red ones that found their way into the dehydrater too. They will add some color and yummy peppers to soups or stews (or whatever) this winter. I've got all sorts of regular bells dried as well. Some are cut lengthwise and long, some are diced and some are done in bite size pieces. I make up all sorts of one dish meals and I love having them on hand.
I was reading somewhere, (I'm sorry I don't remember exactly where) about saving your vegetable "scraps" and dehydrating them to make vegetable powder. I have a gallon baggie I keep in the freezer and just add the scraps as I go. When the bag's full I'll dump it onto the trays and dehydrate it. Once it's dry I put it in a jar and vacuum seal it for using later. I know you can go ahead and grind it at this point but I'll just grind it as I go. That way I'm not running the risk of the powder caking up and becoming a vegetable rock!
I've got one of the dehydrators full and running. Cayenne, red green and yellow bell peppers and a whole baggie of veggie "scraps" will be ready by tomorrow! Lately if the dryer isn't running I start feeling like somethings wrong. I can almost always find something that needs to be dehydrated.
I've got almost a quart baggie of jalapeno's that have turned red. Once we get a few more the plan is to smoke them on the grill. Once that's done I'll dry them and grind them into Chipotle powder. Pretty neat huh? Much of the stuff I'm doing now is helping to add a variety to our diets in the coming months.
I want to thank Sandy from over at Oklahoma Transient for sending me some of her cool pepper seeds. And guess what else she sent! Bluebonnet seeds! I'm hoping they'll grow here and right now is about the time of year to plant them for next year. Sandy, thank you so much. Bluebonnets are special to me. It's a Texas thing I suppose. I owe you an email girl. (and some seeds) Ya'll go check out her cool giveaway. It's a good one!
Oh, I almost forgot! I know I told you that we've been without our nightly movie for a few days now. Very different kind of a rythem to things makes it interesting. I've been able to do a little reading. I've got a crochet project going as well as a project "on the needles".
I went to town again with a bunch of tomatoes, squash, grape tomatoes, green bell peppers and a variety of hot peppers. I'm amazed! All I came home with were three buckets ( think cool whip container) of tomatoes, Folks around here really do like their tomatoes! From what I understand many folks didn't have a good tomato crop. I think it might have been that really late freeze we had. Shoot, we were out there covering those babies every night and taking the covers back off once it warmed up in the mornings. Anyway.... I made enough money to order a new DVD player. We should be back to the Netflix by the first of of next week. YAY!!! I really do miss our nightly movies, especially now since once again WildBlue Sucks has slowed our internet speed to slower than dial-up. *sigh* It will probably take a couple of weeks to get to the level they'll speed us back up. Geesh I miss high speed cable connections. I've never had anything other than a cable connection to the interwebs until we moved out here. Call me spoiled but it has been one of the hardest personal challenges to have such a limited internet service. After 2 1/2 years you would think I could get used Sorry for the lack of pictures but trying to get them to load is pure torture.