This picture shows the fog sitting above the river to the
south of our ranch
These are my homemade Kolache from my Mom's
recipe. The fruit is cherry and blueberry along with
the traditional poppy seed - our all time favorite!
FREEZING HERBS ---
|Remove leaves from stems|
|Thoroughly dry herbs before freezing|
Add enough leaves to Ziploc bag to pack tightly
into a roll
This is what the packed herbs look like; next
roll up while pushing out all the air
The rolled herbs in the air tight bags sealed on
each side with rubber bands & labeled
Place the wrapped & bound herb packages
into a larger Ziploc bag to store in freezer; you
can simply cut off the amount you need from
the frozen roll
|Pesto in freezer trays ready for freezing|
1/4 C walnuts
1/4 C Pine nuts or Pignolis
3 T diced garlic (9 cloves)
5 C fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 C good olive oil
1 C freshly grated grated Parmesan cheese
Place the walnuts, pine nuts and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with steel blade; process for 30 seconds; add the basil leaves & salt & pepper.
With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube & process until the pesto is finely pureed. Add the Parmesan cheese and puree for a minute. Store the pesto in the refrigerator or freeze.
Once frozen remove the pesto cubes from ice cube tray
and place in plastic bag. You can use a cube or two at a
time in your savory dishes this winter
To freeze: When basil is in season, I make pesto and freeze for the winter. I put the pesto in ice cube trays, top each with olive oil to cover, then freeze. The oil locks out the air which will keep the herb green. Once frozen, remove and place in freezer quality zip lock bags to be used later. It is delicious added to pasta sauce and soups.
We are having cool days and very cool nights. The Swiss chard, spinach and lettuce is doing fabulous and we are enjoying it every day. We have been cleaning up the garden and getting the beds ready for next year. I've planned the garden layout for next year and have dried many seeds so I'll have a head start in early spring and will start seedlings for early planting.
The turkey family visiting the Dots early morning;
of course, there is lots of delicious corn they'd like
I can't resist including pictures of the local turkeys. They feel safe at our place and I find them fascinating as they roam around. Before living here, I had never seen a wild turkey up close. It is amazing to be this close to nature.
|They spotted me so are running off|
Dot Update: I am now collecting between 15 and 16 eggs per day! I wish more of you lived close so I could share them with you. There are a total of 17 chickens so one hasn't started laying as yet.