We had coffee this morning and then we went to work. Hubby had to go to town to pick up horse feed and other stuff like that and I went to the garden.
I picked zucchini, squash and green beans. I cut a couple cabbage heads and put them in the frig. Fresh cabbage will last a good long time in the frig. I just basically clean the cabbage head, take some, but not all the leaves off, then make sure it's dry, put them in a big plastic bag and they keep really well. I picked a bunch of kale and made some kale chips. My goodness!!! They are good! I also decided to bake them into chips and then crumble them. I salted them up real good because I think I have a great idea! Imagine using the kale as filler in burgers, meatloaves and casseroles. You've got this wonderful kale seasoned with salt and pepper and you will never know you're eating it. I just think it's a fabulous idea and needless to say I certainly have enough kale. So I got busy baking the kale, crumbling it and putting it in a half gallon jar and then I'm going to freeze it. I think I'm on to something!!!
I can, of course, put it in a large-holed shaker and use it at the table on salads, etc. but there's no way hubby will use it once he knows it's kale. He's such a booger. He gets this idea in his head and I just have to find a way to work around it. Kale, like this, would go really well in noodles and other pastas too! I realize for the person not growing kale, it's like, “who cares” but when you're growing kale you know how prolific it is; so, I hope this helps you all. It's certainly going to be a great boon for me. There aren't a lot of veggies out there quite as healthy as kale is for you.
I then went into the herb garden and picked more calendula for drying, some chamomile, stevia and applemint. I went into the house and made some applemint tea for supper and while it was making, I hung the stevia and leftover applemint to dry for future use. The calendula and chamomile I put on the drying screen in the basement. While I was out in the herb garden I also picked a big bouquet of zinnias and brought them in and put them in the living room. So pretty!!
After that I fixed all of the nuts for the wedding reception. I'm using my recipe for Nuts on a Hot Tin Roof. The bride had said that her future husband and family loved spicy, hot things and especially nuts; and I told her I had the perfect recipe. Check my Recipe Page if your interested.