Archive for June, 2012

You Grow Your Own Food? Harvest 6-30-12


You Make Your Own Food? Mozzarella time!

Made some mozzarella cheese for homemade pizza tonight.

The ball. I probably could have stretched it a little longer, but it was good still.

It sliced nicely.

Ready for pizza!

I reheated the whey with some vinegar and have poured it through a colander lined with paper towels for a little ricotta. Some of the whey went into the dough. The rest will be used in smoothies and whatever other cooking we can find for it.

Winning! A Red Gold Tomatoes Apron.

Winning! Electronics cover

If you want this, let me know and I will send you the code.

You Grow Your Own Food? Harvest 6-27-12-The squashes are coming! The squashes are coming!

A lot more of these coming in the next week or so.

You Grow Your Own Food? Garden Tour 6-24-12


Tomatoes and Potatoes

Tomatoes are flowering

Potatoes are flowering

Volunteer turnip growing well

Cucumbers are really small but blossoming. I hope I get enough to pickle some.

Looks like this year will be a good one for summer squashes, lots of blossoms and squashes forming.

Lots of Amaranth blossoming

Scallop squash

Volunteer potatoes

Baby squashes everywhere


Wildflower beds


You Grow Your Own Food? Harvest 6-23-12

Today’s bounty

Basil that went into the dehydrator for drying

This kohlrabi was a straggler from my winter experiment. One of the best kohlrabi’s I’ve gotten from my garden. Going to try the leaves on this one.

First summer squash of the year! And more peas.

More lettuce.

This spinach looked like breakfast…so I chopped it up into some eggs this morning!

This kale leaf went from happily growing to being whirred around in my blender this morning for a smoothie!

NED year 2!

Today marks my second year of No Evidence of Disease. Three more and I will be officially Cancer Free! So of course that means time to sample the Russian Imperial Stout I am aging for 5 years.

Fancy Grolsch bottles with wax for extra aging protection

Beautiful beer!

Appearance: 2 finger head subsided to 1 finger off white mostly medium bubbles. Pitch black, no sediment visible in pour all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, ashy.

Taste: big smooth chocolate up front with a hint of coffee, the chocolate turns to dark chocolate at the end, and a burnt flavor at the end, not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, not a big carbonation bite but a bit there.

Drinkability: Single beer only, will blow your taste buds out with big flavors. Not to say it is harsh, it is very smooth, just a very complex beer with bold flavors that would wreck a pale ale drunk afterwards. Drink this beer as a relaxing sipper.

Overall: I wouldd pay for this at a bar and be happy with my purchase. It is hard to believe i brewed this one, it is so commercial like. I really want to chill another bottle to drink, but no, you must last another 3 years for a big celebration.

Aging: The flavors are really melting together well. No sign of oxygenation. The flavors are smoother than last year. No issues yet. See you next year RIS.

Does colon cancer run in your family? Got a relative that had cancer at a young age? Do you know when you should get a colonoscopy?

If you have a family history, get screened 10 years younger than the youngest case of colon cancer in your family. I was 38 when diagnosed. Had I waited I could easily have been a sad cancer story instead of a survivor. Lynch is just one of several genetic cancer diseases and it isn’t just colon cancer, that is just the biggest one.

Winning! A new bathing suit for my babe!