Saturday, August 4, 2012

What do elephants play when they are in a bus?

I finally got to pick my first yellow squash from my raised bed garden. There were 20+ sprouting when I first saw the babies, but a few have rotted, a few are too small...and there was just this one gorgeous specimen of a squash.

So, of course, I brought it in the house to eat it!

I waited for a special occasion - my Friday Night Fun Night with my mom. Tonight we went swimming at the community center and talked about how we should go swimming every other day for "exercise". Hopefully it works. My strong desire to learn to swim with my face in the water like Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin - or just to play Ponyo - makes this the most attractive form of exercising available. Plus, it cools you off. Thank's been so hot lately. I wish I lived in Alaska or the Northern reaches of Canada - in a remote igloo with ice furniture and a pet wooly mammoth!

Anyway, I steamed the squash with some delicious Italian garlic seasoning from Tastefully Simple and it turned out fantastic. Mom loved it!

I've got two more babies that still need some more time in the garden, but I'm looking forward to making a summer squash gratin with those. Anyone growing and zucchinis that you want to get rid of? LOL...everyone growing zucchinis needs to get rid of some! Send 'em my way!

So now, my dear readers - I need some gardening help. Do you know how to make it so the squash doesn't rot while it's growing? I don't understand it, the ones that I had to throw out today were just little  (maybe 6"-7") and they were just all smushy. Why is that? What did I do wrong to kill my little squashies? Any help would be appreciated. I'm so new to this whole gardening thing. Heck, I think my cucumbers are diseased. 

"I Saw it on Pinterest" Experiment #1: in the freezer

FROZEN YOGURT DROPS posted on onegoodthingbyjillee

Mine look nothing like her beautifully-swirled drops. The candy melting bottles didn't have a big enough hole in the tip, so I did end out using the sandwich bag trick...which takes some practice. The big globs of frozen yogurt will be a delicious treat when I bust them off the tray tomorrow morning. Cross your fingers! I'll let you know how they turn out.

And i'm outtie.

'hugs and chainsaws'

(is it 'p' for penny?....or is it Ponyo?!?!?!) 

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