CSA Updates

Sorry for the delay in postings…between sickness, our oldest son starting kindergarten, and my picking up a part time job, I’ve been neglecting the blog a lot. I haven’t even been taking pics of our CSA shares, either. I’m as tired of stock footage as anyone. My apologies. There will be lots of posts coming in the next few days, including a giveaway, so stay tuned for those.

For the last few weeks, our CSA shares have been exceptionally good–we’ve had lots and lots of squash (several varieties), zucchini, tomatoes and tomatillos, watermelon, organic whole wheat flour, heaps of sunflowers, peppers, apples, and beans. I’m sure I’m forgetting some items…that is the down side for not updating like I should. I’ve never been much of a fan of squash, but now I am OBSESSED with spaghetti squash…I feel like I am making up for years of lost time!!

So, for you foodies who are reading this…any good ideas for using tomatillos?

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Tomatillo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Catching Up on CSA Happenings, and a Bit About My Choice to Use Advertising

I forgot to post about last week’s CSA share, and I’ll post about this week’s, too.

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Isn’t this a gorgeous share this week? Last week, we had peppers, squash, zucchini and cucumbers, plus some peppers and onions and basic, and for two weeks now–sunflowers! This week added whole wheat flour, pattypan squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, cabbage, and nectarines and apples! So excited to use them!

If you have noticed, on the right hand side of my blog, I have started working with advertisers. I have had many blogs, and I fought this before because I couldn’t find a program that fit my desire to stay true to myself–I in NO way wanted random companies on my blog. I mean, what if they were dishonest or shady? I refused to post anything that I didn’t get to have a say in. I found a marketing center that has allowed me to apply for and then choose who I want to work with, so every advertiser has been a company I love and enjoy buying from or using. For example, we are Honest Company subscribers, Merrell makes my FAVORITE SHOES, Emergency Essentials is where we go to for our food storage, etc. You know that if I post it, I use it or know it. So, check them out!

CSA Share for July 18th, Plus Farmers Market Haul

We received a bountiful CSA share today, and plus, I snagged some summer goodies at the market while I was there. The CSA share included bags of yellow and green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, leeks, zucchini and cucumbers, fresh basil, kale, and–get this–wheat berries! We have a new wheat grinder, and I can’t wait to make some of my own flour! (Perhaps I should blog the adventure?)

In addition, the bright, juicy peaches were hard to pass up, as peach season is now upon us, and on impulse, I purchased a vibrant summer bouquet.

I encourage you to find a farmers market near you! There are some wonderful summery treats waiting for you!

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Slow Cooker Squash Casserole

(Original source: http://crockingirls.com/recipes/squash-casserole/)

Time to use up that squash from my CSA and the farmers market. Yay!

Take some prepared cornbread and crumble it into pieces, two cups’ worth. (As you can see, I had to make mine this morning. I greatly prefer cornbread from scratch, but for mornings like this one, a mix works–I recommend Jiffy or Krusteaz.)

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In a mixing bowl, combine cornbread crumbles; 2 cups chopped, yellow summer squash;

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1 small yellow onion, diced; 1/3 stick butter or margarine; pepper, to taste, and a can of cream of chicken soup (the original recipe says that vegetable broth can be used as well). Mix. (I did slice my squash, to make it easier…it’s just fine, too.)

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Grease your slow cooker pot.

Pour the mixture into your slow cooker.

Cover the pot, and cook on high for three hours.

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