I've been averaging one post a WEEK around these parts lately. What is up with that?! I'd blame the usual summer craziness for that little trend, but honestly, in years past I've managed way more posts during this time of year so I'm really not sure why gives. I think in this particular instance, laziness, not craziness, is the true culprit. Like most things in life, it all boils down to priorities.
It's not that I've meant to neglect this little blog. Every day I think of things to post about, but somehow, right about the time that I think I'll sit down and actually write that post, something else calls my name and suddenly it's bedtime and another day has come and gone sans post. C'est la vie.
Our weather has finally cooled off a bit (not that it was anywhere as hot as elsewhere in the country, but 90+ degrees is HOT for
meh, blueberries?" Yeah, scratch that.
Have now picked five gallons of berries and am planning to head out to pick my sixth (and final . . . I swear) gallon this afternoon yet. That is, if I can get my arse off this chair.
So what does one do with six gallons of blueberries? Two gallons stay in the freezer to be used in muffins, pancakes, fruit salads, et al. throughout the year. Another gallon is given away. Then I've made two different batches of blueberry infused vinegar (including Paula's recipe and another one which uses basil and lemon zest from the Ball Canning cookbook) and a big batch of blueberry butter.
Marisa McClellan's slow cooker recipe from Food in Jars, which is seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Basically, it's like eating blueberry pie on toast.
|I foresee many a stir-fry|
I wasn't sure how I felt about kale, but luckily - considering the quantity it's producing - both Andy and I have found it pretty darn delicious and it's the first ingredient I've found that really pairs well with the venison chorizo we made last November.
So that's life around these parts: living locally and deliciously.
How are you spending the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer?