Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cool as a Cucumber!

With the garden in full swing we also have an abundance of cucumbers.  I have never canned pickles and I don't really want to.  I have to come up with fresh idea's for the cucumbers.  I found this recipe in one of my Greek cookbooks.  It is very easy and quite good!  I had most of the ingredients except for the walnut oil.  The oil was a little pricey but I will find another use for it!

Chilled Cucumber Soup
serves 4
2 med cucumbers
1 1/4 cups authentic Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups chicken stock ( I used low fat)
2 tbsp walnut oil
1 large garlic clove crushed
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper
1 cup walnut pieces/chopped

  • Peel the cucumbers and chop the flesh into small dice.  Beat the yogurt and the chicken stock, the walnut oil, garlic, and dill, reserving a little to garnish.  Stir in the chopped cucumber and season with salt and pepper.
  • Chill the soup in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours
  • Stir in the chopped walnuts an serve garnished with the reserved dill.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Picture Perfect Postcard

Something about this picture is very relaxing to me.  It reminds me to slow down and take each day as it comes.  Maybe it is the colors and the lighting.  Or the bicycle with one tire!  I am not sure what it is but I can look at it for a very long time.  What do think about the picture? 

Monday, June 25, 2012


Photo's of Celebration Weekend 

What a beautiful weekend for a wonderful celebration!  We drove up to Leonardtown, Md for my brother in law's 25th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.  It was wonderful to see family I had not seen in a while on such a special occasion!  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wildlife in the Yard

Freezing Green Beans

My husband plants a wonderful vegetable garden every year! My job is to prepare and cook the vegetables. We always have an abundance of green beans! Freezing green beans is very simple!

 Rinse your green beans in cool water.  Drain your green beans and then snap the ends off.  Snap your beans into the size you would like.

.  Put the green beans into rapidly boiling water, cover the pot and boil for 3 minutes.  You can re-use the water 3 to 5 times. 

Use a large slotted spoon to remove the green beans from the boiling water and immediately plunge them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.  Keep them in the ice water for 3 minutes.  Put the green beans in a zip lock freezer bag. Make sure you get as much air out as you can to prevent freezer burn.   I ran out of bags so I used a freezer container!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

I saw the recipe for this homemade laundry soap on Pinterest!  I had to try it!  There are five people in my family and we go through so much laundry soap.  I made this yesterday and have done several loads!  The cloths come out smelling and looking clean!  My sons were sceptical about it but they are clueless on saving money!  My youngest son got into it though and wanted to do his own laundry!  We will see how long that lasts!  Now I need to try the homemade dish washing detergent!  Link to recipe is below!

P.S.  Thank you Wendy for the name of soap!

Aug 27th -  This soap lasted about 12 weeks for me.  Still pretty good I would say!  I have now made it for a 2nd time and this time I used my food processor to grate the soap!  Much faster!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Feeling Crafty

Sometimes I just need to knock out a little craft on rainy days!  It really lifts my spirits.  These stamped tea towels are very easy to do!  I want to keep them all but I will probably give some away! 

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Graduate

Congratulations Nicholas Ryan Dakes!  We are very proud of you!  Oh the things that you will do!

Mom and Dad