Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Change of Heart -

 sweet apple blossoms
This entire entry was rewritten.
The narrative originally written for this day just seemed too long. So much has happened since the last entry of this blog.  There just didn't seem to be creative brain waves to sit and write all that happened at the end of each day.    So here is the list of some of what took place from the last entry in February until today -  planning/ordering seeds for seed starting; read, reread, study directions for greenhouse; put together greenhouse; reread directions, take apart greenhouse, reread directions and put together again; start seeds; figure out how to keep seedlings from freezing until weather warms up; prepare for birth of lamb; birth of lamb; open an e-bay account and sell goose eggs; prepare for arrival of turkeys; study new ideas for vegetable garden; plan and plant garden; set up/organize a food stand for our farm produce; several visits to PA to visit daughter  and SIL; and caring for 2 horses, 1 dog, 4 cats, 8 geese, 14 chickens, and 13 turkeys.

When all is said and done, the best thought of this  time is the memory of walking in the evening to do night check and smelling the sweet fragrance of apple blossoms and wild honeysuckle.   

My new favorite recipe for spaghetti squash - easy and fast. 

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage 5*
 1 3/4 to 4-pound spaghetti squash, halved crosswise, seeded
1 lb bulk pork sausage
1 cup chopped bell pepper
 1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups purchased marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or  Italian
sharp, or your favorite cheese

Preheat oven to 400°F
1. Place squash halves cut side down on a microwave plate. Microwave until tender, about eight minutes.  
2. Sauté sausage, bell pepper, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until sausage browns and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage, about 12 minutes. Mix in marinara sauce.
3. Using fork, pull out squash strands from shells.  Mix squash strands into sausage    mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into lighted greased dish.
4. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered until heated through, about 20 minutes (30 minutes if previously chilled).  
 Adapted from Bon Appétit | September 1998

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