Sometimes our weekends seem to have a theme...soccer, the beach, etc. This weekend seemed to be all about our food.
On Friday we visited our favorite farm to help with weeding the swiss chard bed. Knowing we would be there for several hours, I opened the back of the car and laid all of the seats down. The boys made a pallet with quilts and blankets. And for hours, they ran back and forth between the car and the weeding project...reading, catching toads, reporting on the chickens and goats running about.
For our efforts, Farmer Maureen gave us a huge box of cucumbers. Saturday morning was spent in the kitchen putting up pickles!
And a few weeks back, Jamie of Steady Days sent me a copy of the Green Market Baking Book. I've spent several evenings "dog-earing" pages with recipes I'd like to try. So, this week we used some of our csa beets to make the beet chocolate cake. Yummy! Using maple syrup and honey instead of granulated sugar gives the cake a very different "sweet" taste, and the boys commented on it tasting different. But all in all they liked it. We will definitely be making it again.
We picked up two baskets of peaches too...and blueberries. All are now very happy in put up in the freezer, awaiting their use in smoothies and fruit crumbles during the winter months.
I haven't spend that much time in the kitchen in quite awhile. It felt good to be preparing for how our family will be eating today and into next winter.
How about you? How was your weekend?