April 23, 2014

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That was some unexpected storm we got, but a most welcome 1 1/4” of  rain. I had been watering the young fruit trees so that helped. We have to pay for our water and when I’m watering two big gardens and berries it takes some of the profit from market to have to pay for the water. The storms never bother me. I can sleep through them, except this time there was lots of lightning and thunder. Puppy doesn’t get bothered but two granddogs do. They hide and shake and sometimes have to have pills to keep them from using the inside of the house as a bathroom. They can’t help it, they’re just nervous.
The next door granddog fell down the steps to the basement. He was trying to get upstairs when the lights went out, and he fell back down. I hate that it happened as he’s getting old and it probably hurt him. I just wanted to go hug him when my son told me about it.
We lost power for about two hours, so I had to look up the big flashlight to take puppy out. He didn’t even care that it was raining hard, he just had to go. It was still dark and I was wide awake by then. There was nothing to do except pray, which is always good. No TV, no way to fix a cup of tea, so you just sit and doze and wait for the lights to come back on or the sun to rise.
Sunday, early evening, I went out and pulled one of the batches of corn stalks so it didn’t look so weedy. There are still two batches to do yet. One of them we will probably use for fall decorations. I discovered three ripe cantaloupe and brought them in. They are individual size, and I had a half of one for breakfast Monday morning. Really good and juicy. I hope I have lots for  market, I think they will sell well. Of course, I thought that about the green beans, which aren’t selling and they are really good beans. You can never out guess the public.
I don’t like to use my pressure canner but that's the only way to can green beans now. Mom and I never used a pressure canner and I don’t remember losing any, but I’m afraid to do all that work, take a chance and lose the finished product. I have peaches, tomatoes, and the beans to do something with this week. I should be outside hoeing weeds but it’s going to be too hot for me. I will have to pick up apples as one tree got struck by lightning.
I wish somebody who would like to have apples would come and pick them up from under the trees. I don’t have time and I hate to see them go to waste. The pick-ups would be free. If picked off the tree, I do charge per pound. I have to make some more money to help pay for the greenhouse. I hope everybody is having a good end of summer. Here is your weekly recipe.
Crispy chicken strips w/ honey mustard: 1 cup panko--1/4 cup grated parmesan--1/4 tsp. garlic powder--1/4 tsp. dried thyme--1/2 tsp. salt--1/2 tsp. pepper--1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to 1/2 -inch thickness, cut into 3/4-inch strips--3 T. unsalted butter, melted--1/2 cup honey--1/4 cup Dijon mustard. Oven to 425--mist baking sheet w/ cooking spray. In a bowl combine panko, cheese, garlic, thyme and salt. Season strips with pepper. Pour butter into  bowl, Dip a strip in butter letting it drip off, put into crumbs turning to coat. Transfer onto baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until golden - 20 minutes. Put honey in a med. bowl and microwave until hot 15-20 seconds. Stir in mustard. serve chicken hot with honey-mustard sauce for dipping. Serves 4. See you next week, behind The Garden Gate.