Over Abundance of Zucchini

What is one to do when blessed with it over abundance of zucchini? Here’s my two cents for what its worth.

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First things first. Make a fresh and fabulous zucchini and squash casserole. My daughter won a blue ribbon in the 4-H Food Show with this recipe. She then advanced to the district competition competing against twelve counties and won the District Food Show. She advanced to the state competition and won fourth or fifth in state. All in all, that’s pretty good considering there are over 250 counties in Texas to compete against. Bottom line–this recipe rocks! In the above photo I did not have crackers to crumble for the top, so I used french fried onion rings and it was an excellent substitute.

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Slice it and pressure can it in pint jars  jars for 25 minutes under 10 pounds of pressure. Note: pressure cooker will not work, you need to use a pressure canner. I will use these jars of zucchini and squash to make the above casserole recipe.

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Shred it and pressure can it in quart jars for 30 minutes under 10 pounds of pressure. Note: pressure cooker will not work, you need to use a pressure canner. This will give you enough to make  zucchini bread at a later time. Be sure to drain it well before making your zucchini bread.

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Dehydrate it!

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I sprinkled it with garlic salt and chili powder, then dehydrate according to manufacture directions of your dehydrator.

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Dehydrated zucchini is so good! And a healthy substitute for chips. Special thanks to my friend Judie Lilley for this idea.

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Dice it. Then pressure can it in pint jars  jars for 25 minutes under 10 pounds of pressure. Note: pressure cooker will not work, you need to use a pressure canner. I will use this diced zucchini in stew and soup during the winter.

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Last but not least, I had several events and pot luck dinners to attend in a two day period so I created “casserole kits”.

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A Good Day of Berry Picking

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a good day of berry picking. I love being out in nature and picking berries. They are so good! Berry cobbler or berry jelly are equally scrumptious.

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The bees are working their magic. Our honey are in danger and it’s important to provide flowers for them to pollinate.

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I washed my hands in the antique spigot after picking berries.

Quilting Marathon (part 1)

I had great fun at the Quilting Marathon at the library in Shawsville, Virginia. The ladies made beautiful quilts during the twelve hour day. It was especially nice to see the youngsters interest and involvement.

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Grandmother teaches granddaughter the art of quilting.

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Great job on making yoyos!

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This young man ventured from the library to the sewing room and tried his hand at quilting.

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Be sure to check out my next blog post

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Texas Bluebonnets

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Today, I will share some of my favorite blooms from the past season. In April, we were fortunate enough to travel through Texas when the bluebonnets were blooming. It has been years since I laid in the bed of bluebonnets. I absolutely love a landscape ground cover painted blue with splashes of green and a touch of white. It was a plus to not run into a rattlesnake! They love bluebonnets too.

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A Productive Day

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On my last blog post, I shared my canning factory experience with you. Now that the car is unloaded and the jars are in the house I wanted to show you the fruits of my labor.

You probably think this blog has turned into a canning network but not really. Tis the season at my house and this is what I spend my time on at the moment. I am working on a spectacular king size quilt, but can’t show it to you since it’s a Christmas gift and I don’t want the recipient to see it. I look forward to showing you the end result someday.

On upcoming September blog posts, I I’m excited to show you some awesome quilts from several quilting events I attended this summer.