Kitty was found, then lost, and found again, and now she is back to being an indoor cat only, which she isn’t too happy about. I think she is especially cranky since we added a new family member — Chloe, a 3 year old female boxer — to the mix. Chloe, on the other hand, is super sweet. Munchkie likes to lay on her, pull on her jowls and hug her, and Chloe doesn’t even budge when she does it. We got her from a family with three kids that was moving out of state, and needed to rehome her. They had only had her for 10 or so months, and I am not really sure what kind of home she had been in prior to that, but she is really well behanved, listens, and great with kids. She also doesn’t really seem to care about Kitty (her previous owners had a cat too), although Kitty hisses and tries to scratch her if she gets too close. I have ordered some calming products for both cat and dog in the hopes that this will help them to get closer to each other.
Other than that, not much is new. I am 24 weeks along right now and have been completely over the morning sickness for a while now, although I am enjoying things like an overly relaxed pelvis instead that makes it painful to walk, stand, roll over in bed, climb stairs and other basic things like that. Other than that, things are going well.
Summer is in full force over here. We went camping last weekend at Honeyman Park, which was fun. It is located on a peninsula surrounded by lakes, forest, and amazing, long, white sand dunes. We came back to the city to unbelievable 107F/42C degree weather, which makes being pregnant almost unbareable. My garden is loving the heat though, and I have already picked a few batches of yummy ripe cherry tomatoes.
Yesterday I also picked sweet, tree ripened figs off of our own tree, and the apples look like they are coming along nicely too. The pear tree is sporting just one single lonely pear, and the plum tree is completely bare, but I assume it’s because they were planted last spring and are still young and getting established.
Our CSA is in full force as well. Yesterday we got a fabulous bin full of fresh, local veggies. It’s actually gettinga bit difficult to keep up with all the veggies they are sending us, but there are always some yummy recipes on their blog. I think I will try the Squash Cookie recipe and use up the over abundance of zucchini in my fridge right now.
From Donald Kotler, Owner of Toast Restaurant
Provided for Zenger Farm Cooking Camp
¾ cup flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter (soft)
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest of ½ an orange
1 cup grated summer squash
Add chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins if desired
Preheat oven to 375?F. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla, and orange zest and mix until evenly combined. Add grated squash and mix. Then add chocolate chips, nuts, and/or raisins if desired. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. For best results remove cookies from tray to a wire rack for cooling. Enjoy with a glass of milk!