Tropical cherry upside down cake

Blueberry Muffins


Steamed green beans

More tabbouleh

Fried squash blossoms and tabbouleh

Homegrown toppings

Avocado sandwich and carrot salad

Spaghetti and salad

Spanish rice

Goodbye June, hello July!

Not really looking forward to the heat of the summer. Lucky for us we’ve been socked in with nice gray marine layer in the morning which keeps the weather quite pleasant.    Actually wearing sweaters in the morn and evening to ward of the chill!  Of course the gloomy mornings aren’t particularly good for the tomatoes, leaving them more susceptible to blight.

Tabbouleh was what’s for lunch/dinner most of the week. No “007” complaints on that one. Absolutely love this summer salad. It’s so simple and tasty and uses a good handful of mint that’s growing like gangbusters and needs to be “controlled.” At our last food co-op delivery I order both quiona and bulghur. Only the bulghur came in so will have to wait another month! Yeah, I know could just run to the local Whole Paycheck store but then where would the fun go? Besides, got a huge bag of bulghur that’s not going to be used up any time soon.

Last week we enjoyed a few fruity treats like the ‘tropical cherry upside down cake’ and blueberry muffins. Though I love using up the homegrown fruit on hand, I hate making these fruit treats. Yeah, I know sounds crazy! But the fruit desserts are so yummy and if I don’t watch it, I could end up gaining 10 lbs (or more) by the end of the summer. Jordanne didn’t help things by making apricot ice cream (pics to come) not once, but twice. Oh dear. Why does this stuff have to taste soooo good. In fact, we gals are thinking about having an old fashion ‘Ice Cream Social’ – that would certainly be fun and fattening.

Another load of apples came in. I am so tempted to make an apple pie or two. How about one with cheese? Sufferin succotash, someone help me! Maybe should step away from the kitchen – yeah, fat chance!

Speaking of kitchen, the latest article which featured us homestead gals, we created a buzz over our beauty routine (or rather lack there of) We received a bunch of questions about “kitchen cosmetics” so we hope to address a few in later posts so stay tuned.


All food items are homemade/homegrown/home preserved unless otherwise specified

Our Food Pledge

If not from backyard, then locally produced
If not locally produced, then organic.
If not organic, then family farm.
If not family farm, then local business.
If not local business, then fair trade.


Breakfast – blueberry pancakes with strawberries
Dinner – flour tortillas with spanish rice, topped with sauteed green peppers and red onions


Breakfast – skillet granola (organic oats, sugar and oil) with strawberries and yogurt
Lunch – Saturday dinner leftovers
Dinner – summer mac & cheese (peppers, tomatoes)


Breakfast – skillet granola (organic oats, sugar and oil) with strawberries and yogurt
Lunch – vegetable soup (turnips, carrots, squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, greens)
Dinner – vegetable soup (turnips, carrots, squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, greens)


Breakfast – french toast with honey
Lunch – vegetable soup (turnips, carrots, squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, greens)
Dinner – tabbouleh (mint, parsley, tomatoes, red onions) with green beans


Breakfast -skillet granola with strawberries and yogurt
Lunch – out
Dinner – squash blossoms stuffed with herb cheese with tabbouleh (mint, parsley, tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers)


Breakfast – french toast and honey
Lunch – green beans and rice
Dinner – herb pizza dough topped with tomatoes, basil, peppers, garlic with carrot, raisin citrus dressing salad


Breakfast – french toast and honey
Lunch – avocado sandwich with carrot, raisin citrus dressing salad
Dinner – no knead bread, fresh tomato sauce (tomatoes, onions, peppers, parsley, basil) over spaghetti with salad


  1. Laura Jeanne @ Getting There says:

    As always, your pictures make my mouth water…I wonder if you guys are ever going to create a cookbook? I would buy it for sure!

    • Anais says:

      @Laura Jeanne @ Getting There: A cookbook has been always in the backs of our minds. No publisher has approached us yet, so it would probably have to be self-published. Until we can fully focus on that, we were thinking about offering individual recipes to download for a very small fee Still not sure….. since we don’t have any advertising on this site, we are struggling with the upkeep, maintenance and hosting fees of this site and thought that folks would like to contribute a dollar or two to pay for our time and efforts.

  2. Heidi says:

    I made an upside down cherry cake this week too! With cherries from the farmers market. I made it for a little party and there was a line to get at it!

    I love reading about what you all are eating. As someone who spends a great deal of time making things from scratch, I appreciate the inspiration. And now I know what to do with my apricots. We are on an ice cream kick around here too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will be able to bake a few apple pies from our tree, but the rats are intent on eating them all before they are ripe.

  3. Kimberly says:

    The summer meals look SO delicious! Making me super hungry!

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