I’m a little late in posting LAST week’s meal wrap up.ย  Adhering to the old cliche “better late than never,” here areย the latest goodies that we’ve been enjoying and as always – keeping foods fresh and simple, but, nevertheless, delicious!

Rice and veggies

Veggie patty

Mashed turnips and carrots with parsley

Squash, tomato, basil pasta with mashed turnips, carrots herbs

Strawberries for dessert

Peaches too

Cherokee purple tomato

Tomato, cucumber purple basil salad


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 – apricot apple crumble
Lunch – Saturday dinner leftovers
Dinner – squash blossoms stuffed with herb cheese with tabbouleh (mint, parsley, tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers)


Breakfast – apricot apple crumble
Lunch – veggie patty with green beans
Dinner – veggie patty with tomato, cucumber and purple basil salad


Breakfast – apricot apple crumble
Lunch – zucchini, tomato, basil pasta with mashed turnips, carrots and herbs
Dinner – zucchini, tomato, basil pasta with mashed turnips, carrots and herbs


Breakfast -apricot apple crumble
Lunch – avocado and tomato sandwich
Dinner – out


Breakfast – apricot apple crumble
Lunch – green beans and herb rice pilaf
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

What summer time treats/feasts are you enjoying in your neck of the woods?


  1. L.T says:

    Hello ! I just found your site , it is fabulous : ) I shall be visiting again & again I suspect !

    • Anais says:

      @L.T: Welcome, we are glad you found us. Happy growing!

  2. Ginger says:

    Harvested our first peppers and tomatoes of the year and made pico de gallo with herbs from the garden to eat with rice and beans. Mmmmmmm We’ve also done your Spanish rice, onions, and peppers on homemade tortillas a couple times. It’s fantastic. Thanks for the tip.

    So now that you are growing fish for food, are you going to give up your vegetarian status? Are you all veggies because that’s what you grow or for another reason? Don’t answer if I’m being too nosy.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Yummy. Glad you are liking the spanish rice! As for the fish fry, well, that all depends on who you ask. We are veggies for a number of reasons (environmental mostly); however, if there comes a time/place….

  3. Stacey says:

    Our green beans and summer squash are really coming in now (in Illinois), so I’ll be stuffing my face with those. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re also pulling up carrots, so it looks like I’ll be making a lot of zucchini/summer squash/carrot “noodles.”

    My parents are farmers, and seeing as my dad just harvested wheat, I’ve been putting wheat berries in just about everything. The birds left just enough raspberries for a salad of lamb’s quarters, wheat berries and raspberries. Yum!

    • Anais says:

      @Stacey: Can never have enough summer veggies – stuffing our faces as much as we can. Oooh, the noodles sound yummy. Did you make that up yourself, I’ll have to try that sometime. Wow, must be a blessing to have farmers as parents. Do you sprout the wheat berries or eat them raw in the salad. Inquiring minds/palettes would like to know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Debbie says:

    Made my first hand-made loaf of bread (no-knead) this week and it wasn’t a boat anchor. It was actually delish. The whole loaf got eaten right out of the oven. I’ve now got a new skill. Yeah!!! Now I’m off to practice some more.

    • Anais says:

      @Debbie: Good for you. Congrats on a new skill learned – and a good and TASTY one too.

  5. Rebecca Whitford says:

    I was hoping there would be recipes. ?

    • Anais says:

      @Rebecca Whitford: We are working on it!

  6. chereal says:

    I just LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your blog!!

    • Anais says:

      @chereal: Well, thank you and welcome!

  7. HappyGrama says:

    Here in Nebraska, we are getting cucumbers, lettuce, banana peppers, green peppers, cherry and grape tomatoes, summer squash, and onions from our very small garden. I am also buying fresh sweet corn from a farmer just down the road. I have made potato, green pepper, onion and egg hash; fresh salads; onion and summer squash sauteed together as a side dish, and I grow herbs so everything is seasoned with my own chives, basil, cilantro, and oregano. Ain’t nuthin’ better than getting fresh food from your back yard with your own hands.

    • Anais says:

      @HappyGrama: What a bountiful blessing your garden is offering you. Thanks for sharing. I agree NOTHING BETTER! I do miss corn. SNIFF. Just not worth growing on our small plot. I do miss sweet corn in the summer…. sorry I said that already. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. CE says:

    Now that they are fully adults have you all decided to breed the goats for milk or are they just pure pets? Would you eat any male offspring as they would be organic meat? Or would you sell them? Is that why you do not breed the girls? Just wondering because goat milk would add a lot of good nutrition to your diet as well as it being a tasty addition to many dishes.

    • Anais says:

      @CE: Lots of factors came into play recently. We are taking things one step at a time – nothing set in stone and still searching for a reasonable path.

  9. shauna says:

    hi family – i admire you and enjoy your posts. is it possible to post recipes? your food looks delicious and we eat veggie meals 6 out of 7 nights a week, so i could use some new ideas! we also love breakfast for dinner (“brinner” at our house), so your pancakes & crumble could hit the spot.

    • Anais says:

      @shauna: Thanks for your positive comments. Appreciate the feedback. There are a few recipes that have been posted over these last 10 plus years so you may do a quick search for some in the archives. Jordanne and I are working a way to share our recipes so stay tuned.

  10. Lee Johnson says:

    I am really excited here in NJ. I am ready to harvest a few green peppers and plan on stuffing them with brown rice, eggplant (from the garden), squash and tomatoes also from the garden. I usually add basil and other herbs from my pots and sprinkle with a little parmesean cheese. Can’t thank you all enough for your encouragement thru your web site! I am feeling the start of a life style change coming on! Lee J.

    • Anais says:

      @Lee Johnson: YUM. Love stuffed peppers. Can’t beat fresh, homegrown herbs. I think that’s what really makes a difference in homecooked meals – it’s the HERBS! Thank you for the positive feedback, it’s greatly appreciated. All the best to you on your journey.

  11. Tamlynn says:


    Artichokes! So yummy. We are also harvesting peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, and peppers. Made a peach-raspberry-honey fruit leather yesterday that is almost gone.

  12. WoblesMom says:

    I love all the photos of the great food you’re making. Where can I get some of the recipes?!?! We’re getting squash, tomatoes, carrots, beans and lettuces out of our garden now. As we move closer to Fall, I’m planning my fall garden so I can continue to “eat what I grow”.

    Thanks so much for the constant dose of inspiration!

    • Anais says:

      @WoblesMom: Thanks. We are working on recipes, so stay tuned. Happy growing!

  13. Marcia says:

    Ohhh, delicious. As I starting cooking this morning I realized that I haven’t read your site in awhile. Then I realized that it’s because I haven’t seen any Facebook posts. So it was time to track you down the old way.

    I love how you are now labeling what you’ve made. The veggie patties are gorgeous.

    I’ve been enjoying the strawberries and peaches from our CSA, and am planning to go on a buying spree to freeze some for smoothies this winter.

    • Anais says:

      Glad you tracked us down, we are still posting away! For some reason FB isn’t publishing our blog entries. Oh well.

  14. bakitgul says:

    I love your web site and always get encouraged reading your posts.

    I had a quick question. We will be moving Aug 1st to a house with a little garden. But we live in Mongolia and mid September we might have snow. Is there any way I can still grow something in like 4 or 5 weeks?

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