Hope carried in rays of sun…

I’m writing early this week because I am hopeful and motivated.  The sun is shining, after 3+ feet of snowfall in the month of February, we were beginning to wonder if we’d EVER see spring.  I’m not so naive as to think that spring is right around the corner, I haven’t yet packed away the hats and mittens….but I am hopeful that brighter warmer things are coming!

I’ve been up for about 4 hours. In that time, I tended to the dogs and the cat, made a batch of pancakes and a cup of coffee, but the rest of the time I have spent on my garden and preserving plan and homesteading blogs.  Because I am a nerd, I have put that plan into an Excel spreadsheet, don’t judge me too harshly.  It appears that I’m going to need a truckload of tomatoes. No joke.  Spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, tomato soup, and just plain canned tomatoes?  I’m wondering if I should just can all of the tomatoes as they are and construct the other things (minus the salsa) as I need them…..Lest I overwhelm myself and do NOTHING.

So before I get on with my day (I’m going on a paranormal investigation tonight!) I want to record my Homesteading Wishlist of both things to get and things to do.

TO GET

  • Pressure canner
  • Dehydrator
  • New freezer
  • more canning jars and lids

TO DO

  • get our chickens settled on our new land with a better enclosure system underneath the actual chicken house (new land is heavy with fox!)
  • look into rabbits for fiber and design appropriate housing
  • look into ducks for meat and design appropriate housing
  • start pricing purchases of local, organic, no hocus pocus meats
  • research making our own flour for our own baked goods
  • add twenty more hours to each day to do my own baking, canning, freezing and critter tending.

Patty pan squash

This week I know, I know, i missed several weeks, I feel so guilty I wanted to talk about scalloped or patty pan squash.  It is one of our favorites, and we plant it every year.  As a family of 4, we have a hard time eating all of the produce from two plants, so seed wisely unless you have critters to feed the extras to, or friends and family to share with.

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Scalloped Squash or Patty Pan Squash

 

Harvest time: July-August (In Vermont)

How to prepare: Stuff with meatloaf mixture, slice thinly and fry (with our without breading), slice in half and roast in oven

 

Preservation plan:
Freeze batches of stuffed squash halves in batches of 6-8
Pickle with tomatoes
Least desirable plan: chop and freeze for soups/stews

 

Scalloped squash or patty pan squash is a variety of summer squash.  Like it’s cousins it’s best eaten when it’s not yet fully grown.  You will find them in white, green, yellow, and a very pale pearly green.

Leave me a comment with your favorite patty pan recipe!!