Squash pizzas? 1/4 inch slices of squash with pizza sauce(not homemade yet), cheese, and some turkey peppperoni.
The squash pizzas made a great lunch because we knew we'd be grilling out and eating heavy tonight for fathers day. The squash soup is in the freezer so I'll know how that turned out in half a year. I sauteed some onions in a big stew pot, added some coarsely chopped squash and cooked for a bit. I thought I'd get crazy and add some sweet potatoes that I aimlessly boiled earlier in the week. I added a little salt and pepper, some cinnamon, and a cup or two of milk. I mashed it up instead of pureeing just because I'm lazy and don't want to clean the blender.
You can also see beside my self-gratifying cat that Lauren harvested some cherry and grape tomatoes. It seems really unusual to be eating tomatoes in the middle of June. We had a couple of big ones earlier this week- last night on burgers and Friday night we just sliced up a couple and ate them on the side. These little guys went with us over to make their place in about the best destination possible for a vegetable- a Deb salad.
The tomatoes were getting out of control and I really didn't want to deal with them. A couple of plants were falling over, the plants were blocking the paths, and some of the stems bent over above where I tied them and it looked like they were going to be pinched off. I went to Lowe's and bought a couple 10-packs of conduit for staking up the plants. That set me back 40 bucks but the stakes are pretty reusable. I used sticks my first few years as tomato stakes. The conduit is strong, cheap, and is good year after year as long as you don't mind those metallic poles sticking up everywhere in the spring.
Anyway, I started in the pit and tied up the plants that could be contained on their original stakes. The overachievers earned an extra-long pole, usually between 2 plants. I pulled the sagging stems over to the new poles and steered them up with some string. The pit wasn't too bad, I maybe had to use 4 long poles as reinforcements. Then I moved to the right side of the garden where I only have a dozen or so plants. I had to grab a stick from the wood pile to drive in a couple of the original stakes that had developed a saggy lean. I put a few new posts near some of the plants on the left side of the garden but I didn't get to the worst offenders and that job is glaring at me for early next week.
It will all be worth it in a little while though because there are countless green tomatoes out there right now.
Bugs- I picked my first squash bug this week. That's the only one I've seen, but I'm on the lookout now.
Birds- So lauren texted me earlier this week when I was still at home and said she saw a brand new bird and she needed to know where the bird book was. She texted me back in a couple of minutes and said she saw a great crested flycatcher light on the rosebush outside and then fly down and eat a bug. I was a little skeptical because she saw a brand new red-headed bird last year that turned out to be a house finch. Everything she said matched what I could read about the bird and a mecklenburg audubon guy posted a sighting of one at Forestview when he came to see the scissor-tailed flycatcher last week. She said she saw him while she was eating breakfast so I made sure to hang out with her for breakfast for the rest of the week, but no bird. I took my computer outside and played the songs of the great crested flycatcher from the porch. I earned supergeek status, but still no bird. My luck changed this morning. Lauren and I were sitting outside enjoying this incredible weather( high: 82) and I saw a couple of birds land in the top of the maple at the back side of the garden. I ran inside and grabbed my binoculars and sure enough, Lauren made the right call on that bird. There were a pair of them in the top of the tree and they sang away as they flew to the neighbors yard.
I guess I need to do a better job of knowing who's at the top of the leaderboards in Dancing With The Stars and who's being devious in The Bachelorette, because Lauren's done a great job of being interested in what drives me.