Today I feel accomplished! I put up 15 quart bags of our squash and zucchini from our garden and a quart of tomatillos to make into salsa later. All by 1:30 today, I had the house cleaned, dinner almost cooked and enough squash to take us halfway through the winter months and to use for our favorite zucchini squares that I made each fall at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! I could make a good housewife...
However, what I did forget about were all the shelled peas in my refrigerator at our barn from our friends the McAfees that needed to be bagged and frozen! We discussed tonight when they brought another bushel for my youngest daughter to shell just how much we could get done if we didn't have to work! I told her I thought boredom would set in pretty quick! But, it sure was nice with the rain coming down today to be home, enjoy my sweet baby girl (who's 12) and feel like I was finally getting caught up on my house, gardening and freezing vegetables for meals in the future.
Tonight for dinner, or I should say this afternoon, I cooked a dish Scott says I've cooked before, but I have no remembrance of. With the squash and zucchini that I got tired of freezing and some Ichiban eggplant cut into 1/2 inch spears, I layered them in a casserole dish (9x13 inch Pyrex dish). To this I added cooked, ground pork that I'd added Hunt's 4 Cheese Spaghetti Sauce to along with Rotel Tomatoes and a few spices and cheese.
The recipe has a few more steps as you'll find on the link below, but overall it was an easy dish to make. My husband loved it and went back for seconds and actually said it was 'really good' a couple of times. So, I'll take that as a compliment and for sure make it in another week or two because our squash shows no sign of slowing up in our garden!
In the picture above and links here, you'll see my newest recipe for Vegetable Lasagna and also my Marinated Cucumbers and Onions and Zucchini Squares that can all be found on my www.theranchkitchen.com site. I hope you'll give it a try as even my preteen ate this vegetable lasagna and didn't pick out the veggies!