Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Separation

If you have read my blog you’ll notice I write about so many different topics, randomness in every left corner there is, but some topics seem to be consistent. Ducklings, chickens and other simple categories like food, rants and matters of opinions. I’ve been very busy lately and haven’t blogged out much of anything, but eventually I’ll get some time back on my side and will get these 1/2 finished blogs up and posted.

For the sake of reading preference and categorization, I have decided to separate my blog accordingly.

The homestead posts dealing with chickens, ducklings, eventually other animals and other homestead topics will be written on this site: sandyacreshomestead.wordpress.com

It’s now live and hopefully I’ll have something written and posted soon. Hope to see you over there soon!!! I look forward to sharing my writes on this craziness I call a backyard flock.

Cheers!

Sandy
https://sandyacreshomestead.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/welcome/

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Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

There is love on this earth and then we have the love of a canine.

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                                                                       Nothing like it!!!

Simply The Best BBQ Zucchini

There are some foods that I just never seem to get tired of. I eat them often and never bore of them. Sweet potato, zucchini, squash and popcorn.

Today is all about zucchini on the bbq. I eat this zucchini, in this exact format at least 3 times a week. Here goes!

This time of year it’s easy to find fat zucchini … I prefer organic but of course either works. In a month or so, I will have zucchini from the garden and oooooooo boy I will be eating grilled zucchini almost every day. I can’t wait!!!  I often get comments like, wow, that’s a lot of zucchini, do you give it to friends and family?.  No to family, they don’t live close by, and no to friends just because I eat it all.  I also bake with it, zucchini carrot muffins, zuchini raisin bread.  Yum!! What a wonderful gift from our soils.  Zucchini.

Side note: I know a lot of people like the yellow zucchini for colour variety in their meals. Know it is a GMO product. To my knowledge all yellow zucchini, known as yellow summer squash has been GMO’d as it is not naturally produced in nature.
http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/plants/74.zucchini.html

Recipe

2 large zucchini ( or however many you’d like)
1/3 cup of EV Olive oil
Spices and herbs. This is usually a personal preference.
In my olive oil blend I used dried herbs of oregano, rosemary and basil, garlic, salt and pepper and a bit of Montreal steak spice.

Combine your olive oil herbs/spices.

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Cut zucchini into thick-ish strips.

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Lay flat on a plate or cutting board. Brush your olive oil mixture liberally onto both sides of your zucchini. Let sit while the bbq heat up.

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Cook on med/high and grill marks are nicely imprinted and zucchini has a well done texture.

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Enjoy! I have a hard time sharing these hahah! Thankfully the teenager doesn’t like zucchini and it’s just Einstein I have to tackle for the last one.

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I do a lot of veggies this way; eggplant, peppers, portobello mushrooms. These veggies can be diced up once grilled and added to your homemade pizza … Now that’s some good stuff!! Or thrown in a bun with a sausage … Diverse recipe waiting for your twist!

Homemade Organic Mint Green Tea Lemonade

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted. I’m so busy it’s really hard to find the spare time.  I have plenty blogs started with good intentions but time really isn’t on my side to get them finished and posted.

As I write this In my screened in room, I can hear the chickens clucking with pleasure as they nibble on their watermelon and the ducklings are splashing like teenagers in the kiddie pool.  The ducklings aren’t even 3 weeks old yet and they’ve been free ranging for a few days already.  You can’t keep them in the pen and feel good about it that’s for sure!! They find mud puddles, get filthy and hit the pool and swim and play.  I’m not sure you can ever have too many ducklings.  Anyways, on to my post topic.  The teas of summer…

I love fresh brewed iced teas. Passion and green teas chilled are my favourite. To makes our own really is a money saver and definitely a healthier option than most premade versions you’ll buy in the stores.  Often one of the first ingredients is fructose glucose.  By making your own, you can control the sugar, no fructose glucose, no colours, no *natural flavours added, and you can tweak it for your personal preference.

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the herbs in your garden and your infuser. If you don’t have an infuser I’m sure floating the ingredients will result in the same great taste. Infusers are great for keeping the solids out of your drink once you pour into a chilled ice filled glass, although some people don’t mind the chunks.  I don’t like mint. Typically. I love it in this tea though.

Recipe:

3 jars approx 1L each (mine are 946 ml. Glass jars. Close enough eh?!)
3 tea bags of organic green tea
1/2 cup of raw organic cane sugar
1 organic lemon cut into cubes (see pictures)
Mint leaves cut up (it’s a personal

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When water has boiled, add to top of each jug. Once filled, add tea bags and set aside to brew.

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Cut up lemon and mint.

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Put lemon and mint into infuser.

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Let the tea brew and cool for approx. an hour. After an hour it will still be warm, likely, which is how I prefer it. When the warm tea is added to the jug with the infuser I find the flavours are steeped more into the tea for a more robust taste.

Chill and enjoy.

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*natural flavours added to foods, are really just a synthetic group of ingredients added to the food to enhance flavours.  The FDA has allowed these synthetics (chemicals) to be grouped under this one bullshit manipulative title … Really, true natural flavours aren’t an ingredient list.  That’s all I’m saying before I head off on a rant!