Sunday, June 18, 2006

Cornell's Bush Delicata squash

So I got a bush winter squash from some free plants that were donated to our community gardens. It's growing great and has some interesting white fruits growing on it. I'll post a pic soon. I couldn't remember what the variety was so I of course did an online search. Here's what I came up with! Very interesting! My husband's brother is going to school at Cornell, so I think he'll appreciate the link. I'm excited to see how the squash turn out. That is assuming the gophers don't discover them first!

Doing the Native American keep-gophers-from-my-garden dance,

Orange County Fair

Surprised? I was too when I discovered that OC has a county fair! With livestock and everything! Why do I bring this up? Well, just today I dropped off my entries for the fair. Crocheted, of course.

I entered a new category this year called "Help a Child Smile". You enter an item a child might like or need, such as a blanket or a stuffed animal, hand crafted of course. The items are judged and at the conclusion of the fair, they are donated to a local children's hospital. I thought it was such a great idea! I've actually been wanting to do something like that for a while, but couldn't find the right venue. This is perfect! So I crocheted a pink hooded baby blanket to donate. It's cute! And fun to make in bright pink, which I don't often get to do as I have two boys and no girls. I'd post a picture, but my camera is missing (!) and the item is already gone. Maybe when it's on display at the fair (assuming I find my camera!) I'll take a pic and post it.

The other item I entered was the blue ponchette posted here many months ago. It's still new since I haven't gotten up the nerve to wear it (or wash it!). Maybe I'm just weird, but I hate to wash and wear things that I've crocheted myself. That's why I like to give things away as gifts. I don't mind if other people wear them; that's what they were made for! I just don't like to wear them myself. I just like to make them. Is that weird?

Well, enough rambling for today.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Hello again to all my friends.

Hi! Are you surprised to see me? I'm not dead, just busy. I've been called as the primary 1st counselor our our church and I've been on vacation. I'm back, but still busy!

I just had to share this with you. I found this Best Ever Banana Bread recipe. Sure, you say, every recipe says it's the best. But this one actually lives up to it's moniker and you will see why once you read it. Plus, it not only makes great banana bread but it is easily modified to make any quick bread you can imagine. I've made pumpkin chocolate chip bread and just today I made zucchini blackberry bread (with my own garden produce, I might add!). Just substitute any soft fruit or veggie for the bananas in the recipe; about 4 cups for the 4 loaf recipe. I like to make the recipe for 2 loaves and bake it in a bundt pan.