But she is cute, isn't she?
|Snoozing in the sun|
What a week! Zooey eating the oatmeal stocking and the end of the spring semester were only the beginning of it. Tuesday I took an herb growing class through the Valley Permaculture Alliance. It was extremely interesting, and I now have hope for my herb garden. I just have to remember that if my herbs don't make it (and by the looks of the pineapple sage today, things aren't looking good for these guys), I can start fresh again in the fall. I've got some ideas for raised beds (also good to keep the hound from running through them), but we'll need to look at how we'll be able to keep them watered. In the meantime, I'm doing what I can to save at least some of my plants.
I also discovered, with some great joy, that my tomato plant has baby tomatoes growing!
We also went to a Diamondbacks game on Thursday (great seats!!!!) and then took the weekend by storm, all after what I have dubbed The Great Peach Crisis of 2011.
Thursday (lots went on on Thursday), I made the horrible discovery of molding peaches. In a panic, I risked getting black fuzz underneath my fingernails (ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!) as I salvaged those peaches who hadn't yet been so afflicted. This was going to be a search and RESCUE mission, dammit!
Then, I went into full preservation mode. Thankfully, even though I had to toss too many peaches to really make me happy (OK, so even one or two would have made me super upset), I managed to can four quarts of peaches and make another four pints of jam, with two peaches leftover (more on those in a minute). I even used the peelings to make peach honey, which I am still working on (if that works out, I'll let you know, because it sounds awesome). It just makes me sick to think of how many more quarts I might have been able to make had I not acted more quickly.
Saturday we breakfasted at the Gilbert Farmers' Market. It's extremely close to Bergie's, so we parked close to the coffee shop and walked over. LOTS of interesting vendors were there, including our wonderful CSA and a salt company called Go Lb. Salt - they had some really interesting salt planks that are used in the same manner as cedar planks as well as grilling kits. Both look like excellent gifts, so I shall keep them in mind (play your cards right...).
Our meal came from the Superstition Farm truck. I had to have another round with the egg sandwich, although I changed it up from the cheddar that I had last time to the pepperjack - very pleased with that decision! Scott had the farm burger, and when he was too full to finish it, I stepped up and took it down. It was worth every bite (there were only like three left). The hush puppies were, as usual, amazing, and I was sad when I ate my last one (and that Scott had eaten his). HRH enjoyed some ice cream from Udder Delights, and the best thing was that it wasn't even a question whether or not the whipped cream that came with it (she had chocolate, but they also were offering carrot cake - carrot. cake. ice cream!) was real and delicious.
|Don't even tell me this doesn't make you drool.|
I know you would be lying.
I needed to use up the rest of our buttermilk, so I was happy to find this recipe. I had actually started planning to use this other recipe, but then I realized that I did NOT want to be up that late just waiting for the dough to rise. Next time I'll be better prepared. However, I did model my glaze after the latter's icing recipe, although I didn't use vanilla and used less sugar because I added a little peach jam to boost the peach flavor.
|Still hot and gooey in the pan|
|Ready to roll!|
|After spending the night in the fridge,|
they took a little time to rise on the counter before hitting the oven.
I had two more cinnamon rolls for dessert tonight.