|Beauty from the garden|
Every year since Hubby and I built the small raised bed garden (he builds and occasionally weeds, I do everything else), I have learned something. For no two years are all the conditions the same.
One lesson learned a few years ago (which as I look back should have been obvious) is the easier I make using items from the garden, the more likely I will! Now, if one has energy to spare then this is not necessary but when one does not... every thing done to simplify life is welcome.
This is especially true recently when my husband brought home a lot of veggies from the organic garden where he trades work for organic veggies. By the way, that has turned out to be a huge win-win situation for us and the elderly farmers.
When I have a lot of vegetables to clean, I fill the sink with cold water before going out to the garden (or Hubby bringing them home) and place the veggies in the water when I return to the kitchen. If their cold bath is ready, I am more likely to immediately wash them and set them drying.
Most of the time I only have a few veggies or a small amount of herbs so I use my pretty plastic red dishpan purchased for a dollar or two years ago.
Pretty makes everything easier. ;)
The veggies get placed on the dish drainer to dry or on a clean towel. These are all from the organic farm.
I have a small compost bin on my kitchen counter that is fine for the usual coffee grounds and egg shells but when there is a lot to be taken out, it goes in the thrifted metal bowl.
Those big chunks of green pepper in the bowl don't show it but they were badly bruised, just in case you are wondering why I sent them out to be recycled into compost. ;)
We used most of our veggies last week but Hubby brought home a lot of organic bell peppers, which were sliced and then flash frozen in the deep freeze and later divided between smaller Ziploc bags.
I'm usually a bit more precise about my slicing but the humidity had me literally under the weather. Once again... work does not have to be done perfectly to be good.
I know come cooler weather I will be happy with imperfectly cut organic green peppers to use in my chili and stir fries.
I also traded my friend Sheila green beans for rye bread and she also threw in some matzo ball soup... yum.