There was a lot of cooking going on in my kitchen this week but I have to give a nod to the man of the house before we talk about that!
We took Dean out to lunch for Father's Day and then came back home to just hang out together. In truth it was a lazy day...but we have so few of those together, it was nice.
Simple. But nice.
there was lots of laughter...
and wine! (don't you just love that vivino app?) Totally rocks!
The rest of the week was spent channeling my inner domestic goddess.
On Monday, I went blueberry picking with some friends and brought home 2 gallons of these beauties! Many were frozen, some were snacked on. Most were cooked!
On our way home, we passed a little farmer in front of his house. He had a TON of veggies for sale. I bought some squash for canning and several beautiful tomatoes to use for dinner.
This is a raw tomato pasta sauce...and totally amazing and fresh tasting. Lots of chopping but so easy to make!
On Tuesday, I harvested some basil and made 24 basil/olive oil cubes for the freezer. It took about 3 hours from start to finish but is so worth the effort. Nothing beats the flavor. Click HERE if you want my "recipe."
After that was done, I made some deli style blueberry muffins for the family. These are HUGE.
This one was so top heavy, it kept falling over! I got the recipe from chew out loud's blog.
On Wednesday, I was back in the kitchen making sweet squash relish! I don't eat squash or zucchini....but THIS stuff is AMAZING! Look at all the pretty summer colors in here...getting ready to be cooked up.
When that was done, I decided putting away all my canning stuff only to drag it out again in a few days was too much effort....so....I went ahead and made some blueberry jam. I love how bright it all turns while cooking. Oh my gosh this stuff is soooo good!
Here is is, all canned up.
Yes, it took me ALL DAY LONG.
Yes, my back hurt after but I got a long soak in a hot tub with a big glass of wine for my efforts. Yes, it is SO totally worth it!
Canning, in my humble opinion, is a dying art. The difference in flavor is amazing. If I had space, I would can so much more stuff. Seriously, I dream of those old cellars where you store canned goods. My friends laugh at me.
On a side note, I did NOT can purple and gold stuff because I love LSU. I mean, I DO love LSU but I didn't do this on purpose. Just sayin'
Happy Friday! Go see Amy today for more Five on Friday posts!