Friday, July 2, 2021

Scapes and Such

When life hands you garlic scapes,
you make pesto and whipped garlic scape butter!
A fun mum and daughter project.

Nothing tastes better on grilled cheese sandwiches or scape butter on steak!
We had enough scapes from our patch to make many batches of each.

The scapes are taken from the garlic plants to encourage better garlic bulb growth.
The bulbs will be pulled in a few weeks (as the plants die down a bit and the bulbs 
are fully developed).
Always a lot of work but so worth it for that fresh juicy Ontario grown garlic.

Not too much has happened since my last post, other than more and more
doctoring and treatments for the farmer.
We continue to be so humbled and thankful for all the prayers and love!

We have been making treatment days an excuse for patio dining, now that things
are opening up again.

After treatment treat

The crusty bread dipped in EVO and Balsamic Vinegar, 
disappeared almost immediately as we waited
for the delicious Italian entrees of
stuffed Penne and Lasagna.

I loved their oil and vinegar dispenser and am keeping a look out
for a similar one.
The Balsamic Vinegar inside the oil looks like a clump of grapes!
The waiter told us they were purchased at the Dollar Store.

Our weather has been very hot lately (not as hot tho as
my readers from the West), and the banana's needed attention.
A little hotter in the kitchen that afternoon ...

This is one of my favourite banana bread recipes:

I just added some brown sugar icing to the top - so delish. 

Also managed to make a fresh batch of our favourite granola

The peaceful Stratford Festival Gardens deserve an almost weekly Sunday visit.

Soon the "tent" will be lively with some patrons
watching an outdoor production or two. 
This is the second season for the festival being mostly cancelled
due to Covid - as is with all things!

The show must go on ...

Here we are July 1st
and the field corn is definitely knee high ... so much moisture and heat units!
We are blessed.

"knee high by the first of July" - maybe a giant's knee? #little farmers

And, July 1st brings us to Canada Day.
A somber Canada Day this year ...

Till next time .... Happy, Happy 4th of July to all my U.S. of A. friends. Stay well and let there be much
love and light in all your summer days.

P.S. Pardon my "header" picture. Can't figure out why it's so small and what has changed on blogger??? Will try to figure it out.


  1. Your scape endeavors look delicious! That banana bread looks so good, too. I like the idea of a brown sugar icing. Happy belated Canada day and thanks for the 4th of July wishes. It's going to be pretty quiet around here. Blessings!

  2. I was thinking of Ellen when I read about yoru garlic scapes. I learned on one of her last posts about how to harvest garlic. =)I like the oil and vinegar dispenser ideas and other yummy things in your kitchen!

  3. Yes, thinking of fun (or delicious) things to look forward to after treatments is definitely the way to go. I tried out all the restaurants available, which I very much enjoyed.

    Your little farmers in the cornstalks are so cute.

    May next Canada Day be better. It is so difficult to learn such troubling things, but that does not negate the good in Canada. There is much to love about your country and its people.

    Stay busy and take good care of The Farmer.

  4. I've missed reading your blog posts, Rosella. I just read a bunch of them from the last few months. Glad you are settling into your new place, and sending prayers for your husband's health. The scape butter looks amazing - I can only imagine how delicious it is!

  5. Now I am wanting to try your scape butter...and your banana bread! And your patio dinner looks mighty fine too!

    Continued prayers for 'the farmer'.


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