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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Menu Plan: August 23 - 29

"Holy Spirit, inspire me. Love of God, consume me, on the true path, lead me. Mary, my Mother, look upon me, with Jesus, bless me. From all evil, from all illusion, from all danger, preserve me."

"Always remember to love your neighbor; always prefer the person who tries your patience, who tests your virtue, because with them you can always gain merit."

"It is sweet to think of Jesus; but it is sweeter to do His will."

~ Saint Mariam Baouardy (Mary of Jesus Crucified) ~

This week, it is Mariam's birthday! She gets to have a few friends over, and her favorite cake and dinner. We are trying to make the best of our circumstances.

Glory to God in His Saints! We have been blessed with so much produce that we are needing to freeze and can and dry quite a lot of it. This is the time of year we most appreciate where we live, though the impending winter that we already feel in the air is looming. Our boys all got to do a real, hard day's work in a farmer's field this past week, and he asked them back this week. He is a farmer who has been extremely generous with our gleaning club, and they were actually gathering quite a lot for the food banks when they were there, too. He cooked them an amazing spicy vegetable stir fry for their lunch there, and sent them home with boxes and boxes and boxes of eggplant, sweet peppers, cabbage, onions, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, and watermelon. We receive our CSA boxes on Thursdays, and our garden is finally starting to produce a little, plus what we have gotten from our gleaning group. We are inundated in sweet peppers, frying peppers, eggplant, summer squash, jalapeƱos, tomatillos, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, peaches, apples, onions, and more. The girls helped me put up almost 12 quarts of peaches in light syrup (four with nutmeg), and we have been working on peach jelly and peach butter this weekend. We sliced and froze peppers, and our meals for the week have loads of fresh veggies in them. With all the eggplant, Rich didn't even have to ask for the baba ghanooj, I knew he would want it. Rich and the boys did some butchering this weekend, too, so our freezers have some more chicken and duck in them. We want to be ready for the fall and winter, and who knows how much groceries will be by then. I encourage you to freeze or dry or can what you are able to do, even if it just saves you a little bit of money this winter, or gives you a little memory of summer when you eat it.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday. Linking to Menu Plan Monday

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