Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's Hot in Baldwin City!!!

The heat index is around 105 degrees. This purple martin mother is venting--they like the heat and I have been told not to worry, but she does have babies inside the apartment. I looked inside and they are fine.  

Some nice sunflowers popped up amid my tomatoes.

We stocked our large pond with catfish, perch and other fish a few years ago and have not properly thinned the mass of fish until this year. Here is a nice catch.

My largest butterfly garden is still thriving in the intense heat. I water the plants from my rain barrels each morning.

Here's a shot of the variety of butterfly plants outside my office window.

Quick Summer Salsa

Make some salsa in a hurry. Left: Red, orange and yellow cherry tomatoes in the food processor.  Below: Rough cut onions, green bell pepper and sweet corn scraped off the cob. Put in heated skillet with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Saute until tender. Add all of this to the tomatoes in the processor along with salt, pepper, finely chopped jalapenoes, and garlic (a couple of fresh cloves or powdered). Chop up until desired consistency.
Below: Cherry tomatoes and a few squashes I picked this morning, plus the daily compost stuff like corn husks and onion pieces.

 Finished product. We ate the entire half gallon:
Get more recipes on my site, American Indian Health and Diet Project