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Zucchini Relish and Squash Relish

So I have another 13 pounds of blueberries picked! My 16-year-old helped in the pouring rain. It was sprinkling when we got there but then it poured for about 30 minutes. I told her since we drove there we weren’t leaving without at 1 full bucket. Well, it only took about 45 minutes to get the 13 pounds picked. I was very proud of her for sticking it out in the rain. We talked and laughed and enjoyed our morning immensely.

So many zucchini and summer squashes…..Just mixed a batch of veggies for a new relish. Currently I have

14 cups of zucchini

2 cups of summer squash

6 cups of onion

1 lb carrots

4 large green peppers

3  purple peppers

1 white pepper

1/3 coarse kosher salt

mixed and sitting for the night.


Roasted Red Pepper Spread/Pesto

3lbs red bell peppers

1 clove garlic unpeeled ( i prefer 2 cloves)

small white onion

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh Basil

Olive Oil (enough to get it moving smoothly in the food processor)


Roast the red pepper, tomatoes, garlic and onion, turn to roast all sides. Tomatoes and peppers should be blistered, blackened and softened, while the garlic and onion just need blackened spots.

Place peppers and tomatoes in paper bag, close tight and let cool 15 minutes. Peel the garlic and onion and finely chop both. Need about an 1/8th of  a cup of onion. Peel and seed peppers and tomatoes. Run all ingredients through food processor adding just enough olive oil to have it smooth.

Returned from camping

Just returned from camping on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. It was our first trip without any of the 4 children. The boys were off doing their own thing. Izzie was in Ireland and Bex at volleyball camp.

Survived a tornado warning. It hit about 10 miles up the shore and thankfully no one was injured. My husband did stand outside holding the awning (metal rods) down on the pop-up. Not a good idea we know.

Visited the Port Austin Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The mushrooms were amazing according to Todd. We grilled them along with some blush peppers, red onions and grape tomatoes that we found there. Drizzled them with olive oil a bit of pepper and salt yum! Served it along side mesquite-lime chicken and beef which was amazing.

Picked up a loaf of Italian Bread to have with my canned roasted red pepper spread I’d brought along.

Our other find at the market was tamales! We enjoyed those while sipping on margaritas with our toes in the sand.

It was a much enjoyed vacation and think Todd and I will survive the empty-nest once it gets here!