There is nothing better than going out in the garden to pick our dinner. It’s happened more this week than ever. Even my neighbor is reaping the benefits. She laughs and says she’s “going shopping at the Burden Farm”. It feels great to have enough to share. We’ve been eating tomatoes and green beans as I mentioned previously. We’ve also been making full use of the herbs. The basil has turned into a shrub. I really need to keep after it so it doesn’t flower though. If I skip even one day, it starts to get really leggy.

Last night, I made a Swiss Chard fritatta…and the chard was picked 5 minutes before it went into the pan. AMAZING.
Here’s the recipe.
Swiss Chard Fritatta
Cooked Bacon (as much as you like…we usually use 1 lb)
1 Bunch Swiss Chard, chopped – stalks included)
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 eggs scrambled
1 cup whole milk
2 cups shredded cheese (any kind you like)
Preheat oven to 375
Cook Bacon
Reserve 1 Tbsp drippings
Sautee onion and stalks of chard until soft
Add garlic and leaves of chard.
Cook until wilted.
Meanwhile, scramble eggs in a medium bowl
Add milk and cheese
Add bacon and veggies
mix well
Pour into a greased pie plate
Bake for 35-45 minutes (or until not runny in the center)
Optional** slice tomatoes and add to the top during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Yesterday I also made a delicious and healthy sweet treat… Mud Balls!
Mud Balls
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. wheat germ
1/2 c. oats
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. sesame seeds
Mix honey and peanut butter in medium saucepan (low heat) until smooth.
Turn off heat. Stir in remainind ingredients.
Mix well.
When cool enough to touch, roll mixture into small balls.
Let cool if you can!
And here’s a little photo journey through the yard just to keep you up to speed on our happenings…
Out of control summer squash.
Zucchini growing OVER THE EDGE of the raised bed.
Almost ready to pick!
Anaheim Chilis. The white dots are the remnants of my hugely successful aphid massacre. Got aphids? Here’s the most AMAZING remedy…
All-Natural Aphid Killer
32 oz water
1 tsp. dish soap
3-5 tsp. diatomatious earth (all natural mineral can be found at feed stores and maybe nurseries) I got mine from Azure Standard
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray tops and especially BOTTOMS of leaves liberally. Repeat daily until the critters are gone.
It only took me 2 days of spraying. The Diatomatious Earth is incredible. It’s safe for people and pets, but it slices the aphids like a million razor blades when they eat it. Ha! I win!
Moving on…
Yellow Bell Peppers
Green Bell Peppers
Oh man, are these good!
Purple Pole Beans that survived as nasty chicken attack.
On a side note, It’s June 10th, and this tree still has no leaves. Um…pretty sure it’s dead. I’m heartbroken. It’s a Texas Fan Ash…the biggest on the block…and it’s going to be cut down in the next couple weeks. What a shame.
The happy girls.
…and one sweet beast.
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