Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Typically Tubby - Just How Many Cats Make a Clowder?

By all the names we use to address our cats, one would be convinced there is a clowder of cats here at Saltbush Flats.  Does two make a clowder?

Tubby is most often called "Tubby."  But we have many names for our little sweetheart.
"Tubbytoes", "Braveheart", "Tubby No Pants", "Handsome Jack", and "Furball" are just a few.
No matter what we want to call him, the little fellow only answers to "Tubby."

Gata is now named "Molly."
In researching what a group of cats is called, we learned that a group is a clowder, a male cat is a tom, a neutered cat is a gib, and a female cat is a molly.  We knew right then that our Gata should now be named "Molly."
She still gets called many names including "Gata", Gatita", and "Marie" but most often it is just simply "Molly."  And this little thing will not come, no matter what we call her.

Molly is doing very well now.  When she arrived at Saltbush Flats, she was fur and bones, way too skinny and way too small.  Well the little thing would not stop eating for the first two weeks she was here.  Now she has filled out nicely and looks healthy with bright eyes and soft shiny fur.  Molly is a happy girl and loves her new home, and we love her.

A clowder of cats and a cow.  Perfect!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Roasted Garlic

The flavor, the smell, the texture of Roasted Garlic is the most amazing thing to come out of a kitchen.

Raw garlic has a strong, sharp flavor.  Roasting the garlic mellows the flavor and slightly sweetens it.

Place whole garlic bulbs in baking dish.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees about 45 minutes.

Once cool, individual cloves will slip easily from their papery skins.

Place yummy roasted garlic cloves in freezer bag. 

It is so convenient to have roasted garlic cloves right at my fingertips just a few steps away in my freezer.

You really must try this.

Autumn Brings Caterpillars

During the summer we had a plague of some variety of Swallowtail Caterpillars.
Remember These?  Click here.

They are no longer crawling all over the ground.  They have long since disappeared.

Now we have discovered several Black Swallowtail Caterpillars gathering on our dill plant.

A few Black Swallowtail Caterpillars have decided to make this dill their home, living there for a few weeks now.  There are about seven of them about 2 1/2" long.  They are a lot bigger than the ones during the summer.

They are interesting to watch.  Will they pupate on this dill plant?  Will we see beautiful Black Swallowtails emerge?  Only time will tell.

But wait there is more....

What is big and green and Big and Green?

Big and Green!

Luna Caterpillar
This little fellow is about 4" long and about 3/4" in diameter.  Wow!  That is one BIG little fellow!!

He found his way to our back patio.  Maybe will we see a beautiful Luna Moth one day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Freezing Broccoli

We enjoy garden fresh broccoli with dinner.  But still we want to preserve a little to enjoy with dinner this winter.  Freezing is the best way to preserve broccoli to keep a wonderful flavor, texture, and color.
Frozen Garden Fresh Broccoli

Freezing broccoli is super simple.  
1.  Wash broccoli.  Cut stems into 1/4"-1/2" slices.  Cut florets into 1" pieces.
2.  Blanch broccoli pieces in generously salted boiling water 3 minutes.
3.  Drain.  Rinse well in cold water.  Drain well.
4.  Pack firmly into freezer containers leaving no head space.

There it is.  It really is that simple.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Typically Tubby - I am at the Meet and Greet on my Mom's Birthday!!!

Jans Funny Farm Meet and Greet

Please go to Jan's Funny Farm (click here-->) Meet and Greet to read about me today and also learn about all the cool people and critters that like to hang around there.  It is a really great place!!!