Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Remember the North Georgia Candy Roaster winter squash I purchased several weeks ago? I finally got around to cutting it up and cooking it.
I used cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, honey, brown sugar, and a drizzle of olive oil. I baked it at 400 F for about half an hour or until a fork could be easily inserted. It was delicious. I see why folks use this squash instead of pumpkin for making pies.
Huffington Post about health benefits of eating the squash and seeds. It boosts your immune system, has more potassium than a banana, the seeds are good for the heart because they lower bad cholesterol, it helps you loose weight, has mega amounts of vitamin A good for eyesight, reduces cancer risk, protects your skin from wrinkles, eating the seeds boosts production of seratonin which helps your mood. With all those benefits I should eat it every day.
After cooking a large baking dish full of squash I still have a huge bowl of cut up squash. I plan to parboil the remaining squash. Then I'll freeze some and make a soup with some of the squash. I highly recommend growing and eating this squash. It stores well. I wish I had bought more of these North Georgia Candy Roasters. I could be eating fresh squash all winter long. Now I know how valuable a root cellar was to folks before refrigeration. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Like I said yesterday, roosters seem to be popping up everywhere around here. Here's a rooster platter I made. On the ground under his feet I added a few kernels of chicken feed for him.
Yesterday I was talking to Gary about my rooster bank. He asked what I was going to plug the lower hole with. I said I'll plug it with a cork or wooden or rubber stopper. He said what if you used a freeze plug that expands as it's inserted. I may look into these rubber freeze plugs for my banks. Clay and auto parts combined, who knew. OK I just looked at the price of these, maybe I'll stick with a cork. Ha.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Yesterday I had an inspiration to make a rooster bank. The rooster is about 12 inches tall and the body is about 6 by 8 inches wide. Lots of coins could be saved in a bank this size. There's a slot in the top to insert coins and a hole in the bottom to retrieve the savings. I'll plug the bottom hole with a cork or a wooden or rubber stopper.
Remember the chickens I saw camping, they're popping up all over the place in my clay work. Oh look at the feet in my sketch, they seem like a cross between human and chicken feet. I wish I'd made the feet that way; I think they'd be a fine addition, very folk artish. This morning I'm thinking one of these roosters, slightly modified, would make a nice cookie jar. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.