Good Evening Everyone,                                                          8-18-21

After a rainy day, this evening is now very nice, partly sunny and pleasant. The last few weeks we have had quite a bit of rain. The weeds grow well in the garden, but it is almost too wet to get into it.

One morning as I went to work, and the sun was shining from behind me, I noticed the colorful array of wildflowers in the roadside ditch beside me. There was the periwinkle blue of the Chicory, the white of the Queen Anne’s Lace, the bright yellow of a tall unidentified plant and a little bit further down the road the pale yellow of the Evening Primrose and a small patch of orange Jewelweed. I find the wildflowers to be rather fascinating.

Sweet corn is being harvested and seems to be plentiful. Green beans are still bearing enough for a fresh meal every few days. Field corn has grown quite tall and is still green, but the tassels are pushing upward. Some early apples are ready to pick. I hope we will soon have more at the store. Tomatoes are also plentiful. This is a busy time of year for canning fruits and vegetables.

My first ripe yellow tomato weighed 3 lbs. That would make a lot of tomato sandwiches or I’d prefer BLT’s with cheese. Here is a picture of it with an egg for comparison.

On September 3rd & 4th is the Haiti Benefit Auction in Mt. Hope. That is an interesting event. A quilt show will be held there on September 9th-11th. On September 15th & 16th is a furniture show. Also, on September 16th – 18th is the Mid-Ohio Alternative Animal and Bird Sale.

I am learning about the health benefits of Crushed Whole Cell Wheat #1 and #2. The grain gets crushed instead of ground and then the cell is not destroyed. The live nutrition is still intact. (The Ashery sells it.)

I will share a recipe I used to make bread using this product:

1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon yeast

½ tablespoon salt

½ tablespoon vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup oil

2¼ cup wheat #1

½ cup wheat #2

Combine all ingredients except wheat in mixer. Add wheat #1 and #2 and mix again until combined then knead on level 3 (on Bosch mixer) for 5-6 minutes. If dough does not clean the bowl add a little more wheat #1 while kneading. Let dough rest 10 minutes then form into a loaf and put into pan. Let rise until about double, approximately 20 minutes. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

I hope you all are having a good summer and I will close with a verse from Psalm 84:11

“For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

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