Isn't this squash a beauty?? Shane, the world's cutest handyman, brought this over from his garden when he came by to put up my new mail box. He said that it was a Hubbard squash and that they were taking over his garden. I believe it!! Now, I love this kind of squash but I'm a little nervous about cutting it up. What do you use?? An ax?? A chainsaw?? I shouldn't have let him leave until he cut it up for me. Maybe I'll give him a call.
Anyway, I know that you will be happy to learn that I will no longer have to go dumpster diving at the post office for the weekly grocery ads. I've got my own mailbox now and couldn't be more thrilled, not to mention that I will save $56 a year, which is the cost of a post office box. And I will get mail delivery six days a week. Sweet.
The guy from Seattle and I did the monthly Costco trip on Saturday and there are a couple of things that I wanted to mention. The first thing is that Bandon Cheese sells for $4.99 for two and a half pounds at Costco, making it $2 a pound. This is the cheese that I grew up on since we lived 20 miles away from the cheese factory. It is a tasty medium cheddar which works for everything from grilled cheeses to macaroni and cheese casserole. The cheapest that I've found Tillamook is $5.99 for two pounds, making it $3 per pound, on sale. Give it a try.
The other thing is the Kirkland brand of tuna. I'm very finicky about tuna and just can't do Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea. I'm pretty sure that they are interchangeable with Friskie's. So I got hooked on the locally canned tuna which is very high quality but goes for close to $6 per can at Chimacum Corner. Then Miss KnowItAll brought over a can of Kirkland tuna for lunch one day and I thought it was just as good. This is a real savings. At Costco you get eight cans (8 oz each) for $14.99, making it $1.87 a can. If you like tuna, this is a good deal.
This was definitely eat out of the garden weekend. I roasted up veggies like crazy for pasta and then again for salmon dinner (thank you, Mr. CutiePie.) I thought it would be cool to make a list of what came out of the garden. I think sometimes we forget how valuable and tasty the food is from our gardens, so here is my list for this weekend:
2 pounds green beans
1 pound onions
1 pint pesto
1 pint blueberries
2 1/2 pounds potatoes
handful of Sungold cherry tomatoes
1 quart of blackberries
Shane is going to build me another 4 by 10 raised bed and help me get a raspberry bed established. Now that I am retired I find that I have a whole lot more time and desire for growing vegetables. So far, my only fruits are blueberries, blackberries and rhubarb. You really can't count the strawberry pot because I only get enough for my cereal a couple of times a month. And no chickens!!