The freezer is stuffed with tomatoes, soups, jams and vegetables.
My counter-top is filled with more squash and tomatoes.
The chard is growing fast and furiously.
I’ve combined them all in every way I can think of.
Now I’m working on the repeats…..
This was simple – slice and bake.
I used a yellow summer squash, 1 large yellow and 1 large red tomato.
Zucchini Tomato Bake
Total time: 50 minutes
- 1 medium summer squash / zucchini, thinly sliced
- 2 large garden fresh tomatoes, sliced paper-thin
- 4 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
- 3oz (90gr) feta, crumbled
- 2 tbs good olive oil
- Put 1 tbs olive oil in baking dish just large enough to hold everything.
- Layer half of the zucchini, then half of the parsley, half of the tomatoes and all of the feta.
- Repeat with remaining zucchini, parsley, and tomatoes.
- Drizzle remaining 1 tbs oil over top.
- Cover with foil and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 40 minutes.
- Serve from baking dish.
Once the ground floor was finished, or at least, mostly finished, mon mari turned his attention upstairs.
We had the stairs put in a year earlier, but, because there was no insulation the opening was covered up and the staircase blocked off.
We still used the old, original barn stairs and the little door at the top.
Just to refresh your memory, this is what the upstairs looked like when we bought the house:
It had been used as a sechoir, (tobacco drying shed) and for grain storage but when we bought it the floor was covered in insulation. I suppose the grain had served as the insulation when it was a working farm.
This is the ceiling mon mari had to work with. It’s a tiled roof…. Even though one can see daylight through the tiles it’s watertight. But no insulation at all – and quite breezy in winter.
The construction of the ceiling, with its wooden pegs, was fascinating.
The first thing that needed to be done was to get rid of the insulation.
We had windows installed, earlier, as well. Originally, there were just openings in the walls with removable wooden covers. It had been a sechoir, after all…. breezes were needed.
After the insulation was all hauled out and away, the wiring was done. That is one thing that is easier in an empty space before the floor is done. He also did the pipes for the radiators.
Then he started framing. Metal studs are used here. It may have been a big empty space, but the design had to be based on where the beams, posts and chimneys were.
He knew he wouldn’t be able to finish the entire upstairs in one summer so he framed and built enough walls that he could close off the area he wanted to work in over the winter.
And insulated it.
Which meant that we could use the stairs inside to get at all the boxes that were stored up there.
Next up: the master bathroom.