At the end of another day, I took some time to sit and enjoy all my hard work. After putting up two new hummingbird feeders, I sat in the arbor. Within a couple of minutes, I had a visitor. Another couple of minutes, there were two of them, fighting so much that neither got to drink. I think sometimes that’s like a lot of people. Too busy trying to keep others from being happy to have the time to find their own happiness. But it did give me some real enjoyment to watch those silly little twittering birds going at it.
I don’t think I’m winning my war against the squirrels. Seems that for each one I trap and get rid of, two more move into the garden. So far today, it’s me 0 tomatoes, squirrels 6 wasted, partially eaten fruits. Tomorrow is another day, and I’m determined to outwit them. I’m putting up bird netting. It will probably take them at least 10 minutes to figure that out!
At least I have gotten some sun dried tomatoes in the freezer before the squirrels got them all. Here’s a great bruschetta recipe. The price of the sun dried tomatoes encouraged me to dry my own.
Two Tomato Bruschetta Makes 4-5 servings, 2 slices per person Prep time: 10 min. Bake time 350 degrees for 5 minutes Ingredients
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese with tomato and basil
1/3 cup dried tomatoes (not oil packed), chopped
2 Tbsp snipped fresh basil 2 Tbsp. snipped fresh Itlaian (flat leaf) parsley
2Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 8-10 slices whole grain baguette (about 1/2 inch thick) 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, combine feta cheese, dried tomatoes, basil, and parsley. Set aside.
2. In another small bowl, stir together oil, garlic, and pepper. Brush oil mixture evenly over bread slices. Place bread slices on a large baking sheet. Bake about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven.
3. Top with tomato slices. Spoon feta cheese mixture on top of tomato slices.
4. Serve immediately, or broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted.