After morning chores of feeding the pets and cleaning up after them, I came into the kitchen with a few prizes from the garden and realized that since Deb is busy on another eBay project, these veggies needed my attention. They could not wait either so.... I turned on a station called coffee shop rock, made a pot of coffee and started to work.
The yard-longs were the first to get cleaned and chopped into 1-2"pieces. After they were soaking in water I turned to the yellow squash. I planned to grill them then freeze them but my 'lazy bones' got me and I am now blanching them for regular freezing. Have to use a timer or I would get too wrapped up in writing and quickly make them soup.
I scooped them out and put in cold water, then put the green beans in that water and transferred the squash to the second cold bath. In between of course, I had to let a cat in, one out and give the some treats. Yeesh!
I drained and bagged the squash, then it was time to pull the beans out and put them in the first cold bath. To save water I threw some ice cubes in both baths and reused them. The original blanching water for squash and beans is now being used for 'kitchen sink' soup/stew. You can guess why I call it that. :-)
Since the mixed dry beans I used did not soak overnight, I am bringing it all to a simmer and will let it sit for a few hours. Chicken broth, carrots, quinoa, rice, fresh garlic. water chestnuts and I will go get some more beans and squash to throw in before it is done. Who knows what else will make it in there before sittin' time.
Deb and Mommie are now down in "my" kitchen so my coffee shop music is gone and special time is over. No worries, I can't take too much special time anyway.