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Lucky Rabbits

A few mornings ago, four rabbits hopped around the backyard, not afraid or worried about our dog, Lila. Lila was inside the house at the time, but I thought animals pick up the scent of dogs and stay away from their yards. Ha! These rabbits didn’t care about any smells from dogs, which there are very many of on our block.

The rabbits will scamper away, when Lila comes out to play!

The rabbits played so happily that I’m expecting to see many more hopping around our neighborhood in the near future. Did you know that one female rabbit can have four sets of babies in one season? The size of her litter can be between one to 15, with an average size of seven.

Last year, many rabbits visited our yard. They ate the zinnias, clematis, and the cone flowers. They ate the row of hostas from our neighbor’s yard, one plant at a time. Those hostas have been growing there untouched for many, many years. Every few days one plant would disappear. We wondered, along with our neighbors, why they were eating so much, especially of things they usually left untouched. We decided the drought made it hard for their other food sources to grow.

Some people might consider it a sign of good luck to see that many rabbits in their yard. Others think it’s bad for their gardens. If we’re lucky, much rain will fall to chase the drought away. But then there might be even more rabbits. 🤔

I think they’re cute, but to be safe, I might just buy hanging baskets this year.

Have you seen any rabbits lately?

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish blessing


Meet Basil

Spinach Tomato Feta Crustless Quiche

Basil and I met in May.  There wasn’t any fresh cut basil at the grocery store – so I bought the next best thing – a basil plant.  At the time, I thought I don’t really like basil that much, but I bought it anyway.  Basil lived in our kitchen in a cute little yellow-tin, watering pitcher that is stamped with “You are My Sunshine.”  It was important that I find Basil to make a dish that I had earlier that month at a friend’s house.  Easy Chicken Manicotti is definitely easy, because there is no need to pre-cook the noodles or the chicken.  Basil garnished the dish to make it look lovely.  

When the weather turned summery, Basil went to live outside.  I watered and fertilized Basil often, but sometimes I forgot to snip the leaves.  Suddenly, Basil was blossoming flowers, and I knew it was time to eat more.  There were green beans and tomatoes on hand. I searched the internet and found a delicious recipe called Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil, which is very flavorful.  I’ve made it several times, and there are rarely leftovers.

Soon the plant was overflowing again, and I realized I was beginning to like Basil more and more, especially when I smelled the fragrance, which is like no other.  I decided it was time to make pesto.  I found a pesto recipe that I used in the Pesto Penne with Chicken dish, which was also a big hit! 

Last week, packages of spinach and feta sat in the fridge waiting to be used.  I found another tasty recipe for Spinach Tomato Feta Crustless Quiche (pictured above and made by me).  The recipe indicates that it’s optional to garnish this dish with Basil, and I did.

With cooler temperatures making an appearance, I wonder if Basil will be okay living back in the kitchen.  Meeting Basil helped me to find a lot of scrumptious recipes.  You should give one or all of them a try.  If you do, let me know what you think. 🙂