Peach and Rat Season

peaches1Three years ago we bought the house in the city with a yard slightly bigger than a postage stamp.  We moved in at the middle of August and on the third day while I was cleaning a paint tray in the kitchen sink I looked out the window and saw a rat.  A huge ugly long-tailed rat sitting on the kitchen window sill.  I freaked out, completely.  After calling my husband to observe the rat, I called the real estate agent and demanded that he get the compost bin out of the yard.  Sorry about that Brad.  There was no way I was going anywhere near the compost bin to find out what was living in it. When the real estate agent did get the compost bin removed we learned that it was yard waste only.

We also learned that we had a peach tree with rotting fruit which had attracted the rat.  How is it possible that we bought a house with a postage stamp sized yard without realizing that there was a mature peach tree and two plum trees.  Well I don’t want to say that I am completely oblivious so I will tell you that we bought the house in April before any of the tree’s flowered, and the trees are on a strip of land about 3 feet wide at the side of the house, the opposite side from the front door.  Or I was so concerned with the interior I couldn’t give a rats ass about the plants, trees and bushes.  All are true.  I now give a rats ass about the trees because I have no desire to see a rats ass ever again.

So it’s mid July and the peaches are ready.  I have picked them, cleaned them and turned them into a fantastic peach bread.  The recipe is below if you happen to have a peach tree and a desire to keep rats away.



1 1/2 cups of flourIMG_20140723_212227

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon (or as little as you like)

2 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup chopped almonds or other nut

1 1/4 cup chopped peaches


Preheat the over to 350 degrees.  Blend the eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla until well beaten.  Mix the flour, salt, sugars, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in 2 parts mixing throughly.  Add the peaches, and mix until they are dissolved into the mixture.  Add the almonds.  Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and pour in the mixture.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.

2 thoughts on “Peach and Rat Season

  1. spaleksic June 28, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Reblogged this on and commented:

    It’s that time of year again, the peaches are almost ready. I better not see any rats!


  2. Holley July 14, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely
    off topic but I had to tell someone!


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