First Harvest

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last time that we eat these leafy greens!

Last night was my first harvest from the garden this season, not including the herbs we’ve been snipping here and there.  Each year, lettuce is always one of the first things, if not the first thing, ready to harvest.  However, as exciting as my first harvest from the garden always is, this one happens to have something new, something other than just lettuce…

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Woodpile in June

Not a lot of firewood has been added to the pile since Woodpile in May.  However, that doesn’t mean that no firewood was made.

I made a quick mention in a previous post that my in-laws had sustained some storm damage towards the end of May.  The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend we went up to help them reclaim their yard.Read More »

Mom Came to Visit – Part 2

This past week my mom came to visit and we cooked up some exciting recipes.  What we cooked on Monday and Tuesday can be found on Mom Came to Visit – Part 1.

Wednesday Breakfast: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches.

No photo, no recipe.

The reason I’m including this:  We used those pretzel rolls we made on Tuesday to make bacon, egg, and Swiss cheese breakfast sandwiches!  I also tried the trick where you cook the eggs in a mason jar ring to keep them round – it worked!  Make sure you spray the rings with cooking spray first, and if you want to flip them you need to make sure they’re cooked almost all the way through then use a fork or something to lift off the ring before you flip.Read More »

Mom Came to Visit – Part 1

I’ve been largely absent from my blog this week because my mom came to visit!

My husband was out of town for work for 4 days.  So, my mom came to hang out with the kiddos and keep me from going crazy from 4 days without a break from them.  My dad and sister even spent a night after bringing her out.  All in all it was a fun week, and I didn’t lose my sanity, which is always a bonus.

I’ve been meaning to do another recipe post, and since we cooked up some fun stuff I’m going to share what we made.  I’m breaking it up into two parts so it doesn’t get too long and overwhelming.Read More »


I feel like I have nothing to talk about.  I feel like all we’ve done for the last two weeks is weeding.  But it is that time of year, so I’ll roll with it…

My priority this weekend was taking care of this garden that has been overrun with mint.  I’ll take the blame for this.  When we first moved in, this little patch was nothing but purple violets.  I ripped those out and planted chives, mint, and basil.  It looked really nice that first year.  Then the mint took over.  It probably wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t had the bright idea to plant both spearmint and peppermint.  If that minty mess was a monoculture I’d probably be more ok with it, but since I can’t tell which mint is which I can’t really do anything with it.

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When it Rains it Pours

When it rains it pours… through the leaky roof of the barn.  Ugh.  We’ve gotten a lot of heavy rain over the last few weeks, and either that’s just made the problem more noticeable or the problem is getting worse.  Monday morning my husband was out in the rain to get a couple of the cows in the barn for breeding that morning and informed me that we had a pretty good amount of water leaking into the barn and we’re going to have to do something about it sooner than later.  Ugh.  For the last few years, each time we’ve gotten a good wind we find at least a few shingles blown off the barn, so we knew this was in our future.  But still… Ugh.Read More »

A-Maize-Ing Progress!

As I look out on what used to be our pumpkin patch and see rows and rows of sweet corn, I can’t decide if I’m feeling excited or horrified.  It’s perhaps some of both.  I’m excited because we tried something new and the corn is performing rather well so far.  However, not too long from now I’m going to have to figure out what to do with the produce from 72 rows of sweet corn!

It was pretty hot the last couple days, and the corn loved it.  The temperatures moderated a bit today, so it was a great day to get out and do some work in the gardens!

My husband “weeded” the corn this morning.  The rows are the perfect width such that our tiller fits right in between them.  It really didn’t take him all that long to clean up the entire field.Read More »

All About Irises… and Cats

I mentioned in a previous post that I love irises!

I also love day lilies, but that’s for another post… in a month or so when they’re blooming.

We have five different irises.  The pale yellow ones are always the first to bloom (I don’t have any new photos of those), followed by the little purple and white ones.  One crazy thing I’ve noticed is that depending on where they’re planted, the purple and white ones will take on a completely different look!  In our back garden they are a vibrant purple with snow white, however in our front yard the purple is a more grayish purple, the yellow is much more pronounced, and the white is more of a pale lavender.  See for yourself!

Front yard:

Back yard:

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

I didn’t do much this past weekend.  Not for lack of motivation, but because my husband was working on the farm truck.  I believe it was new brakes, calipers, rotors, a new ignition switch, and some other stuff with the steering column.  So, I was too busy with the kiddos to get anything done in the gardens, but they really just need some light weeding.  A quick summary:  The corn and pumpkins are growing good and the vegetable garden is doing its thing.  The flowers are doing great and my favorite iris looks like it will be blooming later this week, so perhaps I’ll have some photos and a little more to talk about then.

However, on Sundays I watch NASCAR and bake things. Read More »