Woodpile in July

Well, it’s almost the end of July, and I’m happy to report that more wood has finally made it to the woodpile!

It was hot this past weekend, but for the two weekends prior my husband was out with the tractor and chainsaw and made some great progress!  First off, all the wood from the ash tree that was just hanging out in the backyard in June has been cut, split, and added to the pile.  That amounted to about two face cords in and of itself!  He also got a lot of the oak chunks that had been lying on the ground near the log pile split up and hauled over to the woodpile.Read More »

My Hemerocallis Habit

About a month ago when I told you about all my irises (and cats) I promised I would show you all my lilies, we just had to wait for them to bloom.  Well that time has come, so here we go!

Here’s the funny thing… we spent a few years desperately trying to eradicate a large patch of orange day lilies that was growing in our yard when we bought the house.  A few lilies here and there are one thing… a 10 foot by 20 foot patch of solid day lilies in the middle of the yard, no thank you.  Thus began my hated of day lilies. You know what works to kill them?  Not much.  It took a few applications of Roundup along with tilling up the patch a couple times to finally get rid of them for good.

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One Vengeful Zucchini

In a previous post about two weeks ago I told you I had replanted my zucchini three times only to have my husband till it up after the last planting then dump a bunch of manure on top of that spot.  Well, this past weekend I was out in the garden and I noticed that one of the plants had sprouted!

Zucchini, of course, have the reputation of being prolific.  I’m a bit worried to see how this one produces after having been tilled up and having manure dumped on it… it is going to be ready for some payback!  Bear in mind it is also growing in a pile of manure.  It is certainly wasting no time… this photo was taken on Sunday:

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Kale Powder

Due to my abundant crop of kale, I’ve begun making kale-infused smoothies for breakfast.  I always wanted to get into smoothies, but the idea of hauling out the blender and all the cleanup that entailed wasn’t appealing to me.  Suddenly, this past weekend I remembered the Magic Bullet set we got for our wedding and pulled that out.  I’m pretty much obsessed with that thing now.  I’ve literally been blending my iced coffee just because I can.

Yesterday morning as I was blending my smoothie, I was thinking about what I could do to preserve my kale to continue adding it to my smoothies long after the growing season is over.  I would never buy kale.  Maybe our small-town grocery store is a bad example, but I checked the price last time I was at the store… ouch!  I thought for a minute about freezing my kale into kale cubes, but between beef and milk (for the baby) we don’t have much freezer space.  As it turns out, the obvious solution was on the shelf right next to me – my dehydrator!Read More »

The Mid-July Garden

It’s that time of year in the garden where everything is starting to take off like crazy and the onslaught of vegetables is becoming more and more imminent.  The proverbial “calm before the storm.” I don’t have a lot to say right now, but I do have a few things to show you.

Our corn started to tassel earlier this week, and now the tassels are abundant and the corn is starting to silk.

The calendar shows this early corn should be ready in about two weeks, with the next batch maturing only a week after that.  We’ll see shortly how our venture in to sweet corn turns out!Read More »

Sausage and Cheese Egg Bake

This was breakfast this morning.

I don’t often make egg bake, but every time I do I always ask myself why I don’t make more egg bakes.  Maybe it’s because my grandma always made them for Easter brunch and they seem too fancy for just any weekend breakfast.  In fact, the first time I ever made an egg bake was for Easter brunch at my house last year.  An egg bake is a great recipe to have in your repertoire because it is quick and easy to put together.  The ingredients are inexpensive, so you don’t need to wait for a special occasion, yet it is still fancy enough to serve to guests for breakfast or brunch.Read More »