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Weekend

August 07, 2011


Rain at last.
It's still oppressively humid, but at least we received some rain.
My garden is happy again.
The chickens, however, not so much.
They think this humidity thing is just getting down right ridiculous.
Poor things.
They received cantaloupe this morning, one of their favorites.  (not from the garden - not ready yet.  I broke down and bought some from a farm stand)  I thought it make take some of the anger away.
It did for a moment.
They came outside chattering up a storm but as soon as they saw that cantaloupe, a hush fell across the flock.
It was silent.
Made for a lovely morning.

It's been a "getting things done" kind of weekend.
Saturday we ran errands most of the day.
Did a little cleaning too.
Today I spent most of my time in the kitchen.

I've learned one lesson this weekend - Jay is not to peruse my King Arthur Flour catalog.
He decided I needed to make Monkey Bread today.   {Recipe here}
All because of that stupid catalog.
I was thinking a nice fruit dessert.
Nope.  The catalog is their Fall catalog, and therefore, no fruit desserts.
Monkey Bread I made.

I had a plethora of onions {not from my garden....yet} and no place for long-term storage, so I sliced them up and put them in the freezer.
Thin sliced for French Onion Soup and thicker sliced for Sausage/Peppers/Onions, Cheesesteak Sandwiches, pizza's, and other soups.
I had also purchased blueberries from the farmers' market, so I wanted to get the leftovers frozen.
Tonight I'm still working on Freezer and Refrigerator pickles.
I've got 26 cukes in my refrigerator.

I made Blueberry Scones to freeze.  A perfect treat on a busy morning - pull a couple out of the freezer, bake them for about 25 minutes, and fresh, yummy scones are served.
I made Blueberry-Yogurt Popsicles earlier in the week which were a great mid-day treat.
I'll post the recipe this week.
Super easy and very good.

My garden is still producing quite a bit.
I picked another large bowl of green beans today.
I've already got 13 bags packed away in the freezer.
I'm not so sure my winter squash will make it.
The squash bugs and striped cucumber beetles are a little out of hand.
I spent about 35 minutes on Friday killing squash bugs.
Yuck.

Laundry is caught up.
Dishes are done.
Cleaning the house and bathing Emerson and Jackson did not get completed.
Lucky them!

Now that Jay has finished the garden shed, he's on to the back deck expansion.
Always another project waiting in the wings, isn't there?
So that was our weekend.
How was yours?






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