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June 28, 2015

Happy Sunday!  If you live in this area of the world, you know these photos were definitely NOT taken today.  Nope.  Today was dark, rainy and a bit chilly.  I'm going to be honest.  I don't mind the cooler temps, even if it means having a rainy day.  Mid-summer is usually hot and humid and, well, I'm ok with the unexpected break.  The dogs, however, are not thrilled.  Neither are the chickens.

Saturday was spent making product for Sunday's market and for back stock.  We spend the day through about 3 making product and then the rest of the evening is usually packaging everything.

As you saw from the post before, we have a quarterly online magazine.  Woo hoo!!  I learned such a tremendous amount while putting it together and am very much looking forward to the next issue which should be out the end of September.

Our chickens we are raising for meat are now going on 6 weeks old.  Our last batch was ready for processing at 6 weeks.  This batch seems to be a bit slower in growing, so we'll wait one more week.  For more information on raising chickens for meat, you can visit my post here.

The Coop Girls are doing very well, although if you ask them, they would like more treats please.  They love to sit on their outdoor roost and chant at me as I enter the garden area.  They are convinced I grow the veggies and fruit just for them.  They do not forget anything when it comes to food.  They're kind of like dogs in that way.  They get goodies from the garden and, because they remember that, they assume everything should come their way.

This morning J had brought the Coop Girls some leftover potato salad.  When he came back up to the house, he left the empty dish on the back deck while he went to take care of the meat birds.  As he was walking back up to the deck, this little red squirrel who has been obsessed with our backyard, was upside down in the dish.  J surprised him, so he popped up out of the dish, and when he did J saw mayonnaise and eggs all over his little face.  He ran off and sat on our stone wall cleaning himself up.  J came in laughing, told me what had happened, and we sat and waited for him to return.  Sure enough, seconds later he was back up in the bowl, upside down and happily licking the bowl clean.

The garden is growing and growing.  Tomatoes are getting close to ripening, beans and cukes are growing, the squash plants are getting huge and I'm about ready to harvest eggplant and peppers.  I cannot wait to make the first BLT with homegrown fresh tomatoes and my favorite bacon from the Fresh Market.  There's nothing better than shopping in your backyard.

On the menu this week:  Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken Breast with Honey-Butter Corn; Juicy Lucy Burgers with Onion Rings and Green Salad; BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Asparagus and Rice; Shrimp Ceviche Fajitas with Corn, Avocado & Cilantro Salad; and Teriyaki Sirloin Tips with Zucchini Chips and Potato Wedges.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend too!

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