Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Days


Wow, do the summer days pass faster than I can keep track of. It seems like we have been so busy. Truckin' Man has been working his crazy hours, which is what he needs to do now with the heavy haul trucking. Lots of hours in the summer, means the winters are quiet. Which also means he isn't around quite as much to help with the little stuff right now.

In looking at the pictures from my last blog post of the garden, and what I saw out there today, I can tell we haven't been keeping up on the weeding again. I have been out there though, but my time is spent picking the vegetables now. I haven't canned anything yet, but have been freezing plenty. Let's see... Broccoli, green beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower, cilantro, and cabbage. I am trying some new methods of freezing some of the vegetables, like cabbage. I've frozen cabbage before, and not been to impressed with it later. If my methods are successful this time, I'll share them with you. 

The chickens are making more eggs than I can keep up with. And my egg prices can't compete with the sales going on in the stores, so I am not selling many. That has led me to try some methods of freezing eggs I have read about. I did taste test one batch already to make sure I wasn't wasting my time, and it passed my test. So, onward to freezing more eggs!

Ok, enough about what I have been doing and on to some pictures! Honestly, I took these about 2 weeks ago, so they are a little dated already.

 My first time raising jalapenos, so I am super proud of this pepper! 
I have already learned that these have a bit more kick to them than the ones you buy in the store. Ooops!

It was really hard to capture in the photo, but the top of this onion was variegated.
I've never seen that on an onion before. Have you?

Tomatoes are growing. But even as of today, I am not seeing any red ones out there.

Look at that corn. It certainly surpassed the old "Knee high by the 4th of July" 

I have a couple recipes lined up to be coming your way soon. 
I think you will be happy with them!


  1. It sounds like your freezer is going to be full! The garden is looking great. It is amazing how much work they take. It is worth it, but it is especially hard in the heat!

    1. Freezer will be full for sure, just trying to keep it organized!
      Hoping you stayed cool this past week :)

  2. Summer has been so slow here in the PNW! It barely got to 80 today! Glad to see yours is flying by with excellent progress! Glad you've sorted out your egg dilemma. Keep on truckin lady friend!

    1. Most of our summer has been in the 80's, but this past week it has exceeded that in temperature by far!

  3. YAY for your first jalapeno and you'll find they are WAY hotter homegrown (at least mine our)! You are going to have quite the harvest my friend! xo

  4. I just harvested a couple of cucumbers and some pepperoncini...but tomatoes are still GREEN. I look forward to your recipes, Kris.

  5. i'm doing lots of freezing too, especially since we finally got an extra freezer! we got our first ripe tomato a couple of days ago, and boy was it good! :)
    my mom has 5 ducks that put out more eggs than she can use and she would be curious as to your freezing method--i'll be looking for that later!!

  6. Hi,
    Everything looks and sounds good. :-)
    When you freeze cabbage, what do you make with it later?

    1. It is supposed to be good for adding to hot dishes or soups. Mixed comments on results as a simple fried cabbage dish. I will be thrilled if it works well in an "unstuffed cabbage roll" dish.

  7. I am so envious of your garden, Kris! Everything looks like it's coming along beautifully! I'd buy your fresh eggs every day! And that corn! Wow! Can't wait to see the recipes coming forth from that haul! I love your photos of your farm....thanks for sharing them! :)