|the growing chicks|
We've been fortunate yet again to have a beautiful weekend. A bit humid today after morning showers, but all-in-all, it's been nice.
With the nice weather comes another busy weekend. Friday night we ended up mowing the grass at 8:30 p.m. which has resulted in too many mosquito bites to count. Yes, I should have used bug spray - I didn't even think of it.
We were able to revise the second outdoor coop's netting, which is what we use to keep the chickens in and the wildlife out. The first outdoor coop is covered with a metal roof so they have a place to go in the rain. The second outdoor coop, however, is for sun-bathing, which they enjoy regularly, so we wanted to protect them but not use anything opaque. A large bundle of tree netting became the perfect solution. J put up a rope system to hold it up and then stapled it to the wooden frame. The Coop Girls love it.
On a sad note, we lost Coop Girl Trudy Saturday night. She was one of the older girls and likely died of natural causes. When J went to put them in for the night he found her laying in the second outdoor coop, right where she'd been sunbathing an hour earlier. She's been buried with her sisters who passed before her.
The garden is doing well. We are getting loads of cucumbers and the squash is just beginning to appear every other day. I've had a bit of a struggle with beans this year which have always grown exceptionally well for us. I've planted 10 more plants for Fall harvest. I've also re-planted sugar snap peas for Fall harvest since our summer supply is just about over. I think I've finally harvested the last of the asparagus. I don't think it's ever lasted this long into summer before. The broccoli is getting close - maybe another week, the pepper plants are loaded with teeny tiny fruit and we began picking juicy red tomatoes on Friday. They are so delicious!!
We canned more blueberry jam on Saturday and I'll be making a Blueberry-Cream Cheese Tart tomorrow night with the last of the blueberry stash J picked. I'm hoping to can Pickles and Vanilla-Peaches next weekend but we'll see if we have time to do that. As soon as my carrots are ready I also want to try Carrot Cake Jam. I think it would be delicious stirred into yogurt or as a topping on a piece of grilled pound cake.
On the menu this week: Chicken A'La King with rice; Grilled Burgers with Potato Salad and Grilled Corn; BBQ Pork Chops with Orzo, Salad and Marinated Cucumber Slices; Grilled Trout with Rice and Sauteed Sugar Snaps; and Beef, Pasta & Mozzarella Bake with Salad.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Have you done any canning yet this summer?
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