The long, wonderful weekend has come to an end.
Saturday was filled with working around the house.
Jay almost finished my garden shed.
Whoo hoo!
It needs to be painted a final coat and he needs to hang my shelving.
I hope to be using it soon.

My garden is bursting.
I love it.
Lettuce is ready, radishes are coming along, peas are plump, cucumber, potato and squash plants are like leafy giants and melons are flowering.
Can't wait.

Jackson is doing great.
He has found his place in the pecking order.
I've taken to calling him pigpen.
He has such a laid back personality, that he doesn't care if Oliver stands on him while licking him, Cait hisses at him while he plays, and he certainly doesn't care if he tips the cat food bowl over {constantly} or scratches litter all over the floor.
"Oh well", he says, and walks away.

I'm very excited about a farm tour we're going on later in the month.
Have you read the book "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball?
Well she and her husband have a farm in upstate {way upstate} New York and they're offering tours on July 23rd.
I can't wait!
Even Jay is excited.
The have a CSA that offers much more than vegetables, they offer meat, eggs, dairy, and grains as well.
A CSA Grocery Store!

Another exciting farm trip we have planned is on Labor Day weekend.
Jenna Woginrich, author of "Made From Scratch" and "Chick Days" also has a farm in upstate New York, and is offering an all-day class "Sheep 101" Labor Day Weekend.
If you're interested, you can go to her farm blog:  Cold Antler Farm.

Back to the weekend.
Sunday we had friends over then went to my Mother's house to watch fireworks.
I made Beer Can Chicken for dinner.
Have you ever made that on the grill?
It's so moist and juicy.
I make my own rub, which I use on all meats that I grill, the recipe is:  3/4c. Chili Powder, 1/2c. Brown Sugar, 1/2 T. Salt, 1/2 T. pepper, 1t. Cumin, and 1t. Garlic Salt.  Mix it all together and keep it in a jar to rub on beef, pork or chicken.

It was a hot weekend so I did minimal baking, but I did manage to pull off both a Blueberry Pie and a Peanut Butter Pie.
Love the Peanut Butter Pie in summer since it's refrigerated.
We also grilled peaches and pineapple on the grill.
So refreshing.
Are there desserts you make specifically in the summer?

On a quick side note, today I received a beautiful little gift in the mail from my sister-in-law.
She made dish cloths and I LOVE them {pictured above}.
They are so soft.
Thanks Kim!!

She may have to make Jay his own.
He's trying to steal them.  :-)
Too bad he's not trying to steal them because he wants to do the dishes.

That was our weekend, how was yours?


texwisgirl said...

love those kitties!!!

mountain mama said...

sounds like a great weekend indeed! glad ur shed is almost done and your garden sounds divine!

tami said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. I'll have to try your rub! I made chocolate cup cakes that I freeze, they store so well. Put them in the microwave for 30sec-1min and they come out fresh out of the oven warm. Slap some icing on them. Freezing cupcakes and cookies has worked out relly well around my house so we don't have waste. Give Jackson a belly rub from me (if he'll let you;)

Rural Revival said...

Staci...you're going to Kristin's and Jenna's farms???!!!! Oh am I ever envious! : ) I hope you'll return with full reports including many photos! Pretty please? ; )


Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Tami - I freeze cookie dough but haven't yet put the cookies in the freezer. Thanks Texwis Girl and Mountain Mama! Andrea, I'm so glad you're excited about my farm visits. I think we'll have a great time. I will definitely take photos and post about it!!

Dianne said...

Lovely post! I will have to try that rub recipe. I like to have recipes mixed up and ready to use like that. Thanks for sharing.

Seven Gates Farm said...

We have annual farm tours in the spring here the part of N.C. where I live. Its such a great opportunity to vist the CSA's and growers who really do it right. They show you around, answer questions. I go every year. I always take notes. You will have a great time. Take your camera. Its so much fun. Debi