tomato, basil, mozzarella with balsamic and olive oil drizzle

my garden

plethora of beans

Trudy out foraging

bikes outside my local yarn store

class in session:  dust bathing 101

homemade ginger ale

a girl's best supervisor ever......Caity bug

The weekend was a blur.  I feel like I was able to accomplish quite a bit, particularly since I wasn't home for half of it.

The garden is doing well.  We are currently enjoying the last of the sugar snap peas {I've planted more for a Fall harvest}, lettuce, herbs, squash {tons of summer squash}, green beans {and tons of green beans}, cukes and very few tomatoes.  There are quite a few green ones on my plants, I'm just hoping the critters don't run off with all of them before they ripen.  The peppers, carrots, radish, beets, onions, broccoli, kohlrabi and potatoes are doing well, they just have a way to go.  The corn, eggplant, brussels sprouts, winter squash and melon have an even longer way to go.  The temp.'s are back up again, which means a lot of watering to be done.

Two of the baby chicks have left the coop to go with the friends we raised them for.  Mama Claire and the remainder seem to be ok.  Today, while we were working outside, the "big" girls were allowed to free range and Mama Claire and the babies took over the indoor and outdoor coop.  They absolutely loved it.  Mama Claire was trying to teach a dust bathing class but none of the chicks would pay attention.  Poor Claire.  She really tries.

I spent a good part of today in the kitchen.  I was able to put 4 bags of green beans in the freezer, then I made: 2 pints of refrigerator dill pickle chips, 1 pint of ginger ale syrup,  fresh salsa, and I still need to make blueberry jam, cilantro and jalapeno hummus, strawberry-chipotle bbq sauce and strawberry cake.

I tried to get the laundry and dish soap posts on last week but failed to do so.  I was at a conference for most of the week for work.  Luckily it was in town, however, I tried to find time to work as well as attend the conference so something had to give.  We were fortunate to have a handful of very good speakers this year, that spoke not just about work but about life in general.  I enjoyed it.  Isn't it funny how, many times, the things you need to hear are spoken?  This was true about last week - helping to put things in perspective and keep me on track to long-term goals.  While I was in town I also visited our local yarn store {photo above is the bicycles outside of their store}.  There's an instructor who teaches beginner's classes AND can teach a lefty.  Woo hoo!  I hope to make the time to take a class in the next week or two.

My house smells like a combination of blueberries and clean dogs, and my yard currently smells like star-gazer lilies.............I love it.

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!


daisy g said...

Your beans look yummy. What a lovely garden you have and so much room to grow!
Have you shared your ginger ale recipe?

Unknown said...

At least your yard is still green!! lol Would love to try the homemade ginger ale!

Meg said...

Those bikes are AWESOME! Yay for you going to learn! It is so true about hearing the things we need to hear at the right time.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Daisy and Sue - yes, the recipe is on my cooking blog. :-) Meg - I totally thought of you when I saw the bikes. I am really excited about learning to knit, I just have to remember to take the time to work on it. :-)