asian pear bloom

asian pear bloom

garden shed


bat on the side of the barn

homemade bbq sauce




Asparagus is here!!  Asparagus is here!!  It has finally peeked it's head above ground and we should be enjoying it by the end of the week.  There's nothing better in spring than the taste of freshly picked asparagus - broiled, grilled, or lightly boiled and drizzled with butter, it's all delicious.

Saturday evening Jay came in from locking up the coop girls and said "do you want to see something?"  I've learned in my 15 years of marriage to not immediately say "sure" but, instead, to ask "what is it?"  This way I'm prepared for what I'm going to be looking at.  In the past this question has lead to me viewing things such as snakes, toads, odd looking chicken poop, a baby bird learning to fly and a woodchuck devouring my garden.  "A bat" was the response.  "Is he flying around?" was my response, trying to determine if I should look from the window or actually follow him outside.  "No, he's on the siding - just come and see" my husband insisted.  You can see from the photo above, he was sleeping on the barn siding.  Not tucked away in the trim or under a shutter, but right on the siding.  Very strange.

Earlier Saturday was also eventful when I caught a beer can chicken on fire.  I have cooked many a beer can chicken and have never had one catch on fire before but I had flames shooting out everywhere.  It was burnt to a crisp.  Thankfully, my mom convinced me to pull off the charred skin, put it in a pan with a little melted butter and seasoning, cover it with foil and finish it in the oven.  It was fantastic!  Who would have thought such a mess could taste good?

It was a beautiful weekend again, with temps in the mid-70's.  Sunday I was able to get my entire garden prepped and quite a few things planted.  I'm waiting on the plants and seeds that need consistent warmth, just in case we have any more frost at night.  I've been hanging the clothes out on the line every wash day for about two weeks.  I just love the fresh smell!  For those of you who don't like hanging your clothing out because of the feel of them once dried, I've found putting the wet clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes and then hanging them takes away a lot of the stiffness.

My two Asian Pear trees are looking great this year.  I have high hopes we may get fruit from them.  Both of us absolutely love this fruit and could eat them everyday if they weren't so expensive in the stores.  I planted two semi-dwarf trees two years ago with the hopes that they would bear fruit in 2-3 years so, fingers-crossed, this could be the year.  I had also planted two paw-paw trees but only one has made it so I'll be ordering another and planting it this fall.  I'm thinking of planting more blueberry bushes this year in front of the garden shed as well.

Tonight I'm making pork chops on the grill with homemade Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce {our favorite}, green salad with homemade honey-mustard dressing, and oven-baked risotto.  I have leftover Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for dessert.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Sunday!


Our Neck of the Woods said...

That's strange how the bat is hanging on your barn! My husband wants to build a bat house but hasn't gotten around to it yet.

That BBQ sauce sounds really good! The label is so cute, too :) Love all the animal photos of course haha. Hope you guys do get some asian pears this year. They are so yummy!

daisy g said...

Your photos, as always, are stunning.
What a wonderfully, cozy and warm homestead you have. We LOVE our clothesline! Nothing like enjoying the sunshine on your back and knowing that you are letting Mother Nature do most of the work.
Hope you enjoy your Monday!

Jo's World said...

I love my clothesline too, but right now the ground is still to squishy for me, another week of dry up will fix it.

Do you have a recipe you'd share for the Strawberry BBQ sauce? It sounds just wonderful.


Jo in MN

Anonymous said...

What an eventful weekend! Good save on the beer can chicken. I absolutely love your garden shed. Bats... not so much. You actually had warmer weather than we did this weekend. Low 60's here, and now we're due a couple of days of rain...feels like I'm cutting grass every 5 minutes!

Liz said...

We have quite a few bats swarming over the pond on summer nights, but I have never found one sleeping like that. Your bbq sauce looks wonderful! I will have to remember it when the strawberries get ready. Yum, asparagus!

Jo's World said...

I found your recipe collection and the Strawberry BBQ sauce. I am eager to try it!

Now I am going to look through the rest of your recipes, thanks for being so generous with them.

Jo in MN

Meg said...

Gorgeous pictures! What a funny little bat, just sitting out in the open like that. He's very cute though. The beer can chicken sounds delicious - then again anything smothered in butter sounds delicious! Haha!

Amber said...

Staci - I LOVE your garden shed! It's so cute! And I'm going to click the link to check out the Strawberry Chipotle BBQ sauce!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Tammy! I've thought about a bat house but maybe we don't need one after all!

Daisy, thank you. Yes, it is in fact wonderful to let mother nature do her work. :)

Jo - happy you found the BBQ sauce. I hope you like it!

Liz, thank you. Yes, it is almost strawberry season and I can't wait!

Meg,yes he is very cute but it's a little creepy having him hang on the siding like that.

Amber, thank you. My husband built it for me and I absolutely love it. I hope you like the BBQ sauce!