fresh from the coop!





sugar snaps




squash planted with radish to deter squash bugs


freshly cut soap
Another busy weekend for us.  Although, most weekends feel busy once Spring arrives.  We've been wanting to do some work in the kitchen - minor things: paint, remove the radiator, move the refrigerator and box in the refrigerator with a partial wall.  We started the project on Friday with hopes of finishing it next weekend.  Removing the huge cast iron radiator was loads of fun.  Of course, I make that judgement as a bystander.  J was the one doing all the work, but after he had the thing taken apart I helped him load all the pieces into the truck and just the pieces were heavy.

Tourist season has officially arrived.  Friday night we wanted to go and get an ice cream in town.  For those of you that are local, we went to The Ice Cream Man's new location in Saratoga.  We should have gone the long way around the center of town but didn't and got stuck in the dinnertime traffic.  J had a nice time looking at all the motorcycles lining the streets though since Americade is up North this weekend.  Luckily, with everyone at dinner, there wasn't too bad of a line at the ice cream shoppe.  I'm not sure what was best - the ice cream or the people-watching.

The garden is coming into it's own.  There are huge changes everyday.  I actually took the photos above on Friday and today the plants are noticeably larger.  And we have a few almost red strawberries!!  Hooray!  Although the asparagus is slowing down, we are still averaging about 4 stalks a day.  Not bad.  My sunflowers have disappeared again.......  I'm going with a chipmunk or squirrel as the thief.  I'm trying to grow them for the chickens since they love them, but I'll have to try for a third time this week.

The blackberry bush we inherited isn't doing anything at all.  I'm hopeful that it's just in shock this year and will flourish next year.  We are planning to add one or two more garden beds - seems to be the theme for every year.  I think adding them slowly has been a good idea though.  It allows us to get what we have under our belt then figure out what we want to add for the next year.  Keeping up with the weeding is the most time consuming part of it.

On the menu this week:  Grilled Teriyaki Flank Steak with Smashed Baby Red Potatoes and Broccoli; Grilled Trout with Pineapple Salsa and Rice; Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs with Mac & Cheese and Salad; Chicken Peanut Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Potstickers and Grilled Asparagus; Grilled Rib Eye's with Cowboy Butter, Homefries and Asparagus; and Grilled Chicken Quarters with Baked Beans and Coleslaw.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!!

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Anonymous said...

Staci - Everything looks so fresh. The girls are adorable as always. Cheers to ice cream. Oh and the soap looks great too. xo Kim

Liz said...

Your garden is coming along nicely! But your soil sure looks different than ours here in Northern Illinois. I need to make a soap order soon!

daisy g said...

Can you tell I'm a fan when I can name all of your hens? ;0)

The garden is doing fantastically! You'll be eating so well. Can't wait to see that corn shoot up. Mind sharing what variety you grow?

Enjoy the sunny skies of summer (almost)!