Friday, September 25, 2015
of chickens & tomatoes & fall...
Mild weather has been a blessing this week as the garden, in it's final days, is receiving a final go over. Yesterday's pickings included a handful of green beans and raspberries, three sub-par watermelons, a single pie pumpkin, a big bowl of tomatoes, several ears of corn, and, much to my delight, the very first jalapenos ever grown in our garden! Not bad. We still need to dig what remains of the carrots and potatoes, and then there's the apple tree that needs picking and a gazillion green tomatoes that need to be picked for indoor ripening -- it's just too cold at night for them now (this week we had lows of 40, 38, and even 34 degrees here in the foothills, and as an aside, you know that means the woodstove is back in business each morning).
Anticipating the first egg from our new flock of layers is an every day event...our old flock is producing only an egg or two each day which simply isn't enough for the four of us; Dan is not excited by the fact that I've had to buy eggs the past two weeks. One of these days Daniel's going to walk in the door announcing the first of this new flocks' offerings, and I can't wait. :)
Our turkey is huge! We've never raised one before and are looking forward to Thanksgiving...this guy (?) has just one week before moving into our freezer. I'm guessing he's 20 pounds or so; the thing is that he's just about too big to fit through the hen-house door. The other thing is that we don't need a 40 pound turkey!
Had to throw this one in just because it's fall which means piano lessons are back in session. We finally gave in and upgraded our piano which brought much happiness to my two awesome musicians! Of course, fall also means "back to school" which also means routine. Soups and stews are on the menu, I spent an entire morning reorganizing my recipe book for fall cooking inspiration and am eager for the tastes and aromas of the crockpot simmering in my kitchen.
PS: For anyone interested, here is my daughter's latest Scotland post -- her photography is incredible, so I hope you'll go take a look (and tell her hello if you do)!
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