Monday, July 11, 2011

A homegrown dinner and a homestead update...

While busy doing a bit of weeding in our garden last week, we discovered potato plants growing from last year's missed spuds. Free food! We steamed and served them for dinner with a freshly picked green salad and leftover chicken and gravy (made from one of last year's home grown chickens). What a treat to enjoy a meal made completely from foods we'd raised ourselves!

We also picked the last of our spring spinach which we added to a green salad and also used to make a chicken Alfredo pizza. :)

AnnaLynn picked a handful of peas (and then some)...

Our romaine is ready to be made into a delicious chicken Caesar salad. I love romaine. :)

Our green beans are coming along (finally)...

Something silly (just because some of the people around here are that way)...

Good morning, girls...

As you can see, we haven't yet combined our old and new flocks. Future plans include building fencing for a rotating pen system, but for now the older hens roam free enjoying a feast of greens while our new birds remain contained in the safety of our original chicken pen. Poor hens. We don't like the current set up, but it's what we've got. There are only so many hours in a day and dollars in the wallet...

Luna, our adopted kitty, always follows us down to the garden...

One day, Lord willing, these will be loaded with cucumbers...

And last, but not least, our strawberries are finally ready for eating! NOTHING compares to a freshly picked strawberry. :)

Thankfully, the netting we covered our strawberry patch with back in June did its job and kept the birds from devouring our berries!

Many thanks to God for His provision for us: Hands with which to work and land to cultivate. What a blessing it is to enjoy the fruits of our labor!
"Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart."
~Ecclesiastes 5:18-20


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  1. Anonymous7/11/2011

    Yum! When I was growing up my grandaddy always had a huge strawberry patch. I miss eating them straight from the garden!

  2. Shara - Thanks for stopping by! Your curry recipe looks delicious. Looks like you're enjoying your new kitchen! :) Blessings, ~Lisa

  3. What fun pictures, and how neat that you guys were able to make an entire meal from your garden/chickens!! I can't wait until we can have our own yard and some sort of garden. :)

    Luna is so cute in that picture, I was missing her last night! Such a naughty but cute kitty. Thank you guys for loving on her, I am so happy she has such a good home.

    love you all!

  4. Love you back! And just so you know, we truly enjoy having Luna here...she fits in and seems to enjoy the country life. :) ~L

  5. I so enjoyed this post! How wonderful to enjoy a meal from food you have raised and produced yourselves. And those strawberries look so juicy and lovely! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get round to comment, but thank you so much for sharing this post with The Weekend Roundup last week!


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