Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Garden

Fall was in the air, the last few weeks. Not so much this week, I have to say! I planted peas, three types of lettuce, and spinach two weeks ago. I have been seeing pea-sprouting goodness the last few days! The lettuce should peek up soon.

Aren't they cute?

These are "Dwarf Gray Sugar Peas". I bought them from Azure Standard.

The package claims that they date back to before 1773. They are 24"-30" high and produce beautiful purple blossoms. They then turn into pale green pods that are stringless and fiber-free. NO STAKING REQUIRED! Plant 1" apart. They are ready to harvest in 59-65 days.

Don't they sound like the best? However, I did find this post about them...

Our tomatoes are going strong still, too.

We've got plenty of 'maters still, which is so nice for salads. We have 100's of green ones ripening, too. They make me happy!

I will be planting more lettuce and spinach, and maybe some radishes and green beans in the next few days. I am looking forward to freshly harvested greens again soon!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

TOH Score!

Look at what I found on Saturday! I went to the twice annual Friends of the Library sale in the next town over. Besides 87 childrens books, I found these. Taste of Home is the one magazine I had a subscription to and enjoyed. I have since let it go, but have kept all the issues. Now I have these! They are annual compilations of the magazines. At just $1 each, how could I pass them up? I am looking forward to a relaxing afternoon of browsing, menu planning and football. I am so excited for some new ideas!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fall Birthdays: Part One

My dear GirlofGod recently celebrated her 13th birthday! On the thirteenth birthday, in addition to hosting a sleepover, the birthday child gets to have a date with Dad and Mom. She chose to go miniature golfing and go cart driving. Isn't she beautiful?!

She golfs and drives pretty well, too. I was blessed to be able to play the role of passenger in the car. I was only a little white-knuckled.

This is my favorite picture of the day!

Happy birthday, Dear One!

Monday, September 6, 2010

BYC Update

This is the image that was used on the front page of our local newspaper.

Well, it's been a long, exciting few weeks. I have been researching, calling, speaking; we have appeared on local TV news and we've had two newspaper articles done, all about the issue of backyard chickens. My hens are still at my friends house. Several are still friendly-ish, some are stand-offish and one seems to have disappeared.

Tomorrow at 7 PM is the next city council meeting. Lots of folks will be there, all wearing yellow to support BYC, and several are going to speak. If you are a local reader, please consider yourself invited! I have also invited the TV station to come to the meeting. Please be praying for a good outcome and calm nerves!

ETA: Big Poultry wrote a letter pleading with the city not to allow backyard chickens. The council suddenly went from supportive and friendly to "NO!". I wonder what money changed hands or what threats were made behind the scenes?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Green Smoothie Face

Who can resist a green smoothie?

Not this Little Man!

Strawberry-Sbanana-Spinach-Spirulina-Smoothie to be exact.

They are simply the best!

According to this Troublemaker.


1 cup raw goat milk yogurt
1 cup raw milk
1 tsp spirulina powder
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/4 cup honey
big 'ol handful of spinach (about 2-3 cups)
1 ripe to overripe banana
water and ice

Blend and enjoy!