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Friday, July 18, 2014

This Week in the Garden : July 18



Some day very soon I am going to be completely over run with beans. Green beans- have picked, have frozen, have eaten, will do it all again, and again, and again. Dried beans- it will be a long fall of picking and drying. The archway is perfectly filled in, just the place to play princess and guard. Teepee completely over taken. Only tiny creatures can crawl into it now (or a smaller sister if you can convince her to do it). Corn, beans, onions, potatoes, garlic all waiting to claim my time. Such a satisfying display of work already done, and work yet to come. But for today, I'm just going to soak in the accomplishment. 

That is my garden this week.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Happiness

 One little boy who just couldn't be happier, riding along to move fence with Grandaddy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Peace Making Popsicles

A friend turned us on to Peter Pan the book. Her son loves it. He sets a little scene with a pretend window, stuffs a pretend dagger in his pretend belt, dons a real hat, and very charmingly acts out his favorite scenes. My kids are just obsessed with the dinner scene ½ way through the book where the boys raise their hands at the table and say I complain of [insert lost boy of choice here]. For weeks they have been wresteling around the house shouting I complain of L.
I complain of J.
I complain of you!
No, I complain of YOU!!
This is very annoying, and no amount of yelling "go outside!" will stop it (imagine?), but I have discovered the remedy to such sibling disputes. Stuff a popsicle in each of their mouths.  Homemade from pureed fruit, so they can eat as many as it takes for the scuffles to be forgotten. We are limited only by freezer space, and I have a LOT of freezer space. 

These are a variation on my usual summer popsicle recipe, shown are strawberry/blueberry mixed together. We also made blueberry/cantaloupe. Yummers!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last of the Peas

Just when you thought pea picking would never end, it was 87 degrees and things came to a screeching, yellowing, starchy, crunchy halt. Not before the kids put by some peas of their own. Yes, I know my kids are in the PJs. What can I say, the garden is best in the morning. You know L has been up for a while because she has already styled her favorite nightgown with matching flip-flops (my kids NEVER wear shoes, so you know it's intentional) and pink daisy barrette. 
So as I was saying. I pronounce over breakfast that we've got to pick and freeze more peas before they loose their sweetness. The kids grab their sand buckets and head straight for the garden where they usually eat enough that the smallness of their buckets doesn't matter. But J is on a mission to pick... 
wash and spin
bag and label
...and shell as many peas as possible. He got all the steps (except the blanching), but who am I to fuss over details. 
They all eventually made it to the same place. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Simple Joy of Summer

If you're going to nap in the summertime, it should be under a clothesline tent with your cheek resting on a book. Hope your holiday includes a similar respite.