check out these beautiful clouds rolling in from the front of the house:
out back looked like this:
but very soon changed to this:
we have very beautiful clouds here! i love them!
woohoo - we got poop! have a gander:
that's 4-year old poop! we will be getting truckloads of this poop all autumn long, and amending all of our tires and beds - woohoo!
here's a nice, light way to start your day - a breakfast of pita chips, roasted in the oven with olive oil, garlic salt and onion salt, homemade salsa and homemade guacamole (which we call "gwawk-a-mole):
but if yer sending your man out to dig poop all morning, he needs some eggs, fried potatoes and fried balogna! yummeh!
remember a few weeks back when i cut all of my garlic scapes? we were intending to sautee them in butter (deelish!), but they were so pretty, i put them in a vase of water. well, look what they did:
they started forming bulbils and flowers!!!!
my friend Sue, has an excellent post up about growing your own garlic, harvesting it and curing it to use throughout the year. you can read her informative post here. she explains out all of the steps of growing your own garlic. we have grown garlic for years - we love homegrown garlic! but this year, i have been researching how to grow garlic from bulbils (which are just tiny cloves) and from true seed (which come from the flowers)! i will do a post in a few days about how to grow garlic from bulbils and true seed - it is very interesting - at least, i think it is!!!! i know that my friend Harry Flashman is waiting with baited breathe for such an exciting post - bahahahahahah!
here's a pic of my harvested garlic. jambaloney bought me that harvesting basket and i just love it!
here's the harvested garlic in the outdoor kitchen sink ready to be washed up!
here's the garlic drying on screens in the sun!
and here it is, all cured and tied together to go up into the pantry.
i am planting more garlic tomorrow - i will plant cloves, bulbils and seeds - it is very exciting - we love garlic! the harvested garlic will keep us in garlic until spring when we will harvest what we are planting tomorrow. we eat a lot of garlic!!! we love it!
here`s a yummy supper to feed a hard-working man after he`s been out all day doing chores, planning how to build cold-frames and sharpening the chainsaw:
local, spicey sausages, local strawberries, and homegrown tomatoes, green beans and swiss chard - yummeh!
both of us have had dyed-blue fingers and fingernails for over a week! it`s from all of the blueberries and blackberries that we have been picking and sorting! our friend D paid us for picking blueberries on his farm by giving us 20lbs of blueberries which is exactly enough to last us for a year! and his berries are the best!
once the berries are picked you have about 3 days to process them! so we spent the last few days processing our berries!
once the nasturtium flowers are dried, i crush them in a mortar and pestle and make nasturtium powder. add this to any food for a nice peppery zing!
want a delicious breakfast? how about some homegrown carrots and peas sauteed in a little bit of butter, with salt and pepper - deelish!
it's strawberry season here - so of course, jambaloney picked up a ton of fresh, local strawberries. we ate a ton but also dehydrated a ton!
we dehydrated some of our blueberries too!
strangely enough, no one was able to get any blackberries this year??? thank goodness we have a ton of them on our land - we love blackberries! and we have a ton of bushes just thriving on our land! have a gander:
we picked these the other day which only added to our blue, blueberry hands!
we leave them out on a screen all day so that any little bugs have a chance at getting away before we rinse them and freeze, or dehydrate, them.
we love berries. they are so good for you!
here's a little jar of winter candy. these dehydrated, local strawberries are soooo full of sugar. we'll eat these over the autumn and winter - we only need about 2 million more.
last up - here's a delicious dinner of homegrown carrots, green beans and swiss chard all sauteed in a little bit of butter.
it's been a busy week around here...our fingers are still blue. but it has been a very rewarding week as well. how has your week been?