it's been another couple of really nice days around here and much is getting done!
now kids - get ready for it, make sure you are sitting down and have no liquid in your mouth, ok?
the dishwasher is finally back on the plastic-wrapped porch!!!! oh dear heavens...i am feeling faint with happiness and joy!
some of you already know that our kitchen is so small that 2 people can barely fit in it. and with all of the from-scratch, home-made cooking that we do - we dirty a lot of dishes in a day! having 3 bins on the porch to store dirty dishes until you have enough to run the dishwasher, and then carrying those 3 bins down to the basement through 4ft of snow just isn't fun. we try to make it fun. no, we really try. but it ISN'T. having the dishwasher back on the porch just causes so much joy for us (we're weird like that!). jambaloney disconnected all of the hosing and whatnot, climbed under the icky crawlspace and re-connected all of the hose and lugged that baby from the basement to the porch. he did it all in under an hour and we have been high-fiving each other for 2 straight days now. and fighting over who gets to bring the dirty coffee mug out and put it in the dishwasher WHICH IS NOW ON THE PORCH! only 4-5ft from the kitchen door. i tell you people, it's the little things that make life so awesome!
even tho it's been so nice out for the last 2 weeks, i have been on a soup-bender. i love soup. and make all of our soup from scratch using homemade bone broth. this is pureed butternut squash and homemade broth with cilantro and hemp hearts. oh and of course, homemade croutons. yummeh!
my absolute favourite soup is french onion soup. i make mine using homemade bone broth, caramelized onions, a big fat toasted homemade crouton, some mozzarella (or gruyere but i prefer mozzarella!) and some parsley. deelish!
jam was never a big soup fan but he worked in restaurants for years and ate their terrible soups. now he enjoys soup for dinner almost as much as me. but for supper you can always count on him wanting to grill up a steak.
served with homemade salsa and kimchi! or some liver, mushrooms, sauteed spinach with garlic and kimchi.
i hate to brag since i already bragged about getting the dishwasher out of the basement....but....we also set up our outdoor kitchen the other day! woohoo! you can wash 10 million cat plates a day using the outdoor kitchen...and we really do go through 10 million cat plates a day. check out our awesome set-up:
it's hard not to love life when you have all of these extra accroutrements....that jam found in the garbage - bahahahah!
we love homemade salsa around here and will eat it with every meal! soon, i'll be making it with our own fresh ingredients - woohoo! however, at least all of the greens came from our greenhouse - yummeh! nothing like fresh salad greens that you grow yourself!
in my previous post, i shared with you my faery garden. but i also do another "specific" garden called the medieval herber. both my faery garden and medieval garden i get from The Cottage Gardener in ontario. this year i will be able to collect and save enough seed to never have to order the seeds again.
make sure to enlarge the pics to know what traditional herbs were contained in a medieval herber.
here are my 2 medieval herbers soaking up the sun in the greenhouse. i will put them out on the deck sometime around the beginning of june.
hey - how about 56 tomatoe plants all successfully transplanted except for one little lost soldier. you can't see them all because the shelf at the back of the greenhouse is so big.
we wrap the big shelf up in plastic every evening to contain the heat and man is it working! i could never had the space to start this many tomatoes and have them at this size without the greenhouse!
and saving the best for last - all 160 potatoe seeds have been planted!
woohoo! woohoo! woohoo! i am doing the crazy dance right now! and heading off to start supper. it's been a long week and we are pretty happy with how well everything has been going. tomorrow night we are off to a special "chase the ace" and bingo game in our sister community in Fourchu and then sunday evening we are invited to supper by our super special brother and sister. we can't wait to meet up with them again.
i hope all of you have had a wonderful week and i hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.