Archive for August, 2010

I ain’t afraid of no egg recall

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Apparently I’m more out of touch than even I had realized; my mom just sent me an email about an egg recall due to a salmonella outbreak all over the country. I’d had no idea. But guess what! We got our first egg on Friday, and our second today! Woo-hoo! Two little round light-brown orbs […]

Love the squishy

Friday, August 20th, 2010

While Grandma Kathy was here, we noticed that Sofía’s Christmas & Easter play-dohs were finally becoming too stiff to be useable. It didn’t even stick to itself any more. Rather than playing with it herself, for a long time when “we” played with it she would just ask me to make stuff for her – […]

Lacto pickles

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

With the recent success of the cucumbers in the garden, I decided to try my hand at making some lacto-fermented pickles. It’s a really old technique for preserving food by using the activity of beneficial bacteria, and you are probably most familiar with its products in sauerkraut and kimchi. But you can make lots of […]


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

There are a couple things that have survived the bug onslaught in the garden: namely, basil and marigolds. I harvested 3 1/2 pounds of basil yesterday! Pounds! Plus a lovely farmhouse bouquet that makes the kitchen immeasurably cheerier. All that basil rendered about a gallon bag full of puree-cubes (about 40) along with this generous […]


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I don’t know why on earth the urge would strike me to make limoncello in the middle of summer – not only are lemons not local, but they’re not even in season! Maybe it’s all the lemonade everywhere, the lemon sorbet, the goodness of frosty citrus sherbets and cool lemon tarts in the heat of […]


Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

These are them. I told you they were a plague. I used up the two half bottles of organic spray that I had left from my other garden – no telling if, after a summer in a hot shed, they are at all effective any more. I didn’t make it to the farm store today, […]

Garden Despair

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I hope y’all don’t mind my being a little Debbie Downer here – I know that I appreciate it a great deal when the other bloggers I read share both good and bad parts of their homesteading efforts. It’s not all easy, ya know? And because suffering loves company, I need to hear every so […]

Already a teenager

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This morning I woke up and went in to see Sofía in her room. She was down from her crib because she’d already had breakfast with grandma Kathy, and guess what that child said to me? “No, Mommy, No! No going in my room!” And then she stood there and swung the door shut in […]

Bee checkup, August 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This is my last post for the weekend – like I said, Josh and I are going on a little mini-vacation. So I leave you with: BEES! I went out to check on my hive this afternoon. It looked promising: much more activity all around, bees up in the super when I cracked the top […]

Peaches for winter

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Yesterday, with Grandma Kathy’s help, I canned 35 pounds of our pick-your-own peaches (with 10 lbs left for fresh eating) and 10 pounds of blackberries (with another 6 flash-frozen and bagged for winter desserts or smoothies). Slicing and peeling all those peaches generated a lot of juice – and I was smart this year, I […]