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Community Gardening

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I am so so grateful for a  kind neighbor, who unknowingly gave me the sweetest gift. He welcomed me to join the community garden. Now you should know, in our “neighborhood” planting (anything) brings out the deer; composting attracts the bears and a henhouse entices the foxes. I mean seriously, what’s a girl supposed to do up here?! Naturally I lay in bed one night during our first week in the mountains, next to adventure-hub & had myself a good cry, dumping all my fears, relevant & non on him. So when the neighbor, who I had just met, informed me of a community garden, I teared up & fought the urge to hug his neck. The kids & I spent most of this morning at the community garden…sheer joy, let me tell you. The scent of pine needles crunching under our feet was intoxicating. We picked sweet little yellow tomatoes, weeded the herb beds in the green house & planted 2 whole raised beds with lettuce, beets & carrots. Gayle is a fantastic high altitude gardner & photographer, who I hope to soak up loads of inspiration from. And her sweetheart, Phil is a 70 something year old attorney who works from his mountain home-office as he wages his war with Parkinsons. They are the perfects hosts (the garden is at their homestead). The kids had ice cream, we shared hot mugs of strong coffee over the weeds we pulled. And most importantly, had good conversation. Thank you Jesus for sunshine, dirt and people. Beautiful creations.

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Shooting doves

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Our latest family past time is sitting in the yard shooting doves. There have been so many flying in the evenings lately. We’ve even grilled them up for dinner with hot hush puppies, corn on the cob & mashed potatoes. I was unsure at first but once I tried it, I was a believer. It tasted better than a good steak! Luke was pretty pumped. “It doesn’t get any fresher than that!” He beamed in hunterly pride. He’s right.

Today in my kitchen

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Nothing makes me happier than a new batch of jam (my first go at raspberry jam) & several batches of bagels. Except maybe my new roman shades over my kitchen window that I snagged for $10 each at World Market. Thank you clearance rack!

Today in my kitchen…

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Walnut Maple syrup, in preparation for a weekend treat of home made peaches & cream shortbread with walnut maple drizzle. I did so much canning today, I could no longer stand by 5:30 pm, so dinner was at Wendy’s! How’s that for good  homemaking? 20 lbs of peaches canned & 8 little half pints of home made syrup = fast food dinner before our study at church. Can’t do it all right?

Pickin’ &Grinnin’

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This afternoon once the littles were down Elizabeth & I got a surge of energy & a sudden desire to be industrial. So we set out to gather sand cherries for jelly. Our domestic aura then attracted the young locals who wanted to join in on the fun. I’m sorry I forgot to take a pic of the final product but I figured you’ve all seen jelly before. And we rushed off for an afternoon/evening of girl fun. Luke stayed with all 5 kids!!! And fed them all bacon & eggs for dinner…super dad. Note to self: Luke can manage 5 kids quite well…hhhmmmm…. 😉

We have veggies!

Well, a radish. Or two. Does that count? My poor garden was pretty neglected for a few weeks there, but since I followed the simple methods of square foot gardening it doesn’t seem to have slowed us down too much. <This post and pics are a month or so old. I’ve had a few more veggies now, but this little radish guy grown from seed was a proud moment for me.>

A Popover afternoon

I became so inspired a week ago to get in the kitchen and whip up a few of the delicacies that my aunts blog about every day.  Here was my first venture. Let me just say…AMAZING. The recipe was so simple. It was the perfect starter to get in the mood for more kitchen creations. I was quite encouraged. Here’s Brenda’s recipe:

Popovers
Makes: 6 large popovers

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Honey or jelly

Melted butter in the ramekin first is the secret.

Freshy fresh

Amazing! I felt like super mom making this scrumptious treat for my little one's snack. The ultimate let down was Joss refusing to try hers & Trip sleeping past the puffy climax of his Popover.

The most beautiful kitchen help I could ever find.