Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Homegrown

Thank you for all your comments, I am enjoying them immensely.  It looks like all topics are appreciated, which is nice to know.  I need to get some more quilting up here!  I'll have to actually finish some to do that, I guess.  In the meantime, here is our first ear of homegrown, big-enough-to-eat corn on the cob!  I'm thrilled that it's done so well, and it tasted great, too!  I was hoping we'd have enough for two meals, and it looks like we will.  Maybe next year we'll grow more. 

 

This year, the pumpkins have really taken over the garden.  I don't remember ever having this problem before.  I don't know if it is the new, sunnier location, or if it is this variety, which I've never grown before, but it is pretty agressive as you can kind of see in the below picture.  It's hard to get a good shot, I should try going up on the roof but I don't think I will!  

I was surprised how many people commented about the red sunflower.  I've had those seeds for a couple of years so if I was surprised myself, I forgot.  Every day I attempt to get a great picture of it but it's difficult.  I have very little control over the background since it is so far over my head, and then it is also hard to photograph because it is so dark!  I am hoping for some blooms a little lower down the stalk.  You can see my three sunflowers in the foreground, here, although the red one faces the sun, away from the camera, and all you can see is its leaves up high. 


I do remember how surprised I was to read about variations of rose plants.  New growth can be lime green, dark green, red, glossy or not, not to mention all the fragrances, colors, and so on.  I find lots of interesting things looking through catalogs, and if any of you want the red sunflower in your garden next year, I found this link for you.  I also like these pale ones and the Strawberry Blonde.

There are still two days left to comment on the give-away post and I'll wrap that up in a couple of days!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two Nuts and a Giveaway!

I can hardly keep from posting pictures every day from my garden, I just find it so amazing.  I don't know if this wonder will last me all the rest of my life but it seems like I have more every year I garden.  BFJ has finally gotten the gardening bug this year, maybe it is because he built the fence and is more invested than he has previously been.  Last night he told me, "This vine was here yesterday, and now it's here.  It's grown at least a foot!!"

One plant that I've been watching daily is this sunflower.  I planted several sunflower seeds, from at least two different packets, and I have three.  (Why don't they all grow?)  I knew this one was going to be red because the spines on all the leaves are purplish instead of green.  It's finally blooming!   



And here are two nuts.  Okay, not actually nuts, but acorn squash. 


When I was selecting squash plants for the garden, this was BFJ's request.  These two are surprisingly heavy, I wish I had a scale so I could measure them.  We are going to be roasting them! 


And now for the giveaway...

Thank you, all of you who've read my blog, shared my joys and some of my sorrows, and followed along my crafting and domestic journey!  Last month, I asked Christie of TinCup Arts if she would allow me to share some of her delicious Yarn Lover's Lotion, and she said yes. 



SO, if you're interested, I will select one random winner from the comments left on this post between now and next Wednesday, August 18th, to receive some Yarn Lover's Lotion and other goodies of my choosing.  Just tell me this:  what do you enjoy reading about the most on my blog?  Is it the gardening?  The knitting?  The sparse quilting content?  Maybe you just think I'm a funny writer.  Or perhaps you stop by for my gorgeous photography!  I'm curious to know what it is that makes you stop by. 

Oh, and and remember, if you post anonymously, I won't be able to track you down! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pickles and Peppers

These cucumbers are straight from the garden!  We have four cucumber plants; I am not sure if four is enough plants to have enough cucumbers at once for canning dill pickles.  Last year, someone gave me a bushel of smaller cucs, and maybe I need to get some at the farmer's market.  However, four plants is enough for refrigerator pickles!  Too bad I didn't measure them before I cut them up but I think the biggest ones were about 10".   


I am not really a pickle eater but I hear they are great. 


You can tell this is a fresh jar, the spices haven't settled yet!  I wish I'd had onions and peppers from my garden to use, as well.  I do have some onions that are doing well but I love onions and they are being saved for a Special Purpose. Perhaps some Awesome Potatoes.


I have one bell pepper and I'm waiting for it to turn yellow.  I have grown some sweet italian roasting peppers in the past, and have gotten some big ones, maybe 8", but they never turned red.  How long does that take???  I ended up picking them as I needed them and never had one turn.  So this year, I am trying to be patient and see if they actually turn.  Maybe those are magic peppers that I didn't buy. 
Besides the bell we have two pablanos and one Anaheim pepper plants.  We've picked several Anaheim this year; they're supposed to be red but they were touching the ground.  It's been my experience that fruit touching the ground is an invitation for slugs, and slugs make my skin crawl, so I prefer not to find them on my food.  We have a pablano that is turning black but I bought the plant with that pepper on it and it has not grown - not the plant OR the pepper.  It's been a month today!  I don't even like hot peppers but BFJ requested that I grow some.  I don't know what to do with them besides throwing them in pickles here and there... 


I'll leave you to glean any possible knowledge from the pepper ramblings.  In the meantime, here's the Refrigerator Pickle recipe:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canning salt
  • 1 1/3 tsp celery seed
  • 1 1/3 tsp turmeric
  • 1 1/3 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 green pepper roughly chopped
Combine and pour over sliced cucumbers in a gallon glass jar and refrigerate.

Well, I use several smaller jars because I don't have a gallon jar, and because they are easier to share that way!  If you want even more pickle recipes, check out this post


PS  I have posted over 250 blog posts, and been blogging for over two years.  I was going to catch that anniversary and have a give-away, but I missed it because I was too busy.  I think I'll have a give-away anyway!  What do you think?  Check back soon!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More on the Trail Hoodie

I can't tell you how hard it is sometimes to get great pictures of beautiful pieces.  Besides the lighting and background, it takes the right person wearing it.  Finally I found a local, willing and cute model to show you more of this sweater.  Thanks Doreen! 

Marly is still working on the pattern, I'll let you know when it's released!