The good news is we’ve gotten lots of wonderful rain, mixed in with some lightening, thunder and strong winds. Tuesday night the wind forced over a dead pine tree in the grove, thankfully missing the chicken coop.
I’ve settled into a busy summer routine that’s tied to my responsibilities in the garden, blogging, taking care of Nathan, and the regular chores. It’s salad season, and the garden is chock full of delicious greens! The spinach is mostly done and handing the baton off to the romaine and lettuce. I add a few baby kale leaves and beet tops to a salad to give it a punch of nutrition and texture! I can’t count how many ways we’ve had salad, and none of us are sick of it yet! The salad mix is so delicate, light and mild, while the romaine is a nice crisp, crunchy texture. A friend gave me the idea of eating tuna salad on a bed of romaine, and then I topped it with more of that cilantro lime dressing, because you just can’t have too much of that!!
The rooster is on the menu plan for the week in the form of The Ultimate Asian Chopped Chicken Salad. Earlier in the week I made baked beans from scratch and we inhaled them. Last year we let a row of Dragon’s Tongue, a Dutch heirloom wax bean, go to seed as hard beans, and they replaced the traditional navy beans. They were just slightly sweet, with a hint of spice and the flavors marinated so well after 8 hours of low, slow cooking in the oven. Yum! What can I say? We eat well around here, especially during garden season!
Nathan has persisted in his efforts with the cat and this week I’m calling her tamed! Nathan would always chase her, but now she will allow us to pet her, and her four kittens. Three are black and one orange. The cat stopped moving them around so much too, and so now they live in the hay on the backside of the machine shed, adjacent to the goat pen.
Sunday we had both grandparents over for a cookout and Nathan was overwhelmed with love and laughter. He could not have been happier! The advancement in his comprehension to my instructions and his adventurous spirit keep things lively out here in the country. He pretends to eat weeds and grass just to see my reaction. This morning we picked a few asparagus that are left before I had to catch a few kids that slipped through the metal fencing. I came back to Nathan carrying around the asparagus like a magic wand in each hand, munching away, and then ran off to follow the cat green dripping out his mouth, while I started weeding some sweet corn and picked snap peas.
For the next two weeks we have swimming lessons in the evening. Dan meets us in Luverne after work, and it is clear that Nathan is going to love it! He doesn’t mind his head getting wet, is happy to put his face in the water and floats on his back like a pro. Who taught him this stuff?!
And that’s the news from this it’s-salad-season week on the farm!