“It’s so nice out!” It’s what we’ve all been saying, now that the blizzard has passed and the weather has “warmed up” to above 30F! The sun is shining and the ice is melting, making it seem so warm compared to those cold January days of below zero.
The past few days Nathan and I have gone outside during Natalie’s afternoon nap to collect eggs, get the mail and play with the cats. The chickens are showing signs of spring too, as the amount of daylight is increasing, which means we went from getting 6 eggs a day to the 19 I collected yesterday. I am anxious to be able to get outside and go for a walk, to try to work off that double chin I seem to have developed during pregnancy!
The onion seedlings in the basement make me feel like spring is just right around the corner, and I hope that’s true. Dan and I reviewed our garden plans and went through our seed inventory to order what was missing. Nathan decided he would look into our seed inventory too one afternoon. It was a little too quiet upstairs and when I went to see if he was still in the toy room I discovered he had found the bin of seeds under our bed, and scattered the Aunt Mae’s Bibb Lettuce all over the floor, along with the Halona melons! Packets were everywhere, so I just closed the door and we went on with our day. Sometimes it’s OK to just close your eyes to the mess, isn’t it?
Poblano peppers will be my new crop to try, along with a larger crop of cauliflower so I can finally freeze some. I’ve looked over my pantry and there’s only a few jars left of raspberry, peach, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, and my favorite blueberry-raspberry jam, so that will need to be canned this year, along with the usual supply of fruits and veggies.
Natalie talks so much and smiles with such bright, alert eyes. I love our quiet times in the morning, just after she eats when she just looks at me and talks without any distraction around.
Saturday we had planned to have friends over for our monthly potluck, but the weatherman was forecasting 8 or so inches of snow, so we rescheduled for Sunday. I made lasagna and roasted squash, since we still have 7 huge crookneck squash from last year’s crop. Dan and I both love this monthly potluck tradition with friends, where we make real food from scratch and enjoy chatting. I can’t wait for summer, when we can picnic outside by the bonfire, next to the garden, feasting on it’s bountiful produce!
Ginger-lemon-honey tea has been a treat this week, both for the superb flavor and the immune boosting qualities of the drink! On the menu this week is chicken fried steak with (more!) roasted squash, chicken tacos and spanish rice, spaghetti with green beans, and finally beans and rice. No fancy fare this week.
And that’s the news from this ginger-lemon-honey-tea-and-scattered-seed week on the farm!