The kids are in bed, dinner has been eaten, dishes finally done, animals fed, eggs collected and I am just getting to this blog. Dan, bless his heart, is out picking green beans for me so I can write! There is never a shortage of work to do here on the acreage in the summer!
This afternoon while the kids took their naps I made pickled garlic, which I can’t wait to try! Friday, Saturday and Sunday we canned a total of 28 more quarts of green beans, bringing our grand total to over 50 quarts for the summer! Every night Dan and I sat on the floor with bowls, newspaper and a big sack of beans, snapping for an hour while we watched a show on Netflix. Then the next day I would can 7 quarts and repeat the same process the following night! Green bean season is about over for us. I also canned 8 pints of okra pickles, which I had been wanting to try!
I have been loving our Cherokee Purple tomatoes on BLT’s. The other night I discovered a fantastic creation: Pesto Mayo! Or, I guess you could call it Basil Mayo. Whatever. Nathan and I had picked a bunch of basil to make pesto and freeze it for this winter. I had a little leftover, and so I put in the fridge to use up later. For supper that night I needed to use up a huge bag of garden broccoli and cauliflower so I roasted them and thought they would be good dipped in the pesto. They were! BUT, we also had BLT’s with them, so I mixed a little mayo with the pesto to spread on my toast and…..genius! You should try it sometime!
The raspberry patch is in full swing, so over the weekend we needed to give it a little maintenance. I am a little shy to pick in there due to all the bees and wasps and I won’t let Nathan come in, for the same reason. The wasp stings are still quite recent, and I jump at the sound of their buzzing nearby. I can tell the difference between a fly buzz, wasp buzz and a bee buzz. Yes, sir! The canes were heavy with fruit and drooping to the ground, so we finally got them tied up, which makes them easier to pick and since I don’t need to move them around as much, it seems getting stung is a less likely possibility. Dan gave our strawberry patch (which is in the same area as the raspberries) a little makeover as well. So after a trim for the grass, the patch is looking quite tidy. Spit spot, as Mary Poppins would say.
In N&N news, Nathan has been helpful, as usual. He loved washing the green beans with me to prepare them for canning, and then putting them in the jars, at which point Dan would take over and add the salt and water, lids and rings. It was a family affair. One morning after our walk, I told Nathan I needed to go change into my garden shoes and then I would come back outside. “We need to wash out that yellow bin before we pick tomatoes.” I said. I came back outside and Nathan had gotten the yellow bin, pulled it over to the hose, turned it on and was standing there smiling as he sprayed off the bin. Of course his pants, boots and shirt were soaked, but he was so proud, and I praised him for doing such a good job!
Natalie seems like her teeth should be busting out any day, but none as of yet! Everything goes in the mouth! It’s hard to keep her from eating grass. She is so mobile, even though she isn’t crawling yet. She will find a way to get what she wants! One afternoon, I picked her up off the blanket outside to fish out the blade of grass in her mouth, and then in complete innocence, she brought her other hand to her mouth with more grass to shove in! I couldn’t help but laugh because her expression was so innocent and serious, but the actions were so devious. That girl!
The nights have been cool lately, lows in the 50s and 60s. Dan opens our bedroom window and puts the fan in for circulation and I sleep sound from the noise, the cool and total exhaustion. Before you know it fall will be here, but for now I am drinking in the last summer nights of cicadas singing me to sleep and birds singing me awake.
And that’s the news from this basil-mayo-and-canned-green-beans week on the farm!