Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cucumber Experiment part 2... Pickles and More!

The cucumbers planted in the ground have made a mockery of the cucumbers in a container.  In all fairness the chickens have really fertilized that area.
The carrots, cantaloupe and herbs are doing well in this area too.

Since I have cucumbers coming out of my ears I decided to make pickles.  My dill I planted in a container is not well so I made Bread & Butter pickles.  I thought the recipe I was using was for "Refrigerator" pickles. I looked at so many different recipes. Well it wasn't. I'm going to let them set for a day before I try them. I hope they're good!

I also planted some radish seeds today, so in about 5 weeks I'll have radishes.

I didn't plant any beans this year but Mom did. She gave me a bunch of them. I blanched most them and froze 'em. The rest we'll have with dinner tonight.

Crazy Cucumber Plant
Tri colored beans. The purple ones turned bright green when cooked
Started radishes today

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chicks hatching :)

Silkie Bantam Chicks Hatching - MnKHarden:

This was from the first hatch I ever did. I just got a notification that it has been viewed 100 times on YouTube! I feel like a celebrity lol

Dreams do come true...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Homemade Mayonnaise, I can't believe it turned out

I've been wanting to make mayonnaise for awhile now. It was pretty easy and I really can't believe it turned out.

Whisk an egg yolk with 1/4 teaspoon each salt, paprika, ground mustard & 1/2 teaspoon vinegar. I will up the amount of spices next time. 3/4 cup olive oil will be whisked in too

Gradually add no more than 1/2 teaspoon of oil and whisk until blended.  This took FOREVER  I was proud of myself for not just dumping the oil in. I definitely lack patience when it comes to stuff like that.

It's  only good for a few days  since our eggs are not pasteurized, and there isn't anything artificial in it, and I'm OK with that :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Flowers :)

While at the garden center several weeks ago I over heard a young women talking about some of the vegetable plants and their flowers, "what kind of flowers do these get" she asks. I rolled my eyes and thought silly girl these are vegtables they're not pretty.

I have pretty much given up on flowers in my backyard, the chickens just tear them up. (With the exception of a few around the pond)

As it turns out I'm the silly one. There is beauty in all flowers, you just have to look for it. They may not last long, some only a day...hmmm sound familiar... the Day Lilies that I love so. Chickens love them too. They wiped out a 10 foot row in a day!

Cucumbers, Corn and Eggplants

Green Leaf Lettuce,  Potatoes,  and Peas