TGIF – for some

TGIF – for some people.  Since I work in retail, eh, not so much.

Decisions are in progress, I guess.  I believe that I will be continuing with my education and I will be going on to get a Masters Degree in Business with a concentration in Entrepreurship.  Exciting and very scary but I’ve had some great support in making the decision to keep going and considering I may never have another opportunity like this I’m going for it.

Decision number two – for now, we are not moving anywhere.  We are planning a trip to Arizona in the near future.  Our family is in WI, the kids like it here and honestly… so do we.  An idea we have is to possibly spend time there in the lovely winter months.  That will be somewhere in the future though.  For now, school, kids, work, building my business, life, love and all that good stuff.

Plant and seed catalogs have starting arriving and I have been dreaming and drooling over all the pretties.  I may do a bit of winter sowing to start with but I also have about 3 other projects around the house to finish.  A woman’s work is never done.  🙂

For now… a look back at previous gardens to give us something to look forward to.

Drying the Chive Harvest

Today I finished up drying and getting the chives into jars. Everything in the house smells oniony and delicious. I have read that some people do not like to dry their chives because they feel it loses a lot of the flavor but I have to say that has not been my experience. I think it retains the flavor just fine. Anyway – here’s what I did….

Picked a nice bunch of the chives.  Yes… they’ve already bloomed so I also saved the seeds for my Etsy shop.  The plants will just keep on going and send up new growth.  Gave them a nice, stern buzzcut so to speak.

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.Then I rinsed them and laid them out in the dehydrator.  These don’t take very long in my machine…. maybe 6 hours in total.  You know they’re done when they’re crispy-sounding, like straw.

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I purchased a coffee grinder from a 2nd hand store specifically for herbs this year.  I had a mini food processor but it didn’t get the herbs as fine as I liked.  chives3

Here they are all ground up and in a glass jar.  They will keep in my cupboard for a very, very long time.  Some pieces are like fine powder and some are a little bigger.  A little variety is a good thing.  🙂  

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A little extra chives here that I mixed with natural sea-salt.  I supposed I should have just put the salt and the chive bits into the jar and shook it up but I put it all into the coffee grinder and it turned everything (even the salt) into a very fine powder.  Lesson learned…. didn’t exactly want powdered salt but it’ll still work.

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Busy days of Spring

The busy days of spring have arrived.  Seems like it took forever for winter to leave us this year.  The snow is gone and the temperatures are finally above freezing.  Tulips are getting ready to bloom, the lilacs are full of buds and there are hints of green scattered throughout the woods.

It has been a rough start for us this spring also.  Hubby recently spent almost a week in the hospital after feeling very ill for many weeks. It took some time and he had to see a specialist but he’s been diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease call anti-synthetase. syndrome.  He is doing better now and has an amazing positive attitude and a whole new appreciation for so many things in life.  I’ll admit it’s been extremely hard on me as far as acceptance goes but I am working really hard to be the positive person that hubby needs me to be right now.  🙂  

Recently we decided to re-do and expand the gardens in front of the house.  Rain streaming down the driveway during storms and spring melt has been an issue for us since we moved in so we have been creating a dry stream bed to divert the water away from the garage and chicken coop.  Here’s the progress as of this past Monday.

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We’ve been adding more stones and it’s still a work in progress but even without a lot of rocks… it does work.  Today we went foraging for rocks at a property where a very old farmhouse was recently demolished and not only did we find lots of rocks… we scored on plants also!  We’re figuring that the plants are pretty old based on the age of the former house but we found peonies, iris, daylilies and asparagus!  Amazing what you can scrounge up for free with just a little hard work.

Got the veggie garden started also. So far we’ve planted red and white potatoes, peas, onions, carrots and lettuce.  Hopefully I can get back out there to get more in the ground before we get more rain, but we’ll see.  Being back in the dirt these past couple of days has been amazing therapeutic for me and it’s been a God-send considering all the rough stuff we’ve gone through already this spring.  It’s good for hubby too….

I’ve also got to mention this amazing greenhouse that we recently visited and the new additions to our little flock.  Tuesday after picking up these little adorable fluffies…

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we stopped by Cypress Avenue Greenhouse to pick up some new plants for the garden.  Most of the plants are grown right there from seed…  a true local gardening source.  And, super friendly too!  We will definitely be visiting them again.  

 

Macro Monday – Summer Revisited

 

 

 

 

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It’s Macro Monday and I’ve been missing summertime so much, I’ve decided to revisit it.  This little fella is busy pollinating some of my Giant Hyssop flowers.   I’m looking forward to seeing them again this year.

On another note, I’ve opened a new shop on Storenvy.  I sell many of the same items that are currently available in my Etsy Shop  but I’ve also added some of my older items that I no longer create.  I’ve got oodles and oodles of handcrafted jewelry, crocheted and sewn items that are just sitting around longing for a new home.  So far, I’ve added some of my jewelry …. and I’ve DEEPLY discounted it simply because it just needs to go!  Too much stuff, not enough space.  That sort of thing.  So, if you’re looking for some inexpensive handmade jewelry, (or seeds… always seeds ) ,  please visit my new shop.  I’m running a Grand Opening sale too!  I’m offering 25% off your purchase if you use code ‘gosale’ for a limited time.

Thanks for reading – I’ve been rather muddle-minded when it comes to blogging lately and I apologize for my absence.  Hugs to all!  

Baby – Beauties – Blue

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After many failed attempts – we have a success in the coop!  Tonight as I was closing up the doors I noticed something small, dark and fluffy in one of my buff orpinton’s boxes.  YES – a tiny, fuzzy chick!!!  I don’t know if she has more or how many there might be… but I feel like I’m a grandma!   I’m so proud of my little orp.  🙂    Here he/she is…  a fuzzy picture but it was getting dark.

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Lots of bloomies here!  Here’s a few pics I wanted to share.

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Last night I was did a little poking around in my potato patch and grabbed up some of my blue potatoes.  BEAUTIFUL!  Very tasty too.  Fried some up with bacon for supper (along with 2 other varieties) and they’re a little softer in texture.  A little creamier.  I really like them!

 

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Hope everyone has a fun and safe July 4th!  Enjoy your weekend!