Let Me Brag About My . . . . . Garden!

Pretty please??!!??  With sugar on top?  No, make that cucumbers on top!

Don’t get me wrong, we love cucumbers, especially Kurt; but my garden is overflowing with cukes and we really only eat them fresh.  Mom & I have tossed sweet pickle recipes back & forth & I’m going to have to make some sour pickles or dills for Joel.  I’m going to have to try freezing them (I actually found a recipe in my busy person’s preserving guide for FREEZING cucumbers!)  I tray froze about 7 summer squash & when I zipped up the zucchini, I threw a summer squash in there, too, so I’ll have zucchini/summer squash bread.  I haven’t tried the chocolate zucchini bread recipe yet, but I need too – I have 2 1/2 doz. eggs in the fridge.  Heather and her family are visiting her in-laws so they obviously don’t need any eggs this week!

I’m planning stew for tomorrow after church & I pulled a hill of potatoes & me, oh, my!!!!  I have a potato that is 9 inches around!  Apparently, potatoes like to grow in our clay mixed with some other stuff soil much better than they liked growing in garden soil from a bag thrown in an old tire.  I still have 18 or 20 hills of potatoes, but it’s going to be a great harvest.  I stupidly forgot to record how many squash & zukes & so forth I’ve gotten.  So far I’ve gotten one tomato from the disaster hills that were planted as tomato plants.  They’ve completely taken over Joel’s jalapeno plants & pushed them right out of the ground.  The bell pepper plant is still standing and has about 6 peppers on it.  One of my "grape" tomato plants looks more like a "plum" tomato.  I was hoping to make salsa with my toms & peps, but I’m going to have lots & lots & lots of grape tomatoes from two plants.  I’m not sure if we’ll get any really usable jalapenos.

I asked Joel to fix the drip in the kids tub today & it turned into a near disaster.  He got the part out & of course it’s a discontinued Kohler faucet.  He did something to it & put it back on & it shot water all over the place inside the wall.  He took the part over & fiddled with the o-ring & now it drips 2 drips a minute.  I guess I should just be happy.  It’s been running all night & left a nasty rust ring in the tub (and I can’t find the cleaner that I’ve always used to remove rust) & messes with the softner recycle.  I’ll be more careful before asking him to plumb in the future!

I bought some school supplies this week & have started pre-reading Karra’s books for the new school year.  Her first reader is really gripping.  I was up until 11:34 last night.  Karra & I spent the afternoon working in the sewing room.  She’s picked out almost all of her "homemade Christmas" gifts & got started on my Mom’s (I can say that because my Mom doesn’t have internet – yet –  and so she doesn’t read my blog!).  It’s going to be so beautiful.  I wish I’d had the crafty gift at 12 that Karra has.  She’s so talented.  I get so many compliments for the earrings that she makes for me.

I’m about to compete with Kristen for the shower – maybe I’ll start brining some pickles.

And that’s what’s happening on the homestead.

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