Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fast and Furious (and I Don't Mean The Movie)

The past few weeks have seen the garden growing by leaps and bounds. Now it is harvest time and I am up to my elbows in fresh fruit and veggies. Not that I am complaining, but there are days that I wish things would slow down a bit.

Today, I picked more cherries and made our cherry liqueur for the winter.


Four jars that will be ready to be bottled in three months.

While I was picking cherries, Harvey was busy picking peas. After 2 1/2 hours of shelling peas I ended up with these......


One extremely full bag and one partially full bag. Blanching and bagging for the freezer will wait until tomorrow.

The smaller bag is enough for a meal for Harvey and I, but it won't be our first taste of fresh peas. I did shell enough for our supper tonight.

Supper was the stuffed peppers using the leftover meat loaf. It actually turned out very well. I warmed the leftover meat loaf up and added some cooked rice. Then stuffed the peppers. I poured some leftover tomato soup over the peppers and baked them at 350 F. During the last 15 minutes I sprinkled some shredded Italian cheese over top and continued to bake them until the cheese melted. Total baking time was 45 min.

Harvey really enjoyed them, and I made a whole new meal out of leftovers. Win Win.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nasty Tuesday

The weather is miserable today. Cold, misty, and the wind is howling. If this was winter and we had any snow at all it would be a major blizzard!

The wind is whipping the trees back and forth and our deck is covered with small branches and leaves.

I did manage to get out early in the morning and pick some herbs to dehydrate. I should have enough dried parsley to fill my container now, and another pick should see enough sage and mint done.

Harvey did another picking of beans yesterday evening and so today I blanched and froze another 15 bags for winter.

The rest of the day was a very lazy one. Really with the weather like this it is best in my opinion just to curl up with a good book, which I did for most of the afternoon. I finished one novel and started another one which I am having trouble getting involved in. Hope the action picks up in it very soon.

Tonight I am working on my embroidery project and enjoying a mug of hot chocolate. The perfect ending to a quiet day.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Monday

Monday

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans from the garden.

Tuesday

Leftover pork roast. I think I just may try another pork hash recipe.

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge, or I may just take the leftover meatloaf and stuff peppers with it.

Thursday

Chicken drumsticks, boiled potatoes and corn.

Friday

Soup and sandwiches. I think probably Veggie soup.

Saturday (and the beginning of a new month)

Hot dogs, beans and fries.

Sunday

Roast Ham, mashed potatoes, and peas.

Lunches will be the usual sandwiches or leftovers.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

Today we said good bye to Kris as he headed back to Regina and Ray his cat. However, since there is a football game going on Harvey was told to keep his phone near him so Kris could text him throughout the game. I have a feeling that they are both not happy as their beloved Roughriders have more than likely lost another game.

I made the birthday pie yesterday.

Not my best crust, as it cracked before I could get it all together, and I could not repair it. This allowed some of the filling to escape. Still it tasted not too bad, if a bit tart for my taste. Harvey and Kris enjoyed it however.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fishing, Birds, and Corn

Harvey and Kris went fishing today. Got them out of my hair so that I could bake bread and make Harv's pie (more about that tomorrow). I also got to have a quiet day weeding the garden, and doing other such tasks.

This is the area on Rafferty Dam that they love to fish in.

 Nice and quiet, perfect for my two men to bond.

After a very long time of not catching anything, some lovely Walleye to add to the freezer.

I was informed that they would have fished longer, but the heat (it was 36 C here today) got to them. Oh well at least we have some lovely fresh fish residing in the freezer.

When the boys arrived home they decided to sit on the deck with a cool drink. I had been talking about a poor little robin that seemed unable to fly very far. Kris searched through the garden until he found it.

Poor thing was scared silly. Kris waited a few moments and threw it in the air. Guess what? The little thing flew away, well at least into the next yard.

Kris was impressed with the height of our corn. He just had to get a picture of him standing beside our one row.

Kris is close to 6 feet tall so the corn towering above him must be almost 9 feet. Darn, Harvey is going to win our bet!!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.




Friday, July 24, 2015

A Special Birthday

Today Harvey celebrates his 65th birthday, and of that 65 years we have spent almost 40 together (it will be 40 in 6 months).

As you can see from the date this was taken a few years ago, but he hasn't changed much over the years. He still loves to fish, and best of all still loves his family.

Happy Birthday honey, and may we celebrate many more.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jamming It

I managed to actually get some cherries this year (hopefully more to come). Last year was not a good one with only a very few appearing. The year before was awesome, but one morning I woke up to a denuded tree. The robins got them all before I could pick what I would have liked (you think the greedy things would have left a few). This year, probably because the pickings were so slim the majority of the robins have not flocked to fill their greedy gullets.

So this morning I headed out early and managed to pick quite a few.

A large square tupperware type container almost full!!!

What to do with my harvest?

I decided to make some jam.

The prepared fruit, sugar and pectin boiling away in my old dutch oven. I have had this pot since we were first married and just cannot seem to give it up.

The finished product. I would like to know one thing however. The recipe says I would get 6 full jars. Hmm, I only count 5 full jars and a partial jar.  Oh well, I have enough cherries left to make another batch tomorrow.

Summers richness to have during the cold of winter.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.