Today we did not complete any of the weeding in the yard. When I went out to pick the garden, I found okra, lots and lots of jalapeños, green beans, tomatoes, one cucumber, one zucchini, and four bell peppers. All of these were great and were soon washed and processed in one form or another. The okra was sliced and added to the bag in the freezer. I will slice 12-15 of the jalapeños to add to a haystack potluck Saturday night. DS and DD helped snap off the ends of the green beans and snap them into smaller pieces. I really need to make sure that I blanch and freeze them tomorrow. The tomatoes are still coming in slow enough that we are enjoying them fresh. The cucumber was put in the fridge to eat another day. The zucchini will be either used or shredded and put in a bag to freeze. I haven’t decided yet if I will feed the bell peppers to the kids, or dry them and grind the dried peppers into powder to use as flavoring later.
I also dug up one potato plant. The potatoes are still small, but tasted good. We need to water them more. The carrots were quite large so it was time to dig them all up. I haven’t started to process them yet. I’m thinking to shred them for casseroles and cake this winter, but we will see. We took a couple of them, cut them into sticks and steamed them with the potatoes in a chicken-flavored broth at lunch and they were delicious. They are currently awaiting their fate in a 5-gallon bucket.
The last broccoli plant that refused to produce anything was pulled and given to the buff Orpington and gold Sexlink hens in the side pen. Yes, a gold Sexlink has decided to keep the buff company in the side pen while she is growing new feathers. They both share the brooder box and a nest inside where they each lay an egg every day. We are getting 9-11 eggs per day so I now get to use some of our own eggs without shortening DS’s customer. Given time, we may try to get one more steady customer.
On a side note, DS’s backpack trip is coming closer. We received the phone call today telling us that they were going to be gone an extra day. I have to admit I wasn’t overly pleased because this meant trying to come up with food for three more meals. Because DS is a growing teenager, he needs lots of food. However, we have to keep his pack to 31 pounds. Since he and I had to make a stop at Wal-Mart for school supplies, and camping gear that DS was going to buy himself, we checked out the food options for camping there. We picked up two more kinds of food that just need hot water added and on Friday, I will purchase granola, powdered milk, and graham crackers. We also found the sleeping pad I had seen online as well as sunscreen/bug repellent spray. Our poor pocketbook is getting thin after all we’ve had to purchase.
The best news on this score was when I was talking to DSIL and in the course of conversation, I mentioned the expense. Turned out that she and GPID both have really nice backpacks–though GPID had told me just a few days ago that his was still in Washington–and she had brought both of them with her. GPID went searching in their attic and found them both so DSIL called back for DS to come over and try them on. He did and he will be taking GPID’s. He brought it home and it is almost packed. Tomorrow night he will take it with him for a pre-hike event. He will also be returning the borrowed one from the youth group. He’s quite chuffed because GPID’s is REALLY nice.
We did discuss the possibility of getting our own gear over birthdays and Christmas for DH, DS, and eventually, me. DD informed us that she’s not into that type of activity–no surprise there.
So that pretty much catches us up for now. Further updates will be coming soon.