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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This & That

Ah…., Monday.  Oops I mean Tuesday!  Reality kicks back in. We had such a fun weekend with family. You know how it is, weddings and funerals are the only time you have the chance to see some family due to time, distance & commitments.  A few of my husbands cousins were in from Ohio and PA.  We had 2 days together, talking, eating and laughing as they relived childhood memories & we created new.

But real life kicks back in…

The boys helped me clear over half of the underbrush in the back where I will place the compost bins…hot and stick it was about 86 with super high humidity…we stopped before we melted and cooled off with popsicles. 

The wild blackberries are ripening.  Mr. Fix-It has been donning long sleeves, jeans & boots every few evenings and picking what he can. He’s gone out 2 evenings and harvested a bit over 2 gallonsField picking

This was last nights haul….he said they are just starting to ripen & we’ll both need large buckets when they fully ripen.  I believe this batch will be blackberry jam.

Mike and Jessie brought us a few of their berries as a thank you when they picked up the boys &

 Black Berry cobbler

thrilled Mr. Fix-It with a cobbler.

Since the oven was already on, I used some fresh picked zucchini and made a few loaves of 20130715_162157

Chocolate zucchini bread. It weighs a ton but is soooo good! 

Green beans are calling my name to be harvested this morning.  Since it’s already 78 degrees and they are calling for high 90s I’m heading out to get that done.  Jessie is popping in to help me can some this morning/afternoon.  I have a feeling I’m going to regret not being out at first light!

Have you harvested much this year?



  1. Katie,

    No, I haven't harvested as much as last year because we started planting late. I'm all done with my lettuce, we've had many salad meals. My tomatoes are now starting to produce tomatoes, the kale is ready to be pulled. I'm waiting to see if the other items will grow with this heat or will it just be a bust. Fall planting is coming up and I'm debating on doing a garden this fall.

    1. Kale & lettuce is done here as well. It's been so blasted hot for us both...amazes me how others survived when the garden was the grocery!

  2. Yummy, I'm heading right over! LOL

    1. Fresh pot of coffee is on for you or tea if you prefer Debbie!

  3. It's so fun to get away for a few days and relax with loved ones. Too bad reality doesn't take a back seat for too long, huh? The blackberries look yummy.

    1. It we was nice. Some haven't seen for years and always at weddings and funerals. The extended stays made for some wonderful family time


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