Friday, June 21, 2013

Greek Yogurt

I had a tub of plain greek yogurt that was about to go bad and wanted to use to so dinner and dessert was based on that.

For dinner I created Chicken Rollups..

Flatten your chicken to a 1/2 inch thick, use 1/3 a tub of plain greek yogurt and mix in herbs from your garden... we used sage, parsley with a dash of salt and pepper. Take spoonfuls and spread over the flattened chicken, add cut up arugula then roll up chicken, wrap in a tin foil pocket and cook at 375 for 50 minutes.

For dessert I created Strawberry Ice Cream....

In the blender add 1 part Greek yogurt and 2 parts frozen fruit. We used frozen strawberries left over from strawberry season. Yum!


Sunflower Love!





Welcome Summer 2013!

Today is the first day of summer and it ushers in a whole new season of change. 

I plan to improve my garden, block out the weeds, improve our front yard with color and trees while we have the wonderful rains of summer. This summer will also bring the first time we will have sustainable meat produced in our own backyard. 

While bettering the house and yards i also am to improve myself, i recently enrolled into college and plan to attend to become a environmental engineer, biologist, or horticulturist. These 3 professions share common studies. 

We are also joining the YMCA so we can improve our health and get Brooke into fun things like swimming and anything else she would be interested in. I feel very lucky and happy that we will hopefully see much growth this summer just like the plants.

Happy Summer!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Circle of Life

So we lost one of our almost 4 week old kits tonight. 
We just buried it in the garden.

Its a very interesting talk to have with your 5 year old about how animals and people decompose and become part of the soil and can support another life by becoming food for a plant. As a girl who has started her life with very strange urban farming parents Brooke is very accepting and understanding of how things like this can happen. She also understands that we eat some of our animals and while it may be a little sad they pass on to another very important part becoming our sustenance and or this we are truly thankful and appreciative of every animal we have. 

The amazing circle of life!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

School

As most of my readers know I have been busy learning skills that I feel will come in handy one day when we own a farm and are homesteading. Things like archery (for hunting), fiber spinning, soap making, canning, organic gardening, baking, and so on. Some things are hard to acquire and may require going back to school.... so I took my first step today. I sent in a application to attend college, while I have never been a person who liked school I thought that learning some skills that require me to attend college would be a good next step to take. 

Sick Notice

Its a funny thing when you become sick, you crave nothing more then to cuddle on the couch and watch reruns of a show on tv, drink soup, and relax. That's great and exactly how I am feeling. I even came home early from work just because of how miserable I am feeling, and there is a high chance I wont go in on Monday... but do you know how didnt get my sick notice?

The animals that rely on me.

No their day started the same, they woke up to the muggy warm Florida sunshine, spent the day enjoying their shaded cages, then as the sun started to fade they started getting antsy...knowing that dinner was coming soon. Nothing changed for them, they had no idea the woman begrudging raising herself from the couch that now forms around her that brings their food was sick nor did they care.

They greeted me the same way the do everyday; Rabbits stretching up on the doors of their cages, noses twitching ready to be given dinner and the cuddling that was sure to come, the chickens clucking their dinner song and pacing the walls of their run... they were happy, they were content, and despite the swollen throat, pounding headache, and general exhausted feeling that I was currently feeling I smiled because this just felt right!

A bouquet from the garden


It's always nice when you get to bring part of the garden inside. Fruits or veggies picked from the garden, or even a simple bouquet of flowers snipped right from the plants. Its always a nice when you look over and think yup that beauty came from right outside in my backyard. This is what we are enjoying tonight, a lovely array of colors from our assortment of zinnias. I love the green one, its called envy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Welcome to Hurricane Season 2013

Florida Welcomes Hurricane Season which started June 1st with Tropical Storm Andrea.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bunny Wunnies!



Storm

Blaze

Tifa

FooFoo~ Mommy Bunny

Baby Bunny Pile

Beauty in Blooms

Blanket Flowers
Sunflower





Eggplant Bloom
Zinnias

Zinnias

Zinnias

Zinnias

Monday, June 3, 2013

A simple garden dinner

A month ago we picked 7 pounds of cabbage from our front yard. We still had 3 small heads left that were starting to go bad. Plus we had the potatoes we pulled up, and eggs from the chickens.

I cut up the potatoes which came to about 3 cups chopped red and white potatoes.
Cut up the cabbage which came to about 5 cups.
Scrambled 6 fresh laid eggs.
For the meat my husband grilled up some kielbasa.

I boiled the potatoes for 8 minutes until almost forkable
Scrambled the eggs
Grilled the kielbasa
and then threw the cabbage into a large wok over medium heat with 4 tablespoons of butter, I let that cook down for 2 minutes then adding the potatoes and eggs, that cooked for about 6 minutes, then I added the kielbasa and cooked for another couple minutes. A couple dashes of salt and pepper finish off this meal which is simple enough to allow all the flavors, textures, and yumminess of the food itself come out to play.

When you have good quality food you don't have to dump sauces, or other toppings on top because the food itself is so alive with its own delicious flavors.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bow Part Basics





What to plant in Zone 9: June

Plant seeds of:
Beans: Bush, Pole, Lima
Cantaloupes
Okra
New Zealand Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Amaranth
Orach
Roselle
Yard Long Beans
Peanuts
Cow Peas
Southern Peas
Sweet Potatoes





What to do:
* Prepare for your garden by incorporating organic matter into the soil. Try planting vegetables in an attractive design which will add interest to your landscape.