Saturday, August 23, 2014


Chickens destroying my sunflower bed. They have taken it over as their bathtub. They bath by covering themselves in dirt and the shaking it off, this helps get rid of bugs on them. From the amount of dirt they have shoveled out of the bed I think I can say, mission accomplished. You should be clean as a whistle by now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is the bull we borrowed. He is massive, but very gentle. Konrad can pet him. I don't try. He outweighs me by about 1900 pounds, so even a friendly head toss could be detrimental to my health. His name is Casanova. We are hoping he lives up to his name.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Amish Paste tomato. It is an heirloom tomato aquired from the Amish near Lancaster, PA. Seed Savers describes it "Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating." The are basically big romas. This one weighs one pound! It is very meaty inside. I made salsa with them. Konrad likes it. He's my official salsa tester.

I've also pickled some okra and jalapenos, not together :)
I've got more okra ready to pickle. I only have a few plants, so I kind of have to save up for a few days. You can't let the okra stay on the plant because it gets hard and then you can't use it.

My 2nd batch of pesto did not turn out as good as the first. I think I added too much garlic. I didn't think that was possible. I had to phone a friend for help. I asked Gina to come over and taste it to see what I neededto add. She has a much more refined palate than myself.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meat Chicks

We are down to 10, from 15. I think 3 were killed by a skunk, though I have no proof, and 2 have died from I-don't-know disease. Some just don't make it. I need to borrow a trail camera and set it up down there. If you're looking for any last minute Christmas ideas...
The chicks are being let out during the day. We can see them from the house so we keep an eye on them. So far nothing has bothered them during the day. This is a picture of them waiting to be let out for the day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Homemade Pesto

Ready for homemade pesto, round 2! Yum!