Monthly Archives: August 2020

Summer Fun

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a good week. I love this picture of Katie. She loves to catch frogs. I forgot what she named this one.

am is very interesting in learning the violin. He just got this one and is very happy with it. Look, he is even sitting still.

Daniel is really into dragons. This one is so cute.

John Luke is doing so good with his words and with his motor skills.

These babies are growing up so fast. God is SO good!

God bless.

Gardening and a Project

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. My garden has been so much fun this summer and also very productive. This is a rampicante squash. I measured it and it is 40 inches long.

I took this picture just a few days ago. Yesterday it was touching the ground so I harvested it.

This is what it looks like when cut. The seeds are in the rounded part on the bottom. It makes really good fried squash. I breaded and froze 12 meals from it yesterday and still have some left. I have already harvested about 5 of these and there are many, many more up there. Amazing!

I also made some squash bread and butter pickles. There is a mixture of different squash in there. Mostly patty pan,a few yellow squash and zucchini.

Also made squash relish from yellow squash. My squash has been extremely productive this year. I fought a hard battle with the squash bugs but it was definitely worth it.

I have many gallons of breaded squash in the freezer for fried squash this winter. Also many, many bags of shredded squash.

I have did a few bags of these pepper poppers. I do a mixture of 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheese and about a tsp of cumin. Mix the up good and fill the peppers. Then wrap in bacon. Freeze on a cookie sheet, then bag up for later use. These are so good and convenient.

I also made this cowboy candy. I do not have any jalapenos so this is made from the nadapeno peppers. Hopefully they will be good. I only did a few jars because I have to save my peppers for something else.

Oh yes, that’s right! It’s tomato season. I can a lot of tomatoes. Salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce and just plan canned tomatoes. Tomatoes are a staple here and one of my favorite things to can!

Just a little peek into Dave’s project. As you can tell, we are using sawmill lumber. Poplar to be exact. It is beautiful wood but has proven to be a challenge to cut.

I will have more pictures on this as we progress.

One exciting thing happened yesterday. This blimp flew over our house. It was pretty cool to see one.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your day and God bless.

Garden

Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying these nice summer days. I have definitely enjoyed this summer.I have found a new seed company to order from. It is called Hoss Tools. I have never known seeds to germinate as quickly as theirs have and the plants look beautiful. I am experimenting with fall crops this year.

These are Max Packs cucumbers from Hoss Tools. Just look how pretty they are.

This is a late bean crop I planted on Monday of this week and they are already up on Friday. This is just amazing to me. These are called Momentum beans. I also planted Dragon’s Tongue and Rattlesnake beans. The Rattlesnake beans are a pole variety which I am very excited about. I think I really like the idea of picking beans standing up!

One of the the things we are battling right now is tomato hornworms. David fixed us up two black lights and every night Grace and I go hornworm hunting. So far we have found five. They are huge. I do not want them to destroy our tomatoes. They can do so much damage in a short amount of time.

Speaking of tomatoes, I tried something different this year. A lot of the homesteading people I follow do not trim their tomatoes. I have always trimmed mine but I thought I would try a different approach this year. As you can see, they were quite a jungle. This made it so hard to see the hornworms even with a black light. So yesterday, I spent four hours in the tomato patch.

Now they are all trimmed, tied up and so much better (in my opinion). I think that I prefer to trim mine.

We had a really bad lightning storm the other day. Lightning ran our phone line and knocked out our phones and internet. The phone company came quickly and replaced the damaged parts. So thankful for good grounding so that no other damage was done. The sky was beautiful though after the storm passed.

So that’s about all for now. I wanted to end this post with these pretty sky pictures.

Grace took this picture last night of the moon just peeking out from the cloud. God bless!