Monday, September 16, 2013

picking from the garden

Our gardens have been fantastic this year!  Every time we go outside, there seems to be something ready to pick.  I've upped my harvesting to every third day, and then daily.  Here are three consecutive day's of harvest:

We gathered a little bit of all sorts of things here. 

I made pickles from this day's harvest. 

Lots of goodies for salads - and I love decorating with the tiny pumpkins!

Since these pictures we have harvested potatoes, beets, lots of zucchini & kale, corn, and tons of green tomatoes.  It is raining right now, and I was worried about the tomatoes splitting before ripening so Big J. and I picked approx. 50 lbs of tomatoes yesterday.  I made a quadruple batch of Salsa Verde with them, and haven't scratched the surface.  I hope to make green tomato relish tomorrow, and lay out as many as possible to ripen while we try to process them.  We still have a ton more left outside that we are hoping will ripen without splitting/rotting.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

back to school

Yesterday was the first day of school for us. I didn't get pictures as it was a whirlwind day.  So, these are second day of school photos.

Little J. is a 9th grader this year, and has started the high school diploma program.  He really enjoyed his first day of classes and all of his teachers.

A. is in 7th grade this year.  He is taking some creative classes along with his home curriculum.

 I think this year will be a blast for us!