Hello, friends. A couple of weeks ago, when checking on the wheat, I noticed many of the seed heads missing, somewhere around 25%. I asked J to look at it, and we determined the local deer population were having themselves a buffet. The wheat was still too green to harvest, so we bided our time. By the time it was dry enough to harvest last week, they had eaten at least 75% of the seed heads. We'll have to figure something out for next year, and try again. In the meantime, we still need to thresh it by hand. I'm hoping for seed to replant next year, and flour enough for a pizza or two. As I believe I've said before, growing your own food is not for the faint of heart! I'm happy to be joining in with The Prudent Homemaker today.
|half of our unthreshed red fife wheat|
I made kefir and yogurt, hummingbird food, and cobbler using our blueberries and a few blackberries. One night for dinner, I sauteed our chard and garlic, made asian cucumbers and heated a package of Brandy's black bean burgers. Another night, I made broccoli fried rice with our eggs, broccoli and garlic, and heated a package of homemade egg rolls from the freezer. I finished the wardrobe, and put away all my fabric and sewing supplies. I love all the different shapes and sizes of the drawers, which makes it easy to store many things. In going through things as I put them away, I pulled a few to donate to the thrift store. I enjoyed listening to free Pandora as I was working. J saw yesterday that all the little Carolina wrens were gone from the nest. We hope they fledged, instead of something getting them.
I received 2 free samples of dogfood in the mail, along with a coupon for a free 8-pack. Though not as natural as what I usually purchase, they will get used. Swagbucks goals were made most days. Laundry was washed with homemade laundry soap and soap gel, and dried on the line. Homemade soap was used in the bathroom and shower. I'd built up a supply of soap end pieces and soap six months old that I'd pulled from store shelves, which I'm letting friends and family choose from to take home. Most nights were cool enough to open the house up, then close back up in the morning. Vegi bits were saved in the freezer bag for broth, and other bits composted. Paper and cardboard was run through the shredder, and a large bag of shredded paper brought home from one of my occasional jobs, to put around several fruit trees.
We had house guests the past couple of days. I cut several bouquets for the house before they arrived. Due to several different diet restrictions, it was decided to get dinners from a restaurant. I made a new kale salad for lunch one day, which I served along with cherries, and organic salsa and chips. To go along with dinner one night, I served asian cucumbers (bet you could have guessed that :o), and made whipped cream to go over homegrown blueberries for dessert. We picked another tomato. I enjoyed some on an egg sandwich this morning, and J ate the rest for lunch. We've eaten a few cherry tomatoes out of hand. We'll be hosting a 4th of July cook out here. I'm especially looking forward to the homemade mint ice cream. Wishing a lovely holiday to all my friends in the states!