7/24/2011

sunday

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we took a quick look around the antique street fair this morning. i found some lovely canvas material that will make some great pillow covers. and the tomatoes are coming along strong, i think they look pretty decorating all of the windowsills.

7/18/2011

monday

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over the weekend there was a lot of reading, food experimenting, homemade facials, beach sunsets, and not a minute of cleaning. that's pretty close to perfect in my book.

7/14/2011

thursday

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today was a nice day off spent in the garden and visiting with my grandparents. my mom and i did a little bit of weeding and gave the soil a nice water soaking. my lonely sunflower seems to be growing very nicely. someone, i believe my grandpa, made a little rock border around it so the gardeners wouldn't mow over it.

i'm adoring the many, many watermelon flowers that are blooming. there's still only one melon growing, we'll just have to wait and see if any others will follow!

there she is. the very first tomato of the season. so, i may have picked it just a little too soon, it's new residence is on the windowsill in the kitchen. many more tomatoes are turning red, over night it seems. thanks to my mom for hand modeling. i was snapping away when i had said "i need a pretty background or something." and in a hilariously sly way, my mom moves the tomato in front of her face.

todays zucchini and cucumber harvest. for some wonky looking cucumber, they sure are good! we snacked on some slices with goat cheese on top, delicious. note to self: do not let mother plant 3 extra zucchini plants next year just to fill space.

i finished the afternoon off with some tea, leftover spice cake (from my grandpa's 77th birthday last night) and a great new read (to me), keeping chickens with ashley english. it's amazing so far.

7/12/2011

tuesday

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i walked outside to check on the garden this morning and found what looked like a dandelion forest. it sure was a beautiful sight. i'm glad i took a few pictures because the gardeners mowed it all away shortly after.

we went to farmer's market this morning to pick up some strawberries and a few vegetables. while we were walking through i spotted a table covered in gorgeous jars filled with honey, some even had honeycomb in it. i'm almost finished reading honeybee so i've had honey, beeswax, and anything bee related on my mind lately. so of course when i saw all of this local raw honey i got very excited. i brought home a pound of beeswax for lip balms and salves and some honey sticks to try. the one pictured is cinnamon honey, i also tried watermelon honey. i'm forming a very serious addiction. i would love to have several of my own hives one day.

7/11/2011

monday

something other than a zucchini!?
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i don't think i can begin to tell you how excited i am about the first tomato turning red. and knowing that hundreds more are on the way... bliss.

on a side note. i just wanted to say that each and every comment & email i get from you guys make me so happy! i'm so inspired by your blogs and love that there are so many like-minded people out there. okay, i'm finished getting all mushy on you.

7/09/2011

saturday

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well, i attempted to make some zucchini fritters for lunch today. the flavor was awesome, the consistency... not so much. but i'll get it down eventually. i just didn't strain the zucchini long enough, which resulted in a soupy mixture. i only used what i had on hand... a couple eggs, some flour and salt. i'm just happy to be using up some of the zucchini! thanks to aimiee for that little push i needed to finally make them! i also found another zucchini recipe i had favorited awhile back that i'll have to try next week, it looks so good. happy weekending!

7/08/2011

friday

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the cucumbers are coming along nicely, a giant one was even hiding from me! how? i'm not sure. i picked another 7 zucchini today. they're beginning to overwhelm me... i do have plans for some of them this weekend though. the watermelon are slowly getting bigger, i even spotted a new one growing! and they're wrapping around all of the extra junk laying around on top of the soil, i find it pretty cute. and lastly, those tomatoes. i haven't bothered tying some of them and they seem to be doing fine. how are your gardens doing?

7/07/2011

thursday

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i harvested a whole lot of zucchini today, ELEVEN of them. they're growing faster than i know what to do with them. i also prematurely picked a bell pepper because i just couldn't help myself, might cut into that later. also picked another cucumber and a handful of dandelions. well, i should probably get cleaned up... we're having dinner with the whole family at my grandparents tonight, and i've still got dirt on my feet from gardening. cheers!

7/05/2011

tuesday


we took a trip to ikea today so i could pick up some dishtowels to make some of these to bring with me to the farmers market. had lunch at my grandparents and walked next door to water the garden and saw that a couple cucumbers looked big enough to pick. we had to taste test them of course and they didn't disappoint, they're full of flavor. i've been bringing salads to work for lunch, now i can add some slices of fresh homegrown cucumber to the mix. now if only those tomatoes would get a move on and ripen already.

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baby's first 4th of july. zucchini picking in the garden (32). bbq hot dogs and chicken. family chit chat. red velvet cupcakes and apple pie. sparkler lighting. smoke inhaling. illegal fireworks. sore bodies and aching bellies. good day.

7/03/2011

sunday

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it sure was a warm one today! i said screw it and did some weeding in the early afternoon, even though i knew it would result in my face being beat red for quite awhile. but i needed to clean up the vegetable garden and pick a few more zucchini (that makes 26) earlier i helped my mom bake some red velvet cupcakes and an apple pie for tomorrows festivities while reading honeybee in between. well, i'm off to cut open a cantaloupe.

be safe this long weekend and light a sparkler or two!

7/01/2011

friday

there are so many exciting things going on in the garden this week!
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we've got cucumbers!
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i spotted our very first, teeny tiny watermelon! and there's a few more on the way.
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the peppers are getting bigger.
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the tomatoes are turning yellow, slowly but surely.
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i picked 9 zucchini today, making that a total of 23 so far. there is zucchini bread and fried zucchini in our future.
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do you see all of those yellow tomato blooms?
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i love the way the garden looks this time a day. so, what's going on in your garden this week?