Saturday, July 8, 2017

Camping at Cheney Reservoir State Park

We had one weekend that seemed to work for a camp trip this spring, between graduation and wheat harvest and new baby arrival, and it was a weekend with rain! Since the wetness was just Friday night, we opted to go ahead and camp one short night anyway. We left first thing Saturday morning so we'd have all that day besides Sunday. It turned out to be beautiful weather! A little on the cool side, but just right for a campfire to warm up to.

 Back on the road again! On the way to our first camp trip of the year.

Riley and his buddies left earlier and got the fire good and hot for us. They had evening plans so they went home late afternoon to get back after plowing bikes through flooded parking lots and roasting hot dogs.

The rest of use enjoyed  a bike ride or two as well. Those giant puddles were so alluring!

Cooking over the fire and cousin time make for fun memories!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Month of May's Homestead Harvest

1 of 3 patches of turnips. The tops are tasting yummy at this tender stage.

1 of 2 spinach patches. It came up really well this year, but has went to seed quickly.

Sugar snap peas

lettuce blend

green bean rows

Raspberry brambles. Maybe next year we will transplant to nice rows and trellis.

Easter Egg and French Breakfast radishes. The Easter Egg have outperformed this year. The seeds were both saved from last year's crops that went to seed.

cut lettuce and spinach

In May we harvested 9 1/4 pounds of produce, counting mulberries picked off the tree.
Radishes, spinach, lettuce, chard, turnip greens, and cilantro were our fresh goodies.

And Riley shot a couple turkeys that filled 10 quart jars of meat and 18 quarts of broth.

A Food Post

Because food is so pretty and good and delightful.

I took these photos over several months time and am not even sure what each is a picture of! But since I have them, I'd like to share them. Cooking and baking is rewarding, especially when it looks attractive and tastes good.

Broiled Southwest Turkey Sandwiches

Marigold Rolls
I clipped this recipe from a magazine many many years ago and now I have marigold plants springing up like weeds in the garden and even out by the pond with plenty of petals to spare.

Goodies from our family Christmas snack supper.

Our version of Huevo Rancheros. With garden fresh cilantro.

Annie's baking day before Farmer's Market season began.
She tried Porridge Bread, a recipe given by another market friend. The Raspberry Danish Braid and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sweet Bread recipes were from Pinterest. The Honey Oat Yeast Bread was from one of our cookbooks. So far the braids have been the best seller. She hasn't even taken the oat or chocolate chip breads, though everyone that has sampled them thinks they are tasty.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Formal Night

The local high school homeschoolers have a prom alternative where they can still get all dressed up, but instead of a dance, the seniors choose a different activity. This year the venues were Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse, the Wichita Escape Room, and Freddy's for ice cream. Since we had 2 children attending this year, Shannon and I went along. He ended up chauffeuring half the guys, so I rode with several moms. We did eat together! Though he got to be one of the 3 adults who assisted the teams in the escape room.

The girls met ahead of time and took pictures in the park. Here is Annie with the other girls close to her age. (the newbies)

This was a picture chosen by the color of their dresses.

And here is Annie with Mama dear.

Another pose, this time on the merry-go-round.

Oops! This dad couldn't resist shaking out a few squeals!

Since it was raining at the restaurant when we arrived, the full group pictures had to be taken inside.

The dashing young gentlemen...

Our two teen twinnies.

At the escape room, none of the 3 groups mastered all the clues to unlock the locks in an hour, hence the sad faces and negative comment signs.

I was enjoying my hot fudge ice cream sundae with pecans too much to take any pics at the next stop. That was a little taste of our first time Formal Night!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Early Spring Garden~April

I planted half of a pound of Contender green beans in early April before a lovely spring rain. They germinated well and are growing nicely except in the spots where our little dog has dug. I'm not sure if he is smelling something or just being an animal. I'm not particularly a pet fan unless they produce something...I suppose he keep wild critters away and certainly alerts us of visitors down the lane!

Our lone tulip that bloomed this year of a dozen bulbs planted 2 years ago. There is still hope they will show a lovely display eventually!

The barrenish garden behind the patio. I'm loving my small burst of color in the outdoor pillow!
Horseradish is growing around the birdbath. It is spreading with vigor.



baby sugar snap pea row

pineapple mint 



I dug up some of the wildly sprouting horseradish and blended it, jarred it, and covered with vinegar. It is quite tasty! I've never really eaten it much, but since it grows so well and is great for you, we are nibbling on it now and's almost addictive! The girls were giggling to see who could eat enough to burn up their noses. They would roll up a teaspoon in a horseradish leaf and chomp it down; it really opened up our nasal passages! The leaves even have zingy qualities!

April's garden harvest was a slim 1 pound of horseradish, cilantro, and chives, but oh so yummy to be eating fresh again!