...Growing, Building, Cooking, Preserving, Crafting...

2006 began our urban homestead when I broke ground on a garden, which now includes perennial fruits, flowers, & many vegetable varieties. We dream of solar panels, keeping bees and hens. Until then we'll continue growing and preserving our own fruits and vegetables, building what we can for our home, cooking from scratch, and crafting most days.


The Eve of Summer Break

We are bursting with excitement to officially being our summer break from school after tomorrow.  We're hoping to start our days gradually then explore the city, enjoy concerts in the parkswading pools, free kids activities, the public libraries.

In the meantime, I've been blogging less and doing more outside.  We had a short weekend stint caring for V's classroom chickens one last time (though they're now settling at her teacher's home instead of school), we've camped along the Might Mississippi, and have spent time hanging out with friends by the lakefront.
Mickey and Maggie pecking around the backyard.  The LUH looks pretty
good with a couple of hens.

One other item I've added to my summer routine is walking by the lake early in the morning in lieu of the gym.  Beautiful sunrises!  I've always dreamed of having this early morning time in the summer all to myself.

I never get tired of this view.

And beautiful sunsets too
My most recent project:  turning an olive oil can into a pot.

Poked some drainage holes in the bottom with a can/bottle opener
Made sure there were no sharp edges around the top
Planted some flowers.  We'll see how weathered the
can looks by summer's end.
I've been hanging on to this recipe for too long and now the ramps in the woods are probably all gone.  But if you're interested, bookmark this for next year.
Ramps in Saffron Brine
Pickled Saffron Ramps
And how does our garden grow?

Purple Mizuna and Scarlet Frills Mustard
Salad Mix 
Shungiku (Chrysanthemum Leaf)
Red Russian Kale
Salad Turnips in need of thinning
Part edible, part annual
Sugar Snap Peas
Our little evening hangout at the homestead

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