Camping, Gladioulus, and Ducklings

We were finally able to enjoy our new tent.  We spent Thursday night at Claytor Lake State Park.  It is a very nice park, and we always have so much fun.

Our Campsite

When we got home we had a nice surprise from Quackers.  All her hard work had paid off, and she had 8 little ducklings.

Quacker’s Ducklings

We were also surprised to see our glads had started to bloom.  Our weather has been a bit on the warm side for the last couple of days.  It was 98º out today at 3:00.  Thankfully the heat is not bothering our plants.

Gladioulus

I hope you all have a great weekend!

A Good Week

Last Sunday my mom left from her visit.  We have missed having her, but we are getting into a summer routine and have had a pretty good week.  We spent a couple of days decluttering the kid’s bedrooms.  Some things we donated and some things went into totes that we stored away.  Before when I walked by their doors everything just looked so messy.  Now I see this.

The girl’s room

Bub’s room

It really does look better than before, and it is such a relief!  I put the little chair that I found while thrift shopping last week in the space outside their bedroom doors.  I had been looking for something, and it fit perfectly.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love chairs?! 🙂

My newest thrift store chair

We have also spent a good amount of time working in the garden, weeding the flower beds, and canning.  I have filled this cabinet with jellys, jams, peaches, and cherries and started filling another.  I am finally starting to enjoy canning!

Jams, Jellys, Peaches, & Cherries

Today we canned applesauce and will cut some apples up for the freezer later.

I hope you all are having an enjoyable summer!  Blessings from One and a Half Acre Homestead!

I am linking up to Homestead Barn Hop

Drying Mint

We have started drying our mint.  Mint tea is something we enjoy all year long.  This is a mixture of wild mint that grows down by our creek and peppermint and spearmint that we grow in flower pots. Mint leaves are the mintiest right before they flower, but we will be drying all summer long until it is gone. 🙂

We wash the mint and lay it on towels to dry.  We pat the mint with another towel until it is completely dry.

Next we pick off all the individual leaves and place them on cookie sheets.  We dry the leaves in the oven at 170º for 2 hours.  It makes the house smell nice and minty.

We store our dried leaves in a canning  jar.  So easy and so good!

I am linking this post up to Carnival of Home Preserving.

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A Garden Tour

Today is cloudy and we are getting rain showers.  We are inside catching up on laundry and housework and hopefully the rain is making the garden grow. 🙂  I did go out this morning and snapped a few pictures.  Here is how our garden is doing.

I am happy with how our tomatoes are growing.  They are strong and green and starting to bloom.

Tomato Patch

Our corn is also looking pretty healthy and strong.  There are sunflowers growing throughout the corn.

Corn

The zucchini plants are looking good, but I already have squash bugs.  I coated them with flour, garlic powder, and dried hot pepper flakes.  I will also try a spray bottle with Dawn dish liquid and water.

zucchini

There are a couple rows of watermelon or maybe it is cantaloupe. 🙂

watermelon?

A couple rows of newly sprouted okra.

Okra and a couple potato plants

I am not so sure the garlic is doing so great.

Garlic

But the onions look like they are getting nice and thick.

onions

These squash plants are supposed to resistant to squash bugs, but I floured them anyway.  There are also some cucumbers growing in this part of the garden.

squash

The potatoes weren’t doing so great so we planted some green beans with them.  They have decided they want to grow now.

Potatoes & Green Beans

Green Beans

Green Beans and Carrots

And more green beans I think

Cucumbers, potatoes, and corn. My guys are creative I guess. 🙂

One good cabbage and one badly eaten cabbage

I am really hoping we get a lot to can and freeze.  Blessings from One and a Half Acre Homestead!

I am linking this post to Homestead Barn Hop

Chick Pics

Our little chicks are doing wonderful.

We have four. There is a barred rock/buff orpington mix and three silkies.  Our other silkie hen is still setting on her nest. She started a little later.

We also have a buff setting on eggs.  Seems like our hens are summer setters. 🙂

Yesterday we went thrift shopping and done yard work.  I found a chair-my favorite thing to find!  🙂  Today I need to work on some aprons for my  mom and weed the garden.  I hope you all are having an enjoyable week.

Blessings from One and a Half Acre Homestead!

A Little Update

We really haven’t been doing a whole lot.  Just our usual chores and a little crafting.  We have also done some shopping and picnicking.  My mom just finished up this Christmas tree skirt that she was making for my aunt.  I have one just like it except mine is red with white trim.

Madison has also done a little crocheting too.  She made me this little doily that looks perfect under my flower vase. I love it a lot!

We have also been making aprons.  Here are Madison and McKenzie’s aprons.

And another little girls apron.

And a baby apron-so cute!

Here is an adult’s Christmas apron.  We have several more to make.

We now have a new tent and hope to use it tomorrow night. We went with our first tent choice, and I ‘m very glad we did.  Quentin and the kids put it up in the carport just to test it out.

It is pretty roomy in there.

There are also eggs hatching!  We have counted 4 baby chicks so far.  Our hens don’t want to show them to us just yet.  We did give our silkies  some buff orpington/barred rock eggs, and I am hoping for some new layers.

I hope you all are having a great week.  Blessings from One and a Half Acre Homestead!

Cherries

We had such a fun weekend picnicking and and cherry picking with the Dawsons to celebrate their Julies birthday.

We all got a lot of cherries.  I canned mine to make into pie filling later on and made some jelly.  I think it is the best jelly I have ever had.

We have worked on laundry today, dusted, and cleaned the bathrooms.   Quentin will pick up my mom when he gets off work.  My kids can’t wait for their Nanny to get here.  They know she will want to play cards and board games.

Blessings from One and a Half Acre Homestead!