We are thoroughly enjoying our summer.  It has been nice. Being not too hot or too cold.

A summer time treat-fried squash, okra, and green tomatoes.

A summer time treat-fried squash, okra, and green tomatoes straight from the garden.

Our garden is growing well. We are excited to have vines full of watermelon, cantaloupe, butternut squash, and cushaw.


The tomatoes are ripening. We are enjoying the yellow striped tomatoes most.


The meat chicks have grown so much and have graduated from their brooder to an outdoor pen.


Getting so big!

Getting so big!

The baby goats will be ready for a new home in a couple of weeks. We need to get busy building a milking stand.

001Buckling on left and doeling on right.

Summer porridge makes a great summer breakfast.  I use 1/4 c oats, 1/3 c milk, 1/4 c yogurt, and 1/2 c of our frozen strawberries. Let it sit in the fridge over night, and you have a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast.

Summer Porridge

Summer Porridge

We mixed up a batch of slice and bake chocolate chip cookies. I found it was easier to make into a roll after chilling in the fridge for a while. I also filled a  whipped topping tub. If they turn out good from the tub, that will be the way to go for me.



Here are some black and white pictures from around our homestead taken by Madison.






Run, Bambi!

Run, Bambi!


Me-new glasses(first time) and funny hat!

Me-new glasses(first time) and funny hat!

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. I will back on soon to catch up on your blogs!





Moving Right Along

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks are just so cute.

Summer is moving right along, and the last few weeks have been nice.

Quentin and I celebrated our 15th anniversary on July 7th. Quentin had to work but surprised me with flowers and a dutch oven. I haven’t used it yet but want to try this first.

  We started school on July 8th. We are casually working throughout the day but still getting a lot accomplished.

We ordered 50 fryer chicks and they arrived at the post office on July 10th. Some of them did not make the trip, and we have lost more also. The others seem to be doing fine now. I think there is one broody silky hen. I am hoping the others will follow suit and hatch some eggs from our laying hens.

Friday night was spent camping. We camped at Claytor again and had a wonderful time. Our summer has been cool so it was perfect sleeping weather.

The garden is doing good. We have had so much rain and need sunshine now to start ripening our fruit.  We have made dill pickles, pickled peppers, frozen bell peppers, and canned green beans. The deer have eaten more than their fair share of things. Cucumbers and apples seem to be their choice fruits this year. I am trying to keep everything sprayed and am using fishing line to deter them.  Now if Bernard would only stay awake at night and chase them away.

And lastly, Quentin got a new job closer to home. We can’t wait for him to start so we can spend more time together.

Summer is supposed to make an appearance tomorrow with temps reaching 86º. I was wondering if it was ever going to arrive.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer.