In My Garden

DSC06745 DSC06744 DSC06743 DSC06740 DSC06739 DSC06737 DSC06736 DSC06734 DSC06733 DSC06732 DSC06726Sunset hour in my garden is a pretty amazing place to be. That golden hour light makes all of the leaves glitter. As we head towards the Summer Solstice the days are growing longer and longer, allowing us to linger in the garden in the evenings well after sundown.

If only I had some proper patio furniture to sit down and linger in eating warm ripe tomatoes right off the vine! Those little gems are some of the sweetest, tastiest tomatoes I’ve ever had. I have 4 varieties growing right now and they are all mixed up together and spread all over the garden. They are beginning to take over as I string some of them up like marionettes. There are worse problems to have, right?!

Tomatoes, corn, baby okra, baby zucchini, green beans, even some baby cucumbers. I’m keeping a poundage count this season, can’t wait to see what comes of it. I hope I’m up to my ears in okra. I’ve been wanting to really test out okra recipes.

Do any of you need kale? I have kale plants that are as tall as me.

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Homemade Hemp Milk

DSC06748DSC06751Hemp seed milk = hemp seeds + water + blending.

Wow, that was possibly the easiest recipe I’ve ever posted on this blog. Now whether you drink animal milks or not, I’m not here to lecture about that. However, I have been looking for a better alternative to nut and seed milks. Almonds are water hogs, most nuts are actually. Those trees grow big and strong and to do so they need loads of water. So I’ve been staying away from almond milk, cashew milk is too expensive, oat milk is nice but I have other things I want to do with my oats. All store-bought milk alternatives have a bucket load of thickener and sweetener ingredients that I’m not so into. So along comes homemade hemp seed milk.

It has a nice creamy texture and a mild enough flavor that it’s great with granola or smoothies. The best part about making hemp seed milk is that you don’t need to soak them first.

Simply mix 1/2 cup of hemp seeds with 1 1/2 cups of water and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Store in a lidded jar for up to a week.

I like it best when it’s cold, but I have put it on my granola when the milk was still warm and really enjoyed.

If you try this out or have already tried it please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on making your own seeds milks.

Happy Tuesday!

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Bring Them Out

 

DSC06723 DSC06714 DSC06713 DSC06706 DSC06701 DSC06700 DSC06699 DSC06698 DSC06697 DSC06696 DSC06695 DSC06694There is a love of wild nature in everybody an ancient mother-love ever showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.- John Muir

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In My Garden

DSC06681 DSC06679 DSC06678 DSC06676 DSC06673 DSC06672 DSC06671 DSC06670 DSC06669 DSC06668 DSC06667 DSC06665 DSC06664 DSC06661 DSC06660 DSC06659 DSC06657My garden has reached it’s third trimester. It’s at that point where the vines are laden with fruit so heavy I have to prop them up. There are tomatoes of every size, baby eggplants, chilies, bell peppers, garlic, green beans, kale, chard, the first zucchini, all the herbs, and so many flowers. I so love being outside in the garden. Now I am waiting for it all to ripen; I’m ready to eat Summer!

The okra and melons and cucumbers are flowering along with new butternut squash sprouts. I decided butternut squash might be a better idea this year instead of the big head cheese because 60 pounds of winter squash is getting the better of us.

How are your sprouts doing? What’s popping up or growing in your garden?

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Little Butterflies

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Happy Monday! As they grow so does their sassiness.

We spent all weekend putting in laminate flooring. I’m tired but happy. Before and after pictures to come.

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Chicken TV

DSC06626 DSC06621 DSC06620 DSC06618 DSC06614 DSC06613 DSC06606Yep, we’re those people who pull up chairs and sit and watch their chickens live. Chickens are endlessly entertaining. They are kind of dim-witted and brilliant at the same time. I recommend that everyone in the whole world spend at least one day with a chicken.

This post features Zianna, Cheep and Bluebell in that order. What do you think of the chicken coop? All we need to put up now is the chainlink fence and hardwire cloth. We best get to it because these girls are getting big and running out of space in the kennel.

Happy Thursday!

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Weekending

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This weekend was:

  • filled with glorious sunflowers blooming one after the other
  • full of good homemade food
  • way more gourmet chocolate than I ever normally eat
  • surprise cookbook gifts
  • finishing our chicken coop (pics to come this week)
  • installing laminate flooring in the first of our 4 bedrooms
  • filled with beautiful cool weather
  • sleepless nights due to spring allergies
  • dinner/cooking lesson with good friends
  • news of an exciting new opportunity for me (I can’t tell just yet I’m sorry!)

I hope those of you who are mothers had a lovely day yesterday, or if not, you spent time with your mama. Mamas need all the love and kindness they can get. I should mention I co-authored a book this time last year called Mind Body Love with a lot of other wonderful mothers. You can download it for free here.

Happy Monday!

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In My Garden

DSC06587When I started this blog I called it “Little Homestead in the Desert”. I had dreams one day of having a place of my own with a huge garden and livestock. Well, that pretty much has come true. We have a place of our own, a 300 sq ft. garden, and now chickens! I feel like the addition of livestock let’s me call it a homestead. :)

The garden is really thriving. Our temperatures have been cooler than normal with a rain storm every week and a half. The tomato plants are sagging under the weight of all the tomatoes. There are green beans and chili peppers!

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The chicken coop under construction. It still needs paint, a roof, a lid for the nesting boxes, and of course the chain link fencing and an extra layer of hardwire cloth.

DSC06596DSC06595 DSC06594DSC06593DSC06592DSC06590DSC06586There is zucchini soon and eggplants, sunflowers reaching for the sky and  lots and lots of flowers!! I feel so rich, I can’t wait to stop buying produce for the summer. How are your gardens?

 

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Nature Pal Exchange

DSC06249 DSC06250 DSC06252 DSC06253 DSC06254 DSC06255DSC06602About a month ago dear friend L sends me a text message saying I need to sign up for this Nature Pal Exchange on Instagram. We’ll I’m a huge fan of nature exchanges so I signed us up. I eagerly awaited who it might be and who I could send bits of the desert too. Well of all the people who signed up, L and I were chosen for each other. Well no problem with that, I already have her address and everything! So the girls and I went on a few walks collecting bits and bobs of the less pokier things the desert has to offer. We included a few paintings and even a solar print. Then I put it all in a box and sent it off the day before I left for New Mexico.

While we were gone L sent their box to us. Upon our return we opened it up, and oh the treasures we found! I’ve since put them all in a shadow box and hung them on the wall. Shadow boxes are so neat especially ones filled with nature treasures.

Happy Tuesday!

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Bits of Nature

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DSC06572 DSC06569 DSC06568 DSC06560 DSC06559 DSC06552 DSC06539 DSC06520 DSC06518We went camping again this weekend, only this time it was just us and our dear friends. We had a blast on this all-girls weekend. We’ve decided to go camping once a month as long as the weather allows so that our girls can really fall in love with being outside and know it in an intimate way that goes beyond hikes and park days. The girls played and played, making fairy houses and finding treasures. We took a few exploratory walks and had a bonfire each night. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather.

My favorite part of the whole thing was getting to chat late into the night with my friend (who we’ll call C from now on) drinking wine from stainless steel glasses by the fire.  What a luxury.

This place had its own magic being a birding hot spot. We saw at least a dozen different bird species including a wild turkey that walked right through our camp!

Happy Monday everyone!

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