Thursday, 30 August 2012


The morning light has changed.  The colour of it streaming through the fingerprinted windows and the angle of the sun, all point to September...

It's harvest season and we're tired (Lincoln included).

Across the road, the farmer is busy cutting down hay while we bring in all we can from the garden.

2 big baskets of Norkent apples were all of a sudden "ready" which meant "get the baskets and help me bring them in NOW before they all fall"  :)   They are sadly are a little hail damaged, so they won't keep.  Lots of apple eating is going on these days which is fine by us as they're sweet and crisp and oh, so good!

The tomatoes and squash continue to roll in at an alarmingly high rate of speed :)

So, we roast and season and stir and freeze.

The beans give a nice contrast of color in the freezer - all neatly packaged up ready for winter eats.

Late Summer/early Fall means FLY season here so these brilliant covers are constantly in rotational duty these days.  I must find more - I've only got 2 that were found at the thrift store last year.  They are INDISPENSABLE at this time of year.

With the kids going to school next week (after 7 years of Home Educating), we've been busy for the last month gently reviewing and honing skills...  We're aiming for a smooth transition, so with the academic side of things taken care of ahead of time, that should free up energy to be spent getting settled/accustomed to the new routines. 

Everyone is excited :)

And at long last, we hosted Reece's family birthday dinner!  Due to illness and travelling family members, we had to postpone his family dinner but it was worth the wait.  Family tradition means that the birthday boy chose the menu and the cake - roast chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy (no green veggies!), carrots, corn on the cob, and chocolate milk :)  Chocolate cake iced in GREEN, topped with assorted yumminess finished off the meal rather nicely.

Oh yes, it was good...

And of course, topping it ALL was having BOTH brothers home at the same time.

Oh happy day for this wee lad :)


  1. I am looking forward to winter when things tend to slow down a bit and I can relax by the fire and read. Your food covers can be found at Dollar Tree if you happen to have one near you. I purchased a small and a large packaged together for a dollar.

  2. Oh, thank you so much!!!! I looked at Dollarama and could not find them there :)

  3. The picture of your dog is hilarious...poor pup LOL.

    Those squash are the wierdest thing I have ever seen, if you stumbled upon those in the wild you'd think they were poisonous just from their appearence.

    Interesting to see you use the cryovac machine for your beans, do you blanch them first or just cryovac and freeze raw?

  4. Reece balanced the lack of green in the main course with plenty of green in the dessert! All summer we use those covers to deter flies from the food on the outdoor table.

  5. Wow, that will be a change for you Sherrie with them off at school! Do you use one of those machine things for the frozen goods (can't think of the name...but one of those shrink, wrap thinggies...where is my brain)?

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Alison and Busy mum of 3... somehow your comments were both in my spam folder??? Yes, I use a Foodsaver. I bit the bullet and bought one last year after discovering that my harvested/frozen produce from the previous year were getting freezer burned. It's WAY too much work to grow and harvest all that food to have it go to waste!