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Fresh from the Garden: Bok Choy

Because we didn’t move in until Mid-July we didn’t really have much of a garden this year. By the time we got two beds in (4*16ft filled with llama poo and topsoil from a local garden store) there was time for minimal planting. I put in 3 types of peas, cole crops and some late carrots. It’s been really wet here this year, so far we’ve missed the major flooding but have had standing water on the lawn and the chicken coop has gotten pretty moist.

The first harvest of the season was this pak choy. I had to pull it up before the stems really filled out, which made me sad, but it was starting to bolt.
Starting to flower, pull them at this point!
Notice how the flowers look like broccoli? They are relatives, all in the brassica group. Also related are cabbage, kale and turnips. Also, see the bug chomps? Tasted fine anyway.
I only pulled a handful of plants, I’m still hoping the others will flesh out a little more. Because I only had a few I waited for my boyfriend to go to work so I could eat them all. 
All I did was pop off the roots (ok, i used my fingernails and threw the root ends at the chickens). Then I rinsed them in the sink. Poured some olive oil in a large pan and added some chopped garlic. 
In the pan
I was impatient (and hungry) so I tossed in some orange juice. Added some steam too. They cooked down pretty quickly overall.
Finished product. On the new picnic table built by the boyfriends brother.
The citrus was a good plan, worked well with the bite of the garlic and the choy. You can see in the pic how wimpy the stems are, would have been so much nicer if they had been plump.
Over all this is how I cook. Throw it together and see what happens. I work for a chef… don’t tell on me?
 

Countdown is On!

The date is set. Date for the housewarming party that is. I have until October 16th to get my house ready for public consumption. I have quite a list already and even more that’s not written down. The only things that really need to get done are the cleaning and the moving of ‘stuff’. We still have boxes in the spare room (which will likely stay there until the end of time) the garage is a mess and a few totes in the living-room. 

Room by room play-by-play:

Kitchen

  • Finish the Chalkboard. I got really excited when I saw spay-chalkboard paint and bought green instead of black. Not a good look with the orange frame. I did manage to get the frame hung and leveled, just waiting on the paint.
  • Put curtains on the window. I’ve got the fabric, just need a rod and to make the curtains.


Dining Room

  • Fix the swag above the sliding glass door.
  • Make runner for the buffet.
  • Banner for ‘mantle’ 
  • Finish the stuffed pumpkins. 

Living room

  • Leaking fishtank….. 75 Gallon tank decided to leak all over the hardwood floors
  • Finish halloween table runner for coffee table
  • Finish lamp shade
  • Clear out the chest and tubs/boxes 
  • Finish afgan 

Craft room – yeah right. That’s the winter project, same with the bedroom. See our cat is… well… demonic. She is very, very loving. To me. And my boyfriend. Everyone else? She hates. She actually trapped a friend of mine in the bathroom until I could come to the rescue. 

She likes my mom a little, but then again we (the cat and I) lived with her for about 6 months and my mom fed her sometimes. The plan is to lock the cat in the bedroom while everyone is there. She’ll have her litterbox, water and food and hopefully none of my guests will bleed. And she won’t get out, she is a 100% inside kitty who likes to escape if she feels ignored. 


Expect pictures with updates

Down On the Farm: Meet the FuzzButts

Say hello to George and Fred. Or as they would say hmmmmm.
(NOT the Harry Potter twins)
They are both male alpacas. They are the newest additions to the farm. They are incredibly sweet and generally low maintenance. They are a bit skinny at the moment (really under all the fiber they are quite wee) so they get grain in the morning and evening, fresh water and free range of the pasture. They get shots 1x a month for parasite prevention and regular toe clipping and yearly shearing. 

Grass, Yum
My long term goal is to spin yarn from their fiber but even if that never happens the boys are so worth the ‘trouble’. No matter what happens at work I come home and they make all seem ok with the world.
The boys expect me to follow them so I can make food appear in the bowl
Some people use alpacas and llamas for animal assisted therapy. They are both a bit too skittish for that right now, but they like to be hand fed and are ok with some petting so hopefully we can work our way up to it. It would be a nice way to ‘give back’ and all that jazz

 Fred being dramatic
In a nutshell alpacas are Fuzzy. And awesome. And Fuzzy. 
Stay tuned for more gratuitous fuzzball pics  

Embroidered Spider Web Hoop Art

This is the first project (2nd post!) I ever did and I felt like it deserved some love. I still have these hoops 2 years later and aside from some odd stains they are going strong. I’ve got a soft spot for spiders and this project really shows them off in a simple way.

Welcome!

Hello and congrats for finding My Blog!

About Me: I read a lot of blogs and now I’m joining in with one of my own. I am 23 and just bought my first (and lets hope only, I spent the entire buying process on the verge of vomiting) house. I live with my boyfriend/fiance (long story there) of 5 years and a zoo. We have a small farm-in-progresss outside and more pets inside. You’ll meet them all soon.

I am a ridiculously creative person. I’m always making things or thinking about making something. For the first time I have a craft/sewing room OF MY OWN! A definite plus with home ownership. Another plus, I can paint/build/garden ect to my hearts content. I paint, sew, crochet and engage in general crafting. I also love pintrest… who doesn’t?

What to expect: Excerpts from my life including the adventures of living in the country with 2 cows (Dorothy and Sophia), 2 alpacas (George and Fred), 13 turkeys (Gobbles and harem), 45+ chickens, 6 ducks and the house-hold bunch – RitaBeast the kitty, BunBun (or Bunny) the bunny, Jeeves and Matilda Fluffywhumps, the chinchillas and Pollo and Pavo the Quaker Parrots (told you it was a zoo). Also DIY projects and reviews of things I like/dislike. Basically a whole lot of everything.

Stay tuned later for 2 easy Halloween (my fav!) tutorials, one inside one outside

Hint: Both involve spider webs!