Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Our motivating crop was OKRA, of all things. Not only is it supposed to be drought-resistant (wahoo!), but my kids consume an absurd amount of pickled okra (weird, I know) and I was finally convinced that pickling/canning was not out of my reach.
So, we took the plunge. And...
... it worked! We planted okra, zucchini, green beans, and two varieties of grape tomatoes. The zucchini started out strong, but have really slowed down in the heat of the summer. We probably got about a dozen or two, enough to keep us eating plenty for several weeks without getting sick of it.
The green beans didn't do as well as I hoped. It takes longer to harvest enough to cook than they'll stay fresh in the fridge, so we mostly just eat them raw. The two tiny tomato plants have turned into a jungle of vines, full of green tomatoes that ripen at a rate just fast enough to feed us with plenty to share. The Tami G variety is Noah's favorite, with teeny-tiny grape tomatoes, but it doesn't produce nearly as much as the grape-roma Juliets. Those vines are constantly full of green tomatoes, ready to ripen.
The okra has been nothing short of a smashing success. It is so easy to grow, and Noah hasn't tired of harvesting it every day. It started out as an easy job,
but has gotten tall enough to be a challenge lately!
He eats it raw (or pickled, or fried, or sauteed),
and loves to eat the blossoms (his idea!) so much that I had to give him a daily ration so that he leaves some flowers to grow into okras. Okay, originally I rationed him because I wasn't sure how edible okra blossoms were, but I've since looked that up and google says they're okay. Did you know okra is related to hibiscus? Explains the gorgeous flowers!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I can't seem to keep these boys off the furniture anymore! (and by furniture, we're not talking about chairs and couches and low-lying tables... oh, no)
Oh, and that box in Josh's hand? Empty tissue box. Was full ten minutes before, all nicely aligned, ready to pop up one at a time. Was full five minutes before, stuffed in there as well as I could manage after gathering them from all over the couch. But tissues are small potatoes today. Noah and Amelia at least taught me that trick.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Then on Memorial Day, which was actually Amelia's birthday, we had a joint party for her and Noah's daycare classmates and some family friends at Hoppin' House. More Hoppin' photos here.
Finally today, Noah's birthday rounded out the month. We started at Chuck-E-Cheese where Noah got to take a turn in the Ticket Blaster (Amelia was going to help, but was overwhelmed when tickets started to fly).
We finished the day, and the month, with a final round of cupcakes and some time to play with new toys.
Between princesses and building toys, our house has a definite castle theme going on right now.