I had Win again this week, for a few days. She is such a character! She keeps me on my toes! I got a few things done while she was here; but more after that. There will be many photos below, so you will see what we've been doing lately. Randy checked the beehive this week, but the honey isn't capped off yet. The frames are getting really heavy, so it shouldn't bee to much longer until we harvest our honey. I couldn't go out with him to take photos this time since Win was here. I'm really excited to see how much honey we get! I hope it will be enough that I'm reading how to use honey in recipes instead of sugar! We have been told that our hive is really strong! Most hives don't make enough to harvest honey the first year. I think it's because of the early Spring we had with all of the pollen. There are still bees getting pollen from our butterfly bushes! The honey will probably have an interesting flavor.
Skylar starts back to school on Monday! I can hardly believe it's time already! He's been working hard all summer without much of a break! I made up some biscuits and froze the dough. That way, he'll have a nice hot biscuit and sausage every day if he wants one! They are not the best biscuits, though. I've been living in the South all of my life and still have yet to master the art of making biscuits! I will get it, hopefully! I'm already looking for another recipe to try. I can't believe it's the weekend already, either! Hope ya'll have a good one! Blessings from Bama!
|Two eggplants harvested from the garden. I made the Parmesan with one and sliced and froze the other.
|Some tomatoes and fennel seed from the garden.
|Granola in the making!
|I almost forgot to take a picture! I ground a chuck roast with the meat grinder attachment.
|The meat after grinding. I added some carrots and onions for meatloaf.
|This is the 'squash' plant that came up on its own. It is humongous!
|Voluntary basil plants.
|These are monarch caterpillars. They feed on the fennel plant.
|The pumpkin vine didn't make it. Only the voluntary squash plant has survived, from those type plants.
|Pear vinegar in the making! I have since replaced the napkin with a coffee filter and rubber band. It has white, moldy stuff on top. I need to read about that.
|I got this much granola from the batch I made in the Crockpot.
|It is delicious!
|These small yellow tomatoes are from a voluntary plant. I did have these last year. They are delicious too!
|Win putting her clothes on by 'herself'! Those are her shorts!
|My shoes, Ran's socks!
|The pool is almost filled.
|Lovely Graham Thomas rose.
|I can't even begin to describe the intoxicating fragrance of this rose!
|This rose is almost equally intoxicating!
|It's a climber.
|I believe this came from one of those caterpillars.
|Isn't he lovely?
|Bees are hard to photograph.
|I have been growing fennel for several years. It just occurred to me that I could harvest my own fennel seed!
|This one flutters his wings so fast, I could hardly get his picture!
|Fennel seeds are not easily ground! I will use them in the sausage, whole!
|Shredded and ready to be frozen!
|My poor, thin biscuits! I will make them thicker next time!
|The pool is filled! Now to attach the pump and add the chemicals!