I’m back! Did you miss me?
We had a very busy week, and I totally shut off my computer and did not check any emails, read any blogs, or keep up on anything! Now THAT is a real vacation!
After our trip to Illinois, the hubby and I spent some time on the sprucing up the beehive project! It is really coming along, but is a lot of work! I also decided it was time to harvest the garden!
First was the onion patch. I think we planted close to 80 onion plants, and this is what we ended up with! And they smelled sooo good!
I think this was one of the biggest ones. Yum! I will say though that these onions are nothing compared to my Dad’s! He grew the biggest onions this year! He says the key is to fertilize them every 3 weeks. I definitely did not do that .. maybe next year!
I also pulled up some more radishes .. they are still coming in! These babies are huge!
This is what I call the mutant squashes – it is a volunteer squash plant that comes up all OVER the place every year!! Most of the plants never get big enough to produce anything, but this one produced 2 squashes. Honestly, I’m a little scared to try it …
Fall is really hitting all around us! I love watching the trees change colors on the mountains! So pretty!
And finally, the moment you all have been waiting for …
Harvesting the potatoes in the trash cans! I’ll admit, I was a little nervous to see how we did!
The first can we emptied was the 3rd one in, counting from the left. All summer, it looked dead – nothing grew on top, and we thought it just never took off.
Wrong! I didn’t get a huge harvest, but I did find a few buried in the soil! Some were sooo tiny – they are like Sammy sized potatoes!
I continued digging in all 4 trashcans.
The best way we figured to do this was to shovel the dirt into a wheelbarrow, and I just sifted through the dirt to find the potatoes. Time consuming, but effective!
Most of the plants had potatoes attached to the roots.
I think my husband was a little disappointed in the harvest .. I guess I was a little bit too. But, it is better than nothing, right??
Would I do this again next year? You bet I would! We had some roasted potatoes for dinner .. so good!
During this last week, I kept our meals simple. We used the grill a lot! One thing I have been loving is roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts on the grill – I kind of cheat, and microwave a potato until it is almost cooked, and then cut it in fry – like pieces. Place it in a sheet of aluminum foil with a few brussels, and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook on the grill for a few minutes and wa-la! Homebaked fries (and brussels!) And ketchup is a must! No pictures
During my time off the grid last week, I did think a lot about the future of my blog. When I started blogging, I wrote mainly about my love of cooking healthy-er recipes. I have so many interests – I have started branching out, writing about herbal remedies, cheese making, and more recently – organization and how I am redecorating our home. I’m not sure where this is all going, so I am just going to ride the wave for now. I have some big work obligations coming up, and I know that will limit the amount of time I can spend on the blog. For this week, I have a work-related class I am taking, and a test I am required to pass, so I might not be around so much while I focus on that. Tests??? What is that?
This post resonated with me last week. I know life is a journey, and our desires and interests are constantly changing – that is what makes life interesting! I guess I feel I am at an edge of something – changing focus a little bit, and things that used to be my focus (like creating a new gluten free recipe), no longer hold that much interest for me. My food habits aren’t changing (although I have been experimenting in adding back gluten free oats – loving it so far!), but I am falling back on some simpler recipes.
I hope you will stick with me to see where this is going! I do know that with this little guy – life is never boring!