Well, all I can say is that we got everything in the garden about a month and a half ago, got the straw down as weed control measure about 2 weeks ago. I am just being really slow at updating this blog.
We also put straw down on the bed under the back deck, and on the bed along the fence by the driveway. It really helps us cutting down weeding time.
Which I finally did last Thursday night. :P
Most of the plants currently have flowers, if not fruits.
What else has been going on? Hmmm.. jams, jams and more jams.
We made strawberry and strawberry rhubarb freezer jams a few weeks ago.
We got more strawberries. So we preserved some strawberry and kiwi jam. I managed to haul out my hot water bath canning pot and preserved the jams. While I was at it, I also did a few jars of cherry nectarine jam. Or maybe I should call it cherry nectarine syrup? It's not runny. It's thick enough but it would be more suitable for pancakes, french toasts or waffles sauce. My husband can testify that it is good!
A few jars of strawberry kiwi jam and a few jars of cherry nectarine syrup.
Why cherry nectarine?
Well, we picked the sour cherries from our neighbors' trees. As is our routine every summer. To make sour cherry jam, I needed 4 lbs pitted cherries. I had only 3 pounds pitted cherries. I happened to have a few nectarines on hand. Why not? So I just chopped up the nectarine, enough to make up 4 lbs of fruit total. And we have the syrup with fruit chunks in it.
My middle child turned 4 last week. His birthday fell on a weekday this year, so we had a family gathering on the following Saturday.
On his actual birthday, I made a SMALL cake. 8' square pan. I cut the cake in half when it was cooled, and I got this.
It was just the right size for the four of us. The baby didn't eat the cake. He didn't need to. Sorry, baby.
My son requested a fire truck cake for his birthday. We looked at a lot of fire truck cakes on the internet and we picked one from Betty Crocker website. Of course, he looked at more afterwards and changed his mind but this mom wasn't listening. *I* got my sight set on this one. Because it had a template. And it was easy to follow!
My daughter said, "It's a pink fire truck! It's for a girl!" Yes, well, I wasn't about to use a whole tube of red food coloring. It was alarming as it was the amount that I used to get that pink. :D