A couple of weeks ago we went to the Deschutes Street Pub festival in downtown Roanoke (Paul won VIP tickets). I didn't take a single picture except for this one, on the walk to the festival.
I snapped it with my cell phone, as Reid was wearing his Texas Tavern shirt that day. This little restaurant has been around a long time! Paul works a block from there, so he eats lunch there once in a while. Makes for a cheap meal.
We've eaten a lot of the produce from the garden fresh this summer, but I'm still trying to can things too. I was hoping to can massive amounts of tomatoes in all form, but have been struggling with what I think may be blight on the fruit of my larger tomatoes. Probably as a result of all the rain we've had. Regardless, I was able to find enough tomatoes and jalapenos to make a batch of salsa.
While I only got 5 pints (plus about a half pint I didn't can but ate immediately on chips, spoiling both my lunch and dinner) from the effort, I was pleased, since it was my first attempt at canning salsa. It isn't quite as chunky as I'd like, but it has excellent flavor.
I also decided to try to make pickled eggs. We have some excess eggs, and I thought maybe the boys would like them. They seem to like all other things pickled. I confess that I have never eaten a pickled egg. They always look so.....creepy....floating around in there. Like something you'd see in a curiosity cabinet from 1911 on dusty shelves next to jars of double headed snakes and an octopus brain.
As of the time I am writing this post, the pickled eggs are still curing. I am going to be brave and try one. It'll be interesting to see if anyone in the family likes them. Maybe we'll get lucky and everyone will. If so, I might try to make a spicier version with jalapenos - since I have excess in my garden to use up.
I bet you didn't know that one of my favorite things is building fences. I just love to put in new wooden fencing. I love the smell of the wood, putting up the boards, and seeing the finished product. Luckily, we have a post hole digger which makes things easier (although it is still tricky to use, since our land is quite rocky). And I love the reassurance that it will be there for years to come, and will safely contain the horses.
We recently put in a new fence line along the driveway. If wood wasn't so expensive I'd put wood fencing all over the place! I just love it.
On the left you see the new fence. We still have to take down the electric from behind it - we use that area as one of our horse pastures. Hopefully at some point we can continue that wood fencing up the driveway to the left, but we've used up our fencing budget for a while. On the right you can see fencing that we put in about 15 years ago when we started building the horse arena. The little triangle building in the background is our chicken tractor.
Readers - is there some unlikely chore that you love doing?
The other day the boys were watching yet another episode of Garfield that they had checked out from the library and I said, "I think I'm going to just sit around watching Garfield all day! You guys can cook the meals and clean the house and do the laundry!"
The boys seized on this idea, and while I didn't sit around watching Garfield, I did have boys helping me out more, and Paul had boys volunteering to dig fence post holes.
Cort learned how to make deviled eggs and apple pies. He did an excellent job and was so proud of his creations. The next day, when we attended a church potluck, he watched in pride as every last deviled egg was eaten.
The two apple pies he made turned out very well too! Sadly, we didn't get many apples this year due to a late frost, but at least we put the few we had to good use.
Readers, who would you like to trade places with for a day?