Drying & Using Tomatoes

Over the past five years here at Happy Acres we’ve found that Juliets are one of our favorite tomatoes to dry. They are good fresh (Dave made some killer salsa the other day with them), but drying really brings out the flavor. So last week I harvested almost 10 pounds from our four plants. This…

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Putting Up

It’s been busy around here. From harvesting to watering to putting up. But before I tell you about putting up, I wanted to share something that made my day recently. With all of the time I spend outside I’ve been on the lookout for some long pants for gardening. They needed to be white and…

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2012 iris count

It’s been so much fun again seeing our irises bloom. Every day I check to see if a new one has opened. This one bloomed 4/30/10 and this year it bloomed April 16. Even though this one is a lovely iris, when they first started blooming here when we moved in, there were so many…

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Waldorf Salad

  We took some time off yesterday and went to Engelbrecht Orchards to pick apples. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera. It was fun walking through the orchard picking the fresh apples. You pay for a 10 lb bag and then fill it up. So we filled up two! We’ll be making applesauce for the…

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A Surprise and More

Yesterday I took a walk around Happy Acres with my camera. Spotting these surprises made my day. I usually don’t spot these until they are all blooming. Been drying a lot of tomatoes. I’ve got a whole countertop full to work on this morning. I snapped a couple shots before they went in to the…

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Harvesting Heaven

The harvest here this year has been unbelievable. Now, the cherries and blueberries didn’t do real well, but the other fruits and veggies are coming on strong. Because of that, we’ve decided to break down and get another freezer. This one is a chest freezer that will be dedicated to meat and fish. Right now,…

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Cherry Cherry

Asparagus harvesting is over (we got 20 pounds from our little patch!) and now it’s on to one of my favorites –  cherries. Much to our surprise, when we moved in that our property had a cherry tree. We added three more, one of which has since died.  This year is the first year that…

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Blackberry Fruit Leather

Last year I tried my best to use up our blackberries. We froze a lot of them and put them in smoothies. I also made jello, syrup (which I’ve already made two batches this spring from last year’s harvest), popsicles, and cobbler. But leather – no. I made apple leather – do that every year…

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Sewing and Recycling

I’ve been doing a little sewing here at Happy Acres the past couple of weeks. I recycled some of my old material from my quilting days for these projects. We’ve been in dire need of some new potholders since the ones we bought on our Honeymoon in Hawaii are pretty sad looking. I had this…

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