Garden goodness

IMG_5999My garden is a veritable jungle! We’ve had so much rain, and I’ve been so inattentive and absent that the weeds got a little agressive.IMG_6550 But, I’m still getting a lot of produce out of it and that’s what matters! I’ll deal with the weeds another time. After all, tomorrow is another day! IMG_6006Tomatoes are just starting to come in! Whatever the hornworms leave for me, anyway! IMG_7010This first batch will be for salsa! Too bad I forgot to grow cilantro..again. I don’t think it would like this heat, anyway. IMG_7520Lots of cucumbers for pickles and snacks. I’m happy to share some with Jeremie’s mom. She is sick, and this is one thing she can enjoy still!IMG_5790 This is the first time I’ve grown purple hull peas. I though they would climb the trellis, but it turns out they only grow to be about 18″-2′ high. Makes for easy picking!IMG_7519 And it’s so much fun to shell them! We’ve been canning a lot of green beans. All the kids like to have canned green beans in the winter time. IMG_5909And, Oh! These sunflowers! They make my heart happy! So tall and bright and cheery.  IMG_7279

Another project in the works

IMG_7346Putting up this extremely tall pole had this mama worried. I had visions of it going up then falling over and dooowwwn onto Tommy who was pulling it with straps from the other side. The reason I was worried is because it wasn’t quite in the hole, Jeremie was expecting it to slide into the hole, once it got more upright. What is this huge post for? What are your guesses?IMG_20170703_162327786

Volleyball

IMG_7477The kids have a volleyball net set up in the front yard and boy, it’s seen some use this summer! It’s a great game for all the kids to play, no matter how good or short or aggressive or tall or fast or slow they are. IMG_7485It’s not to strenuous, and it’s especially fun in the cool of the evenings. I’ve captured some fun action shots of previous games.IMG_7474

Come take a walk

Come take a walk with me around the farm!

Benja loves to pick cukes!

Benja loves to pick cukes!

Those are some monster onions, Jack!

Those are some monster onions, Jack!

Sweet flowers, sweeter girl!

Sweet flowers, sweeter girl!

Gloria loves to throw corn to the chickens!

Gloria loves to throw corn to the chickens!

Picking the last of the strawberries. Popping them in their mouths!

Picking the last of the strawberries. Popping them in their mouths!

Feeding mama's baby Americauna chicks. They should be laying soon!

Feeding mama’s baby Americauna chicks. They should be laying soon!

Sunflowers for my boy with a sunny disposition.

Sunflowers for my boy with a sunny disposition.

Say what?

IMG_7537Scoby leather! Yeah, I was a bit skeptical at first, too. But really, it’s delicious! I have all these extra scobys from making continuous brew kombucha and I hated to just throw them to the pigs. So after fishing a scoby out of my brew, I chopped it up into small pieces. IMG_7538It was rather difficult to cut through. Slimy and tough. Then I whizzed it up in my blender with a bit of ‘booch to make it go ’round. It took a bit of time to get all that blended smooth.IMG_7539Then I added some agave nectar (or you could use honey) and strawberries. Whiz again and spread on dehydrator sheets. You could also make this on a silpat in the oven set on low. IMG_7540When it was drying it smelled delicious! Like over ripe berries warmed from the sun! And it tastes sticky and sweet, just like real fruit leather! IMG_7546

Reunion

IMG_7496Originally we planned to have the Schultz family reunion up in Wisconsin at Jeremie’s sister’s house. IMG_7462But because Jeremie’s mom was hospitalized at the last minute, everyone decided to come to Tennessee instead. IMG_7509Yeah! For not having to drive the big camper up Hwy 57 through construction! IMG_7389And all those cousins and aunts and uncles were so fun to have at the farm!IMG_7423 Everyone tag teamed for food prep and clean up and visiting with Grandma Schultz, since she was too weak to come over. IMG_7401Jeremie ran like a little energizer bunny, running games, setting things up, swimming with the kids, catching up with his sibs. IMG_7439So many cousins…there are 27 grandkids in all. IMG_7457The oldest one couldn’t make it, with his new wife.IMG_7450 But what a sight to see all the family singing and playing praise to Jesus during worship on Sunday!IMG_7385 We do this every other year. IMG_7395I know it’s hard for people to work out school schedules and work vacations but we all leave thinking we should do this more often! IMG_7386

Disaster on the homestead

IMG_7371Ugh! Sometimes you work, and work, and work and things still don’t go right. We are hosting a large family gathering here and Jeremie wanted to smoke a hog for them all to enjoy. Poor guy had been working hard all day in the hot sun on projects that needed to be done around the farm. It was close to midnight when he got around to slaughtering the hog. Then is needed to be scraped and gutted and smoked. Something happened during the night becuase he woke me up at 4am to say, “there isn’t any hog.” What a disaster! Grease from the hog had dripped onto the fire, causing the carcass to burn instead of smoke. This is result. Charred. What a waste. IMG_7384

Summer fun!

IMG_7226Here at the Funny Farm we try to be intentional with our time. We do A LOT of work. But we also enjoy A LOT of fun. I think that’s why are kids are such cheerful workers. They realize we all do it together and then we all have fun together. IMG_7230We also believe in teaching life skills to all the kids. And we start ’em out young, lol! While they are working on a project that will result in hours of fun family time, it hardly seems like work or learning, but it is! Measure once, cut twice! IMG_7253