Tag Archives: raspberries

Summer Showers

26 Jun

We’ve had quite a few rainy days lately.  It does make it hard to get lots of outside work done.  Luckily, my mom and I spent quite a bit of time yesterday weeding the garden because it finally dried out enough from the last rounds of rain.

I was hoping we would be on the miss side of the hit-and-miss rain overnight.  That way I could cultivate today.

But now it’s way too muddy to get in the garden, and we have more rain chances for this evening.

At least the rain is making everything grow well.

I don’t really mind the break from outside work.  It gives me a chance to slow down and just enjoy things.

grape vine growing by my house–I have plans for this vine


raspberries are turning

grape leaf


morning glory

I think I’m getting too old for a lot of the hard work on the farm.  The goats are not fans of rain and mud either.  Purl seemed a bit surprised by the mud when she came out of the barn.

Hilda with Stitch and Purl checking out the puddles and mud in the barnyard

Don’t worry.  Her mom took her back in and found a nice safe place for both Stitch and Purl to sleep where nobody was going to accidentally step on them.

Purl and Stitch tucked behind a gate to sleep.

Some goats were lounging on the picnic table to stay dry.

Astra (front) and Joy


Others were just napping and lounging in the buildings.

Lots of Food this Weekend

28 Aug

This weekend, I finally got to do some canning.  I had tomatoes prepped in the freezer from last week, and I kept picking them throughout the week, and I was finally ready to make my spaghetti sauce Saturday.  I got five pints and one half-pint.

Look at all those peppers and onions and mushrooms!  I still plan on doing a couple of more batches of spaghetti sauce.

I also had tomatoes left over, so I made tomato juice.  I got six quarts and one pint.

I love this old jar.  I have no idea where it came from, but I love the pattern on it.

I picked more tomatoes that I’ll have to prepare and freeze in order to can next weekend.

I’ve also started making yogurt.  Today, I made raspberry yogurt from those great wild raspberries from my pasture.

Very yummy!

Linking to Homestead Barn Hop hosted by the Prairie Homestead.

Raspberries Happen

5 Jul

I had planned a really great post for tonight on making goat’s milk soap, but raspberries happen.  My dad came and helped me with several small projects~tightening a screw in the breaker box to stop the spark every time the air conditioner turned on, fixing the tire on the ranger, cutting PVC pipes to make soap molds, shooting rats…

After that, I went and picked raspberries to make him some no-sugar added raspberry jam.  It’s the least I can do for him.

Tonight I’m cleaning raspberries, but first I’m going to go nurse all the scratches from the raspberries.  We’ll have to have that soap post some other night.