How in the heck have I gone 11 days without blogging?? I figured I had better post something soon or this page may just shrivel up and fall right off the internet. Our lives lately have been a big swirl of mess. We still don’t have a firm closing date (seriously), but are planning on the date written in the contract, which is July 25. I have packed one box. Can you tell I still don’t feel like this is really happening? We did list our couches on C List last week and promptly sold them this weekend. We know that we’ll want a sectional with the new house layout, plus, our couch and love seat were the biggest pieces of junk EVER. Highly regret that purchase- looking very much forward to sturdy, slip-covered furniture in the future! Judging by our kids’ reactions to a furniture-less living room, we should have sold our furniture off ages ago. Having no couches is apparently super duper fun… didn’t you know? All the cool parents are doing it.
Aside from house fun, we’ve been picking vegetables. I’m pretty sure 90% of my posts in the last month have been all “OMGosh, we can grow things!! Look at the things we grow!! Look what we made with the things we grow!” But for real, it’s out of control. I feel like a real life pioneer person. First off, farmers? Mad props to those guys. Tending to our garden-on-steroids gives me such respect for the people that do it for a living! It’s HARD work! This weekend, our farmer-in-training, Brody, traveled over to the garden from Trevor’s parents’ house on my back and had a great time.
By the way, can I just say that I am incredibly jealous that humidity does this to his hair?? I won’t show you what it does to mine.
Anyway, we have had such an explosion of produce, most of my spare time has involved tending to it. By “most,” I of course, mean “all.” For instance, this weekend? We had 60 tomatoes ripening on our counter… and I brought another basket home. I ended up making another batch of marinara sauce to freeze, because what else do you do with 60 tomatoes??
We are eating lots of BLTs, burgers, etc. I will miss these fresh tomatoes the most, I do believe- they are amazing! The other day, we made burgers and had four varieties of home-grown veggies on the plate- I must say, that was so neat. We have had so many cucumbers, I even made Homemade Pickles (you don’t even know how good these are… make them!!), and they ROCK.
Corn, I must say, is now my least favorite crop on Earth. I am so sick of corn, I could puke up some corn silk just thinking about it. We picked about 400 ears over the last two weeks. Last Saturday, we shucked and froze corn for hours and hours. Trevor hauled these ears up on the back porch and sat there shucking forever. Then, I scrubbed, blanched, cut, froze for another eternity of time.
In addition to our produce rainforest, Trevor’s grandparents have over 40 blueberry bushes next door to our property, so guess what else we’ve been picking? You won’t find me complaining about buckets of free, organic blueberries!! I’ve been freezing them by the bagful, but also, eating them by the mouthful. I found an awesome recipe for Blueberry Cobbler (I skipped the OJ and just did a squeeze of fresh lemon juice) that I’ve already made twice in two weeks.
I also cooked down a bunch of berries, strained them and made ice cream out of our reduction. Oh yes, it was delicious, in case you wondered. Knox has even enjoyed a blueberry milkshake with that ice cream- he isn’t a huge ice cream fan but loves milkshakes!
I am going to really try to do better about blogging a few times a week again- my new job is so communications-heavy at work, that I am just burnt out on social media when I get home! Oh well, hope y’all forgive me!
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