It’s gettin’ hot in here (so take off all your clothes)

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Yeah.  You all know what I’m talking about.  It is frickin’ hot right now, and I am not loving it.  And for some reason, it’s been a bit muggy, which is weird because our Utah location is usually arid desert.

When we take Ezra outsize, we often like to let him run around naked.  Part of it is because it’d be nice to have him start potty training and I’d like him to know what it feels like when he pees instead of having his diapers whisk it away, but mostly I like that he’s getting vitamin D from the sun, and he gets to play in the dirt which I’m sure is beneficial.  And also, we can just hose him off when we need to.

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Our garden is still going strong.  We have more tomatoes than I know what to do with.  The thing is, we have a vast abundance of cherry tomatoes as well.  A lot of them are “volunteers” from last year when we just let the tomatoes rot on the ground.  Now, the larger tomatoes we will do some canning and make a tomato base and whatnot, but what to do with the ginormous amount of cherry tomatoes?  I’m going to have to go on YouTube and see what others are doing with them.

large tomatoes from the garden, second harvest

large tomatoes from the garden, second harvest

a tiny showing of our cherry tomatoes

a tiny showing of our cherry tomatoes

growing spaghetti squash

growing spaghetti squash

shallots

shallots

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Those really tall things in the front with the wilty bottoms?  Yeah, that’s lettuce.  Lettuce!  I never knew they could grow that tall.  I figured they just stayed these nice, neat little round-shaped heads and that was it.

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Our yard looks a treat, doesn’t it?  We have so much stuff just lying around, it’s ridiculous.

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These sunflowers just started growing and we figured it they get the nice heads we can feed them to the animals, although from what I understand, the black oil sunflower seeds are the best.  I guess they are really high in fat and animals just love them.  Although, just now looking over some images on Google, maybe that’s what we have growing.  Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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We are now getting about 5 eggs a day from our hens, so Jesse decided we needed to start making quiche.  Now, I’ve made quiche before but was never overly enamored of it, and I never used to use a pie crust with it because of the extra carbs, but Jesse wanted these to have a crust, so he set about learning how to do it.  His first attempt at quiche was delicious and they just keep getting better.  (Side note: Our first quiche we used some fresh basil in the mix.  OMG!  Why don’t we use basil more often?  It was great!)  Last night he decided that he shouldn’t be the only one to know how to make pie crust, so he taught me how.  To be fair, he actually made the dough, but then he showed me how to roll it and bake it off.

amazing quiche

amazing quiche

Mmm.  In this iteration we used numerous cheeses, spinish, cream, eggs, salt and pepper, and diced ham.  The crust was perfect!  All it needs it a couple slices of fresh tomato and some asparagus and it would be even better!  But I’m fairly lazy, so usually I just eat the quiche on it’s own.

We got our Vitamix blender the other day and tried it out that first night.

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How to describe it…It was good, but totally not what I was expecting.  I mean, the machine works perfectly, and even though I knew it was a blender and not a juicer, I guess I was still expecting it to be more juice-like, with less pulp.  But of course, we were blending the entire fruit and veggies and I really didn’t put in much extra liquid, so it turned out to be a very thick concoction.  And I used two carrots, so it was more fibrous than it needed to be.  I know there are probably thousands of actual recipes out there, but we’ve just been winging it.  Last night I made a batch that included kale, spinach, apple, banana, strawberry, raspberry, peach, carrot, honey, and cherry juice.  It is good, but it looks like sludge.  It’s brown.  Sludge brown.  It’s tasty once you get past the visuals.  And I’m getting more veggies in my diet, which was the whole point.  I gave some to Ezra last night and finally gave him a spoon to eat it with.  He thought that was pretty cool.

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Aren’t these grapes so pretty?!  On the old deck for a backdrop, it’s almost like something you’d see in a magazine.  These are the grapes from our back fence.  The yellow jackets were starting to eat them, so we harvested the grapes and Jesse borrowed his mom’s steam juicer.  I didn’t have high hopes, I’ll be honest, because I had tried eating those little purple grapes off the vine and they were still pretty tart.  But Jesse put all the grapes into that steam juice and brought me down a sip from the results and I was shocked!  Shocked I tell you!  Because it was really very tasty.  I think we filled out a couple quart jars with the juice, and that juice was drank quite quickly.  So, I look forward to next year’s harvest.

the good grapes

the good grapes

Jojo-kitty hanging out by the coop

Jojo-kitty hanging out by the coop

I will leave you with your moment of zen:

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