Can you hear John Travolta and Olivia Newton John singing? Ok so we watched the movie Grease recently and it's not unusual for one of us to break out in song. Plus we recently got a karaoke machine for our summer nights entertainment. :)
What I really wanted to share was our deck!
So I know it's hard to convey in pictures but our deck was a catch all for a bit and Sugar Bug and I took two day's to clean it off and she helped me put up all the flowers and bird feeders. Now it is a sanctuary to enjoy nature! Plus the best part is .........
LIGHTS!! Our deck is now lit up "like noon in the dead of night" (apparently I'm on a song kick) We can't wait to enjoy this all with friends this summer! We can sit outside even at night and play cards. Plus we will probably be belting out some tunes too. :)
It's mushroom season again! In the spring the morels are popping and this week I found my first morel!!!! My friend called it and adult Easter egg hunt and she was right! I was sooooo excited to find one.
Isn't she pretty! And she was a good size too. (I don't know why it's a she just sounded right)
Ok so she was the first and only one I've found so far. Lucky for us I took friends and Super D with me on my hunt.
With all of us we found over 30! Morels are one of the easiest to identify mushrooms.
(Do your research before eating any mushroom! Eating a mystery mushroom can KILL you so be 100% sure of what you have!)
And they are delicious! We sautéed our up with asparagus.
Good luck Hunting! I will be out in the woods again soon looking for more. With spring all sorts of wild edible are getting ready to be picked. Keep your eye out for them as you hunt :)
So I looked up today and life has raced by! My girls are growing up way too fast. Our lives have been busy. I changed jobs and we are gearing up for a summer of floating, gardening, and building. Our goal is to get our shop built in the next couple months.
The last couple months have been filled with work and some play. January is birthdays for Super D and me.
The boys has fun target practicing on Levi's birthday. It was a beautiful day and yes they are outside in January in t-shirts! I love it!
After one such fun night our buddy almost was ready to head home but needed a little more shut eye :)
Who knew that at 12 years old you could still be very entertained by a box. Sugar Bug spent many hours creating this box of inspiration.
We are just thankful around here that winter is over and warm weather is here. It gets nicer everyday and we have a huge list of chores and projects for the summer.
So we had a good jalapeno harvest this year. That is one thing I usually grow well. I love that it worked out perfect. When I started to can this year I looked and we were down to our last jar from last year! Awesome... So here is how I do it.
First gather all your peppers. Now I use this same recipe to pickle all my peppers. I have jalapenos and some red sweet peppers this year and I just mixed them all together. I like having jars with both spicy and not so spice peppers.
I like mine to be in rings so I slice them up. Or if you want whole peppers just cut a slit in each side.
Next sterilize all your jars and lids.
For our pickling solution you will need to mix 10 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer about 10 minutes.
Now that everything's ready fill your jars with peppers. I use whatever size I feel like. Usually pints and quarts as we go though peppers quite a bit.
Ok so I can't pour and take a steady picture at the same time but you get the idea. Pour your hot pickling solution over the peppers leaving 1/4" head space.
Run a spatula or knife around the jar to remove air bubbles. Put the lids on and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. (or longer if you live above 1000 feet altitude. Click Here)
You now have canned jalapenos!
I've used this recipe for years and I've read more of them and had one that called for soaking the peppers in a salt brine for 12 hours first. This is supposed to keep the peppers crunchy and help retain the color. I've done it both ways and I couldn't tell the difference between the jars that had been soaked and ones that weren't so I stopped doing this step altogether.
So No I haven't fallen off the face of the earth! Yet. :) We have been busy! Most days I feel like I am just trying to stay above water. I took on a second part time job at the end of summer here. But it is seasonal and will end this month. School is back in session at our house and that takes up a good portion of each day. Super D got the Chevelle put together and it is in driving condition.
Super D has done an amazing job at getting this up and running. It is a fun car. That man didn't even make it through the first weekend of it running well before he bought the next project car. The next one will be neat so we will see how that works. We have lots going on around here it seems.
The garden has pretty well this year. I got a great pepper harvest and some tomatoes. We had so much rain at the beginning of the season that tomatoes didn't do well. They were just splitting and rotting before they could ripen. But as we have moved in to fall they are doing decent. I expect the first frost to shut down the rest of the garden any day now. Next post will be how I canned my jalapenos.