So yesterday after we finished at the pumpkin patch, I borrowed my sister’s truck and went up and got a load of manure to put on the garden. There is a guy north of here with a horse farm who will give you free manure and he’ll even load it himself with his tractor!
We had quite a day yesterday! In the morning we headed up with my sister and her bunch to the pumpkin patch. We have a great local grower’s association about 30 minutes north of here. It’s basically just a huge area with different farmers, and the association advertises for them and whatnot. It’s called Green Bluff. We go up there in the summer for all sorts of u-pick fruit and also pumpkins in October. The farm we go to for pumpkins has a huge cannon they shoot pumpkins out of. They also do fun stuff for the kids… this year there was a big straw pile to roll in, a straw maze, chickens, donkeys and horses to pet. Last year they had pony rides, but not this year.
Oh man, and boy does she ever ACT her age! lol. We had a really great time. My sister and her family came over on Saturday night and we had pizza. Ballerina Girl got lots of new books, hat and gloves, and a cool new easel chalkboard. She had a really fun time having her cousins over – there are 4 of them and we don’t usually have them here, we generally go to their house but I think it was fun for her to have them here on her turf 🙂
So on Saturday afternoon I canned potatoes! I got a great deal on some nice clean small Yukon Golds the other day and I bought 15 lbs of them for canning. One of our favorite meals is fried potatoes with kielbasa sausage and some sort of veggie, usually broccoli. When I go back to work next week, it’ll be Mr. Hot Stuff’s job to feed the kids and make dinner. Since he isn’t really much of a cook I generally try to have easy stuff on hand for him to throw together. I had the great idea of cutting up potatoes and canning them and then all he’d have to do is drain them, throw in the sausage and veggies and voila – dinner!
For a couple months now, I’ve been having this idea for a food in my head. Italian spring rolls. In my head, they are crispy egg roll wraps, filled with a ricotta cheese mixture, fresh tomatoes and basil, and broccoli. So tonight, I decided to make an attempt.
So today I want to try something that’s been floating around in my brain for a couple weeks now. It’s an Italian type of food and I need to make some Ricotta cheese for it. So, here’s me making Ricotta 🙂
Super Easy Refried Beans
1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
9 cups water
The only time I really have available to post is during naptime or in the evenings… we’ve been so busy the last couple days during those precious times that I haven’t been able to post! Not a whole lot going on the garden front, though I did buy 15 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes to can. I might get it done today but probably not until after this weekend or maybe Saturday if I’m lucky. Oh, I made refried beans the other day, 2 batches actually. Homemade refried beans are super easy, I’ll probably post the recipe with photos later. And they are GOOD and CHEAP!
The colors of the leaves are beginning to turn. Across the street, my neighbor already has quite a few leaves fallen onto his lawn. I think I’ll tell him he can give them to me instead of taking them to the trash. If I have energy I might even go over there with the leaf vacuum once there’s enough accumulated and just shred them all myself. It’ll be good exercise.
The photo is the first smile I’ve caught on camera… she’s smiling a lot lately. Yesterday morning, Little Rambo woke up with a super stuffy nose. She thought she couldn’t breathe, and panicked, and of course it got way worse when her mean ol’ mom pounced on her with saline nose spray and a bulb syringe. So after the traumatic awakening, combined with the fact she’d wet through her diaper I thought I’d take a bath WITH her and cuddle there.