Sunday, May 21, 2017

An Evening Walk

The sun was slowly sinking in the west, spreading its golden rays across our place . . . one of my favorite times of day to be outdoors. Birds were singing their cheerful songs in the trees, and there was a calm, peacefulness settling in. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed a walk the other evening with my camera in hand  . . . would you all care to join me?

 Looking out across the front yard

It is such a lovely time of year and flowers are beginning to bloom, the vegetable garden is finally starting to have noticeable growth after our deluge of rain and chilly weather awhile back, the goat kids are growing and are quite entertaining, . . . and I could go on, but I'll let the pictures describe it instead. :) . . . .

The little front garden that I completely redid last summer (replacing all the bad soil with good, new soil) is doing much better this year. Slowly it is filling out! 

Long rows of tomato plants . . . hopefully we'll have a big crop this year and we'll be able to restock all of our tomato canned goods! We're starting to get low on a bunch of things. 

The slightly crooked carrot bed

Onions, lettuce, spinach, beets, watermelon, tomatoes, and kale (that is going to seed)

 Tiny celery plants that grew very slowly before being transplanted out, plus some cucumbers.

Already looking forward to fresh green beans sauted in butter and garlic!

 Two of Dad's beehives . . . he's up to around 20 hives and nucleus colonies now! The blueberry bushes are right to the left of these ones, and they are loaded with berries which will be ready to pick next month.

Beehives and fruit trees . . . two of the apple trees have a lot of apples on them

Aurora with her triplets (she was becoming slightly impatient for her dinner which came right after my walk. :) 

Petunias and Vincas that I planted in front of the barn. I got a blue saliva plant this past Saturday at the farmers market so need to do some rearranging to add it in here, too.

My hydrangea bush . . . hoping it flowers this year! 

One of mom's beautiful irises 

"Is it our dinner time yet?" These two boys sure know how to let us know when they are ready to eat! While Sienna never did accept them (so we have to keep them in a separate pen), she knows the feeding routine and all we need to do now is open up both gates, let the kids run in, and she'll patiently feed them while we go do other things. We need to be back around the time she is done, though, as she is not fond of having them in the stall with her once feeding time is over.  

The chickens seemed quite curious as to what I was doing :) "No scraps for us?"

Love all the springtime flowers! I have been enjoying bringing some of them indoors occasionally, too. They brighten up the house so much! 

The daisies are just starting to bloom in my mom's wildflower garden

We haven't really done anything with this garden for years (other then weed and mulch), and the hostas keep on growing and spreading. 

Prairie, Primrose and Meadow . . . there is something so peaceful about watching them out grazing.

Looking down the driveway 

In the rabbitry . . . currently, we have three litters of rabbits. One of them is just starting to open their eyes and are cute! 

This patch of wild elderberries has more than doubled in size since last year! Maybe this summer the birds and deer will leave some of the berries for us. :) 

Here they come! Aurora's kids are not easy to photograph . . . . . 

Can you see why? They love being up close to us! 

River loving the attention

By this time, goats were getting rather impatient to be fed and the sun was sinking lower, which meant it was time to get started on the evening chores!

". . . . Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well."
Psalm 139:14b

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

A whole lot of gift sets and a bunch of other products later, and the Mother's Day rush has reached its end! The last several days I have been enjoying a slower pace and catching up on some things and making a lot of soap to restock. Plus soaking in the warm weather, flowers blooming, sunshine, time with family, and these glorious springtime days!

While I regroup and sort through some photos that were taken the last few weeks (and take some more :), here is a recipe that I made recently and as it is a family favorite, thought you all might like it as well (the dressing is so good in wraps, too) . . . .

BLT Chicken Salad

-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-3 to 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce (I use our homemade/canned sauce)
-2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-8 cups torn salad greens
-2 large tomatoes, chopped
-2 celery stalks, chopped
-1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
-10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
-2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Place salad greens on a large serving platter. Sprinkle with tomatoes, chicken and bacon; garnish with eggs. Drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!