December already. WOW.
Happy Holidays everyone! It never fails to amaze me how fast the time whips by every year, but this time of year it just seems to go even faster.
The garden is almost non-existent but I'm still getting a few good things from it here and there.
This is what my harvests are looking like on a daily basis:
A nice handful of green beans and a few eggs. 2 some days and 3 other days. The hens are doing a nice little mini-molt so they don't lay consistently right now. But they are still laying and I feel very lucky to get eggs this late into the year. The picture is deceiving. The eggs are all the same size. 2oz each.
I also harvested 5 large sprigs of rosemary for cooking.
I haven't made much headway on getting the garden projects done. I keep thinking I have until spring, but I don't! It will take several weeks to do the bricking and then I'm sure a week or more to bring in the soil and get it ready. By the time I am done it will end up being summer again and I don't want to lose that much gardening time.
I think Ill ask Santa for some garden help. ;-)
I am still harvesting roselle but after the last light frost the bush is now covered in powdery mildew. It's starting to get onto the calyx as well so while the end was near due to the weather, it's a lot closer now because I will no longer be able to consume the fruit. :-( So I'm making the last couple of batches of tea and I think I'm going to freeze a gallon. Then I can whip it out on a warm day in spring when I need a real pick me up.
I've spent the whole weekend around the house getting last weeks disasters fixed and baking up a storm. I baked a Hubbard's squash and gave 1/3 raw to the hens. I got 5 cups of it for 2 pies and a dinner dish, and they got a treat for the next few days, too.
While the A/C guys fixed my heater I made pecan cookies and pecan pies from last years stash and I still have 6 more bags left... LOL. Then The plumber fixed the drain in the shower and I made oatmeal raisin and PB - but we only got 1 shower fixed. The other 2 need the entire shower fixture replaced and that will have to wait.
Fixed the dryer (WASPS NEST! Inside the pipe) and it took 2 days to catch up on all that laundry. So I baked some more...gingerbread, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin logs and now I think I'm ready to collapse.
My holiday baking is done except the pumpkin pies and a few more pecan pies. I feel very accomplished and my house is quite possibly in worse shape than when I started. (The kids were on free for all) But for the kitchen. I can't leave it a mess when I cook like that. LOL. It's in the same order as it started. The flour sack towels are not but everything else is.
Linking into Daphne's Dandelions Harvest Monday. Make sure you stop by her place to se what other people are harvesting and how they are using their stored harvest - from all over the world.
Thanks Daphne for always being such a wonderful hostess!
See you soon!