We had a busy weekend in the Pasture. We started out early Saturday morning, buying some new fruit trees. We have wanted to add some for the last two years, and just never seem to get it done during the optimal time for planting. In fairness, as our homestead layout has evolved, we just finished fencing off what is now the orchard. Now it's a cow-free (and hopefully deer-free) zone. :) We planted three peach trees - too Sentinels and one semi-dwarf Elberta. We have a Loring that did well this year, and one other variety that I can't remember. Which reminds me, I need to create a map of our orchard. I've also thought about making some kind of little tree markers, like garden markers, for each tree. We also planted two fuyu persimmon trees. So our little orchard is officially under way! We're going to call our orchard "Lawrence Grove" after my grandad. He always had an orchard and made wonderful canned fruits and jams from it. I think he'd be really proud that I'm learning to do the same. Do you ever name area of your property/homestead?
It felt like we hadn't gotten much accomplished, so I kicked it into a higher gear I guess. Between Sunday and Monday, I processed a box of beautiful Meyer lemons sent to me by a homestead blogging friend, Angi over at schneiderpeeps.com. I got 4 cups of juice that is now frozen into cubes of juice, and another cup for use now is in the refrigerator. I also have a quart jar full of dehydrated peels. A citrus reamer comes in really handy for this task!
For hubby I added black beans, cheese, chicken and lettuce. I went Greek on mine - chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, lettuce and an amazing creamy Greek feta dressing. I found the recipe at Food.com (http://greek.food.com/recipe/creamy-feta-salad-dressing-and-dip-88822). It tastes JUST like the dressing on my favorite salad from a Greek cafe here. Oh me, oh my, but it is SPOT ON!
And finally, I managed to start sewing myself an apron. If you follow my facebook page, you know that my sewing machine broke after only the second time I've ever used it in 5+ years. A wonderful friend at work took pity on me and loaned me one of her classic Singer machines...one that was made when things were still made to last! It was so easy to use. It was so exciting to actually be sewing!
Of course, we didn't get a fraction of the things we wanted to accomplish done. We still have some fencing to work on...and each week, during the week, something happens that makes us say "man we need to get that fencing finished this weekend." We also need to work on the baby chicks next phase of housing - enclosing their little area in the coop. We think by the top of March, they're going to be ready to move out with the big girls!
What did you work on this weekend? Have a great week!
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