It’s a busy time. There seems to be a lot going on and I don’t seem to be catching up on certain things, but I am getting other things done. So anytime I can make a quick meal, it really helps.
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As it warms up in my area, I am already starting to notice fruit flies in the kitchen. I certainly don’t miss having hem around in cooler winter months! They aren’t out in full force yet, but I know it won’t be long.
I understand the temptation for them with all the fermenting experiments on the count, so it isn’t like I a surprised they are around, but it just gets hard when you do to take a drink of something like ginger beer and find a fruit fly floating in the glass AGAIN!
Last summer I tried a few experiments to try to control their numbers.
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Playing catch-up on my swap posts. This one is from Feb 2014.
Swap: Feb 2014
This was another great swap. Lots of people, lots of fun things to barter for.
I came home with:
- Goose eggs
- Sweet potatoes
- non-GMO seed packets
- homemade biscuits (in the foil packets)
- fresh farm eggs
- empty plastic bottle (to bring more ginger beer in next swap)
- Canned local beef
- Canned local turkey
- 2-3 jars jam
- homemade salsa (YUM!)
- 2 jars local raw honey
Yup, all wonderful stuff.
Blackie is Mister Personality. He is always doing something adorable, cute, funny, sweet. I was over at the neighbors and noticed one of the water spigots had sprung a leak, so my neighbor needed to turn off the water to fix it.
Blackie was right there while he moved the concrete that covers the shut-off valve and had to get right in there to investigate things.
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Bunching onions, sauerkraut, local lamb roast, and working in the garden….
What do all those things have in common? …. Just more “not dabbling in normal” normal.
head over to Not Dabbling in Normal to read about what else I am up to….
I am behind (really behind) in posting about the monthly swaps I have been going to.
I’ll get the ball rolling and make up for the ones that I have missed posting about. I will start with the most recent and work my way backwards.
We had nice weather for the March swap. The forecast mentioned rain, and I was hoping it would be rained out (because we need the rain!) It was a smaller group this month, and mixed in with many repeat swappers were some new faces.
Swap: March 2014
At the end of the swap they have started a “social hour” where we can hang out, bring some food to share and have time to sit and talk and get to know each other more.
This month I bought home some new, and fun things.
- Cabbage (locally grown)
- Sweet potatoes
- A bottle of mead
- Sauerkraut (made with red cabbage)
- Wild artemisia plant (2014 herb of the year)
- Patty pan squash seeds
- Comfrey plant (not in photo)
- Shower sinus pucks (not in photo)
Last week I pulled a batch of sauerkraut out of the fermenting crock, and even though I have several cabbages ready to harvest in the garden, I was thrilled to get 4 more. And I am thrilled to have two crocks full of cabbage fermenting away, soon to be more sauerkraut! YUM!
I also made a barter for a rabbit (ready to cook.) I have been considering raising meat rabbits, but I’m not there yet (mentally – they are just so cute, or physically – no hutches, etc.) Instead I talked to the couple and we made a deal before the barter – I swapped two loaves of my black olive rosemary bread for a rabbit.
I missed seeing many of the new friends that I have made over the part year, but it was Spring Break week in our neck of the woods and many people were doing family things. Either way, it was another good barter day and I had a chance to meet some more new people.
Rosemary (Rosemary officinales) grows really well here. It can handle the full summer sun, and is deer resistant! It is also drought tolerant and does well in many types of soil. Head over to Not Dabbling in Normal to read more….