Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday at the Neaton Ranch - 06/11/12

Around the Neaton Ranch...We managed the field trip to the Children's Musuem last week, but not to the Oliver Kelley Farm. The kids had a blast at the musuem. We were there for 4+ hours. They seemed to enjoy it all, but I think their favorite part was the water and bubbles.

Kids had fun at grandpa and grandma's on Friday night. She must have really wore them out. They all (even Charlie) took 3+ hour naps on Saturday afternoon.

To add to the guinea that showed up recently, Joe came home with a rooster Wednesday night. He seems to be getting along just fine with the other fowl around here.

Listening to...rain and the dishwasher running (Sunday night) and the washer and dryer running now (Monday morning).

Moments of time with my dear hubby, Saturday afternoon naps, a break in the heat, a little needed rain (but not too much), producing garden and my ability to prepare a yummy meal for my family from it, little garden helpers, garden friends that can help me out (I forgot to plant my dill, so it is way behind the cukes that are coming), evidence of sweetness on the vine

06/09/12 - watermelon

Reading...Just read through The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and got some great ideas on how I want to change some garden beds and rows around.

On Our Plates...the photo below was pretty much Sunday supper. We had a tossed salad with lettuce, spinach, carrots and cukes from the garden. I also added hard boiled eggs (from our own chickens). I sauted up the potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, green beans in some bacon grease. We also grilled steaks (from the steer we raised and butchered last year). It's quite rewarding to be able to prepare a meal that is 90% food you raised and/or grew yourself.

I have no idea what we are eating tonight yet, so the rest of the week is up in the air as well.

  Ahead This Week...I'm thinking I will be making a small batch of dill pickles tomorrow and I need to get some jam made too - strawberry rhubarb and peach jelly. I have all the fruit in the freezer just waiting for me to make the time to do it. We are down to 1 jar of jam, so it needs to happen this week. We actually have really nothing on the schedule for this week. We will get together with Joe's family over next weekend for Father's Day and there is also a tractor pull to attend next Sunday.

Linking with Ann-A Holy Experience.

Have a blessed week!


  1. Love the pictures of what is coming out of your garden.  Visiting from Holy Experience.

  2. Great to see you on Friday! What a great supper!

  3. Homemade pickles, yum! Looks like a fun filled, blessed week. Enjoyed reading your list!

  4. Holly, I'm popping over from Ann's and can't stop smiling at the thought of your sweet chaos.. sounds like mine. My kids would LOVE all those animals at your ranch. And I'd love that garden of yours. Blessings to you from Iowa