Thursday, June 17, 2010

First Harvest

Yesterday, we harvested our very first crops. Just two days ago when I went out to the garden and checked the plants I saw no crops that were ready to pick, but yesterday after the afternoon rain showers passed I went to check on the garden and wow! There were cucumbers, zucchini, crook neck squash, banana peppers, and green bell peppers just ready to be plucked. I even saw a slightly green tomato on the vine. So yay, first fruits!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Goddess Pasta Salad for Litha

This is a simple recipe for enjoying on those lazy summer days and it makes an excellent dish for your Litha celebration.

1 box (12 oz) tri colored spiraled pasta

1 large head of broccoli cut into florets, discard the stalk

1 small onion, diced

2 medium tomatoes, diced Or one can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 bag turkey pepperoni

1 small can black olives

Salt and pepper to taste

Goddess salad dressing or Ranch salad dressing

In a large pot, bring to a boil lightly salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Add the broccoli, onion, tomatoes, and pepperoni and toss together with the salad dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.

School's Out or Is It?

School is finally out for summer. When you homeschool does school ever officially end though? Do you just say "okay, no more learning, let's just drop it for two and a half to three months and pick it back up in the Fall?" Learning doesn't end even during the summer. Being the primary educator of my 7 almost 8 year-old, I have to be aware of the fact that I am still the teacher and it's hard to break out of that "teacher" mode.

Is it just me or does going to the hardware store or any store for that matter (as a homeschooler) to pick out new faucets, light bulbs, etc., turn into a field trip where the faucet purchase turns into a discussion on the water cycle and the importance of conserving water? Buying a single light bulb leads into a discussion on Edison and Tesla which turns into a trip to the library and an Internet search on the two men and their contributions to society? You get my point. I'm not complaining, but am I the only one who does this? Just found it odd that I am walking through Lowes with the hubby and kid discussing Nikola Tesla, Tesla coils, HAARP, wireless technology and AC current all because we needed to change the light bulb in the hall closet at home.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Garden Update

It's been a while since I have last blogged.  As some of you may know, Tennessee where I am from experienced a record breaking flood which started on May 1st.  Our rivers, creeks and streams were inundated with three days of heavy rains. This May Day flood was devastating and the people of this great state are still recovering.  I was fortunate in that my primary residence did not suffer any damage.  My garden however was affected by this heavy downpour. 
Some of the plants and seeds were washed away such as my carrot seeds, but for the most part the garden was spared. The heavy rains saturated the grounds for such a long time that I was afraid the plants would suffer from root rot, but that didn't happen. The plants in the garden, particularly the tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers are thriving and flourishing thanks to the extra water. I will be posting an update video at a later time.