It seems Mars got tired of eating ribs three days in a row. So I decided to make an old southern favorite that we both just love. Chicken fried steak, mashed potato's and white gravy, and our first purple hull peas this year! And before you ask? That is NOT my plate. :-)
I picked the first bucket of purple hull peas of the season yesterday. It seems so strange to have everything planted so late this year. With our last freeze being a month later than normal things are obviously late producing. It's hard to believe it's already time to plant a fall garden and I've not had any tomato's start turning ripe yet here in the middle of July.
I harvested the garlic and the onions a couple of days ago and have them "hardening off" right now. I think I might even make some garlic powder again this year. We use bunches of garlic and onions throughout the year. I'll look over the onions and dry some of them too. Last year the fresh onions didn't last as long as I had hoped and rather than have them go bad I just cut them up and put them in the dehydrator. I love having things like dried onions and garlic in the pantry.
For some reason I haven't told you about two of my hens going broody together and hatching 10 little chicks. They are so funny. The hens are sharing the chicks. Unfortunately they are sharing a whole lot fewer of them than they started with. I went to water on Monday and one of the babies was outside the pen trying desperately to get back to mama. So I caught it up, put it back in the pen plugged the hole he escaped from and counted chicks. There were only six! I looked and looked and couldn't even find a "body". The next morning I went to feed and water and the first thing I saw was a HUGE snake in the nest box. Once my heart stopped trying to jump out of my chest I hollered at Mars "SNAKE!!!!" (I don't "do" snakes well) He grabbed the pellet gun and killed it. A big five foot long chicken snake. (shivers... I would have grabbed a shotgun! LOL) I counted chicks and there were only three left. I could see three distinct chick size lumps in this *^@#* snake. It is the first time that anythings got in the pen and now I'm nervous as a terrorist getting ready to be water-boarded to go in there. (That should bring my friends in the D.o.D in here *wink*)
Maybe the reason I didn't tell you about the chicks in the first place was because I was worried something would happen to them. Then again, I do this stuff to try and show folks that even the inept can work on living this type of lifestyle. Every day is a new learning opportunity. I'm living proof!!!
UPDATE - I picked three pink tomato's this afternoon.
Look's like things are going to get real busy for a bit around here very