We are overwhelmed with farm projects, so much we want to do - so much we need to do - so much we have to do! We are having trouble prioritizing. And we all want to do our project first!
One thing we can agree on is the garden must be put in the ground! To that end we have been working on it each day. So far we have 40 tomato plants in the ground, 12 cabbages, 30 ft of lettuce, beets, squash, and bell peppers! We still need to plant; acorn squash, peas, sweet corn, green beans, carrots, watermelons, pumpkins, popcorn, and gourds! It rained today so no planting, if the ground is not totally mucky tomorrow we will finish then.
Ileigh and Donagan have been working with the pony, Ellie. She was left here for us as a gift. She is very tiny, but pretty sweet. Although like most ponies she can have a bit of an attitude! The other day Ileigh, Donagan and Ferran took Ellie down to our Amish neighbors to buy milk. Ferran rode Ellie, and she did great. The neighbors milk tank was empty but they gave the children cookies and cold water. Donagan said it was worth the walk just for the cookie!
My projects have mostly been inside, with the exception of the garden. I have been getting used to cooking on the wood stove. There is nothing like an egg cooked on a wood stove, nothing!! They cook very slowly and calmly, they taste like a cross between a fried egg and a boiled one! YUM! I've made fried chicken, baked ham, cookies, spaghetti, biscuits, sausage, lemon bars, grilled cheese. But my biggest accomplishment has been homemade bread!! I've made it twice, the first time was good but a bit heavy, the next time it was a bit flat, because it rose too long. I was trying to get oven hot enough, and there was a lack of wood. The boys have had a hard time realizing I need wood all day, every day, and they need to bring it in to me!! But they are getting there!
All in all we have been very busy, there is so much to do. We just get done what we can in one day and go to bed thinking of all we can get done tomorrow!