We were extremely blessed by wonderful, glorious weather over the past several days. Oh, it felt just like summer. It was the kind of weather that this heart of mine was created for ~ blue skies, warm sun, lots and lots of green, and the rich smell of the soil.
We kept ourselves quite busy outdoors. There were gardens to be planted, berry patches to be weeded, landscaping to be cleaned up. And then, of course, there were the fun things like bike-riding, kayaking, flower shopping, and partaking of lots of yummy summery foods.
We did manage to get our big garden completely planted as well as all of the raised beds. Ian and Lily were a big help this year which meant a little less work for Brad and I to do. The large garden (large, as in, bigger than our home!) has become home to lettuces, onions, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, peppers, and green beans.
My raised beds are mostly herb beds, but I also planted a whole bed full of different lettuces, and then tucked some carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, a couple variety of peppers, and cherry tomatoes into the open spaces in the other beds. Unfortunately, a rogue chicken escaped from the chicken yard and tramped all through one of the beds, most likely partaking in the kale, parsley, dill, and basil seeds I had planted in there. So that will need some additional work.
Yesterday, the boys went kayaking and Lily and I went to several local nurseries and did some flower shopping. Oh, how I love that annual shopping trip. We came home with a whole car-full of flowers which I then potted in the afternoon. This morning I am enjoying their beauty as I sit here on the back deck enjoying yet another beautiful, sunny morning.
this strawberry pie every year when the strawberries are in season. This year I really wanted to be able to enjoy the goodness so I substituted my regular pie crust recipe for this one which uses coconut oil (instead of shortening) and used an all-purpose gluten free flour instead of wheat flour. Everyone gave this crust a thumbs-up.