Summer Vacation – Day 6

This may be a good day for reading.  It’s 10:30 in the morning and already 77 degrees out.

I made buttermilk biscuits and country gravy for the boys this morning.  We add fresh rosemary to both the biscuits and the gravy and they all seem to love it.

buscuits and gravy The biscuits are great on their own too. With a little clotted cream and some hedgerow jelly.

Buttermilk Biscuits
     Combine and blendbiscuits

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1.5 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • .75 t baking soda

Cut in 1.5 sticks of cold butter the add 1 – 1.25 cups buttermilk (no buttermilk, no problem, just add a T or so of lemon juice to regular milk).  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.

I’ve been trying to tackle small. manageable jobs this summer during the heat.  This morning I worked on the side entrance that leads into the dog run behind the garage.  There was a bunch of cedar chips, leaves and dirt all over the sidewalk, the fig tree was attacking everyone that tried to pass by and the bike rack and old water barrel that we never use was just piled up (for two years).  I moved out the junk, built a support for the floppy fig branches, swept up , weeded and put the recycling and waste bins in their places.


Summer Vacation – Day 5

This morning we headed out early to pick up a new baby goat.  He is a 3-month old Nigerian Dwarf wether currently named Chopper (his dad was Harley) but we are trying on new names.  The current favorite is Frodo (yes, he’s a dwarf, not a hobbit, but close). He is a lovely little guy, about 8 pounds, bright white with horns of two different colors.


Capricorn is not too sure about him.  When we first introduced them, Capricorn just looked horrified as Frodo chased him around the pen.  They seem to have settled in together – not quite friends yet, but we have high hopes.  DH has been working on the goat pen most of the day until the heat (97 degrees) chased him back down toward the house.  The goats have plenty of shade and water and we’re checking on them regularly.


I hid inside a little sooner than DH.  After Having DS2 help me pick up limbs from winter, rake up twigs, and repair a section of fence this morning, we retreated to watch a couple of episodes of Dr. Who.  I potted up a few more geranium and a new fern this afternoon for the front stoop and the screen porch – both are, thankfully, in the shade.

stoop flowersWe’ve started irrigating the front yard.  I decided to take a photo at the beginning of the summer, the place is a bit of an unruly, bushy, overgrown mess.  Hopefully, the end of summer photo will be a little more orderly.

front June 2015

Yesterday I stopped by the thrift shop in town and found these lovely little herb pots.  The corks were disgusting – sticky, fuzzy, greasy – but DH suggested a little Dawn detergent.  I smeared it on, left it for 15 minutes, rinsed and scrubbed with hot water and a brush and they are beautiful.  I adore handmade items for my kitchen and dining room – pottery dishes and cookware, hand-made wooden bowls and plates and great old wood spoons.

herb pots

Summer Vacation – Day 3

Today started with a lovely German Pancake

IMG_0744Blend together 8 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup cream, and a pinch of salt.
Preheat a large cast iron skillet to 425 degree oven, add 6 T of butter and then follow quickly with the blended mixture.  Bake for 25 minutes and serve with lemon juice and icing sugar.

I cleaned up the old caulking in the guest bad and repaired the plaster.

…Made some quick curtains for the back door using vintage towels / tablecloths.


…Pulled out the bolted spinach from the vegetable garden.

…Hung some muslin on the upper deck for a bit of shade.


…Planted a few geranium into the screen porch before the coming hot snap (106 degrees?).

IMG_0746….Wash some of the linens and put them on the clothesline to dry in the breeze.