Monday, July 25, 2011

The Garden Massacre of 2011

As you know, I have chickens.  They are sweet, and fun, and make me yummy eggs.  I recently went from having 3 chickens to 7.  And while sometimes they drive me nuts, they are generally great.  (As I sit typing this, one of them is out in the back yard squawking her little head off at 8:15 in the morning.)  

I mean, just look at how cute they are!

See that green fence, though?  That is my garden.  I had never had any problems with the big girls, but, even with clipped wings, the little girls can hop right over and have thus massacred my garden.  It is even more sad, that, upon inspection, I learned that I had squash growing, peas on the vines and tomatoes beginning to form....

Here you can really see the damage they have done.  To the right, poor crookneck squash and in the bottom center....well that used to be a tomato plant.

How can things so small do so much damage?  Oh, my, has this been a learning process!  Next year much larger fence or a different area for the chickens to run amok in.  This year, I have resigned myself to the remainder of the growing season to take place in pots.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Not-so-normal cordials

Last weekend, my friend, hubby and I decided to make some of our own cordials with vodka for a trip we are taking in the near future.  We initially started with the norm of various berries - strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.  

But then my hubby told us about one that he'd seen online and we had to try it!  So a trip down to the nearby store to buy some Skittles and one hour later....

Skittle's flavored vodka!  (This pic is before we strained them out, but it only takes an hour to make this cordial!)

And they taste just like Skittles (well, with a little bite to them.) I think we will have to make more of these ones before our trip! I think they would be great mixed with a lemon-lime soda.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Those darn knitted leggings...

...are finally done!  I am so excited!  They turned out great.  If I didn't know how long they take for me to make, then I might just make myself some.  More info at my Ravelry account here.

Happy late Christmas, birthday and anniversary, sister dear! :)