I'm sure all of you out there in TV land (or blog-reader land) were thinking that there is no freaking way that Carol is going to do another blog entry within the next 2 weeks or so (based on her previous track record, that is). Well, I'm here to say "hey nonnie, nonnie - don't be so sure of yourself!" or whatever.
There has been so much going on in my little world that I had to tell you more. More about my yogurt making foray, more about my garden, more about the fruits growing in abundance on this wee plot of land!
Here is my yogurt. It's a bit out of focus (the focus is unfortunately on the wadded up bag of compost in the corner by the window - but we won't dwell on that right now - we WON'T) but as you can see it is quite thick and luscious. I followed the recipe from the A Year of Slow Cooking site - which is fabulous if you intend to do any crockpot cooking! She has done it all - mac and cheese, pasta, cake, bread, stuffing, etc, etc, etc. This recipe is great cause you can make a ton (if you use it a lot like I do) and it ferments overnight so it's really pretty easy. Mine was pretty soupy when it was done in the AM so I put it on a heating pad for a few hours - which thickened it up and bit - then I stuck it in the fridge overnight and put it in a large colander lined with a tea towel the next morning to strain it a bit and this is what I got. That may seem like more work that some of you are willing to do - but let me tell you something missy - I use a lot of yogurt and this amount usually costs about 2-3 bucks and I made if for a dollar! And I usually hold back on my yogurt purchases cause I don't want to spend the dough - but man - with this I can make it once a week or so and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Woo hoo!
So this next photo is not some futuristic toxic wasteland - it's my garden. In the spring I read a lot about potatoes and growing them in tires and how great it is and how many potatoes you can get and yadda yadda yadda, blardy blardy blar blar.
I mean I'm sure it has worked for many folks out there - and I'm not saying I disagree with the method or that I won't try it again - but this year - SHEESH! This is what I got out of those 5 stacks of tires - and I ain't joken'!
Why, you may be asking. Why such a small harvest? Where is the windfall? Where are the sacks of potatoes in the root cellar? Where is the sweat on thine brow? I don't know. The plants that were coming up in all 5 sets of tire planters died off one by one. They just withered up and died. They abandoned ship. They went to that big potato-tire-planter in the sky. I thought at first that it was cause I was unable to keep up with the watering during the 100-107 degree heat wave we had a few weeks back but then the last plant just recently pooped out and when I dug up my bounty-to-be the soil and hay were still damp. So who knows. I'm gonna try it again next year though cause we have tires up the wazoo and it really does seem like a good idea. Doesn't it?
Now these little guys were a pretty cool find on our property. All spring and summer I have found cherry trees and salmon berries and black berries (of course) and this one tree was a total mystery. From the spring it had tons and tons of these little hard orbs. At first I thought they were cherries, then I thought maybe crab apples. At one point I actually entertained the notion that they were olives - cause they never got ripe. They just kept being these green little cherry-sized orbs. Finally a few weeks ago they started ripening and guess what! They are cherry plums. They look like cherries but taste like plums. They are so cute!
Next year I am going to plan ahead and put a tarp under the tree to collect them and perhaps make some wine or jam with them. Pretty exciting for a freebie. This last photo is of one of my tomato plants. I managed to keep it alive and watered and whatnot (even though at one point some of the green tomatoes were slightly shriveled due to lack of water - but amazingly bounced back) and have eaten probably about 5 or 6 tomatoes so far. And they are good!