Thursday, June 30, 2011

Okra



As promised, a harvest picture! Yes, that is a tiny cutting board and, yes, that is probably only half a serving of fried okra, but those pods get out of hand quickly. I have to pick, cut, and freeze it every other day or I'll have giant, inedible veggies. This pile of green freshness is now cut to bite-size, ready for the hot oil. These harvests should increase in size over the next few months, but I have to start somewhere. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dose of Cute





Just because I know how much you need a little Bauer boy fix every now and again. :)

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Garden Gorgeous



During my daily garden check with Nathan and Grammy this morning, something occurred to me. All of my veggie updates show food we've grown or plants that miraculously sprouted out of the soil. However, I've yet to share an important part of the garden - the beauty of it! Every crop we've planted, except for the watermelon, has flowered. And since we were checking in the early hours, many of these rare blooms were open. I marched back into the house, grabbed my camera, and started snapping. Above is a pretty little sweet banana pepper flower. Take a peek at a few more, including a beautiful okra flower, a sunny cucumber blossom, and an eggplant bloom hiding behind its cage:







While stopping to smell the vegetable flowers, Nathan was quick to notice a friend on the marigolds. Since the majority of my plants are flowering, spotting a bee is a good sign.



I know you can't wait to see what these colorful blooms turn into. Luckily it doesn't take too long to go from flower to veggie, so check back soon and hopefully the harvests will be rolling in. Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Birthday Girl



Today I turned 27 years old. Although I'm getting to where the passing years don't seem to differ much, I still love to celebrate. How in the world can you not be excited about living another entire year?? If that's not a reason to break out the cake and become princess for a day, I don't know what is. So I had my cake and we ate it, too! Nathan and his Daddy baked me that beautiful lemon cake and we gathered around it, candles aflame, singing together as a family of four. Although I know I will get some awesome presents this year, I don't think any will top the ones I already have. I can't wait to see what this next year of life has in store for me and my Bauer boys.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In the Garden



It's not been long since my last update, but there are many successes to share. I shouldn't brag too much, as the stinkbugs will overrun my tomatoes or a tornado will sweep through, but I can't help it. Everything in my garden is growing this year! Even the crops I was worried about decided to take off. Above, Nathan is showing off a trellis Jonathan made for my cucumbers, which began flowering today. Seeing as how they shriveled up and died last year, this is the first time I've seen this happen. The tendrils immediately wrapped onto the trellis and aren't letting go:



Fresh cukes are on their way! :)

As for actual food in the garden, I've been overwhelmed by the yummy okra we've harvested. Unfortunately, it made its way onto the dinner table before I could snap a pic, but don't worry, harvest pics should be plentiful this year. As for what's growing on the vine, take a peek:

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Shown are two plump Early Girl tomatoes, a few green peppers, a sweet banana pepper, and some of that prized okra. I'm most impressed by the bell peppers today. They were yet another crop flop last year, so it's amazing to see those little buds form. To update you on the garden goodies not pictured, our eggplants are getting bigger by the day and just about to flower. And the watermelon... oh, the watermelon. It seems I didn't do my homework with those. They apparently need, oh upwards of 10 square feet just to vine. Needless to say, we may be pushing them off the tomatoes before long. But I'm happy the possibility of slicing up a watermelon is still there!

Again, I apologize for the frequent garden posts. However, it looks like this is just the beginning. :) I'll continue to make the boys pose by the veggies to add a dash of cuteness to my garden rants. Send your green vibes this way and there may be a bushel of okra in it for you.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day for Daddy



There's nothing like celebrating the reason I have my two smallest friends. This year was Jonathan's first with double little buddies and the guys made him an extra special t-shirt, complete with two little yellow hands and two sweet purple feet. I promise it's in the picture there, just behind all the adorableness. I'm sure you don't mind. :) Happy Father's Day to all the daddios out there, especially Grampa, Poppy, and the dad responsible for my two biggest blessings. Jonathan is good at a lot of things, but I am 100% positive he is the best at being a daddy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bath Baby





The other night when Owen was too stinky to skip a bath, I figured it was time to snap a couple new pictures of my little water baby. Because (A) naked baby pictures are always in demand, (B) I figured you needed a cuteness fix, and (C) just look at those CHEEKS. Once Nathan heard the camera click a few times, he was right next to me, checking on his brother and uttering his famous words, "Hey! Take a picture of me." Of course, I obliged and this is what I got:



How's about that face to spice up your boring Monday afternoon? ;)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Garden Check



The last time I wrote about year two of veggie gardening was when my patch was first planted in late April. Last year when I skipped updates, it was because the garden was mostly dead. However, this posting drought comes from the fact that most plants are growing so splendidly I haven't had time to write about it. As predicted, lessons in the garden are only learned the hard way. None of my plants have drowned from over-watering, yellowed from shallow watering, or been stunted by lack of oxygen. I water weekly when it's hot and every few days I break out the garden tools and dig. We also check on progress daily. When the boys and I get home, we do a garden check, as Nathan has dubbed it. We meander past the beds, taking stock of new growth and keeping pests under control. Here's a peek into what we saw during today's check:







First you see a gorgeous white bloom on one of my bell pepper plants. These aren't as big as I'd like them to be, but they're green and thriving, so that's a plus. Second is one of my many teeny tomatoes growing on three different varieties of plants. Then there's the mighty okra. As was mentioned in my first post, okra is a new one. I am so very impressed by it. The stalks are hearty, the leaves are enormous, and every plant has a bud waiting to burst into a flower. The intro photo shows one of the two eggplants, growing new leaves every day. Not pictured are the cucumbers and watermelon. Both are growing, just a bit slower. I'm pleased to report that (as of today) everything is alive! Looking back at last year's posts, I'm proud of what I see. Lessons learned the hard way on the Bauer Farm, but lessons learned indeed. Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bliss


Yes, these two pictures were taken at the exact same time on a Saturday afternoon. A Saturday that has been filled with sweet hugs and couch snuggles. Sure there are many moments in my life I'd describe as blissful, but this kind of afternoon nears the top of the list. This is a rare occurrence indeed, so before either one starts stirring, I'd better settle into my spot in the living room and join them. Happy Saturday!