Grape season is coming to a close here in Florida. And we made the most of it this year. With all the U Picks around here, we made out like bandits. We got 35 pounds (at $1 per pound)! Needless to say, our house is filled with the sweet aroma of grapes. Some were for eating, but most were for making into jelly.
We are still in the first year in our new house and are still encountering new things as we go. As the saying goes, there is a season for everything. And that includes Saw Palmetto Berries! Where we live, about 7 of our 10 acres are covered in Palmettos. They are super invasive and take a lot of work to get rid of (I’m told). But right now, the benefits of having Palmettos are significant. Did you know that the berries are in high demand for pharmaceutical companies? I just learned this recently. Saw Palmetto Berries are beneficial for prostate health and as a hair loss treatment. Local places will buy berries at a couple dollars per pound!
Since moving to the farm, we have had visitors from many different types of animals. Turtles are one of our favorite visitors. Sometimes they come and sun themselves by the pond or go for a swim. Sometimes we find them walking through the yard and we follow them for a while to see what adventures they are going to have. One thing we enjoy is watching turtles eat. They are very fast and ambitious eaters! But today as we were leaving for church, we heard the squeals from three sweet little girls, followed by, “A little turtle!” loudly shouted. Because we have such large turtles in our area, I was assuming this little guy was maybe box turtle size….but no! I’ve never seen such a teeny tiny turtle before!
Part of our summer routine includes play time with some church kiddos each week. During this play time, I lead an extremely brief (due to the interruption of sweet children) Bible study for the mamas. Each week we “go on vacation” to a different location and our devotion relates to that location. This week we went camping!
Happy Father’s Day! In honor of the daddy of our family, I wanted to share one of his favorite things…baby blankets. I could tell you that he has a love of them and would still carry his around if he could. But I won’t tell you that. Instead I’ll show you my snuggly babies in their baby blankets…and then perhaps a little peek of Scott with his favorite baby blanket.
Chloe’s baby blanket
I wanted to share with you something that I suffer from as I am sure many of you do…Mommy Guilt. It comes in many forms at many different times of the day. Every day.
My Handy Hubby is at it again! And this time he has built the most amazing chicken coop. With a few finishing touches yet to go, I thought I’d share what he’s done so far, as I am super proud of him and what he’s accomplished!
Our chickens love treats! And we are happy to make them for our flock. In our last produce basket we were given four avocados. My family does not like avocados, which astounds me that out of six of us no one eats them. Our chickens, however, love them. So, below I have created a recipe for some super yummy treats for the chickens.