Hey, how’s your summer going so far? Someone here is appreciating the sunbeams… and I guess that technically I don’t know that the Notorious Bad Kitty Lucy dreams of chicken dinner, but it’s what I imagine when I look at her sleepy little face. (And seriously: Wouldn’t you wake up with the worst crick in your neck sleeping with your chin flat down like that?) She does heartily disapprove of us letting the girls out to peck in the back yard, so she sits at the door and doesn’t take her eyes off of them for a second.
(What else does The Notorious BKL disapprove of this week? I’m going to have to go with: Boxes that are not for her.)
But the backyard chickens peck on…
The younger chickens are still pretty nervous about venturing out of the run, but do eventually make it past the open door. We do only let them out when we’re outside and able to keep an eye on them, however, because our yard isn’t fenced. We have hawks hanging around, our neighbor lets his dogs roam free, and we get coyotes and other animals back here that would love a chicken dinner even more than BKL might.
And speaking of backyard chickens: Just look at the gorgeous color on these yolks. The chickens lay better in summer, so we’ve been eating a lot of eggs lately over here — which is perfect for low carb MashupDad (and real food me!). You can really tell the difference with the farm fresh (or I guess, backyard fresh?) eggs; they’re so good.
Luckily you can cook eggs quickly on the stove, which is a bonus when it’s been hot… hot… hot… hot… and the promised rain never came until yesterday. The timing of the rain and associated cool-down last night was lucky for us, though, because on Tuesday our A/C broke. That’s about right; I swear this house is falling to pieces around us this year. The repair guy is finally here as I type (they were backed up — see photo above as to why, lol), so cross your fingers for us that it won’t be the most expensive fix.
I’ve also been making quesadillas with the leftover quinoa unstuffed peppers, and a lot of salads and sandwiches. We’re having leftovers tonight and then I’m doing a slow cooker dinner tomorrow (just saw my favorite seven quart Crock-Pot on price drop, so it’s a good time to pick up a bigger one if you don’t have one already). What are some of your hot-weather dinner go-tos?
Summer break keeps on keeping on…
This week High School Guy had orchestra auditions at IMSA, and next week we’re heading to an all-day orientation. I also have to get going on his supply list, including things like XL twin sheets… it’s like outfitting a college dorm room, and I’m not really ready for this. He, however, can’t wait for school to start in August.
And how cool is this; it should provide plenty of fodder for discussion! All the incoming IMSA sophomores are reading Hamilton and listening to the soundtrack, so I purchased the book for him on Amazon — and luckily the soundtrack is available on Prime Music. So he’s not going to throw away his… shot. 😉 (And yes I am listening to it myself right now; love that Prime Music.)
Mr. 10, on the other hand, would be just as happy if summer went on forever, what with its sleepovers (complete with blanket fort!), mulberry smoothies, taekwondo camp, and a whole lot of fidget spinners like this fancy one he just ordered on Amazon “because it is SO COOL WITH DRAGONS” — this is what ten year olds save up for, apparently! I think this penny one looks niftier, but I’m old, apparently. He did slip coming down out of the mulberry tree this week and clonk his chin on his own knee, which looked about as painful as it sounds, but an ice pack and a smoothie went a long way toward making that all better.
How does your garden grow?
What are you growing this year? Our tomato plants are going strong, kale will be ready soon, we’ve been eating a lot of salad, and the herbs are going nuts, so I might dry some herbs in the microwave later this afternoon. I also just got another Home Depot Garden Club coupon in email (sign up for a welcome $5 coupon + more throughout the year) so am trying to think if we need to do anything else right now.
We’re going to get a bunch more weeds with this rain, and I’ve been throwing them to the chickens as I pull them — they’re particularly fond of the clover and dandelions, but not overly picky in general. I figure that’s a great use for garden weeds, and it makes me feel doubly productive, lol.
That’s it for us right now…
Next week Mr. 10 is heading to taekwondo worlds, and High School Guy will doing a morning STEM camp. That one sentence pretty much sums them up! 🙂 So going back to the beginning here: How’s your summer going so far?