Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Goodbye without leaving.......


It has been a busy time here in our backyard. Weather, weeds and a little worry thrown in too. We have come to feel that there is little more to accomplish in our backyard, so maybe it is time to move on. And so we are........

This evening we listed our home for sale. We hope is sells fast, because we already have our eye on our next home. You see, we are moving towards retirement years. As we make our final changes, our backyard will actually get bigger...........



Not more yard per say, but more travel. We will from time to time have the largest backyard available. And we hope to have you join us when we do.

So please, watch for some changes and wish us the best!

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Garden Tuesday, hot weather update

It has been unseasonably hot here, and it is really showing in the garden.....

The rhubarb stalks are fine, but the leaves are baked crisp.

The blackberries are blanching in the sun.

The current bush, is protesting!

All the lettuce plants bolted.

The tomatoes outgrew the bed.

The peas are finished for the year, they dried on the trellis strings.

The potatoes are beginning to die back, this seems a bit early to me. PS we have a volunteer cucumber.

The swiss chard is doing quite well after being sun burnt about ten days ago.

We are looking forward to cooler weather, for our garden and for us! How is your garden growing?

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes Feta and Walnuts

I prepared a couple of packages of green beans from the garden to make this salad with thawed (blanched and frozen) green beans. I do not for a moment expect this salad to be 100% as delicious as it is when made with fresh blanched beans. However eating garden produce through the months from one garden season to another is very nice and a few adjustments might not be half bad.....

Let's take a peak, and a taste shall we?



This salad is bright and full of fresh flavor. Yes the texture is a bit softer with the frozen beans, but I will be making this again. It is a delicious salad, and being able to eat our own home grown beans is a great bonus!

Update: the leftovers are actually better, the beans soak up so much flavor from the dressing. Worth making a day ahead for ease and flavor. What I have learned from this experiment is the following, be willing to take a small risk and you may be rewarded well! I hope you give this a try with your own freezer stored green beans.

Here is the recipe from the original posting, for those that wish to make this salad, simply skip the blanching step for frozen beans.

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Toasted Walnuts
inspired from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

The original recipe when made in 2013.

1 pound fresh green beans - you could use more there is plenty of dressing, but it was a "picking" that day
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
2 T minced onion - we used our quick pickled red onions

1/4 c oil - I used avocado oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1/8 t garlic salt
1/8 t salt - plus additional salt for blanching
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t prepared mustard - I used plain old deli style yellow mustard
1/4 -1/2 c Feta cheese crumbles - we used 1/2 c
1/4 - 1/2 c broken toasted walnut pieces - we used 1/2 c

Blanching process:
Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil.
Add 1 T salt.
Set timer for 5 minutes.

Add green beans, recover with a lid.
Stand and watch pot, as soon as a rolling boil is reached, remove lid.

Let boil, stirring to keep beans moving.
When timer sounds, drain.

Cover beans with ice and cold water to chill quickly. When chilled, drain well

Assemble the salad:
Combine dressing ingredients in a large bowl, add tomatoes, stir to coat the tomatoes with dressing.

Add green beans, combine well.

Add Feta, stir on more time. Arrange on serving platter, scatter walnut pieces over the top.


Serves 4 - 6

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends, if not, tell us! Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. 

Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

such a sad backyard...........

We got the call no one wants to get. The one where the child you love; now grown, has to tell you that the baby was lost. A horrible horrible day for our kids.

After my anger, and tears and harsh words for how unfair it all is were delivered to my husband; I do what I always do, I got busy.

I seem to process the un-process-able best when I keep busy.

With just about anything.

First it was the laundry, now all folded.

Then it was the green beans from the garden.

About 3-4 pounds of Romano green beans, now all snapped and in the freezer.

After that it was about 3-4 pounds of blue lake green beans, now all snapped and in the freezer.

During this time, my husband joined me at the sink. Snap for snap, we worked side by side.

And periodically through tears I would say a little something that I must have forgotten before the work began.

When pain and anger were in charge.

And that is how we do things here.

Together, in silence if need be, or with tears if need be.

She is our only daughter, and we will be there to help them both, every step of the way.