Thursday, March 1, 2018

Welcome March 1, 2018

we know that we have 30 more days of potential storms, lots of snow, power outages, etc., but when march 1 looks like this, we are more than pleased!

that's out front looking at stracchan's brook, and here's out back looking at our river.

the river is making it's strange river sounds with the ice breaking up. even "the rats" approved (btw, that's his happy face - you don't want him to turn "the stink eye" on you!!!)

folks around these parts have a name for such a glorious day (and by "folks" i mean me and jabaloney and "around these parts" means Framboise Manor in all of it's glory.  those folks call it "Hottub Day" - woohoo!
isn't she a beaut?

we were in and out all day and will be in and out all evening!

we went for a walkabout and checked out the greenhouses - oregano made it through the winter and is coming back fast!

the rosemary also made it through the winter as did the parsley which is also coming in strong!

our sage plant, i should say tree, also made it through!

i would show you the 5 catnip plants that made it through the winter but if i even type that word - 5 cats will come screaming from every direction!!!

our kale and swiss chard is trying to make a comeback. no worries - more will be planted soon.

the alpine strawberries thrived during the winter and are already sending out shoots!

and here is our scraggly pond and Ted's bench that we love!

the other day i started a beef bone and meat broth - all scraps and bones that we save to make our broths from.

i usually cook mine for 5 or 6 days by spending the day bringing it to a boil for 15 mins and then simmering it. i do this 5 or 6 times a day adding water as needed. this is going to be a very strong broth!

i also made some croutons.

deelish! we put them in salads but mostly just eat a handful watching netflix. they are soooo deelishous and we love them!

some interesting stuff going on around the house - we overwinter our best pepper producers and every winter we get a little surprise. peppers actually growing in the house over winter?

here's another.

and another.

which end up in jambaloney's never-ending jar of hot pickled peppers. these will last for a short while and then i will start a whole new jar for him when the summer comes and we are getting loads of peppers.


i strained some of the beef broth and made a heavenly beef and kidney and veg stew with doughboys (Rain will probably be the only one that knows what a doughboy is!). they are kind of like dumplings but not really, and they are kinda like tea biscuits but not really. you drop spoonfuls of the dough on top of your stew to cook the doughboys.

the stew was deevine and gave me a chance to see how strong the broth is (it's super strong and delicious!). whenever i make stew i make a big giant pot, some for jambaloney's work lunches but mostly to make this:

steak and kidney and veg meat pie!

it was absolutely deelish! i use the same pate brissee crust all the time and it is always so flaky and buttery!

so back to today march 1, 2018. i had my normal yoghurt with berries (rasberries and blueberries that we pick and freeze immedietely! jambaloney had his cereal and berries. we ran out of our blackberries a while back but we ate a whole bunch on the days we were picking them. we had re-heated meat pie for our dinner.

such a gorgeous march 1 deserved a gorgeous meal of jambaloney's fresh striped bass that he caught in november and he cleaned and filleted them and then we put them in vaccuum-sealed bags. it tasted like he caught it today.

we also had some wild rice blend and a stirfry with bok choi, broccoli and asparagus. it was soooo good!

now it's nighttime and the moon looked so beautiful and lit up the hottub area in "bathing" light (pun intended!).

we welcome you march 1 - thank you for being such a glorious day! now it's hottub time!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

still playing catch-up!

yes. i know. we have been really lax in keeping the blog updated for most of the winter. this winter has been incredibly kind (knocks on head because we still have to make it through march!) as it has been pretty mild, except for a few cold snaps, we only lost power 3 times and got it back each time within 24hours (thank you Nova Scotia Power!).

we have barely had any snow - mostly dustings that melt the next day. this is probably the most snow we've had this year.

jambaloney only had to clear the driveway 3 times this year and the tractor has been a big help with that. most days looked like this:

we've had some amazing sunsets.

there's Fin, our newest stray.

we've had lots of sunny days and lots of grey days.

sometimes really grey days.

we would have missed our 17th anniversary on january 19 if our big Sis C and big Bro G hadn't called to remind us. we feel that every good day we have is an anniversary! here's a blurry pic of us about 10 yrs ago.

we've been doing the normal jobs and chores and eating really well. grilled asparagus, grilled pineapple, grilled shrimp and grilled scallops (my fave)!!!

loaded miso soup for breakfast is one of our faves.

grilled vegetables with rice.

a new find and we made it up! curried coconut noodles, shredded brussel sprouts, shredded carrot, peas, mushrooms and chicken.

nothing beats a caesar salad with shrimp, real bacon and homemade croutons!

kymber, why are you showing us a container of peppercorns?

those aren't peppercorns! i learned a new trick . those are papaya seeds that we dried and saved. when papaya season comes around again, i will be drying a ton of those things for preps. when ground up they taste very much like peppercorns.

back to more food - ginger beef stirfry with rice.

and then the man comes home from shopping in our nearest little town and the fish guy was there - woohoo! he got me fresh-caught scallops and fresh-caught mussels. with some potatoe bread drizzled with evoo and balsamic vinegar. what a treat!

had more scallops the next day with our own fried potatoes and eggs over easy - deelish!

and then because i am a purist - just a plain old bowl of steamed mussels - i like my mussels plain! jambaloney doesn't even eat them so they were all for me! yummeh!

we've been getting a lot of fresh, green asparagus. here's some cream of asparagus soup using coconut milk and home-canned veg broth - we both moaned eating this baby!

today is a beautiful day.

we've done several jobs around the house, had several hottub dips and even went out front and took our shirts off to let the sun on us for 10 mins. it was cold - but it was worth it!

we're sorry we haven't been leaving comments on your blogs but we are reading them. the prob is, is that when jambaloney is at the computer he works on his contract. and i am responsible for petting cats, feeding cats, finding cats, etc. and a bunch of other stuff like replanting some of our houseplants and getting seeds ready for planting soon - woohoo!

spring is just around the corner (knocks on head because we still have to get through march!) - but it really feels like it is just around the corner!

lastly, our blogging friends Leigh and Dan from 5 acres and a dream are in a bit of a situation. Dan hurt 2 of his fingers and their medical expenses are through the roof! if you could stop by their blog and give Dan some encouragement, that would be appreciated! Leigh has a GoFundMe page set up on their blog, so if you can give a little, that would also be appreciated too! but mostly, keep them in your prayers and hope for a quick recovery for Dan.

sending lots of love to you all!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fall prep for gardening beds - a post by jambaloney done in late november2017! (ya, we know, we're really behind on posts!)

jambaloney here!!

this fall we had great weather so i was able to get some some stuff done that normally comes a bit late... one chore was prepping the raised beds for next spring...

but first - my last bass (about a month ago) - nothing til spring sweet sandy!

I caught it at high tide in the evening...

it was about 10-12 lbs - NICE!! tasted real good too!

on to prepping the garden beds - i was able to get some grass clippings in the raised beds for spring - this is our onion bed - we planted fall onions in it..

but there is only so much grass - time to bring out the chipper...

here is some alders and pine branches i had dry in the yard for a while...

they make some nice  chips...

here is a bed - i channeled out  one side - note the landscape fabric..

here are my chips...

here is some peat moss

i draped landscape fabric over the side to prevent weeds when the beds are eventually surrounded by rocks... chips in

then peat moss - mix it all in and the clay soil will be far less packed - this is our garlic bed,,,

 planted with fall garlic - hurrah!

here is a shot of where our river enters the ocean - i was getting mussels fo rkymber..

i did want some finer mulch, but all around the house was stuff like this...full of seeds, no good

between here and fourchu there are these tall weeds with big leaves - there were all done for the year and the flowers were gone so i went and got some on a dry day...

they are hollow inside so they went in the mulching part of the chipper and made some great finer mulch

here is the carrot bed

 here it is with fine mulch added ..

 the most neglected bed was the pea bed - the soil was way compact - i had already added peat moss, chips and leaves

 i tossed some fine mulch on as an extra

 in any bed i use a fork to mix it all in really well

and the end result is a bed with a lot more aeration - plus this stuff will slowly decompose over the years - i think we will have great yields next year - all in all i fixed up 6 raised beds that are 4 feet x 12 feet and one smaller bed - this and the comfrey tea should be perfect next year- plus the beds are ready to be planted - in the spring i will cover them to keep weeds down until we need them..

i got skunked the last time i fished - it was a nice morning - i got this cool shot of the sand cliffs!

hope you are all ready for winter - cheers!