last day of summer


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Is anyone else standing around incredulous that we are a day away from fall?   This is truly a happy thing but lately it seems life is flying past me.  Truth be told, since living here I crave fall.  Last week, though it was quite warm out, every time the wind went rushing past me and brushing against my skirt, I could feel it coming.  Here and there a leaf would say that something special was about to start.

For the past few days our nights have been cool and mornings a little chilly as we hurry about getting animals fed and chores done before we sit down to lessons.  Oh did I tell you that we started our new school year?  More on that later, I’m sure.  The tea pot has been getting a bit of action and I really can’t wait until I can keep my tea pot in service above our woodstove.    This also reminds me that we need to get on finishing with chopping our wood.  Poppa bought his first chainsaw and I can’t tell you the mixed emotions I have on that subject.  We have a dear friend coming to give him chainsaw lessons and then I suppose someone will have to chop firewood and a chainsaw will be used to turn our downed trees into smaller more manageable pieces first.

The girls have been inspired in more artistic ways with their acrylics and paint brushes and Livie is just happy to find a few last renegade black eyed susans where ever she can.

This last day of summer we remember all the time outside where we watched the baby birds in June and now have only this empty nest left to remember.  Today I make yet another batch of pickles to have lots of them ready for a snack or cheese burger casserole.  I dislike sweet pickles as do all of my children.  This summer I was gifted a recipe which with a few minor changes has become our pickle recipe, thank you Jenny.  I plan to pickle some radishes in the coming days.  Sounds really good doesn’t it?

In case you want the pickle recipe, here it is:

Salt and Vinegar Pickles

5 medium cucmbers (sliced or cut into spears)

2 tbsp sea salt

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

1 head dill

3 cloves garlic sliced thin

small onion sliced thin

2 tbsp black peppercorns

A pinch of turmeric depending on how much you like.

Pack the cukes, onions, dill, garlic and peppercorns into your sterilized jars.  I put the onions in last after the jar was full of cucumber slices to keep the cucumbers submerged.

Heat up the vinegar, water, turmeric and salt until just boiling.  Pour the hot vinegar solution over each jar leaving an inch at the top.  Process in a water bath for 10 min.  Take out the jars and set on a towel to cool.  Listen for each jar to seal by making that lovely plinking sound.  Easy peasy.


I am feeling a canning marathon coming on.   We are so low on preserves and spreads and soon the fruits will be going away for a while.  We need more apple butter and jelly, I still have about 30 pounds of blueberries in my freezer from our picking trip this summer and oh will those be good on bread, pancakes and to top yogurt this winter for soon we will be spending a lot more time inside than out and when we are inside, this group loves food 🙂

The garlic in the garden still shows no signs of  finishing or turning brown and I can’t wait to pull it up!  I just ordered garlic to get in the ground in a few weeks and this time I am determined to get it planted when we are supposed to.  Our garlic was grown so late this year, I wonder what if any we will get.  Either way, its still fun to try, am I right?

I need to plan something fun for the first day of fall tomorrow.  Have you planned anything?  Perhaps a day at a pumpkin patch or a some beeswax dipped leaves.  I wonder if there are any leaves that have changed colors out in our woods.  I have not noticed any near the house.  Oh well, whatever the case may be, I wish you a very happy last day of summer and a warm, inspiring first day of fall.

11 Responses to last day of summer

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  5. farmishmomma September 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Stephen!

  6. Maddy September 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    My husband is a chainsaw user too. Maybe some safety gear would make you feel less apprehensive, especially since some of your bigger boys might be attracted to big loud power tools. My husband recommends, chaps to protect the legs if the saw slips, eye,ear and face protection and steel toed boots in case you drop a log on your toe or miss with the axe when splitting wood. A good place to purchase this type of stuff is I love seeing all of the pictures of your beautiful family. Thank you for your blog.

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

      thank you Maddy for those recommendations! I am going to be looking at that website today. Most of my boys are attracted to big loud power tools haha! I guess it comes with the territory. My boys have been wanting steel toed boots or any excuse to need them. They are going to be super excited.

  7. September 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    You are making me realize how behind I am on my canning. lol But I love that pickle recipe, just the thing to help me get in gear again. Thanks for sharing!

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      You are never behind on canning because there is always something new in season 🙂 Good luck with getting it done!! Let me know if you try the pickles!

  8. Emily G September 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Tricia, I am so glad to see a post from you! I miss you but I understand how busy you are. I don't know how you make time for everything. I'm mama to six and only two are school age, but there are not enough hours in the day for me. Your canning adventures look like they'll be delicious. I put up salsa, tomato sauce, applesauce, and a variety of jams from fruit I get at a local flea market this summer. Pears are ripening this week and once those are done I think canning season will be over.
    My husband bought his first chainsaw last year. I understand how you feel. I am always so tense inside when I hear it running, as I go about my work inside. It is a relief to hear it stop running, and see my sawdust-covered dear all in one piece still. 🙂 Chopping wood is pretty easy, actually almost fun to watch the logs split like butter when you hit them just right. I did a lot of it in high school but I don't have the core strength now after all the babies.

    • farmishmomma September 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Emily, your canning sounds wonderful too! The wood chopping still has not happened but I am asking Saint Micheal to be nearby haha

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