Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Escape to Scapes

Our little two week "Escape" to the East Coast
has come to an end (more about our travels on a future post).

The trailer has been cleaned out,
the laundry dumped on the laundry room floor
The food refrigerated and the stuff hauled out.

There is much to do but the garden, which grew by leaps and bounds, along with the weeds,
was calling out to me.
The garlic scapes need to be pinched off - now what to do with them all!?

I think the dishes and laundry will wait while I make some Pesto out of these beauties ....

Thankfully I had all the ingredients needed:

5 or 6 garlic scapes (bulb removed) coarsely chopped (approx. 1 Cup)
Several sprigs of Dill - coarsely chopped
6 - 8 Basil leaves - coarsely chopped
Zest and juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts - toasted and cooled
3/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients except the Olive Oil and the pine nuts into a food processor
or blender (I used my Vitamix blender).
Pulse till chopped and fully incorporated.
Slowly add the Olive Oil while the food processor is running until the Pesto is finely chopped and thickened.
Now add the Pine nuts and pulse to slightly chop the nuts.
Taste to see if more seasoning is needed.

Store in airtight containers and freeze.
To store in fridge - pour a thin layer of Olive Oil over top and it will keep
for several weeks.
Another idea is to freeze the Pesto in an ice cube tray.
When frozen remove and store frozen "cubes" in a freezer bag.

It turned out great - oh, I wish you could smell this - so yummy!

Now for a cup of tea in my beautiful new piece of pottery.
Yep, the dishes and laundry will just have to wait.
There might be garlic scape Pesto pasta to go with some bbq chicken for supper tonight?

My new Wendy Johnston Pottery Tea Cup - Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

Till next time ........ what are some of your favourite Pesto recipes?

Monday, June 8, 2015

This Old Barn ...

... witnessed some family love!

The Gerber family picnic,
which is typically held the first Sunday in June,
gathered in this old barn.
It's a big group and the weather was calling for rain 
so the barn floor was swept (as clean as possible).

Crown jars were stuffed with flowers plucked from the farm
beds, which are in full bloom.

Irises along the rail fence.

Peonies on the walkway.

Peeking poppies amongst the weeds.

There were lots to choose from

The weather held, the wind blew all the bugs away,
and the family arrived.

Oh, and did I mention the food?
I failed to take adequate pictures of this feast - it was amazing!

Even a wide angle lens may not have captured all the food.
The dessert table included at least 8 pies, still warm brownies, fresh fruit, rice krispie squares (of course), etc. etc.
I kept going back to the salads and yummy sandwiches.
It was a feast in true Gerber fashion.

Definitely worth lining up for!

The children patiently waited for the grown-ups to finish eating.
The wagon was lined with fresh cut hay bales
and quilts and blankets were ready to be spread onto the bales for seating!

As soon as the farmer made his move, the children clambered onto
the wagon and found their places to sit.

A conversation overheard ...
Q "Who's going to drive the tractor?"
A "Probably somebody who works here!"

Off they went ... as parents and grand parents cell phones "clicked"

Soon everyone settled in to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and be entertained with some lively music.
Dare I say - there was even a wee bit of barn dancing!!
You know who you are.

Yep, this old barn saw some family love on this day!!!

Till next time - ever thankful for barns and family picnics.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Walk About the Farm Yard

Old fashioned Lilac bush - so fragrant!

Although later than most years,
It's one of the prettiest times of year here on the farm.
In spite of it being very dry
and a frost last evening - everything is blooming beautifully.

Periwinkle blooming against the barn wall.

Lily of the Valley - taking over a whole flower bed at the back of the house!

My favourite White Bleeding Hearts Plant
Graceful Ferns unfurled and luscious green.

Hostas and Peonies - and a purple ground cover (not sure what it's called)

Fragrant White Lilac - best blooms ever this year!

I learned something new today.
My friend Margo told me that her mom always squished the woody stems of the lilacs when making a bouquet.
It helps the lilac last longer and absorb the water better.
Did you know that?
I hope my bouquet stays fresh and beautiful.

Wish you could smell this ...

Nothing is quite as pretty as a bouquet
 of Lily of the Valley!

My mom always put them into this very vase - it reminds me of her so much.
It looks so nice on the corner of the old Hoosier cabinet that was her first cupboard
and now has a special place in my farm kitchen.

Mom had so many beautiful flowers and almost always had a bouquet on her dining room table.

Well, there you have it - a wee walk about the farm yard.

Look who's waiting to be packed and hitched for a little bird watching "Escape"!

This post was inspired by Vee's recent postAnneliese's recent post, and especially Marg's "Happy Place" post!  I sure appreciated their inspiration this week! There is much work to be done and we are waiting for the warm rains predicted early in the week before edging and mulching the beds.

Till next time ............ stopping to smell the lilacs while they last!