Monday, May 17, 2010

This is for the birds!

Hummingbird feeder

It's that time of year again, and so all 3 feeders got a good scrubbing and filled with sweet hummer nectar.
Last year our 1st hummer siting was May 6, so it shouldn't be long now.
They're just about the cutest things ever to come to the gardens.


Barn Swallow

These guys are just about as cute, but watch out!
They are VERY territorial and will come swooping down near your head if you are anywhere near their nest!
I have to be very careful working in the courtyard gardens...
they have come too close for comfort.
They are also thieves, and nearly every year they take over the bluebirds nesting boxes.

Sourdough starter

Started a new batch of sourdough, but I am so impatient, I hate waiting for the 8 days.
I want it NOW!
Here's the link to where I found this particular recipe:
Keeping the Home


Sourdough starter on counter

Basically all sourdough starter is is flour and water.
Mixed in pretty much equal proportions and left covered on the counter.
Every day you are adding more flour/water and stirring.
Around day 7 or 8 it is ready to use.
Typically you use a cup or so of starter per loaf, and when you take starter out, you simply replace it with the same amount of flour/water.


Vintage cracker container

This weekend I made whole wheat crackers using the recipe from
Food in Jars
I love this recipe...so easy and so good for you!
This time I changed the recipe up just a bit and used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour.
There are some breads that I feel need a bit of white flour for texture and lightness, but crackers are just as good using the whole wheat flour.

Oh, farm boy!
Fetch me a drink of water!
(anyone else a fan of "The Princess Bride"?)

I worked in the vegetable garden this weekend, planting 2 rows of potatoes, beets, broccoli raab, and some lettuces.
So much more to do, but I have to do it in fits and spurts.
The weather is cooperating so I have been trying to get out for at least a couple of hours a day.
After 2 hours tho, I'm pretty much good for nothin'.
By the end of the week it should be near 80!
THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout!

xoxo,
Cindy
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15 comments:

Camille said...

Oh Cindy I know what you mean about the hot weather!! How fun that you have hummingbirds visit you!! AND how wonderful that you have a sourdough starter on your counter...I am sure it will make lovely bread...be patient!! Enjoyed my visit here today...the LORD bless you my friend!

With Love,
Camille

Barbara said...

Oh yes I have them too, and I love watching these little hummers, and the noise they make sounds like a group of bees attacking when they fly down to the feeder, it is such fun thanks for showing us yours.
Hugs Barbara

the inadvertent farmer said...

As you wish...

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Cindy, I always know when I come here that I am in for a treat.
I know about the attacks of the barn swallows, have already experienced it this year, very scary.

I have been looking a sour dough starter, and thank you for this site and info.
I was glad to read that you have been able to plant, we finally got some much needed rain.
Enjoy you week.
Blessings,
Sue

Maria said...

Princess Bride?
One of my favorites!
love this line from the Grandfather:
"When I was your age, television was called books"

all the quotes you could possibly read from this movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/quotes

Cindy... you are just amazing with your cookin' and bakin'
I love birds... and your blog photo and new background are really nice!
Wishing you well ♥
*Maria

Barbara said...

Just wanted you to know I really enjoy your blog and have added it to my favorites, I do come often, and appreciate you stopping by also, lots of hugs, Barbara

A Gardner's Cottage said...

I just put my Hummingbird feeder out as well. Hopefully they will show up soon.

We have been making spelt bread at our house. It really is yummy!!! but nothing beats sourdough!

Happy gardening!
~Nancy~

About Me... said...

I just added your blog to my blog-list. LOVE the photo of your picket fence and the trees down the road. I enjoyed my visit at your blog...fun stuff and good recipes. Shery J

Renata said...

Thanks for the wonderful links - looks like you've been busy in & out of the kitchen!
Looking forward to your hummingbird pics!
Have a lovely weekend
Renata:)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

We have so many hummingbirds around here. They love my flowers. Every now and then we get "buzzed" by one!

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