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What To Do With All Those Quail Eggs!

Yesterday I made one of my favorite recipes – Puffy Pancakes!  Instead of using the standard four chicken eggs, I used all quail eggs…exactly twenty-four of them!

Mom says she noticed a different taste; I didn’t.  They still made the pancake puff nicely!

This recipe is so good, and so easy.  Just preheat the oven to 425 (with your cast iron skillet inside.)  While it’s heating, mix together 4 chicken eggs (or 24 quail eggs), 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

After the oven is heated, melt 2 tablespoons butter in your skillet, then pour in the batter.  Immediately put into the oven, and don’t open the door again for 15 minutes.  Serve immediately with your choice of topping (we like chopped strawberries and cream!)

Speaking of cream, Mom recently discovered this local dairy (Lynden WA) that sells 100% Jersey cream.  Wow.  It is SO GOOD.  So incredibly rich and tasty.  I could eat it by simply pouring it out of the bottle into a spoon!

We finally got some more work done on the roof of the new quail coop.

The two lower roof sections still need to have waterproofing put on, but the middle section finally has its roof garden.

We are planting it with chamomile.  After this photo, three more starts were planted, so hopefully it will fill in soon and become lush and green.

The strawberries on the other quail roof garden are coming along nicely.  They have flowers now.

There are a few pansies up there, too.

While at a local nursery, I found a fuzzy kiwi vine and fell in love.

LOVE the red tendrils!

So much fuzziness!

After I discovered that my hardy kiwi male can pollinate fuzzy kiwis, I was sold.  I now have hardy AND fuzzy kiwis!  Here’s to lots and lots of fruit (and darling fuzzy vines.)

I have planted out most of my beans.  I planted a TON of beans.  Green beans, gold beans, purple beans, striped beans, red beans, runner beans, footlong beans…I have them all.  I cannot resist a pretty bean!

I especially like the colored beans, because they are so much easier to see (and pick.)  No hiding among the green leaves until they are huge and overgrown.  There particular ones are Dragon’s Tongue.

I am just so happy that winter is over and I need fear no more frosts!

Starting Seeds

For a long time, I did the whole “stick the seed in the ground and hope nothing eats it before it can sprout” method of seed starting.  Then, I was introduced to the paper towel and baggie method!  It works on everything I’ve tried it on, from tomatoes to beans.

Start with some seeds. In this case they’re mystery bean seeds. I was given them by a friend, who in turn was given them by a friend, and nobody knows what they are.  I call them the “orca beans” because they look like little killer whales.  If somebody has a more official name, I’d be interested in knowing what it is!

Put the beans on a wet paper towel – or I often use a couple of napkins.

Fold the wet towel/napkins over, so that the beans are sandwiched inside, and place inside a plastic baggie.

Be sure to fold the baggie’s top over nice and tight; you want the wet to stay inside, not evaporate!  Put the baggie in a south-facing window, where it will get lots of warmth.

Now forget all about it for about a week.  Depending on the seed, it might be more or less time; you can take a peek whenever you like and see what’s happening inside the baggie. Make sure the towel/napkins stay damp.

In about a week, you’ll open the baggie, and the beans will have sprouted.

Unlike planting directly into the ground, you’ll be able to see if any of your seeds are duds.  Some seeds will actually have their first leaves at this stage, and you’ll want to plant them very carefully with their roots in the dirt, and their leaves above it. If they’re very small or delicate, you can use tweezers to handle them.

Beans, though, are easy. Just fill a pot 3/4 full of starter soil, and lay the seeds on top.

Then, cover them over with more dirt and gently tap it down.  Put the pots  back in your sunny window, or in your greenhouse. Keep them well watered and watch as they grow!

When the beans are about 5 -6″ inches tall, I plant them out in the garden.  At this point the weather is good enough for them to really take off – and they are strong enough to withstand the casual predator.

This method works like a charm!

Why I Love Late July

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Freshly picked green beans, grown in my own garden, about to be cooked with bacon.

Most are Blue Lake, but the purple ones are a mystery heritage bean that are just starting to produce.  Too bad they don’t stay that pretty; they turn green as they cook.  Oh, and there’s some Scarlet Emperor Runner beans in there too.  They taste good (despite having fuzzy skins like peaches which need to shave), but the real reason I grow them is because of how pretty they look entwined on the trellis.  Other beans have little barely visible white flowers; runner beans have gorgeous bright red blossoms.