Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gardening Updates and Simple Lives Thursday Giveaway & Twitter Chat Details

Greetings everybody! I'm on break from work, so I'm feeling pretty blissed out.  I have spent every day getting up at my normal work time and making a big bowl of stove-top oats in spite of the heat.
Some with raspberry jam from the yard and homemade coconut butter.
Note: this is what happens when you take a camera from an air-conditioned house into 100+ weather:
Things in the garden are really picking up.  The heat is just what the tomatoes want, so they've been thriving and the first fruits are starting to bulge.
LIttle plum tomatoes
If you don't pull the crab grass out fast enough, the cucumbers will grow around it!
DSC02839The cukes are growing very well, thanks to the big tall cage my father gave us this year.
DSC02841Each flower will fruit.
DSC02842Like this! They start out tiny
DSC02848And then get big
DSC02847The lacinato was eaten up by bugs but is starting to come back.  This is my favorite kind of kale so I'm really hoping it'll be successful this year.
DSC02851Both jalapeno plants are thriving out front
DSC02856Everything is a little parched with the heat, but I've been watering twice a day (am and pm) and they're soaking up the sun, so I think things will continue to go well.
Next week we'll be having a Twitter chat to celebrate the first year of Simple Lives Thursday blog hop!  Here are the details, from Wardeh's blog:
"There’s a lot of great stuff in the works for our first twitter chat, commemorating one year of Simple Lives Thursday. Please save this date!

Tuesday, July 26th at 2:30-3:30pm Pacific Time / 4:30-5:30pm Central Time.

Our hashtag for the event will be #simplelives. We’ve got some great giveaways during the chat: a poster from Annette, homemade granola from Alicia, “The Herbal Kitchen” book by Kami McBride, a Punk Domestics t-shirt, and the grand prize is a 6-month membership to the classes at GNOWFGLINS eCourse.

Make sure to follow the hosts of Simple Lives on Twitter to stay in the loop!

Alicia — @culinarybliss
Annette — @SustainableEat
Diana — @dianabauman
Mare –- @marebeard
Wardeh –- @WardehHarmon

After our twitter chat, we’ll be hosting one giveaway per month to our featured posts bloggers. So link up and continue to inspire us for another year to come!"

Please give everybody a follow and plan to join us on Tuesday of next week for a great chat and giveaway!
Now for this week's featured posts and link up!

Featured Posts from Last Week's Submissions

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For our featured posts, please grab the badge above and display it on your site! Link it to one of the host blogs' posts for that specific week that you were featured.

1. Cooking With Heritage Breed Chickens by Homemade Alaska. This is a great guide on raising heritage breed chickens for meat as people did in days past.

2. Lavender Vinegar by The Purposed Heart. At least one of us, and probably more, can't wait to try this as a rinse for laundry AND hair. So simple and easy!

3. Canning CSA & Zucchini Relish by Little Blog on the Prairie. A great recipe and fantastic concept!

4. Homemade Bag Balm by Prairie Sunrise. Marg decided to make her own bag balm to save money and avoid petroleum based commercial bag balms. She says it was easy and cheap and we believe it!

5. Varicose Veins -- What To Do Naturally by Jo's Health Corner. Jo covers a broad range of natural treatments for mild to severe varicose veins.


Annapet Santos said...

Here's to Simple Lives and for a fruitful harvest this season!

Alicia said...

Indeed, Annapet! The hop is so much more exciting when there's food everywhere!

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