Larry's Tomato Pie Recipe


Today sharing a school friend's tomato pie recipe. Those beautiful tomatoes are still coming off and homegrown are the very best. With a great supply and you want something different this is the way to go. We've been canning them, making tomato sauce, and eating tomato sandwiches around here. I think it's time for a pie!

The Chicks Are Growing

This cute little gangly bunch 
The picture was taken at 3 weeks on July 14th

It's amazing how quickly chicks grow at this stage.I don't know what is happening with the black chick middle's neck. They are putting on feathers at this point to replace the baby fuzz 

I'm still crossing my fingers that none of them will crow. Oh alright, let's just say with our track record hoping we'll at least get 1 layer out of the bunch!

Kieffer Pear Tree A Cat And A Dog


I'm excited because most of the pears are still hanging on the tree!  We've rarely gotten a crop to make it the entire ripening period. Strong winds or storms will come and make pears drop or break limbs. Holding our breath for pears this year.

The cat and dog love to sit under this tree it is one of their favorite spots in the yard.
These two make us laugh daily!

Today's post is pictures of the pear tree and these critters. I really think this is a variety to have in the home orchard. We have another pear on the property it is an Ayers and let me tell you in many years we've yet to see even one bloom. When I purchased these two they were said to cross-pollinate, but I've added another variety a Bartlett this year to try and get them to bear. For now, here at least the Kieffer appears to be a winner.

I'm busy in the kitchen canning tomatoes today and hoping to make more to can.  We do love tomatoes around here and homegrown home-canned just can't be beaten!

This That and Another: The Tiger Lily The Pear Tree a Turtle!


Tiger Lily
(Lilium lancifolium)
Do you have flowers that over time you tend to become used to and simply overlook? Believe it or not, at times I take these faithful lilies for granted! How could I do that?  Just take a look at these beauties.

My love for these and in fact these came from the gardens of my now deceased mother in law Genolia.  She was an avid gardener and was very accurate with her information about each plant. She loved to read her gardening books and shared her knowledge with others. If you knew or were related to her you already knew this. A gentle, soft-spoken beautiful lady she was indeed.

She told me to pop off as many of the little round black seeds as I wanted and start my own garden. So, I did and now moved miles from the old homeplace I still have some of these beauties.

You know the things that do best in your location are the things you should try to help flourish, (I'm reminding myself as well).  I need to pop off some black seeds and begin more lily gardens.

Today I share a few pictures of these lilies and the pear tree.  The pears most of them are still hanging on the tree. A few have fallen off or maybe even had some help falling off, but many remain.


Sunday Chicken Day Chicks Are two Weeks Old!

What is this?
The chicks are checking out this new red thing. Mother hen remembers what it is and wants to dig in, but gives the babies a chance to see.

The baby chicks have grown some and the yellow/white one is really taking on the wing coloring of the father Midnight a Silver Campine.  Hopefully, it is a she and not another he. I find myself calling them he when talking about them.  Our track record here whether hatching or buying sexed chicks has always been roosters 2 to hens 1. Here's hoping that record will be broken this time. Hey as a matter of fact the father Midnight was sold as a sexed pullet but began crowing at a young age.
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I trust you all had a good 4th of July. We cooked out our small in house group and it was delicious, but sure missed those that couldn't be here with us.

Today is Sunday Chicken Day.....

TOMATO TALK, ORANGE MARMALADE, & STRAWBERRY JAM

TOMATO TALK, ORANGE MARMALADE, & STRAWBERRY JAM

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.