Kohlrabi

Our spring kohlrabi is coming along nicely.  Hope to have some for market in early June.

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Our kohlrabi did’t do well last year, since spring was so HOT, but I think we will have a crop this year.  Looking forward to some simple, cooked Kohlrabi.

 

Cooked Kohlrabi

Peel skin from kohlrabi (kohlrabi smaller than 3 inches in diameter, you can leave skin on).  Cut into 1-inch cubes.  For approximately one pound of kohlrabi, add ¼ – ½ cup water and a few tablespoons of butter*.  Cook in microwave for around 10 minutes, or until tender.

*I add a sprinkling of sugar (½ – 1 T.)  before microwaving.  OR you can season with salt and pepper, and then top with parmesan cheese after microwaving.

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Knitter’s Block

Has anyone else ever experienced knitter’s block?  It’s the strangest thing.  And I’ve only ever had it the two times I have been pregnant.

Last year, when NOT pregnant, I knitted everything under the SUN.  Sweaters, toys, baby hats (I think I made no less than a dozen hats for friends and friends of friends), baby dresses, afghans (okay, so the afghan didn’t get finished, but only because I got pregnant right after I started it! … see? … Knitter’s block).

Now that I am pregnant, I just can’t knit a darn thing.  Now is when I should be knitting up a storm, making all sorts of cute things before our little girl’s arrival in July.  But again … nothing.

I bought yarn awhile back to make her a tomato hat (because how funny would THAT be?!)

Haven’t even gotten the yarn out of the bag.

Yesterday, bound and determined to break the block, I went to iYarn and bought some creamy, lightweight DK yarn to make a dress for baby girl, using the same pattern I used for Miss Rylee.  Here is that cute little dress:

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This was easily one of my favorite knitting projects ever.  I thought the lace would be difficult, but I loved it!  Maybe my new yarn paired with this delightful pattern will break my knitter’s block.

Ruby

We have a new pig.  Her name is Ruby.

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She is barely more than a baby.  Ruby is living in Koda’s pen right now, because there is no WAY our pig pens would keep her in!

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Her favorite pastime? … burrowing under the straw in the dog house.  🙂DSC_0017

Ruby’s first act as our new pig?  … volunteering in last week’s YP Cowley Kiss the Pig Contest.  She wasn’t so sure about Dennis, our lucky winner, from Citizen’s Bank of Kansas.  And I know Dennis wasn’t so sure about her.  But he was a great sport!DSC_0018

Strawberry and Mixed-Berry Jam

I am slowly but surely getting better at jam and jelly making.  Granted, I haven’t practiced a lot, because we are just now starting to get enough fruit to process.  But I have practice quite a big on jalapeno jelly, and last summer, with tomato jam (it is delicious … trust me).

Now, I am tackling berry jams.  Most recently, Strawberry Jam and Mixed Berry Jam, using our own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

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They are both delicious, as only homemade jam can be, but I think I prefer the mixed berry jam, as it isn’t quite as sweet.  Trying to capture the beautiful color in this picture … didn’t really work.  🙂

However, the next time I make jam, I am going to try a trick I just learned for getting that pesky foam off the top … adding 1/2 t. butter to the recipe.  Has anyone else tried this?  Does it work?

 

Milo – Then and Now

Last May, we got this adorable, fluffy, TINY little kitten from the humane society.  We named him Milo.   2012-05-23_18-54-41_327

Cute, right?

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So tiny!

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So adorable!

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“Um, son?  That’s not how we pick up cats …”

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That’s better.  🙂

What the humane society failed to tell us was that said kitten was a mutant.  Destined to become a giant.

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We are glad he has made us his family, even if he is an abnormally large cat.  He brings a lot of entertainment to our days!