After the big night on the town Friday we were all pretty beat. As much as I would have loved to stay up and cozy on the couch with a good book, well, I simply could not keep my eyes open. Add this to the fact that I knew I needed to get an early start in the morning so that I could hit the Farmer's Market...my bed was calling my name.
G and I headed out to the market Sat morning in hopes of getting some garlic. To plant and to eat. What? You didn't think I was gonna let my friends, Angie and Danni have all the fun planting garlic did you? C'mon. After that great post of Danni's I bet everyone was running out to get garlic to plant. And if you already had, well, I wouldn't be surprised if you went to get more just so that you could make beautiful garlic braids with her next summer. I know I did. I mean, I know that's what I wanted to do. Little did I know that when I got to the market there was going to be a fight over the last few garlic bulbs left in the basket. Luckily I was prepared for this kind of thing. All I had to do was send G up to the table....they practically offered it to him for free. Awww....look how cute....hes got his little bag and everything. Ha! Yep, I know how to play this game.
After that we made our way around the market. Just looking and talking...me looking, G talking. To everyone. The boy will talk to anyone, I tell you. Hi, he says. How are you? I'm good. Thanks for asking. Are you doing well today? That's good to hear, he says. As I am prodding him along....we are gonna be here ALL day at this rate. I remind him what it is that we are looking for and sure enough shortly after that we spot the table that has just what we need.
And things we don't need. But they were certainly pretty.
Back at home after lunches and naps(not mine, by the way) we head outside to get our garlic planted. This is clearly a job that requires more than one person. And as we get into the thick of it all its pretty clear just who is in charge. And its not me!
I mean, I had to wait my turn for the shovel. He had it all under control he said.
See here how he places his foot down. This, mama. This is the row that we are doing now. We already finished the other one, he says. Yes, son. I see that. I only stepped in for a minute. When I come back out....hes giving out orders!
So, as you can see he managed it all just fine. We made our rows and placed the garlic in about 3 inches deep with the little, pointy part facing up. Covered them back up with soil and kept this up until all our cloves were gone.
Easy does it big guy....you cant see the end result here, but after I shot this picture he ended up with a face full of dirt. Planting garlic can do that to a person. Gets you all worked up.
Aside from that we also processed our pie pumpkins. I cut them in half and scooped out all the seeds. Then I placed them face down on a cookie sheet and baked them for about 45 min at 350 degrees. I let them cool and then I scooped out all the cooked pumpkin and then pureed it in my food processor until it was smooth. I then transfer it into 2 cup containers and I place it in the freezer. Now all winter long I can enjoy fresh pumpkin in bread, muffins, and pies.
And, I saved out some seeds to dry so that I can plant some of my own next season.
What did you do this weekend?
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