The Great Outdoors

Lazy Summer Happenings


Hey everyone! I debated whether or not I should post today…I’m getting a little lazy about blogging.

One of the reasons is that I’m devoting more time to my kids and family and to keeping my home in nice shape. It has been a good decision ☺

I do miss blogging more than 1x a week, but my kids are still rather young and have a lot of demands needs at this stage in life.

Plus, you know, getting one post per week gives me time to brainstorm a good post for you guys. Everyone has been loving the food posts lately and I Thank-you for that πŸ˜„

Summer can be such a lazy time, but it can also be a time of high energy. When I think of summer, the words “lazy” and “productive” come to mind.

I’ve been both so far. I’ve got my garden and garden beds, my sewing and knitting projects, fun places to go, people to visit with. know. Sometimes I like to be lazy, sitting on the couch with my knitting or a good book. I have to get up a million time to break up fights, get snacks and so forth. But whatever. Life with kids is mayhem sometimes.

Anyway…enough of my rambling. Here is a bit of what my family and I have been up to this summer.


Making dandelion wine.

This was the last step before bottling. All of the ballons had to be flat for 24 hours before we could cork them. (Shows that the fermentation process is complete.)

We bottled these in early June, so they should be ready in early December. I can hardly wait! My husband and I have always wanted to try this and I’m so glad we did.


Harvested this bunch of sheep sorrel from the garden.

I ate some of it fresh and some in a smoothie. It has a nice tart taste and tons of vitamins.


These itty bitty radishes were so cute.

I was impressed with how fast they grew. They literally sprouted the day after I planted them and were ready to harvest in about 3 weeks.


This little wonder is a garlic scape.

I harvested about 3 of them from my garlic plants about a month or so ago. I had read a post about garlic from two branches homestead that discussed how to grow garlic. One step is to cut off the curly garlic scape so that the plant’s energy will go toward growing the garlic bulb and not the flower. The light green part in the photo is where a flower would appear.

I cut up some of the scape, like a green onion and had it on my salad. It was good!


Joy of joys, elderberry blossoms!

There are so many this year that I think I can safely harvest some to use in a recipe.

Last year, there wasn’t many, so I let the birds have their fill.

The flowers smell so beautiful! There should be berries in another month or so…you know I’ll share if I make something ☺


Most recently, I made these little treats for the 4th of July.

I used a tiny star cookie cutter to cut out peices of watermelon, then piped on a bit of almond yogurt, then a blueberry on top.


(My daughter just liked licking the yogurt off. She let me eat the rest πŸ˜†)

What about you? Any lazy summer happenings of note where you are? Stay cool & enjoy this beautiful summer that He has provided. God bless!



11 thoughts on “Lazy Summer Happenings”

  1. Well, you posts have quality, and that is a blessing :):) I had some elderberry in a tart for the first time last year, and it was amazing! I didn’t know what they looked like because they were in a tart hahaha but the photo you have is beautiful! I didn’t even know you could make dandelion wine. I am curious as to how it will turn out. I couldn’t help but laugh about the adventures with the kids….millions of fights hahahah isn’t that the truth.

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    1. Aww thank-you Margaret!! Elderberry tarts sound good I wouldn’t mind trying one or making one someday. I was thinking I might try to make some elderberry jam. I’ve heard of dandelion wine although I’ve never tried it. It might be more specific to the area I an Appalacian thing lol. I will definitly try to post more pictures when we test taste ☺ They do! They have so many fights some days it’s insane!
      Hope you are having a good summer, Margaret ☺

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      1. mmmm I bet that jam would be good. I love making strawberry jam but wasn’t able to do it this year. And there’s nothing wrong with and Appalacian thing πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ I’ll look forward to the pictures. Patience is the key, waiting until December shew! hehehe. I was still giggling about this fights when I read your reply. Those fights will be the making of future memories y’all sit around and fondly recount πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. I’m ready to try and make some. Chomping at the bit to start canning lol. Parenting stories are always funny afterwards…it helps so much to laugh about it πŸ˜† only alternative is crying!

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      3. Canning is rewarding. It’s always better too when you make it, hear all those lids pop. hehehe. Ok maybe I am easily entertained πŸ™‚ Yes, laugh about it Rachel because it will pass by so quick, and you will be amazed at missing those little angels fighting it out over a lego πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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