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Aug 24, 2014

A Little State Fair Fun, Garden Update & Coop Cleaning, Cauliflower and Kale Salad

A Little State Fair Fun-
Every year we go to the local S.W. Idaho (the big one) State Fair. Have some lunch, walk around and see the old, fun stuff. I love seeing all the farm animals too. Sadly I forgot to get some photos of the goats!!! My personal fave :) It was only about 75 degrees instead of the usual 90s+. Here's a peek of our visit last Sat. I was too busy going back to work to blog any sooner! 

Cute fairy garden winner

Quilt show entries

Cute chicken kleenex box cover, I may make one!

winning veggies

local coop tour coming up, so we may go 

huge gourd

love all the old tractors

cool old washing machines, in excellent condition!!!

love the speckled finish and green color

cute water works

nap time bacon bits

sweet faces

lunch time!

rocking the bandannas

Just call me Elvis!

Garden Update & Coop Cleaning-
The weather has been great this weekend- in the mid 70's. It's so green and the sky has been really blue. I feel like it's almost early fall weather. Sadly back to the 90's alter this week, but a nice break. And 3 days off next weekend!!! Woo hoo, off on a day trip for us! Dave cleaned the coop, I spread the pine shavings into the garden, and I whacked back the blackberries. We have a HUGE batch of nectarines still pretty hard, so maybe 2 weeks or more before harvesting them. Then canning, and freezing. Not many apples this year...

blackberries much better!
tomatoes doing well

squashes nice and big

pots doing well

herbs and flowers
deep blue skies

Photo from Yummly

Cauliflower and Kale Salad-
I was looking for a way to use up some of my Italian kale, and found this- Cauliflower & Kale Salad  Dave and I both LOVED it! I did add some extra lemon juice, but great flavor otherwise. I never would have thought of grating cauliflower!


Grantham Lynn said...

Oh what a fun, fun post! I want that fabric chicken! I loved the quilts. I am a quilter! I loved seeing your chicken coop and garden! Thanks for sharing with this poor urbanite! Have a good week. Oh BTW I linked too a "Ranch Girl" post!

Klyn said...

Hi, Loved the pics of the washing machines. The green speckled one is called a Dexter Defender. It came out somewhere around 1910, ours has been on the ranch since it was new. They were originally gas powered. The one we have was converted to an electric motor in the 1940's. Mine still has it's name decal, and we use it to wash saddle blankets and anything really dirty.
Also, PBS is showing a documentary on Dorothea Lange. I hope her Ola, Idaho photos will be included.

Susan said...

I don't think I will be able to make it to the county fair this year ... :( So I will have to enjoy YOUR trip! Love the washing machine and that salad looks so good. I have tons of kale, so I think I will make it this coming weekend.

Nancy po said...

Thanks all!

Nancy po said...

Thanks all!

Jen said...

Thank you for sharing the fair with us. I really wish our state (New York) fair was less about the glitz and glamor and more about what you showed.

I loved! the old washing machines. I remember using them as a child helping my great grandmother do her laundry.

Nancy po said...

That's cool Jen! Thanks...

daisy g said...

That looks like a good time. Your garden is doing well. Love those old washing machines! I hope you'll share this outdoor post on The Maple Hill Hop!

Nancy po said...

Thanks. Sorry your comment went into a spam folder. Could you provide a link for the hop?