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Jul 16, 2017

Mountain Road Trip & Vintage Store, Garden Food Production Progress

Mountain Road Trip & Vintage Store-
Dave and I needed a break so we took a day road trip to McCall. We had breakfast and headed up into the mountains. Nice and cool and it was a beautiful drive up, still green! The town of McCall itself is at about 5,000 feet, so you drive up gradually-

Open land 

When we got to McCall we had lunch at the McCall Brewing Company, one of our favorite dining spot. Great food and tons of original brews- 

Dave had a brew, not being a beer fan I had iced tea. After lunch we hit a animal shelter thrift store, I bought some baby clothes, and loved this chair- 

Didn't buy it, but cute!

Next we took a side road, that became a dirt round on the backside of  Payette Lake. It was very quiet, and we saw several deer by the road. Huge stones areas by the road, granite?

Washboard in spots

A storm blew in after we arrived, 79 degrees, later the wind came up, little bit of rain

Getting more stormy by the public park and marina

Storm clouds

Water got pretty dark and choppy!

We always stop at Stacy's Cakes, an incredible bakery there. I had a Lemon Curd tart-


After leaving McCall we hit a small antiques store on the road back, pretty amazing stuff! Didn't buy, but it was fun looking round! I REALLY wanted a butter churn below!!! 

Gorgeous bed, with a brass bed behind it!

Cute railroad items

Italian Nardello Peppers, will turn red soon!

Garden Food Production Progress-
Things are going well in the garden, even with triple digit heat! Lots of watering, the soaker hoses and mulch really help. Lots of hand watering too. Basil and other herbs are doing well, tones of Kale and collard greens too. The Pippin apple, Bartlett pear and Peach tree are loaded. I may have to take some time off work for canning yummy goodies. Looking forward to re-filling my jars and making jams again.  My pantry rack is looking empty and lonely. We didn't have much fruit last year. I didn't get shots of the hot peppers or other tomato bed, sorry. Here's a peak at things! 

A volunteer tomato in the beans, unknown variety 

A second volunteer, a squash? It's very healthy!!! A corn next to it as well!

Large volunteer sunflower, happy since my planted sunflower row all failed :(

Bean row doing well all in all a few weeds but they help keep the soil cool

Row of tomatos, growing fast and loaded!

Lemon cukes on the left, then tomatoes, then 2 Italian Marconi Peppers

We are getting more berries and I'm starting to freeze to stockpile enough to make a pie, jams, etc.-

Blackberries, Marionberries and Raspberries


Susan said...

Your garden looks good - and weed free! What a wonderful little antique store. I don't think I could have walked out with empty hands....

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes I had to use some self-control haha! And our garden is definitely not Weed Free!

Leigh said...

What a fun trip to take. That lemon curd tart looks amazing! And your garden looks really good too. Gotta love those volunteers.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes that tart was oh so good! I may try and do a homemade version :)

Rain said...

Hi Nancy :) That tart does look delicious. I always focus on the food lol...I would have been way too tempted with the butter churner too, I love flea markets and thrift stores. The scenery is really beautiful, I'm glad you got a little time to enjoy a day out! :)

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Rain we had a really good time with the cooler weather up there. Hard to walk away from the fun vintage goodies!

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Sounds like a great little getaway. Thanks for taking us along at the Snickerdoodle party.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Sharon for dropping by!!! :)

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