Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a strawberry rhubarb slab pie!! We picked over eight pounds of rhubarb last week and there is nothing likes its fresh, clean flavor to make a pot of jam, rhubarb bread or a stars and stripes strawberry rhubarb pie!

Cookie cutter stars helped cut out the pie pastry to make the decorations. A sprinkling of sugar on top of the crust always make a pie feel like a celebration no matter what time of year it is!

These are strawberry rhubarb custard cups topped with meringue. They had stewed strawberries and rhubarb on the bottom, vanilla custard in the middle and fluffy white meringue on top. It is a light, juicy sweet treat for summer time!

Aiden enjoying an applesauce popsicle in front of all of the other goodies!  Cool treats on hot, hot  days are important and today is over 90' and a little sultry for Southern Oregon, so it feels even warmer to a dry heat region!

Picking the first of the peppers which are happily ready today! The sweet banana peppers, basil, zucchini, and another handful of cherry tomatoes are ready in the garden!

Anna came out to help and then ate the peppers right off the vine along with her mom. They also ate the tomatoes in the garden! A fresh ripened tomato is so hard to resist!

Knee high by the Fourth of July? I guess we are at least shoulder high by the Fourth of July with our 'Blood Red' and 'Smoke Signals' corn. This is a good start for corn at our latitude and it is growing with vigor!

A happy family of garden helpers! Anna and Aiden love coming to the garden and they always smell the dill, basil, and cilantro! They also get to taste any treasure that is ready to be eaten in the garden.

Anna showing Papa and Peter the garden collection from the day: 12 banana peppers, 8 cherry tomatoes, several sprigs of basil, and 3 zucchini! They all went on to the lunch table.

Back to the kitchen, Ryan is cutting out polenta stars to keep with the festive theme today! His favorite part was nibbling up the left over stars! See the hardboiled eggs waiting in the background?

Anna loves to make deviled eggs. She knows each step and is ready to make them anytime they come over. Today there were 12 eggs boiled for the lunch table. After Jolene peeled the eggs, Anna was ready to do her magic!

The final touch is a sprinkling of dill.

And of course the best presentation is Anna's wonderfully sweet smile!

Anna's brother's couldn't wait to taster her eggs and as always, they are so encouraging and kind and complimentary! Along with the deviled eggs, we had star shaped polenta with basil, garden sauce with Parmesan cheese melted on top,  green salad with strawberries, cucumbers, and zucchini, and sweet banana peppers. 

After lunch we peeked a the four baby birds in the nest.

Anna age 7, Ryan age 10, Tyler age 9, Aiden age 5! Such happy sweet kids and ready helpers on the farm.

A summer day in July. There is enough shade to find a cool spot!

Celebrating Independence Day, liberty, justice and FREEDOM for all! What a wonderful way to spend a day remembering America's Birthday. America, America, God shed his grace on thee...~~ 

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