Monday, September 22, 2008

Are Acorns really Edible?

Well, I am determined to find out. It seems that it is a dietary item for American Indians and in different dishes around the world. The problem is that it contains Tannin which is quite bitter tasting. So to fix that we have to leach out the Tanins. I have been letting them sit in water, sometimes I cook the water too to speed up the process, and when it becomes brown, I then drain and refill again. This brown stuff is the tanin. Once it become clear then I can roast them. I have been doing this since Thursday. Granted, not the whole time. I have been quite busy. But I try to drain it when I can. I will let you know how they turn out.


As for the Butterflies, we are now up to 5 who have hatched and been on their way. And we have yet to actually see one come out of their chrysalis.
Lov
Lov

Oh my gosh, I think I hear a rooster crowing!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Two More Butterfies





Just an hour after we released the first one, another hatched. It was late afternoon when it became fully functional. When the second one was taken outside to be released, we noticed that a third had hatched. The third one is still in the butterfly house. I guess that since it hatched so late in the day, it hasn't tried to open it's wings yet. In fact it is still at the top of the butterfly house snoozing. We haven't actually seen one come out of it's Chrysalis yet. But with about 15-20 of them, I am sure that we will.
When we released the second one, it did linger and I was able to get more pictures. It was heavenly.
On the sad side of things though, one of our chickens died unexpectedly. It was one of the two older ones. Her sister had been laying for 3 weeks now and she hadn't. I wonder if it had anything to do with that.
Lov
Liv

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Our First Butterfly!


Yes, our first chrysalis has become a butterfly! It was beautiful, sweet, and short. As soon as I gently pulled her out, she flew through the open patio door. I am sure that I will plant parsley again and maybe even some milkweed too. That was soooo worth it.
Lov
Liv

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Parsley is making a comback!


Notice that I didn't say paisley. ;) LOL Despite being eaten to stubs, my parsley has grown back. I am so excited! Maybe I will get to harvest the herb this year! The sun also made a comeback after being gone for 2 whole weeks. In fact there wasn't even a cloud in the sky. Yesterday's high was 74 degrees making it feel more like October rather than September. Which has me wondering if the season will be shortened this year. I do hope not but I also wouldn't mind if it stayed this way until November either.
Lov
Liv

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go away, FINALLY!


It rained 10 inches just yesterday alone! And we are about 2 FEET above our average for the year! It has rained almost the whole time since Sept 2 and then a whole 10 more inches yesterday! I am not kidding. Many people were flooded out of their homes. We, however, were lucky. We live on a hill of sorts and the sump pump worked like mad for the past two days. It was still mostly cloudy today but it stopped raining at least. Then, out of the blue, a double rainbow appeared. It was beautiful! It also happened as the sun was starting to set so as I ran in to get the camera, it faded. So I wasn't able to get a good picture of it. But as the rainbow faded, the sun set came alive and I was able to get a picture of that. It felt like things were going to be OK. I can't really say that for Houston though.
Lov
Liv

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fall Veggies Coming along!


Some things are just now sprouting because the weather has turned cool but this one lettuce is doing awesome. I have a 100% sprout rate on it. The other things are more of a wait and see kind of a thing. More updates to come.
Lov
Liv

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Where did my Parsley go?




I planted (from seed) parsley in a pot on my back deck so it would be close to the kitchen. It was growing nicely and soon I would be able to use it. As suddenly as it came, it was gone. But it's OK, I don't really need parsley anyway. And it's really not that bad since it went to some beautiful creatures. OK, granted, now they aren't so lovely now but they will be when they come out of their Chrysalis. These little boogers will be Black Swallow Tail Butterflies. I have debated putting them in the garage to hibernate for the winter. We had a huge cold front come in exactly a week ago and the weather went from the high 90's to the 60's-70's. I went from sweating to death last week to needing a sweatshirt on my morning walk. So I don't know if it will come back up again. I do know that this is the coldest weather I have ever seen around here for September. Oh! I do hope that means we will have a horribly cold winter! OK, before you think that I am crazy and I am sure that I will regret saying it when it does happen. But I need some of these other bugs killed. It has been a horrible bug season this year! Don't get me started on the squash bug! But the butterflies are a keeper. They are so cool and educational.
Lov
Liv