The 5 Feline Farm Comes to Life

After missing two weekends, our workers finally showed up last weekend to build raised beds for our organic veggies. J salvaged about 10 - 4" x 12' support beams slated for a seismic retrofit that took a different approach, and saved us hundreds of dollars in wood!

Each one was so heavy that after the guys sawed them into 4' and 6' sections, they laid them on wheelbarrows to get them across the yard.

Melvin joked that they would last 20 years and nothing was going to be move them.

raised beds in process 05 2014

 

Jon building herb box 05 2014

While they worked on the large beds, J built two square beds with Redwood for our organic Herbs.

 

Those two are going under the kitchen window.

raised beds 2

It took eight hours for Melvin and his partner to build the 9 raised beds.

Herb beds 05 2014

 

The Herb boxes were done in an hour and a half.

So J went on to build the patio I wanted just outside the Greenhouse under the shade of the Walnut.

J laying out brick patio 05 2014

Luckily when we bought the property there were many brick pavers lying around, so he used them all to make this lovely space.

brick patio and beds 05 2014

On Mother's Day, my son and J and I planted our seedlings that we started a few weeks ago in the greenhouse.

 

basil sprouting 04 2014

Herbs planted 05 2014

Raised beds plants 05 2014a

Three of my nieces and nephews joined us to Celebrate Mother's Day.  I grilled grass-fed, organic hot dogs and zucchini, and made a large salad, a bowl of Baba Ghannouj and J brought home a whole wheat crust pizza.

I made grain-free, dairy free Raspberry Brownies for dessert.

Afterwards softball and 'orangeball' (poor oranges...) were enjoyed by both participants and observers.

D bats orange 2

Orange baseball 1 052014

Mothers Day 01 052014

My Italian Meat Sauce with Spinach

This sauce can be used to top pasta, baked sweet potatoes, wild rice or polenta.

  • 1 organic red Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves fresh organic Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed, organic ground Beef
  • 2 c. thinly sliced organic Spinach (measure after slicing)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh Thyme, chopped or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne
  • 2 Tbs. ev organic Olive Oil
  • 3 c. diced organic Tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 1/2 c. Water

Heat large pan on medium for 1 minute. Add onions and garlic. Turn heat down to medium-low and stir onions until light brown in color.

Add beef and stir to break up into small pieces, until no longer pink.

Add spinach, herbs and seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring for 4 minutes.

Add oil, tomatoes and water. Bring back to a boil. Cover and turn heat to low.

Simmer for 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Spinach n Tomato Pasta Sauce cu

~ Buon Apetito!