Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

This morning we got the smoker outside and made our own wood chips from the plum tree pieces that we had saved. I had a nice big pork butt that I had been saving and it was put into the smoker.

I then got to feeding everyone and let the ducks out. Yesterday I bought the ducks a kiddie pool so they would have more room for swimming. They, of course, would have nothing to do with the new pool yesterday but today, as you can see, they figured it out.

I also got the "baby" duckling out. This is not the last duckling but the one before that (gotten big hasn't he/she?). He/she has never seen other ducks before but he lives in one of the greenhouse pens so he hears the other ducks all the time. My smallest duck, the little crested runner, went up to him and chased him a bit but the others ignored him...at first. Later a loose rooster chased him into the duck pen and he hid in the duck house for a while but then the two Rouen drakes found him and I had to go rescue him and then put him back in his own pen. I will bring him out some every day so they can get used to him and he eventually will just join the flock.

I then was off to the garden. Yesterday I got two nice blueberry bushes at the flea market for $5 each. I decided not to plant them in the garden on the hill since nothing seems to be growing up there. Instead I dug up the rest of the potatoes..

Added more manure and put the new blueberries in that bed. It will mean less room for other veggies but at least they are right in the garden where I know I will take care of them.

Also in the garden I picked another squash. This one had gotten a bit big and it has only been the day before yesterday since I had checked on it.

When bringing this and the new potatoes in I noticed that there were also several more little ripe tomatoes on the hanging basket tomato plants so those got picked as well.

Finally I sat down in the back yard to watch the smoker and keep putting chips in but I soon needed something to do and started on another spoon.

I worked on it for almost 6 hours while the pork roast was being smoked. The plum chips had a very nice smell to them. When the roast was done the spoon was almost done too.

Dinner was wonderful. The pork roast was perfect and the smoke favor was very nice. I cooked the little potatoes that I had gotten from the garden and the three squash that I had harvested this week as well. It was all so good that I think I will gotand steal another bit of roast.

I hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.

24 comments:

  1. Awesome smoked pork roast!!
    AND you carved a freakin' spoon too???
    You're Super Woman Becky!! ;)
    Carolyn

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    1. LOL, every now and then I have a good day.

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  2. The roast is beautiful! I can smell it here in California, it's so wonderful! Yummy! A spoon! I love wooden spoons...you've given me another project to think about! Enjoy your three day weekend.

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  3. Wow... You have got so many things to harvest in your garden. Its the favorite thing for me to do. Great looking tomatoes and zucchini and a descent harvest of potatoes as well.

    Your duckling has grown so much so soon.

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    1. Well, there really isn't much in the garden right now. Tomatoes, squash and peppers. I panted carrots but for some reason only a few came up and there is only a little patch of beans as well.

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  4. Great job on the spoon!! What kind of wood did you use?

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  5. Oh wow, awesome spoon!

    And that duck in the kiddie pool is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

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  6. I don't know which is prettier ... that pork butt roast or that spoon!

    I hope the young duck settles in with the rest soon. It is hard to add new members to an established flock.

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  7. I was just thinking this morning that I'd love to have ducks. We live in a little suburban plot. I don't know if we could do it. They are so cute!

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  8. Love the duck! And the spoon; what wood did you use? I haven't made one in years, maybe thats what I'll do for christmas!

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  9. You carved your own wooden spoon...Wow how good is that!?!

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  10. Well, the spoons aren't perfect. I have a terrible time getting little gouges out of the bowl of it.
    As for wood, I made them out of some pieces of board that Phil brought home to me. I have no idea what kind they are.
    Some of you must have missed the first spoon post so I will put it on the sidebar.

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  11. OK I have to say .......you are amazing lady. Your veggies are gorgeous. I can't wait to start seeing produce in my garden but, you know I have a bit of a wait here in New England.Chipmunks have eaten my radishes and baby spinach. I hope they choke on it. Just kidding........everyone has to eat. Several years ago I put my blueberry bushes at the edge of my garden then proceeded to extend the garden on both sides. Now I have bushes dead center in my garden.That wasn't the plan but I've yet to change it.Thank God I don't have to make a spoon when I need one I'd be in serious trouble.... you rule!

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    1. If your blueberries are producing, I wouldn't change it either. My garden isn't exactly neat but as long as I am getting vegetables this year, I am happy. I think I have just been lucky that the deer did not come back this year.
      I am not sure I am amazing, lol, but you guys definitely make me feel good about what I do.

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  12. Your tomatoes are gorgeous! So sunny and yellow! I love it :-)

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    1. I am incredibly pleased with my hanging basket tomatoes. Small tomatoes but they are producing great.

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  13. Oh the smoked roast looks so good. I was at a bbq yesterday and he has a smoker and makes quite a production out of it.

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    1. It is definitely work but I sat outside carving on my spoon and just putting more chips in when the smoke stopped. I have an electric smoker though so it is pretty easy to use. I just add chips about every 20 minutes or so.

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  14. Cute duck - Gorgeous Roast! Looks like you had a nice holiday!

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    1. It was definitely a good day and I really needed one.

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  15. Wow. Everything looks great. What kind of tomatoes are those? Ours look similar.

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    1. I think I planted sungold in the hanging baskets but I can't seem to find the post where I told about them so that I can be sure that was the variety.

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  16. Hi Becky; Just catching up with blog-reading after being offline for a while...
    Your pork meal with homegrown veggies sounds great. I've got one plant of Sungold tomatoes too, so I hope they do as well for me.
    Re the spoon-carving: why don't you branch out and try making some other utensils too? We have some wooden spatulas (like a fish-slice) which are really useful.

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