I just made two hot sauces using some of these peppers from the garden:
The first recipe called for jalapenos and is rated "medium" hot; it's called Pepper Joe's Hot Sauce. The second one was made with habanero peppers (the yellow ones) and holy cow, the fumes of them made my nose run like crazy - and I was being super careful. It's called Pepper Joe's Island Hot Sauce and is rated "10 Nuclear" on Pepper Joe's site, where I got the recipes. Mike tried both of them and his face lit up when he tested the habanero one. He loves hot sauces. Now I have to do something with all my ceyenne peppers; they sure are pretty. I think I'll make a pepper mix and maybe add some mild ones too so I have one batch that won't blow my head off.
Right now Mike's working on the chicken run again. We've been working on it every Sunday for awhile, making it more secure since I'm not around during the day to watch over my chicken buds. It takes awhile since we're enclosing the whole run. Here he is, working on the new base at one end of the run that will be covered with a roof so the chickens can have some outdoor time, even when it's raining.
Sophie loves to hang out with Mike while he's working and climbs the ladder and watches from a bird's-eye view.
We let the chickens free-range while working on the run and they love it. I didn't get many good pictures unfortunately, as my camera stopped functioning properly, but here is Dusty keeping his eye on a couple of hens and another shot of a few enjoying digging for bugs in the woods.
Dusty and Sophie wrestle a lot, but Sophie usually runs off because ol' Dusty doesn't know when to stop. He's rough and tumble boy and she's an introverted lady and he's just too hands-on sometimes. He wants to PLAAAAAY.
Dusty watching the chickens...
Here is what my garden turned into once I started going back to work - one big weedy mess. I'm still getting lots of peppers and a few eggplants, but everything else just gave up. Soon we'll be digging up the sweet potatoes and I have my fingers crossed. We blocked them from the deer this year, so they should've done as well as year before last when we had enough to last through the next spring!
I did have a few flowers still blooming - lots of marigolds, which, by the way, didn't seem to help keep any bugs away this year. Bah! And this pretty flower that seems to have flowers blooming from the flower.
That's it for now!