Mr. Squash and I are taking off tomorrow for a few days in Oregon. We plan to fish the John Day River for Smallmouth Bass with a guide on Wednesday. On Thursday we'll travel a bit farther to Canyon City, OR and visit with our friends, Otis and Teresa for a couple of days. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that Otis married us 10 years ago in the Minam River. It was his first and only wedding ceremony - and we still feel honored! We love this part of Oregon - it is home to the Painted Hills and the John Day fossil beds - a gorgeous geological wonder! We'll be back on Saturday.
A few days ago I harvested the garlic! Last fall I planted a hardneck variety called Russian Chesnock Red. I love hardneck garlic as it is more flavorful and seems to keep longer. Here I tied them in bunches to get them ready to dry.
You can be assured that no evil will come to the Squash House with these bunches of garlic hanging from the trees near the patio - they say that garlic wards off evil!! I hang them for a few days, then peel off the dirty outer layer, shake off as much dirt as I can, then allow them to dry a little longer before I cut off the tops and store them for use!
Here is a clove I dried a while back. I was testing to see if they were ready to pick. This couldn't be a more perfect head! I smell a pot roast in our future! I make a recipe given to me by a friend most often. She says the first time she ever made pot roast, she thought a clove of garlic meant the whole head! But she said no one complained, so she's made it that way ever since!
I've been doing a lot of hand stitching lately. This square is almost completed. It's a pattern from Crabapple Hill and I only have 11 more to go - lol! I'm using distressed linens in different shades of tan for the stitcheries and for the main fabric shades of blue, brown tan and black. If it's anything like Winter Wonderland, I might finish the stitcheries by this time next year before I get to sewing it all together!