Honeychick Homestead

Homestead, Health, and Happiness

Thankful Thursday #22 – June 2015

1 Comment

So, umm, yeah, I’m a bit behind writing this Thankful Thursday post! But sometimes “life” happens and things like vacation and summer fruit harvest are more important than writing a blog post 🙂  Things have been INSANELY busy here on the homestead since I got home from vacation on June 20th!

About 3 days after arriving home, I came down with a mild cold and it happened at the same time our Japanese (aka Santa Rosa) and Green Gage plum trees were ready to have their first set of fruit harvested. Thankfully, they didn’t drop too much fruit while I was resting and it has been a great harvest so far. Here’s a bit more about what I was thankful for in June,

1. Maui, Maui, Maui!! I am extremely grateful for the time my husband and I had together exploring and relaxing on this beautiful island. I had been once before, for a very short (3 day) visit about 17 years ago.  Since we were there almost 3 weeks, we got to explore almost every part of the island. Here’s some pictures of this amazing place!

P1070132

Keanae Landing with the Road to Hana in the distance

P1070067

View of Puohokamoa Falls from the Garden of Eden Arboretum

P1070146

Three Bears Falls located right off Hana highway

P1070184

Pa’iloa Beach in Hana

P1070311

Above the clouds at 10,023 feet at the Haleakala Summit

P1070343

Sliding Sands Trail at Haleakala. We were only able to do about 2 miles because the sun was setting and the ranger said it takes double the time to walk back up the hill at the high elevation. They weren’t kidding, it was so slow going back uphill!

P1070540

Lovely Napili Bay, we stay at this location for 5 days. The snorkeling was great in this sheltered cove! Here’s the Napili Bay Studio Condo we rented in case you want to visit someday!

P1070734

One of the many stunning sunsets enjoyed from our lanai in Wailea,

P1070813

Mokapu Beach in front of Andaz, our last location of our trip. We stayed there for 6 days!

Snorkeling with the sea turtles at “Turtle Town”

P1070959

Pretty palms!

P1080001

The last sunset of our trip

2. I’m thankful both of our flights to and from Maui were uneventful and safe, Hawaiian Airlines did not disappoint!

3. I’m happy for the 10 apricots that came from our very small tree. IMG_0064

4. I’m grateful for the sticky mess I experienced while I processed my first ever batch of honey! It was a fun experience but it is VERY messy! The frames had been sitting in my garage fridge since Verbena colony absconded in February. I needed to clear it out to make room for the upcoming fruit harvest. Here’s a few pictures of the “old fashion processing.”

IMG_0074_2

An almost full frame of capped honey

IMG_0075_2

I had to scrape off the capped part. They make a tool for this but I didn’t have time to get one so I did my best and scrapped it off with a butter knife 🙂

IMG_0076_2

This is the giant colander full of honey with some comb in it. The “process” is to let it slowly drip out into the bowl underneath. I kept it in my oven at 100 degrees to help it drip easily. After that, I did a second “strain” with a mesh colander to filter out any smaller pieces of comb, then I poured it into jars.

P1080025

The finished product!

5. I was excited to see how much my garden had grown in three weeks. My black beans were growing well, the watermelon radish sprouted, and I spotted my first Japanese cucumber!

IMG_0078_2

Black beans in the center and Watermelon Radish in the upper right corner.

IMG_0077_2

My first cucumber!

6. I am so thankful for our big, beautiful Japanese Plum tree and our two Green Gage trees for giving us such an amazing bounty of fruit each year. The total harvest this season of Japanese plums was 44 pounds and Green Gage was 33 pounds!

IMG_0071_2

My first batch of Green Gage plums

IMG_0082_2

My first batch of Japanese plums

IMG_0083_2

Part of the batch of Japanese plums ready to go into my Excalibur dehydrator to make fruit roll ups, sweetened with my honey!

P1080085

A homemade plum fruit roll up!

7. Finally, I am so enormously grateful for my renewed health! It was truly awesome to have a vacation and not even think about Lyme AT ALL. My shortness of breath is one thing I still experience. I’ve purposely been holding off on writing my 6 month Infusio update until after I have a follow-up. I have my follow-up scheduled and will have my 6 month update posted by the end of the month. I also hope to have Madison’s 3 month follow up soon.


What were you thankful for in June? Share with me!

P.S – Summer is super busy around here so I’ll be taking a break from Thankful Thursday’s until October. Have a wonderful summer and don’t forget to be thankful!

 

Author: Jen @ Honeychick Homestead

Honeychick Homestead is about more than urban homesteading. Here you'll find a mix of diverse topics, about health, real food, Lyme Disease, and my newest adventure, urban homesteading!

One thought on “Thankful Thursday #22 – June 2015

  1. Would love to taste your fruit roll up….looks yummy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s