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Harvest is Here

Almond harvest is here! Almond trees are shaking all over the valley and it's officially harvest season. About a week ago we started shaking on our farm.





But before you even start shaking, mowing is the true first sign of harvest. We don't just mow to make the orchard a cleaner environment. Grass could cause harvest equipment to get clogged up and unnecessary debris get stuck with the almonds  Weeds also take vital nutrients and water away from the trees and root system.


Once mowing is done, the orchard is ready for shaking! I like to say we shake the L out of them. Makes sense if you remember where I grew up. In Northern California we say A-MEND, just like salmon. None of that ALL-MEND business. But regardless of what you want to call it, almond shaking is how we get the nuts on the ground.



After we started shaking, the next day we were ready to start sweeping. Sweeping is the process of getting the almonds in nice, clean windrows so they can be picked up. Unfortunately, th…

Aunt Elaine's Chinese Chicken Salad

It's spring and that means the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy being outside. We have even been eating dinner outside on the patio. I love spring and getting to enjoy outside. When summer comes, let's face it, it is WAY too hot to really enjoy being outside. Those 100 plus degree California days aren't ideal for backyard barbeques.


Spring always brings back memories for me. Spring is a happy time. It is a time for potlucks, family dinners and backyard barbeques. One thing I enjoy during spring is my husband barbequing in the backyard and all I have to do is fix the sides. I really enjoy side dishes I can make ahead. This way I can be outside playing and relaxing with the family while the barbeque is going. No one likes having to be stuck in the kitchen inside while everyone else is outside.


Well, I have a perfect side dish for your spring time dinners. My husband's Aunt Elaine makes the best Chinese Chicken Salad. When I first moved to the Central Valley, Ela…

What I have been up to...

Life gets crazy, spring especially. It just has a way of sneaking up on you in the most unexpected kind of way. It surprises you and brings a whole lot of new with it. Whether you are ready or not.


I shared a few of my thoughts about spring yesterday on social media.
Spring is a time for all things NEW!
New life, new growth, new ideas, new journeys, new challenges. We may not like the new doors that open or we may be rejoicing for the new opportunities that are being presented...


My spring has definitely brought a basket of all things new. It's been a crazy few weeks for me and I feel like I have been slacking when it comes to social media and the blog. I do have a good reason though, so I thought today I would give you an update on what I have been up to and explain my absence.


Spring's first storm brought a wave of sickness to our house. The weekend before spring break started, my son started getting sick. Cough, sore throat, snotty nose, the whole gambit. It was not a fun…