The 5 Feline Farm Comes to Life

After missing two weekends, our workers finally showed up last weekend to build raised beds for our organic veggies.

J salvaged about 10 – 4″ x 12′ support beams slated for a seismic retrofit that took a different approach, and saved us hundreds of dollars in wood!

Each one was so heavy that after the guys sawed them into 4′ and 6′ sections, they laid them on wheelbarrows to get them across the yard.

Melvin joked that they would last 20 years and nothing was going to be move them.

raised beds in process 05 2014
The raised beds come together…


Jon building herb box 05 2014
J building two raised beds for herbs

While they worked on the large beds, J built two square beds with Redwood for our organic Herbs.


Those two are going under the kitchen window.

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8 hours later, the raised beds are done

It took eight hours for Melvin and his partner to build the 9 raised beds.

Herb beds 05 2014
Redwood Herb beds


The Herb boxes were done in an hour and a half.

So J went on to build the patio I wanted just outside the Greenhouse under the shade of the Walnut.

J laying out brick patio 05 2014
J laying out paper for the patio

Luckily when we bought the property there were many brick pavers lying around, so he used them all to make this lovely space.

brick patio and beds 05 2014
Melvin surveys the raised beds and the patio is underway

On Mother’s Day, my son and J and I planted our seedlings that we started a few weeks ago in the greenhouse.


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Baby basil leaves
Herbs planted 05 2014
Our organic herbs are planted
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Organic Tomatoes, garbanzo beans, snap peas, butternut squash, pumpkin and cucumbers

Three of my nieces and nephews joined us to Celebrate Mother’s Day.  I grilled grass-fed, organic hot dogs and zucchini, and made a large salad, a bowl of Baba Ghannouj and J brought home a whole wheat crust pizza.

I made grain-free, dairy free Raspberry Brownies for dessert.

Afterwards softball and ‘orangeball’ (poor oranges…) were enjoyed by both participants and observers.

D bats orange 2
‘Orange’ball – a new fruity sport
Orange baseball 1 052014
Making OJ in midair!
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Mother’s Day recreation. . 🙂

My Italian Meat Sauce with Spinach

This sauce can be used to top pasta, baked sweet potatoes, wild rice or polenta.

  • 1 organic red Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves fresh organic Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed, organic ground Beef
  • 2 c. thinly sliced organic Spinach (measure after slicing)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh Thyme, chopped or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne
  • 2 Tbs. ev organic Olive Oil
  • 3 c. diced organic Tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 1/2 c. Water

Heat large pan on medium for 1 minute. Add onions and garlic. Turn heat down to medium-low and stir onions until light brown in color.

Add beef and stir to break up into small pieces, until no longer pink.

Add spinach, herbs and seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring for 4 minutes.

Add oil, tomatoes and water. Bring back to a boil. Cover and turn heat to low.

Simmer for 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Spinach n Tomato Pasta Sauce cu

~ Buon Apetito!


6 thoughts on “The 5 Feline Farm Comes to Life

    1. Thank you sweet one! We have our fingers crossed. We’re blessed with many birds in the trees around our backyard, so we may have to share with them. 🙂

  1. What a peaceful beautiful health and green life you are living…I don’t want to say I envy you cause on the contrary iam happy for you…I went all the way to Sakarya in turkey to enjoy 8 peaceful days in nature don’t have to do this it’s all there for you in your farm…hope all the seedlings will bloom and we will be seeing receipies accordingly…sweetest Hoda best of luck in every thing

    1. My sweetest Layla, thank you for your wishes. My wish is for you to come and stay with me for a week or two! I’m so happy you spent time in Turkey… the photos are lovely. Much love to you always.

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