Coons and veggies and jelly, oh my!

We’ve been pretty busy here over the last week or so. Michael set the live trap and caught the coon the first night. I prefer to leave the wildlife alone but we can’t have them killing our critters.  She was much smaller than I expected.


The berries are fantastic here this year. It must be because of the cool weather and all the rain. Michael took the girls to pick wineberries and they came home with about 2 1/2 gallons. There were a few raspberries and black berries in there also. I made 3 quarts of juice and made some jelly. I think it’s one of our favorites. Aren’t they pretty!


We’re getting more out of the garden now. Zucchini and yellow squash.


More green beans and it’s time to pick again.


Beets! We’re excited about these because I haven’t been able to grow beets since we’ve been in WV. We had the greens cooked with bacon. Very yummy! I have some more of these ready to pick but have yet to decide how we’ll fix them.


Clifford has become quite the ham when it comes to the camera.


We’ve been getting some fog in the mornings. It sure makes for beautiful sunrises.


Time to run. Supper and chores are calling! Have a blessed week-end!


16 thoughts on “Coons and veggies and jelly, oh my!

  1. Granny Eklund says:

    Hi…beets are best cooked in their own skins just like a baked potato…wash them well…butter the skin and place in the oven or barbecue…or on hot coals…until cooked. You don’t loose any nutrition this way…love these lovely red jewels…use them raw, shredded in salad also…YUMMY….BLESSINGS…GRANNY

  2. Granny Eklund says:

    Sorry…forgot to tell you to wrap them in foil before hand…GRANNY

  3. katmando1955 says:

    Glad you got the pesky varmint that was terrorizing your chickies! Looks like the garden and the family are doing good! Yummy Berrys!

  4. Bob says:

    Ya your right, that looks like gonzilla coon. They are tough little critters though. We love beet greens cooked with the bacon wit eggs.
    reat looking garden

  5. Way to go catching the raccoon. Hope peace reins in the coop for a while. We just did a batch of jelly too – raspberry, plus a few jars of chocolate raspberry sundae topping, a new recipe for me. Your beets and garden look wonderful. Kids too, of course 🙂

    • Chocolate raspberry sundae topping. Michael would love that one! Recipe? 😀

      • Try the Ball book – I found it in the Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving. Bernardin is the Canadian equivalent to Ball. I’m pretty sure the book is the same, with all the Canadian stuff like metric thrown in. If I get time I’ll try and put the recipe on my blog.

  6. ron says:

    better reset the trap
    a small coon like that usually has littermates lurking around with the same tastes

  7. Those berries look great, I can go for a big cup (or multiples!) of berries any day. Enjoy your week!

  8. cecilia says:

    Missy do you make your own soap? I am desperate to learn how. Especially with all the pigs and all that lard! If you do maybe you and the girls can put together a photographic tutorial (a good school project) and post it for us! c

  9. The lard isn’t real hard. You just have to be sure not to get it too hot. I love it for cooking!

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