“And the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high…..”

Do you know that song from Porgy and Bess? My mom used to sing it to me when I was a little girl.

I feel like I am living that song right now, except I’m not growing cotton and my Daddy’s not rich.🤣

But, oh, I am looking forward to a sweet, sweet summer at home. Only taking about 3 trips this summer, but I plan to do a couple of posts about our summer life.

So far we have been enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful weather. The kids have been playing and helping in the garden some. I have been working in the garden a lot. We built a clay oven in the back yard out of mud, sand, and straw.

We had a homeade pizza night and cooked them in the outdoor oven, saying goodbye to Sam before she headed to Missouri to work at a camp.

We also loaded up our giant van with all the neighbors we could fit and went to my friend, Judy’s homestead and watched the Blue Ghost fireflies do their dance in the dark woods. So cool.

I don’t any pictures, because, well, it’s pitch dark and you can’t take pictures. 😊 But they are amazing!

Here are a few pictures of our clay oven build and our homeade pizza baking.

We used red clay from the back yard and play sand to make the oven slab.

It was a messy job, but the kids had a blast playing in the mud.

We used clay, sand, and straw for the oven itself.

Outdoor projects are so much fun, especially when they work!

We learned that next time we will burn the wood for about two hours before cooking to get a large amount of very hot coals. We also learned the value of a little battery powered leaf blower for creating a kicked up oxygen source inside the oven! Hot flames!

Enjoy your summer everyone!

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