Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase – 22nd Street

We have been looking forward to the annual Tucson Gem Show ever since we moved here from California! Our family enjoys looking at rocks, which you can read about in this post about our 2015 visit to the Petrified Forest. In particular, our second oldest is a rock hound and knows quite a bit about rocks, gems, and minerals since he has some books all about them. It would not surprise me at all if he grows up to be a geologist.

About a month ago, every time we drove to church on Sundays, we saw some tents going up right off of the I-10 and wondered what they were for. We realized a few weeks ago that they were part of the Annual Tucson Gem Show that takes place in Tucson every year. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show here is actually made up of multiple shows, I think over 50, with the main show taking place February 13 to February 16 at the Tucson Convention Center. So it’s almost like the Showcase is a preview of the Show that runs for 2 weeks.

The Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase on 22nd Street is only one of the 50 shows going on from February 1 to February 16. It was a great place for us to start though and we spent almost 5 hours there!

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Dehydrating Barrel Cactus Fruit

Josh and I have always been fascinated by the idea of eating the fruit of native desert plants, particularly cactus. So when we saw that we had quite a crop of barrel cactus with fruit growing in our yard, we looked up when we could pick them, how to pick them, and how to eat them.

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Sweet Cream Ice Cream

I have been wanting to make ice cream for awhile. However, I have not had the opportunity since moving, starting a new job, and moving into a new house took so much time. Then, once I had the time I discovered that half of my ice cream maker was in my in-laws’ garage in California. Finally, my ice cream maker and I were reunited, and I had the chance to make some ice cream.

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This Week on the Homestead. 01/19/20 – 01/25/20

This week I happened to go to a really nice Ace Hardware in Tucson. It felt a lot like an old fashioned hardware store. When I walked inside, I could hear the chirping of baby chicks. I spent quite a bit of time looking at them and admiring them. Seeing them really got me wanting to get my coop up and running.

baby chicks
These are some of the chicks I saw this week.

I had already started to draw out my plan for the coop last week. I finished up my ideas so I could start to buy the wood. I bought enough pieces on Friday to show the outline of the coop area.

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