Saturday, September 12, 2009
We got to go with some friends from church. My discipleship partner has a love of good fresh produce as I do so we make a great pair. A few weeks ago we went out the the farm and got sweet corn, peaches and pick your own berries. I came home, made jam and canned my first peaches - oh so good. It was the first year I did freezer corn too. That is alot of work! The peaches seemed worth it but the corn, not as much. I tried to get more peaches todaya nd someone took the last basket right before my very eyes! Bummer! I think the 40 # of apples should hold me over for a while though.
Been making tomato sauce straight from the garden peppers, tomatoes and zuchinni too. Oh man is it good! Even the girls are helping lately to blanch and smoosh the tomatoes to get them ready. Freezer jars are my friend this year. Now if I just had a spare freezer, I could do so much more.
Reilly and I are taking a digital photography class so maybe I will learn how to post photos. I switched my sd card so it does not get automatically sucked down into out secret storage lock down back up system. I will just have to make sur I don't lose these pics as they won't automatically get backed up. I'm looking forward to all my new knowlege!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Off to cook up some jam - YUM!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
sorry I haven't blogged in a long time, I have SO much to do . Anyway you know that hair wrap I had in my hair my mom cut it out, I mean cut cut it out. I'm saving it, I'll take a picture of it and upload it..........out of my hair. Moving on..............i graduated Girl scouts and Awana. I finished my book so I get the plaque. oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh shiny!
Got to go, off to Yutzys.........bye!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Olivia went with me to the store so her list is more varied. She requested yellow pear tomatoes. They will look so pretty in salsa a little later this summer! We got a purple pepper plant just for fun. We also got 4 different heights of sunflowers. It seemed so right to plant a small army of sunflowers. I must read up on how to enjoy eating them up when they are ready!
Something else that is special about our garden is the shape. We have a large center garden that is a circle. Then two smaller side gardens in the shape of rectangles. I have been reading alot lately about how to be successful with a garden and one idea is that you make sure you can reach everywhere in the garden without too much trouble. This encourages you to keep up with weeding and tending. This is the part where we have failed in the past.
There is much more buy in this year from my whole family! Richard worked very hard at digging the entire thing up before we borrowed the neighbor's roro tiller. He did a fantastic job! The girls and I worked very hard at getting all the sod off and collecting all the rocks. We probably dug up 3 good five gallon buckets worth. When we were done Richard felt like it was too small. I am perfectly happy starting off slow this year. we have 5 different tomato varieties, 5 pepper varieties, cukes, a zucchini - don't know if we like them and they take up a bit of room.
All of my reading has said to mix in some flowers either in the garden bed or nearby to invitet he beneficial bugs in to take care of the not so beneficial ones. We've got a few gerbera daisies, marigolds and a few others about now.
I am up at this hour (4:30 am) because my body hurts so much from all the bending, pulling etc. Off to get an Advil and hopefully some rest!
Friday, May 1, 2009
This will hopefully change soon! The person who coerced me into walking the Half is now getting me to try to become a runner by the end of summer. We have a goal of doing a 10 K in mid August. The run is through King's Island! Sounds like fun to me! Not the training or the running but going to King's Island.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
"What a Shame" Beef Soup
3 c. Maggie brand Vegetable broth
1 1/2 c water
1/2 # ground beef cooked
couple of carrots - sliced small
couple stalks of celery- sliced small
1 potato - cubed
diced garlic - at least two cloves
sprig of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the ground beef, add it to the broth.
Throw everything else in the pot as you chop.
Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. The house should smell great!
Allow to cool completely, refridgerate overnight and scrape off all the fat that collects :)
Reheat and enjoy the smell throughout the house again!
We served this with rosemary garlic bread covered in provolone cheese - toasted of course.
If you try it, let me know how you like it.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I can affect you with a sting.
I have jelly like hands.
It looks like I have a cup on my head, without a handle.
I live in water and I am made up of 90% water.
There are over 1000 species of me.
I’m found on the surface of every ocean and in the deep sea.
I eat small fish called plankton.
I am toxic to humans.
I am not a fish.
Who am I?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I've got along way to go to catch up to some of my friends. My neice for example has over 300 friends and as many photos posted. Yikes! That's alot of time invested!
This is just another way I'm hoping to make 2009 the best year ever!
Friday, January 2, 2009
We got to build our own floats in the parade (there was even a little parade Princess!) We went sledding - bumpy ride! I met some new friends there - Hope, Allison, Maggie and Elizabeth. We went on a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Oh, I haven't got to the part where it was freezing cold and snowing!
Now I'm going to jump to the New Year's celebration...
I got to have my first communion at Gull Lake. Then there was a candlelight service. Then they said we could just go "all wild" until midnight! And guess what? There was a balloon drop! Woo Hoo! After that I was so tired, I just flopped on my bed and went to sleep!
Hope to see YOU there next year!
Riles made this sign as part of our "float" for the New Year's Eve Eve parade at Gull Lake. Thought I'd use it as part of my announcement for this new blog.
Looking forward to connecting more with people and keeping track of all the fun stuff we do around here. So far no new news.
My friends who have been after me for a while will be happy that I'm finally doing this :).
We just got back from a wonderful New Year's event at Gull Lake Ministries up in Michigan. What a power packed event! The three days went by so fast. It was worth the 5 hour drive simply to go on the sledding hill. Reilly spent her entire free time there. Olivia took a bit more convincing but loved it when she finally surrendered.
I spent time getting to know a new family to Gull Lake. The mom has a great amount of resolve as she has been through some tough times the last couple of years. I hope I get to see her again in the future.
The message this morning was about our need to surrender to God's Will for our lives. I know I have big goals for this year and they will only work out if it's in God's plan. I'm going to give it my best shot.
May this be a great year for all, filled with love from and for each other!