Friday, August 28, 2015


Sunrise over the lake in the fog on the day of my sisters wedding. Beautiful lake, beautiful bride via IFTTT

Sunday, August 23, 2015


We've been letting Joanie and Betty out since we cleared some of the garden and want their help "tilling." They LOVE to be let out, but the three new Easter Eggers are not so brave. Here they are on their first meander out into the rest of the yard. It didn't last long! #chickens #backyardchickens #relax #freedom #freerange via IFTTT

Thursday, August 20, 2015


View from the kitchen table. Golden hour is gracing us at 7pm instead of 8pm these days. Fall is on its way, and I think the garden agrees. #goldenhour #relax #content via IFTTT

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Good morning! Can you spot all four cats? Of course Casco, the little one, is sleeping on a cat bed, where he's supposed to be. These four crowd us in bed every morning. Usually Trouble is on my chest by this time, and Chris has kicked everyone else off the bed. Not today! #cats via IFTTT

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Easy Like a Sunday Morning

Before noon on a Sunday and I've already got four quarts of pureed tomatoes canned; bounty from a week in the garden.

We tried using our Blendtec this year instead of peeling and de-seeding all of the garden tomatoes (so much work ugh). It worked like a charm! There are a few stray seeds here and there, but for the most part, everything got eviscerated, including the skins!

A lot less waste, the entire tomato is used, and a delicious sauce. Added a little salt and lemon juice and threw it into a few bail wire jars to be canned.

I'm curious how many quarts we'll get from our 30 plants. This last batch was about a week's worth of tomatoes, and was all sorts of different varieties. There were mostly Roma and San Marzano that got put up, but there were a couple of beautiful heirlooms in there as well. 

The larger varieties of tomatoes we usually set aside until they're gigantic and sun-kissed and have them in an egg sandwich for lunch. Or straight up with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

I'll be honest; I may plant more than 30 plants next year, depending on how well this season goes. Every year I think about expanding that garden. I'll be overflowing into the front yard soon, I'm sure.

Next up: corn! Fresh, local corn is on sale at the store for $6 a dozen. I bought a dozen, had a few for dinner, and have already started prepping to can up the rest. We'll see what 8 cobs cans up to be. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Consequence of Cats

We have five cats. It's almost impossible to keep anything nice, which is why we usually own second-hand things as far as furniture is concerned. Our couch set is no exception.

This is an old family couch that my father wanted gone. I love the set, and it actually matched my living room (!!), so we told him we could take it off his hands. The couch set we had before that was my grandmother's, and before that a pair of Goodwill couches. 

The couch set hasn't been worn out completely and is still very comfortable. The only problem was that the cats had a field day with the love seat. It was previously resting under a windowsill, so they scratched the top up pretty bad.

I was feeling pretty ashamed about it, and kept saying "I'll get to sewing it up when I have a minute."

Well, today was that day. Don't judge me, guys. Cats are cruel to furniture, especially with five of them. 

The carnage: 
 Terrible, I know. I could hide it under a blanket for a while when it was underneath the window, but when we re-arranged the living room (again), this side of the couch is pretty much the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. 

After about 20 minutes of sewing with a curved needle and upholstery thread that I had laying around (who knows why), it looks passable. Not really respectable or pretty, but at least the couch guts aren't all over the place.  

You can see where I seamed it, but hey. Five cats. What're you going to do? You're going to not have anything nice until they're gone is what. I love them more than a couch, so I guess I'll just have to patch the couch as needed over time.

Monday, August 10, 2015


What do you do with old bananas? Banana bread! ������#yum via IFTTT

Thursday, August 6, 2015


More flowers from the yard. �� #flowers #garden #gardening #beautiful #love #lilies via IFTTT


Dill pickles and tomatoes fresh from the garden got put up today. #yum #pickles #diy #dill #delicious #canning #preservation via IFTTT