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Thinking Ahead

Summer is winding down and we are thinking ahead to fall and winter. Garden vegetables are the best for freezing.

Our green pepper plants did not do as well as I had hoped this year, so I actually purchased some from a local greenhouse.

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Simply cutting and bagging green peppers is good for fast cooking, or you can stuff and freeze for a quick crock pot meal on a busy day.
Since it was the end of our garden season I took some a made a huge batch of chili for freezing with some fresh tomatoes.

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Another idea for make ahead quick meal is waffles. Something my mom used to do for us in high school.

I look forward to making more ahead just to save time in this busy world we live in.

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Summer Crafts

Summer time is always a hard time to stay in and craft for four and six hours at a time. But I did what I could this month.
Lots of knitting goes on in summer as well as winter, because its portable.

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From cut and tied to sewn and ironed. Four kitchen dish cloths, pull over baby bibs with matching wash cloths (in blue & pink)
And four Holiday Soft Baby Books. They make great gifts for baby’s first Christmas, pregnant mommy, or a young on-the-go toddler.

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Who could resist this easy-on-easy-off owl child’s apron ? Not me that’s why I made several 🙂
And if you like birds, I whipped up this adult apron this week too.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. Keep checking back for more blogs I have a lot of catching up to do.

Don’t forget September is National Sewing Month.

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Summer Time Construction (Part 1)

As many of you know between gardening, life and “projects” summer can be busy. In June our outside life was not only busy, but messy and under construction, thus all the ’inside’ posts.

When we bought our house in July of 2008, the drive way was interesting and we have since expanded it and added a wall. Additionally, our garage was falling in from the time we bought our house so we had it dug out, so it didn’t cause damage.

Life sure changed in November of 2011, priorities switched, a wall and garage being ‘dug’ out, until we had enough $ to tear it down AND build another one… All seemed like too much to ask for with a little one learning to walk, run and wanting to play outside.

This year we decided that it would be utterly impractical to save as much as we need to both tear down and build in the same year. So we came up with a ’completed’ plan. Completed meaning, to me, it looks complete for now, and if we so choose to change it or build a big garage in the future then so be it.

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As you can see there was a lot of work to do before the demolition. We truthfully did not know we owned that much stuff. Just try completely emptying your garage some day and see what you come up with. 🙂

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Emmett was so impressed with the equipment and machines outside, he did nothing but look out a window for a few days, we commented it was better than an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Jake, his puppy, was right with him the whole time too !

We all stood on the porch to watch the garage coming down and I actually video taped it. Emmett was concerned, he undoubtedly did not want our garage to ’fall over.’

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As to be sure not to have the ‘falling-in’ problem since our concrete garage did, we chose a huge block wall. I don’t think it’s going anywhere.
As well as the tear down of the garage we needed the completed look to be finished THIS year, so we chose a metal shed. One which my husband and I put together the following days off.

My husband, Steven, has since informed me that I’m not allow to have anymore ’plans’ because the “last” one took him three days to put together.
We probably should of hired a sitter to come to the house or put Emmett in daycare for the time we needed to focus on the shed. He was stealing Steven’s tools, and wanting us to play the whole time. We should have been able to finish in a day and a half.

We did have my Gram come over the one day and hang out because he simply couldn’t and didn’t want to be out in the heat any longer. I did not blame him. It was HOTT !

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We love our shed. It is simply the perfect size. Steven’s workbench, our toys and supplies fit just perfectly. And as you can see we have planted grass behind the big garden in the back. We are hoping to have normal growth of our grass by next summer.

We could never thank our excavator enough for doing exactly what we wanted and more.

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Camping

My husband and I both grew up camping, and loved it. Since our son Emmett has been born we haven’t really stopped to enjoy life as we did when we were kids.

Last summer, when he was 8 months old, we went camping once. And with all the projects that we’ve been doing this summer (again) we haven’t taken the time to go.

August is almost over and I said we aren’t planning anything so we can go camping and we did.

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We chose a local camp site where we went visiting friends last days off. I really was iffy about it at first but it truly was relaxing and pleasant. I think we may have found our forever home in camping. 🙂

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And as you see Emmett and his Daddy had fun too !!

We plan to go a few more times before the season ends, weather permitting of course.

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An Evening On The Farm

I just want to take a minute and brag about my wonderful husband who worked 160 hours last week. Though he couldn’t stay awake while attending an evening picnic at my parents he’s still pretty amazing.

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Meanwhile, Emmett & I went to visit the “dutches.” The name he has given the cows on the family farm.

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He was amazed they eat their broccoli too !

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Emmett <3’s Sand

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We went to visit friends at their camp last weekend, and Emmett really enjoyed the enormous sand box they had for the tots. We are thinking next year it maybe needed to get sand in our ‘back yard.’
We felt blessed to have such a relaxing time with good friends that enjoyed our Emmett too !!

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