Friday, October 26, 2012

{This Moment}


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Friday, September 28, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Everyday Blessings





I have been enjoying the beautiful blessings of the everyday lately.
* A sturdy home to decorate (and clean ahem)
* A sweet little boy who is growing up so much!
*A wonderful husband who works so hard to support our little family and even helps me pick pears :)
*A healthy little girl whom we will soon meet.
*So many blessings.  I am living the dream.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Friday, September 7, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The house is slowly coming together.  

Beans are ready to be picked.

It will be an adventure canning this year without a stove.  A propane camp stove will have to suffice.

My cucumber plants were eaten by a rodent so I will have to buy cukes for pickle experimentation.

Purchased some fresh greens for supper at the farmer's market today.

A finished kitchen with washed floor is on the list of things to do for the day.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Kicking it Up a Notch

1st coat of Polyurethane

Well we are getting down to the wire on house renovations.  We have 2 more weeks to finish the house and move. Yikes! This week we have to finish the floors and painting and then we will tile the bathroom and install the toilet. Scott applied the first coat of polyurethane to the living room last night and unfortunately, due to poor lighting and late at night work, the poly was applied a bit to thickly.  That means we will have to wait longer before sanding and doing the second coat. At least we have more floor to work on while the sander is rented. I think the next few weeks will be a bit on the stressful side as we work like mad to finish things.  Poor Ike will not have a very fun time hanging out in his jumper while mama works on the house :(

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day America!

I must post one of my all time favorite poems that I learned as a child to mark this day.


The Flag Goes By

By Henry Holcomb Bennett

HATS off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!        5
The flag is passing by!
Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;        10
But more than the flag is passing by.
Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State:
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;        15
Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;
Sign of a nation, great and strong        20
To ward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,—all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.
Hats off!
Along the street there comes        25
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fried Zucchini and Tomato Sandwiches Are a Taste of Summer

Last year my husband introduced me to the wonders of a fried zucchini and tomato sandwich and now I equate the sandwich with summer.  It stands along side the BLT as a great summer meal when you don't want to make the house any hotter than it already is and it is a great meal for using up the always over productive zucchini.  I can hardly call how to make these easy sandwiches a recipe but I will relay to you how to make your own sandwich.

"Recipe" for Fried Zucchini and Tomato Sandwiches


Ingredients:
Sliced Bread
Zucchini- thinly sliced
Tomato- thickly sliced
Saltine Crackers- crushed
Egg- beaten
Vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Heat aprox 1/4 in of vegetable oil in a frying pan.  Dip zucchini slices in egg and then coat with the crushed saltines.  Fry zucchini slices till golden brown, flipping once. Layer the tomato and fried zucchini on a slice of bread, salt and pepper to taste and top with a second slice of bread. Enjoy your taste of summer.

Variation: you can toast the bread or add a little mayo if desired.

Friday, June 1, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rainy Day

Today was a cool rainy day and so working on putting up a fence with Ike on my back was off the to-do list.  The rainy weather must have been affecting Ike's mood because he was rather fussy and clingy all day even with two naps.  His fussiness ment it would be most profitable to stay at home (rather than scrub walls at the house) and work on something what wouldn't get in the way of him constantly hugging my legs and needing frequent cuddles.  Hence I started work on the long avoided clothes sorting.  I had quite the pile of clothes on the floor in our room since the owner of this house decided that it would be a great idea to secure the closet bar into nothing but drywall.  no studs = closet bar on the floor = clothes on the floor.  Since I had a mess of clothes anyways I decided I should do some sorting and paring down.  My goal was to only have current season and currently fitting clothes in the dresser and all other clothes in one rubbermaid tub.  I succeeded with this goal which I think is pretty impressive considering the tub held all my winter clothes, maternity clothes, and postpartum clothes.  The room still looks a little rough because I need to find a new home for my fabric basket (it used to live in the closet above the now broken closet bar) ,I need to put clean sheets back on the bed and a vacuum needs to be run around the room.  For a rainy cranky day I am pretty please with what was accomplished.  I plan to finish tomorrow since it looks like another cold and rainy day is coming.
Rainy Day
Little boy needs some cuddles


Folding and sorting

All my winter clothes, maternity clothes,
and postpartum clothes fit in this tub

I found this belt that Scott made for me
 the Christmas before we started dating

My dad's old college sweatshirt that I ruined by accidentally
 washing & drying with an ink pen.I decided to cut it up into rags
 and save the center to put into my t-shirt quilt.

Looking better.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rodent Trouble

I finally finished planting my garden last week only to discover yesterday that every single little leaf possible had been eaten.  Apparently I planted a delicious buffet for some rodent(s).  I think my mysterious destructive rodent is a ground hog because I saw one scurrying along the side fence this evening. Tonight I purchased chicken fence and I hope to get my garden surrounded before too many of my seeds start emerging.  Some of my winter squash and cucumbers have already sprouted and I"m scared that they will be eaten tonight.  I also need to purchase 30+ new tomato plants and a handful of pepper plants since it is too late in the season to restart from seed.  Thanks a lot you little rodent. Soon though I will have the upper hand!
The poor chewed on nubs of a watermelon plant


Thankfully the rodent can't touch the pear tree

Will my cucumbers last through the night?

Will my winter squash survive the ravages of the rodent?

Friday, May 25, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Friday, February 24, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.



Friday, January 27, 2012

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christmas Recap

This post is a wee bit late but I really wanted to show you my Christmas decorating this year.  The decorating this year has been my favorite of all Christmases and too make things even better I created my decorations from items I already owned or could find in the yard with the small exception of some red yarn.  Not too shabby :)

I had hoped for a real Christmas tree this year but it didn't seem financially responsible since we didn't get the tree up till the 2nd weekend in December and we were going to be out of town for Christmas day. Instead I pulled out the old 3ft standby and loaded it up with my motley assortment of ornaments.  This year's new ornament was Isaac's hand print in clay.  I hope it doesn't get broken!

This little fella was the very best thing under the tree.

I love getting Christmas cards so I displayed them on a ribbon in our dinning room.  In fact, I still have them on the wall because I enjoy them so much.  This year our family sent out our very first Christmas letter and picture.  I even stamped the cards and got everything sent out before Christmas.  That was quite the feat for this procrastinator! 
Instead of overloading the tree with ornaments I filled a crystal bowl from our wedding with ornaments.  It was nice to actually use this bowl instead of having it wrapped in paper for over 2 years.

I love having a mantel to decorate! Since I couldn't have a real tree this year I decided to at least have real greenery. I trimmed up a bush in the backyard and 'poof' free greenery.  I had fun learning to finger knit and made the yarn garland one evening while skyping my mom.  In order to get some height I searched the yard for sticks and then spray painted them gold.  Good thing I had some gold spray paint on hand! (probably purchased from some project that was never finished). You can't really see what is in the picture frame but I printed out a free word art picture of Isaiah 9:6 to go along with the nativity scene.  It is very important to focus on the true reason for Christmas.


Not only did I decorate with handmade touches I also was able to craft a few gifts as well.

For our neighbors I made some challah bread and gifted it along with a jar of homemade apple butter from this fall.  Our neighbors were sweet and also gave us some treats.  We got delicious pecan sticky bread and cookies from one neighbor and 2 lbs of deer burger from another.  Tasty treats, although I must say the sticky bread was my favorite.


I made caramels for Ike's daycare ladies and was reminded why I only make caramel once a year, I hate wrapping the little boogers.


For my 2 year old niece I made a felt cake with removable 'frosting' flowers so that she could decorate a cake just like her mommy.

I had so much fun creating these little handmade touches for Christmas! I think the little things are what make decorations and presents so special!