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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sept. 4th update

My roasted broccoli.  It is roasted alright and went into the trash can.  Better luck next time!

My Raspberry bushes were spilling over into the path!  They have been cut and pulled back and a couple wires put on stakes to hold them back.

I planted celery seed in this pot.  Do I cut them now and dry them or how do I use them?

Christmas cards are so pretty and I hate to just throw them away.  I used this punch to cut out gift tags to be used at Christmas time from a bunch of mine.

I thought this pepper plant was done so I sat it by the door to be thrown out.  It didn't get tossed right away and then I saw some peppers growing so have kept it.  Who knew!

I missed using my hand lotion bars.  I really like them so used my energy one morning to make more.  Guess I kinda forgot how to do it!  Next time I won't fill them so full.  They will be easier to handle and I will probably have enough to fill the forth container.  Till next time enjoy each day!  Nancy  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Another Setback!! 8/22/19

Isn't this just the prettiest little bouquet!  The pot says Bee Well Soon.  I had a toothache start Friday.  By Monday my chin and jaw were badly swollen.  Had it fixed but by the third day I was red down into my chest with blood infection so was admitted to the hospital for five days on an IV and home on oral antibiotic for 10 days. Many prayers were sent up on my behalf.

Sue also brought me a half dozen beautiful pink roses after I was home.  She knows I love PINK!

Got my gluten free sourdough starter out of the refrigerator and started feeding it again and made up sourdough pancakes for a month and froze and the last batch of gf sourdough muffins will come out of the oven soon.  Then back into the refrigerator the gf sourdough starter will go for another month!

Not the best looking cucumbers but I wondered at one point if I would get any.  So far no zucchini and I doubt I will.  I thought zucchini was suppose to be easy to grow!

I am not too impressed with growing Amaranth so will probably plant fewer next year.  As you can guess not much accomplished around my little homestead lately!  Thank you for visiting and please come back again!  Nancy  

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Trying Again July 30 2019

It has been one thing after another.  Still trying to cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and then I had to break my arm!  I was walking in the house trying to get some exercise and went around a corner and down I went.  Here is Sue standing on a chair so I didn't have to bend over much with a trash bag over my head washing my hair!  Where there is a will there is a way!  It was my left arm but I never realized I used my left arm that much.

These are lemon balm leaves I decided to dry in the dehydrator.  I have always just hung up them up to dry before.

 Gluten free cookies.  Yummy.  Healthy except for the chocolate chips I had to put in them!

I did three of these embroidered Christmas bulbs (all different).  They were free patterns until the end of July from Joy from Joy Filled Days.  I am not sure what I will decide to do with them yet.  She made hers into a wall hanging.

My Courtyard path is obviously a jungle and needs much work done.  I need to rearrange the tall plants behind the smaller ones.

My cucumbers seemed to have lots of little cukes but are not growing!  So I bought some and made a jar of refrigerator pickles.

My first year attempting to grow amaranth.  I thought the flower would be much prettier.

I just love the color of this lily!  Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.  I hope the bad gremlin has not visited your house and that you are having a wonderful summer!  Nancy  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Busy Bee Feb. 10,2019

I won't be gardening anytime soon!

My latest adventure was making a gluten free sourdough starter.  Evidently it was not strong enough as this is how my bread turned out and I had to throw it away  Gluten free flour is expensive so will wait awhile before I try making bread again.

I made these gluten free sourdough muffins and I do like them so will continue to make those.  Sourdough is suppose to have many health benefits so I am hoping I will get healthier!

I also tried a GF sourdough biscuit recipe but they didn't turn out either.  I may try a different recipe later on.

One more GF sourdough item was pancakes.  I do like them and will make more.

Valentine's Day is approaching so thought I'd better get my heart runners out.

I had made two so the other one was put on the music file cabinet.  There is quilting of hearts in the middle of them.

My friend, Sue Husted gave me this little wreath years ago so I thought it would look nice hanging here.  I have yet to find a pretty Valentine's wreath for our front door.

Hubby got this rose for me.  It smelled so nice.

He also got me this Accuquilt Go for Valentine's Day.  I have not had a lot of time to play with it yet but with my bad shoulder it will be so nice not to have to use the rotary cutter and ruler so much.  He has been having to hold the ruler for me so I think he is glad too!  I am one lucky wife!

This is it out of the box.

And opened up!

Different size cubes work with it.  I chose the 8 inch one.  Does anyone else have one of these?

Gracie learned how to sew a button on in school.  She did a super job and I am proud of her.

And here is one of the buttons.  Didn't she do a great job!  I am so excited to see any of the grandkids or great-grandkids learn new things!

Of course I wanted a silly one of them also!

This is the last picture!  Honest!  I chopped the celery leaves to freeze to flavor my soups.  Thank you for taking the time to look and read  I hope you will leave a comment!  Happy Valentine's Day.  I hope cupid is as good to you as he was to me!!  Nancy  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I received my new seeds for my little courtyard!  It will be awhile yet though!  I have never tried Amaranth before but it looked pretty and I think the leaves are suppose to taste like spinach.

Sitting in the house looking out at the neighbors roof I thought this roof looked like a quilt!  My husband said "only a quilter would think of that".

This is great granddaughter Nora talking on our antique phone!  Doesn't she look just like a teenager!  Those days will be here before we know it  Can't believe she is this big already!

Another one of her enjoying the snow in our courtyard!  Hmmm!  This is pretty good stuff!  When you don't have toys, a bucket and big spoon works!

Our other little great granddaughter Claire came to visit. So precious.  These little "greats" bring sunshine to our days.  Aren't they just the cutest and sweetest!

My newest adventure is trying to make a gluten free sourdough starter to make gluten free bread!  Wish me luck!!!  So far, so good!

I made this gluten free raspberry crisp and it was yummy.  The raspberries were in my freezer.  My friend Ann gifted them to me.  Thank you so much Ann.  It is delicious.

Our church is doing a one time book study on this book February 13th from 1p.m. till 3p.m.  I am usually napping by 3pm. but this kind of fit into my energy slots so thought I would try it.  I am enjoying reading the book.

One more dish cloth knitted.  This one is red although looks more pink here and it is for me.  It will be nice to use around Valentine's Day.

My last picture is my little buddy, Coco.  She is warming up the bed for my nap which I will take after posting this!  I am glad you could visit and would love if you could leave a comment.  Zzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Have a Great New Year!

 Did everyone have a wonderful Christmas?  We sure did!  This is our family picture this year with Santa Claus and we did get another one in our traditional pajamas.  We missed our family from Maryland,  Dan, Elizabeth and Abigail!  Maybe next year!

We had a new addition to our family this year!  Meet our second little great granddaughter Claire Li!  This little bundle of joy was born December 9th!

Two chicken pot pies to pop in the oven!  My gluten free pie crusts are not the prettiest!  I made them from a gluten free pie crust mix.  Takes too much butter and after mixing has to be refrigerated for an hour.  I had to employ hubby's muscles to roll it out!  I have one more of those mixes left and then I think I will try my gluten free biscuit mix as it is much easier and faster.

Coco recognizes her stocking and loves to get the special treats in it.

Coco loves carrots!  Well, she loves almost every vegetable too!

Trying to organize my three garden notebooks!  I am not an organizer.  My organized friends would cringe to see this!  Trying to put fruit and information in one.  Veggies, herbs and flowers in one and this year's information in the third one.  I had to order my courtyard garden seeds by Dec. 29th to get my 15 percent discount so that is done and now just waiting for the arrival.

 I have not had much time for crafting during the holiday season but am anxious to get back to it.  I managed to get one dish cloth finished.  Better get those needles clicking and the sewing machine humming!  Have a wonderful New Year!  Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!  Nancy