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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th

Did everyone have a nice Halloween?  There are no children living in our community except grandchildren but Gracie, Cali and Nora came over so we could see their costumes.  Gracie just loves baby Nora and will make a great babysitter before we know it!

Here is grandson Travis with their darling baby Nora!

We don't use a lot of taco seasoning but needed to make up more.

Trying to prepare for winter in zone 5.  Rosemary will not survive outside in our zone but I put leaves around them and am hoping!!

I made melt and pour soap with rose essential oil.  It is a shea butter soap and is white although this picture shows cream.

It is now all packaged up in cellophane ready to give away.

At the previous house I did nothing with my hollyhock for winter.  I read to cut dead foliage off and cut back to about 6 inches and mulch.  Done!  Hoping for flowers next year.

Made up a gluten free biscuit with a mix from Bob's Red Mill.  Fixed some breakfast sandwiches for myself with egg and cheese.  On a scale of one to ten I would rate it about a six!  But "beggars can't be choosers" when trying to eat gluten free!

I have been trying to figure out how to keep my strawberries in the raised bed on legs from freezing.  We put plastic around the bottom and then I put leaves around the strawberries but read that was not good so am taking those off.  Bought a half of a bale of straw and will put some of that around them after a couple of hard frosts.  This raised bed gardening in a courtyard with a dog that has to have room to "potty" and eats all my veggies is certainly a challenge!  Thank you for visiting.  Please come again!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Keeping busy

This geranium was so pretty this summer.  I think I will take it in the garage when it gets cold, give it water once in awhile and hope for the best!!

I saved my allowance and what did I spend it on?? Not clothes but another 2x8 raised gardening bed for next year!!!!!!!!!

Our great granddaughter, Nora, is six months old now!  She is growing up way too fast!  We think she is so precious!

Thought it time I got busy and put out a few fall things in the house!  Almost the end of October already!

Added this fall table runner again to the antique sewing cabinet.  I think I might be getting a wee bit lazy when it comes to decorating for the seasons!

Does anyone else do this?  I cut any extra cherry or sungold tomatoes in two and freeze them.  When I make our salads I get out a couple and add.  They thaw quickly and add a little color to the salad and a wee bit of nutrition.

I made two more crocheted fold over pot holders.  Two more sets done with knit dish cloths now.

And this is the second set!  So little time and so little energy!  Anyone else with that problem??

I made up a couple more of these mug rugs for presents.  If you don't know what a mug rug is, just look at the next picture!  This one is about 9x11 1/2 inches.

What a mug rug is!!

I made up this gluten free cheesy biscuit mix with herbs from Aldi's.  I am not too fond of it but when I am hungry I will eat them!!

Cali and Gracie are helping us babysit my friend's two furbabies for a few days!  Thanks for reading!  I will visit with you again some other time!  Almost time to feed our Coco furbaby!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct. 3rd

I did get the apple donuts made up for "Wonderful Gardener"!  In fact I made two batches!  As you can see they are not donuts but more like apple muffins rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  He is really enjoying them!

It is so nice to still be picking a few strawberries for our morning oatmeal!  Won't be long now and the winter weather will be here!  Ugh!

We keep finding these tiny greenish balls all over our house.  They seem to appear out of nowhere!  Are they spider eggs or does anyone know what they are???????

We got our lumpy applesauce all done so dehydrated a few apple slices out of some left over apples.

Made up three batches of freezer coleslaw.  Here are just three of the containers.  Not sure if I will do another batch or not.

Does anyone else do this?  These are bread bags rolled onto an empty cardboard paper towel holder.  I use them to double bag my bread I buy for the freezer and also to put my cooked hamburg in.  Then I put the cooked hamburg in the bread bag inside a ziploc bag and pop into the freezer.  That way it keeps my ziploc bag nice and clean to reuse and I then throw the used bread bag away after freezing the hamburg.  I call myself thrifty!  Some other people may call me something else!  LOL

I made up my all natural lotion bars yesterday.  I am waiting for them to finish hardening so that I can pop them out of the container.  They are all natural made out of shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax.  Just rub them on your skin.  Not much going on in my garden right now.  Hope you have a wonderful rest of week!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Too Hot!

In my enthusiasm one day we bought a bushel and a half of apples.  Guess you know what that means!

We canned 21 pints of thick lumpy applesauce.  It is more work the way we do it as we don't put it through a sieve but we love it done this way.  Also put some in the freezer and made up three 8x8 pans of gluten free apple crisp and put in the freezer ready to pop in the oven!  Have a few apples left.  Maybe I will make "wonderful gardener" some apple donuts that he likes!  I don't know where to store my canned goods in this house so for now they are sitting on the cupboard!

"Wonderful Gardener" brought me this beautiful rose!  Do you think I should make the apple donuts for him??!!

Yummy cut up on our oatmeal!  We are still harvesting a few strawberries from our raised bed.  Looking forward to lots for next spring!

The Morning Glories seem to be enjoying the 90 plus degree weather!  Me not so much!!!!!

I found the directions for making this cute gift card holder on Pinterest to place a gift card in.  I should have taken a picture of the inside!

Our darling sweet great granddaughter Nora came for a visit today.  She didn't look too excited about having a conversation with us!  Happy you could visit!  Enjoy Autumn!  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Time flies but I don't

We got to meet our newest granddaughter last night!  This is Cici and our grandson Ryan!  We are so lucky to have two new granddaughters and a great granddaughter join our family lately!  Cici and Ryan brought us two beautiful paper-cut pictures from China.  

Here is a better view of the pictures.  The one on the left stands for happiness and the one on the right stands for long life.  Aren't they pretty!

I am picking a few strawberries often from my little 4x4 raised bed I planted in the spring.  I am finding I really like them sliced on my morning oatmeal!  As does my husband!

This is what's left of a pea I planted!

I think this black worm with the stripes is the culprit that ate my peas!  What is this critter anyways and how did it get there??!!??
I  have a raised bed on legs and used organic soil!

I planted more kale in another raised bed so if nothing eats it I will maybe be able to harvest some!

And this is my poor shredded Rose bush.  The insects are sure trying to discourage me from gardening!

This is the path going down the courtyard garden so there is a little beauty the insects have left for me to enjoy!

I did not harvest a lot from my yard long bean plant in the five gallon pot but was thrilled to be able to dry one of the beans and save these six to try again next year!

I made up some of my instant oatmeal.  It is easy to make and saves a lot of money!

I ran off or maybe hubby did it for me these pretty recipe cards.  The waste on the top had a cute picture so I cut it off and made gift tags!

After a few times ripping this out and starting again I finally got this fold over pot holder crocheted.  Not I just have to try to stitch up the middle! I have a couple old ones of this type and love them.

I bought a gluten free pizza crust mix from Aldi's and made it up.  Put on my own toppings and it turned out pretty good!  Score another one for my gluten free journey!

Did any of you listen to the free podcasts of the Basic Living Summit?  A lot of it did not apply to me with my courtyard attempts at gardening but I did pick up a few tidbits.  One of the speakers inspired me to go out and cut more herbs to dry!  Time flies and I don't but this is the good along with the bad happening here lately!  Hope you enjoyed your visit!!!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Last of August

Now this cucumber starts to grow after not having success with them all summer!

I don't usually have much success trying to grow radishes in the fall time but thought I would try once again!  If you are successful what is your secret????

Picking a few strawberries but they are kind of sour.  What is the problem??  Guess I need to go to google!

We took a trip to Pt. Huron, MI where we use to live for a family reunion and stopped to see my brother.

I think this is a grasshopper.  I would say it is not a good bug to be in my garden!!

These are lemon cucumbers. I wasn't sure when to pick them.  Because of limited space I don't think I will grow them next year.  Have to pick and choose.

We received this Cactus Candy from a friend.  We think it tastes like the "chuckles" candy.

I made these yucky gluten free biscuits.  Having to eat gluten free is not fun but there are much worse things in life so I need to be thankful!

This is our adorable great-granddaughter Nora with her first piano!!   I played piano duets with a friend today and so enjoyed it.  I hope she grows up to love the piano as much as I and her Grandma does!  Seems strange to call our daughter Grandma!!

I bought one pot of Rudbeckia and we got it planted today.  It should spread and help fill in.

Mums were on sale so bought two pots, one yellow and one burgundy.   This one is still in the original container but got them both planted in the pots today.

Picked a few raspberries.  Might have gotten more if Coco had not knocked this clump of unripe ones off.

Now tell me, who could stay mad at this sweet innocent face!  

I found this nice basket at the thrift store although I was looking for something else I didn't find!  My yarn for my knitting and crochet projects are resting in it now!  Time to relax!  Have a wonderful rest of the night!  See you next time!  Nancy