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!!!!

Progress in the Courtyard!

  It was so nice to look out my bedroom window this morning and see the Clematis blooming instead of a pile of snow.  It is a rainy day agai...