What It All Comes Down To…

A glimpse into the life of our family. Some ideas, insight, recipes, and crafts. Maybe a baby picture or two.

After the storm August 22, 2010

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I haven’t canned anything in years.  My tiny kitchen, absence of air-conditioning, and serious lack of companionable help caused me to stop canning.  I also hated buying the fruit and veggies to use in the canning process.  Sort of defeated the frugal aspect of the whole thing.  Then, Bill  decided that homesteading (or something sort of like homesteading) was a way cool idea and we really should be “putting up” our own food.         Uh huh.  This coming from the guy who doesn’t cook–AT ALL.

So today we drove around the local area, looking for houses that had fruit trees in their yards.  Then we went to their doors and asked if we could pick the fruit.  Kinda nervy, I thought, but people were more than happy to oblige us.  We ended up with a 5 gallon bucket of both apples and pears, thanks in part to Jack’s superb climbing skills!

Bill and I made applesauce and canned pears for several hours this afternoon and had a great time.  The process is so much more fun when there’s someone to help out. 

This week we’ll finish the pears and start on some peaches if  I’m able to locate any.


Fabric Flowers For Who-Knows-What August 20, 2010

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This is a link to the tutorial:


Not a very good quality closeup. But you get the idea.

We’re thinking:  headbands, hair clips, pins, and other adornments.  Super easy.

(Julia, do you recognize the buttons?)



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Sarah looks exactly like an old lady while wearing this dress.


Bath Time August 19, 2010

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Pictures! August 17, 2010

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Madeline's quilt


Wooden carrier used to corral school supplies.


Our Autumn candleholder, even though it's 94 degrees and FAR from fallish feeling.


Yikes! Don't even ask about this one.


I Need Pictures

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But I can’t find my camera charger.  Might be somewhere in Oregon…..

Last week was the official start of school for us.  It’s nice to have our days follow a more regular rhythm again.  I do wish the weather was a little more cooperative so we could actually spend some time outside.  At least without being consumed be all of the bugs!  A few more weeks, that’s what I keep telling myself.

We had a chicken massacre this past weekend.  Every single one of my new girls was killed, while they slept inside the coop, by some horrible animal.  We were told it was a raccoon because of the way it chewed through two layers of chicken wire.  I guess only raccoons will do this, but I cannot substantiate that claim as I have not personally asked a raccoon if this fact were true.  Either way, I’m out $25 and I have no fresh eggs.  Jack has been setting the live trap, hoping to catch the offender, but so far nothing.

I’ve been working on Madeline’s birthday quilt.  I’ve finished the top, but just can’t find the energy to make the quilt sandwich and begin the actual quilting part.  She chose black, grey, and yellow for the color scheme.  I’ll try to post pictures soon.

Sister Sarah has decided to be a weanling.  She quit nursing last week, rather abruptly.  Just looked at me like I was crazy for offering such a thing, arched her back to escape my grasp, and ran off to play.  We tried for 4 days, but to no avail.  She might be ready, but I don’t think I am.  Makes me sad.

Time to start our day…..