Saturday, July 31, 2010

our garden.

This year we planted corn, cucumbers, potatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, kohlrabi, onions, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, jalapenos, peppers, garlic, and...

...watermelon! I can't wait to try it! But in the meantime, we just picked these babies to throw in the crock pot with the roast for supper tonight.

Friday, July 30, 2010

photo op.

We had burgers on the grill last night, made with beef from the 1/4 cow we bought from Farmer Leckness this past winter. If you know Winn, you know that he likes things to be precise. Even his burgers. He's been looking for a burger press so that we can have perfectly round 1/3 pound burgers. So when I was running an errand at the mall this week, I noticed a new shop called "Kitchen Collections," and I ran in to look for one. And I came back out with a little surprise for Winn. And that is why we had burgers for supper last night. That and the fact that we both love a juicy cheeseburger hot off the grill on a summer evening. Especially with a side of fresh-cut pineapple.

After finishing our meal at the picnic table, we sat and enjoyed the evening air, Shep napping upstairs in the nursery. The Golden Girls had waddled out of their coop and were pecking around for bugs. I noticed how pretty they looked next to the purple flowers alongside the barn and went to get my camera.

But as I started walking over to the hens to get some close-ups, Phineas (the cat we recently inherited from my sister because my niece is allergic to him) noticed them too.

And he loves to torture them, sneaking up and scaring them into thinking he's going to have them for dinner.

So they high-tailed it back to safety.

Man and his dog just watched and snickered.

And I didn't get any close-ups. But I did get these instead...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

at 3 months you...

* Are extremely social and interactive, smiling and "talking" to us constantly.
* Get called "94" by Daddy (because you're in the 94th percentile for weight), "peanut" and "peanut butter" by Mommy, "Snookers" and "Snuggerbutt" by Grandpa Gary, and "Bepper" by your little cousin Eavan.
* Think that the sound of someone coughing is the funniest thing.
* Like to cuddle.
* Flirt with all the ladies at church.
* Love being on your play mat from your Great Aunt Deanna and Cousin Laura.
* Are teething already (and have been for 3 weeks!).
* Sleep from about 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (since dropping your early-morning feeding about a week ago).
* Like to sit next to the piano and listen while Mommy plays it.
* Have turned your parents into sleepyheads and homebodies (but they love it).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

$12-a-year laundry soap.

We made laundry soap the other day. We've been using it for about a week and a half, and so far it's working wonderfully. It was super cheap and way easy to make, is free of dyes and perfumes (I personally like the scented stuff, but we're not supposed to use it on Shep's cloth diapers), and it's safe for septic systems since it's made with all natural ingredients. It's too good of a secret to keep to oneself, so here you go:

1. Put 3 cups of water in a 2-quart sauce pan, and warm it up on medium heat.
2. Shave 1/4 of a bar of Dove soap into the water and stir occasionally until dissolved/melted.
3. Add 1/4 cup of powder Borax and stir.
4. Add 1/4 cup of washing soda or baking soda and stir for 5 minutes (will foam up).
5. Remove from heat and let cool.
6. Pour in 100-ounce jug, add water, shake, add water, shake...until full.

* You can find Borax in the laundry soap aisle at the grocery store.
** I don't know that is has to be Dove soap, although it does suds up nicely.
*** I've heard that washing soda and baking soda are similar but not the same. Does anyone else know? I used baking soda.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

two cradic rules.

We have a rule in our house that deep fat fryers are not allowed. Not because of the fat part, or the frying part. But because of the smell. Ugh. It takes weeks to get that stench out of the house.

But we have another rule in our house, and that is that long john donuts are about the best invention in all the world (I'm talking right up there with electricity). Especially with Bavarian cream inside and maple icing or chocolate frosting on top. So we made an exception. We borrowed my mom's fryer, plugged it in in the garage, and made these delicacies...

Monday, July 12, 2010

nothing that a little paint won't fix.

I scored big time at an auction the other day, on a buffet for our dining room.



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

say cheese.

* Thank you to my awesome and talented friend Andrea for helping me with this photo shoot last week.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

happy (extended) independence day.

Sometimes you just get lucky. And your sister comes to visit you, bringing your fun and super-cute nieces and nephew. And you set up the sprinkler for them and you play ball outside and have a hot dog roast over the fire. And your dad brings over the big projector and movie screen, and you all watch "The Tooth Fairy" out in the barn. With popcorn, of course.

And sometimes you get really lucky, because the very same week that all that happened, your old friends who have moved away say that they are coming for a spur-of-the-moment visit. And it just so happens to be a holiday weekend so you can take extra time off work and make homemade cinnamon rolls and relax outside and enjoy your friends' company.

And then when all your company has gone, on the final day of the holiday, you wake up and go to town with your little family and get donuts and coffee, and then you come home and your husband reads while you surf the web. And then he takes off the bathroom door and paints it, and you have one more thing crossed off the looooooong list of home renovations. And you take a walk outside and do the laundry and give the baby a bath.

And as you're preparing for bed, polishing off the butterfinger ice cream that your husband dished up for you, getting things ready to begin work again tomorrow, you think about how very lucky you are. Blessed really. To live in such a great country, to have such special family and friends, to love such an awesome God.