Manure & canning jars

So yesterday after we finished at the pumpkin patch, I borrowed my sister’s truck and went up and got a load of manure to put on the garden. There is a guy north of here with a horse farm who will give you free manure and he’ll even load it himself with his tractor!

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Pumpkin Patch

We had quite a day yesterday! In the morning we headed up with my sister and her bunch to the pumpkin patch. We have a great local grower’s association about 30 minutes north of here. It’s basically just a huge area with different farmers, and the association advertises for them and whatnot. It’s called Green Bluff. We go up there in the summer for all sorts of u-pick fruit and also pumpkins in October. The farm we go to for pumpkins has a huge cannon they shoot pumpkins out of. They also do fun stuff for the kids… this year there was a big straw pile to roll in, a straw maze, chickens, donkeys and horses to pet. Last year they had pony rides, but not this year.

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Cinnamon rolls & Ballerina Girl’s 2nd birthday

Oh man, and boy does she ever ACT her age! lol. We had a really great time. My sister and her family came over on Saturday night and we had pizza. Ballerina Girl got lots of new books, hat and gloves, and a cool new easel chalkboard. She had a really fun time having her cousins over – there are 4 of them and we don’t usually have them here, we generally go to their house but I think it was fun for her to have them here on her turf 🙂

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Canning potatoes – Experiment # 1

So on Saturday afternoon I canned potatoes! I got a great deal on some nice clean small Yukon Golds the other day and I bought 15 lbs of them for canning. One of our favorite meals is fried potatoes with kielbasa sausage and some sort of veggie, usually broccoli. When I go back to work next week, it’ll be Mr. Hot Stuff’s job to feed the kids and make dinner. Since he isn’t really much of a cook I generally try to have easy stuff on hand for him to throw together. I had the great idea of cutting up potatoes and canning them and then all he’d have to do is drain them, throw in the sausage and veggies and voila – dinner!

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So busy!

The only time I really have available to post is during naptime or in the evenings… we’ve been so busy the last couple days during those precious times that I haven’t been able to post! Not a whole lot going on the garden front, though I did buy 15 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes to can. I might get it done today but probably not until after this weekend or maybe Saturday if I’m lucky. Oh, I made refried beans the other day, 2 batches actually. Homemade refried beans are super easy, I’ll probably post the recipe with photos later. And they are GOOD and CHEAP!

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Just waiting…

The colors of the leaves are beginning to turn. Across the street, my neighbor already has quite a few leaves fallen onto his lawn. I think I’ll tell him he can give them to me instead of taking them to the trash. If I have energy I might even go over there with the leaf vacuum once there’s enough accumulated and just shred them all myself. It’ll be good exercise.

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In Celebration

The photo is the first smile I’ve caught on camera… she’s smiling a lot lately. Yesterday morning, Little Rambo woke up with a super stuffy nose. She thought she couldn’t breathe, and panicked, and of course it got way worse when her mean ol’ mom pounced on her with saline nose spray and a bulb syringe. So after the traumatic awakening, combined with the fact she’d wet through her diaper I thought I’d take a bath WITH her and cuddle there.

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