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Garden and More

Good morning everyone! I hope all is well with you. Things are good here. The garden will soon be finished. I will miss it a lot.

However, I am already thinking of next year’s garden. New seeds to try, different things to do.

Beans are still producing enough to eat.

Aren’t they pretty!

I cut one of the rampicante squash to bake. It was good. Grace doesn’t like winter squash much so most of this went into the freezer. I am putting this on the list to grow next year. We love it as summer squash. I want to try to grow it on the fence. It is a very aggressive grower and definitely needs it’s own space.

Peppers are still producing.

I’ve made pickled peppers

Cowboy candy, both hot and mild.

And a few bags for the freezer.

I have also been putting up more pepper poppers. We love these!

We got these apples and sweet potatoes from a local orchard. These are what they consider seconds so they are sold at a very affordable price.

Dave and I painted the roof. I am very glad to have this job done. I do not like high places.

Our neighbor had wood for us.

We worked several days on it. The wood house is now full and ready for winter!

We also worked several days on Dave’s garage.

It looks SO much better!

The kids were so excited to have the pool table set up.

I will end this post with just a few pictures for pretty.

God bless.

Daniel’s Birthday

Today we celebrated Daniel’s 13th birthday.

It was such a special day.

He had all his favorite things. Dragons, fried chicken and cheesecake.

He got so many nice gifts. He has been wanting a sewing machine so Grace and I got him this little machine to learn on. We practiced a little with it today.

Happy Birthday Daniel! God bless.

Waldorf Play Station (Bates Style)

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good weekend. Remember several posts back, I mentioned that Dave had a project we were working on. It is finished. Here’s how went.

2 inch thick sawmill wood. Rough cut.

Lots of cutting and lots of sanding. Sawmill lumber is more challenging to work with than other lumber but so worth it.

Here is one side of it put together.

We hung it up in the garage to put the tung oil on it. You can see some of the beautiful colors starting to come out in the wood.

Here it is put together. I don’t think I mentioned it but the lumber is poplar wood. It is so pretty. I said this was Bates style because it is huge. All the kids can play in it at one time. They love it! I think it took us 7 weekends to finish this but I’m not sure. It was a super fun project to work on and I’m so glad I got to help!

God bless.

Good Morning

I hope you have all been having a good week. Things have been good here. The garden is slowing down but still producing. The late beans I planted are blooming so they may produce a harvest. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I put up a few more pepper poppers this week.

Hydrated cherry tomatoes. I put them in olive oil to store them. Curious to see how they taste later on. I am hoping to try fermenting some this week.

Speaking of fermenting, I did some pickled corn last week. A little different than how my mom did it but it is really good. It has some garlic, peppers, onions and tomatoes in it.

Jess and I made some elderberry syrup.

Also made “dragon eggs” for Daniel’s birthday party.

I finished Katie’s superhero cape. She loves it. I used Caron Latte cakes yarn to make it. It is hard yarn to work with but very soft.

We had a beautiful moon the other night.

Also had quite a few foggy days. These days are Grace’s favorite. She loves foggy days. I enjoy them too.

I hope you all have a great week. God bless.

Summer Fun

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a good week. I love this picture of Katie. She loves to catch frogs. I forgot what she named this one.

am is very interesting in learning the violin. He just got this one and is very happy with it. Look, he is even sitting still.

Daniel is really into dragons. This one is so cute.

John Luke is doing so good with his words and with his motor skills.

These babies are growing up so fast. God is SO good!

God bless.

Gardening and a Project

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. My garden has been so much fun this summer and also very productive. This is a rampicante squash. I measured it and it is 40 inches long.

I took this picture just a few days ago. Yesterday it was touching the ground so I harvested it.

This is what it looks like when cut. The seeds are in the rounded part on the bottom. It makes really good fried squash. I breaded and froze 12 meals from it yesterday and still have some left. I have already harvested about 5 of these and there are many, many more up there. Amazing!

I also made some squash bread and butter pickles. There is a mixture of different squash in there. Mostly patty pan,a few yellow squash and zucchini.

Also made squash relish from yellow squash. My squash has been extremely productive this year. I fought a hard battle with the squash bugs but it was definitely worth it.

I have many gallons of breaded squash in the freezer for fried squash this winter. Also many, many bags of shredded squash.

I have did a few bags of these pepper poppers. I do a mixture of 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheese and about a tsp of cumin. Mix the up good and fill the peppers. Then wrap in bacon. Freeze on a cookie sheet, then bag up for later use. These are so good and convenient.

I also made this cowboy candy. I do not have any jalapenos so this is made from the nadapeno peppers. Hopefully they will be good. I only did a few jars because I have to save my peppers for something else.

Oh yes, that’s right! It’s tomato season. I can a lot of tomatoes. Salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce and just plan canned tomatoes. Tomatoes are a staple here and one of my favorite things to can!

Just a little peek into Dave’s project. As you can tell, we are using sawmill lumber. Poplar to be exact. It is beautiful wood but has proven to be a challenge to cut.

I will have more pictures on this as we progress.

One exciting thing happened yesterday. This blimp flew over our house. It was pretty cool to see one.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your day and God bless.


Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying these nice summer days. I have definitely enjoyed this summer.I have found a new seed company to order from. It is called Hoss Tools. I have never known seeds to germinate as quickly as theirs have and the plants look beautiful. I am experimenting with fall crops this year.

These are Max Packs cucumbers from Hoss Tools. Just look how pretty they are.

This is a late bean crop I planted on Monday of this week and they are already up on Friday. This is just amazing to me. These are called Momentum beans. I also planted Dragon’s Tongue and Rattlesnake beans. The Rattlesnake beans are a pole variety which I am very excited about. I think I really like the idea of picking beans standing up!

One of the the things we are battling right now is tomato hornworms. David fixed us up two black lights and every night Grace and I go hornworm hunting. So far we have found five. They are huge. I do not want them to destroy our tomatoes. They can do so much damage in a short amount of time.

Speaking of tomatoes, I tried something different this year. A lot of the homesteading people I follow do not trim their tomatoes. I have always trimmed mine but I thought I would try a different approach this year. As you can see, they were quite a jungle. This made it so hard to see the hornworms even with a black light. So yesterday, I spent four hours in the tomato patch.

Now they are all trimmed, tied up and so much better (in my opinion). I think that I prefer to trim mine.

We had a really bad lightning storm the other day. Lightning ran our phone line and knocked out our phones and internet. The phone company came quickly and replaced the damaged parts. So thankful for good grounding so that no other damage was done. The sky was beautiful though after the storm passed.

So that’s about all for now. I wanted to end this post with these pretty sky pictures.

Grace took this picture last night of the moon just peeking out from the cloud. God bless!


Our squash is producing really well this year. I shredded some yesterday and put in the freezer for zucchini bread later on. I also chopped up some really fine and froze in one cup portions for soup.

This method, however, is the one I am most excited about. I breaded and individually froze three trays for frying. This is our favorite way to eat squash. I wasn’t sure how it would be so I fried some yesterday evening for supper after it had been in the freezer about 3 hours. It was delicious! To be honest, we couldn’t tell any difference in it and fresh squash.

I got one gallon bag yesterday. We definitely want to do more!

Just look at all the blooms on this squash. If all goes well, we will have lots more to do.

God bless.