Friday, September 30, 2005

It's date night Friday. We're getting ready to head out to see Just Like Heaven and maybe catch something to eat in town. Have you seen it yet?

We had a frost the other morning. The cucumber plants have all died off. Lots of green tomatoes still, though. We need about 3-4 more weeks of growing season to get them ripened up. Guess that I'll just have to pick them green and box the till they turn red.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Beautiful sunny day here today!

I'm just back from working with Rich on the house. We got out early this morning, got most of the measuring done for the floor joists which will become the 2nd floor. For more on the house, come on by

I've got chicken rice soup simmering on the stove... Do I want to make some bread to go with it? Hmmmm...

More tomatoes are turning red from the ones that I picked earlier. Time to make some more....??? hmm... maybe some salsa this time.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

A little cool today...

It's a drizzly cool day here in northern Wyoming.

The house was a little cool too so I turned on the oven and made some Zucchini Bread. This is my father-in-law's favorite zucchini bread recipe. The house smells just wonderful!!!

It's funny... the cool days just brings out the baker in me... I was even thinking of making some chicken soup and rolls.

Rich is off to work on the house. He'll be putting up the floor joists this up coming week. For more on the house visit the house blog.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I was out for a walk around town after walking my little guy to school. The fall flowers are just beautiful!!

Last Saturday we attended a home show in Powell, Wyoming. We entered lots of contests... generally we never win! But not this time!

We won a ton of sand stone. It's going to make a beautiful patio! I envision it going just outside the day light basement door and maybe the full length of the house for a nice patio. Yes... we will need to purchase more than the ton that we won... probably 4 more tons!

Have you been by my house blog? We finished framing the 1st floor! I'll be posting more pictures hopefully tomorrow.

Tonight we have a Harvest Dinner put on by our church at the town park. It's a beautiful day for it. My boys requested that I make my "special" desert.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Spent yesterday canning....

I went through another two cases of pint jars yesterday. I made picante sauce and tomato sauce... then got it all canned in quart jars.

Then our very generous neighbors gave us 4 bags filled with corn. Wish that I had taken a picture of the boys, my neice and I shucking and cutting the corn off the cob. That gave us 16 pints and 1 quart of corn.

It's a lot of work to can, but I have to admit that I'm really enjoying it!! Guess that I'm thinking of eating these garden yummies in the midst of the winter.

There's still more carrots to be pulled and beans to be picked... and lots more tomatoes to ripen up!

Just updated the house building blog. Come on by for a visit.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

More Garden Yummies...

This morning I walked my little guy (Aaron) to school through the fog. It was such a foggy morning that I thought for a moment that I was no longer in Wyoming but on the sea shore back in New England!

After my walk around town... I went straight to the garden. We had 2 good days of rain... so the garden was ready for some picking.

Here's what I picked:

Then I got my ripest tomatoes all washed up using this stuff. (Imagine being able to clean your house... your kids... AND YOUR GARDEN PRODUCE with the same cleaner!) Then I put my tomatoes into my Vita Mix (I love this thing!). After my tomotoes were turned into a wonderful juice.... skin, seeds, and all... I poured the juice into my big sauce pan and cooked away.

In my first batch I created the most delicious tomato soup... canned that into half pint jars. Next I added italian seasonings to create a wonderful sauce for our homemade pizza... or for pasta.

Wish that you could have smelled the wonderful aroma floating through my little cottage house.

Later in the day I canned 3 quarts of green beans. Haven't done anything with the assorted peppers yet. I'm thinking that some Salsa is in order. Do you have a good Salsa recipe for canning?

Hey, how have you been? Oh... come on by my house building blog. I've just update it with more pictures.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Canning... canning...

I'm amazed at the large garden on the side of our house. We're growing: Corn, Tomatoes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, Peppers, Cucumbers, and Green Beans.

It's just done so beautifully. I've spent the day picking carrots and green beans... and a few tomatoes. Well, actually... it's the canning part that's taken all afternoon. But now we have some garden yummies perserved for the winter.

There is nothing like fresh canned veggies in the middle of the winter!

I decided to bite the bullet this year and by myself a pressure canner... OK it was on sale... It's a really good investment if you're going to have a garden.

Canning veggies is new to me. So is gardening! This is my 2nd summer as a country girl! I grew up in the suburbs of Boston. Now we're enjoying country life in a little town in northern Wyoming.

Ahhh... I'm a little pooped now! But very happy with my progress!