Slowing Down

The pace of our days seem to be slowing down. It is a natural thing I suppose to slow down this time of year. I am not visiting my garden as often these days. Yes there are things out there still growing but it is a slow growth. The sun is lower in the sky and doesn’t penetrate through all the leaves that are still on the trees. It rises later and sets sooner. Once the leaves are gone the sun will be brighter here but by then the frost would have done its job. I will get out to the garden and put the hoops out soon, but not yet. The chickens are gone so that chore has been eliminated. The wood is all stacked. There are a few leaves starting to change and redden nicely. We have had a few little fires here to warm it up from a morning chill. So cozy, I couldn’t resist.

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The girls are reading more.  We have spent nice days out on a blanket coloring our maps.  I am knitting more and finding lots of time at night to sew while the rest of the house listens to the Red Sox. I made a soup. Roasted a chicken. There is just a nice, slow, cozy feel to things right now. I hope it lasts a long while.

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I am hoping you are finding some time to slow down and get cozy as well!

 

 

Monday’s Menu – Picking Season

Hello, hope your weekend was wonderful. We spent most of our weekend walking around the Common Ground Fair here in Maine. As always it was fun. The girls made spoons and wet felted trivets. We saw friends, ate great food, saw animals and of course fiber!

My husband took the girls apple picking. Didn’t get anywhere near what we will need for processing but it is a start. I will go back and get more apples for sauce, dried rings, and pie! I got a bag of pears at the farmer’s market last week. They are so pretty, tasty and juicy.

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Here is this week’s menu:

Monday:  Shaved veggies and rice noodles

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday: Beans and rice

Thursday: Pasta with shrimp and white sauce

Friday:  Pork Tenderloin

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Out

Have a great week!

 

Friends With Liberty Quilt Top

Wow, it has been a long while since I had a finish, but today I do! I finished my Friends With Liberty quilt top.

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My daughter who is almost 10 said ‘It is a simple quilt, but it is pretty’. Well she is right. It wasn’t a very hard quilt to make. It is pretty simple. I wanted to use some Liberty that I had from a club I joined. I love sewing with the Liberty. Very soft and light. Almost like silk.

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I will probably quilt this myself. I don’t actually quilt much. I piece. I like to piece. I don’t so much like to quilt. There are squares in this quilt in between all the stars. They are made up of four different colors. I wonder how to make those squares pretty with quilting? Do you have any ideas for me?

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See what I mean. Kind of plain right now. All I can think of right now is just a big X. I really don’t think that would make it pretty though.

Pretty happy about finishing the top though. Thanks for looking, and please offer up any suggestions for the quilting.

I am joining in with Amanda for Finish it up Friday!

 

 

Putting Food Up

I have been quite busy harvesting lots from the garden. I find the lengthening of seasons a challenge in some ways but as far as the garden goes I guess it is a good thing. I am getting greens galore now. Spinach, lettuce, kale, and chard. I still have tomatoes and some peppers too. Turnips are still coming as are the late radishes I planted. The only thing missing for a salad is a cucumber. Mine didn’t do well and usually by mid-September they are on their way out anyway.

Right now I have lots of tomatoes and green and wax beans. Still harvesting every other, if not every day. I harvested some beets as well. I did buy a bag at the farmer’s market too. My late beets are not quite ready yet. We will look forward to them when the weather gets cooler.

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Dilly beans and pickled beets were cooling on the counter recently.  My husband was busy a couple of nights last week with his salsa.  He made two batches. It has been a great tomato year.

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He cans some that are a ‘mild’ and then some that are ‘hot’. He cans the mild first then adds the hot peppers for the hot batch.

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There are enough dilly beans now so I froze the rest of the beans. From here on out I will freeze them in bags that have just enough for a meal. I trim the ends, blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes and immediately place in ice water. Then I let the beans drain and dry a bit then bag up. Perfect for a quick veggie. I do the same thing with broccoli. Hopefully I end up with enough to freeze. I also freeze tomato sauce. I broil tomatoes, garlic cloves, onions, and basil together on a baking sheet. When the garlic is soft I take the sheet out and transfer all to a bowl. I stir and then spoon into mason jars. Then I cool them and place in the freezer. Just remember to not fill all the way and also when the jars are in the freezer keep the caps off. I have broke jars by filling, and covering. Everything expands when frozen.

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Canning and freezing are definitely a process, no pun intended, but it is so worth it to not waste all those healthy, fresh veggies out of the garden. You don’t even have to have your own garden. Just visit a local farmers market and buy more than you need and can or freeze it for the winter. It feels so good to eat fresh, farm or garden veggies in the middle of the winter.

Enjoy your day!

 

Monday’s Menu & Happy Birthday to Me!

Yup, today is my birthday. We celebrated last night. My husband picked up an ice cream cake from our favorite ice cream shop. It was delicious! The night before he took me out to eat, just him and I. Lovely. I got some sweet things from my daughters and a pair of slippers from my husband. It was simple, quiet and beautiful. Just the way I love it.

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We still have to go about our day though so here is the menu for the week.

Monday:  Pork leftovers with cabbage and onions and broccoli

Tuesday: Whole Chicken, rice, and grilled cauliflower

Wednesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce

Thursday: Chef salad with leftover chicken

Friday:  Steak fajitas

Saturday: Pork chops, sweet potatoes, onions, and green beans

Sunday: Hamburgers with homemade buns

A Hat for Me

I made a hat for myself. I don’t usually wear hats. My hair type is not really good for hats. I found a pattern specifically for curly, unruly hair. It is called ‘Bad Hair Day’ and I found it on Ravelry. I love how it came out. I cannot guarantee my hair will still look good after wearing it but I do like it and will probably wear it when I really need a hat.

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I used some yarn from Yarnia website. I was able to choose the colors and types of yarn. I love the colors.

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I am not very good at taking selfie’s. No, not good at all. I should have asked someone else to take the picture.  In this picture I have my hair down.

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And this one I stuffed my hair up inside the hat. I like both looks. I have quite a lot of yarn left over so I am thinking about making some fingerless gloves. Then I would match!

Happy Knitting

 

Monday’s Menu

It was a good thing I made bread early in the week because it got hot here again. And humid. Today is a wonderfully crisp day and I am going to make a beef roast in the crock pot with home made cream of mushroom soup. We were supposed to have this meal on Sunday but the girls and my husband went to Portland with friends for a little outing. I was home. Alone. Yes, alone. That doesn’t happen much. It was very nice. I cleaned the house and had some quiet time.

Other than canning I have not really been baking much. Too hot I guess. Good time for watermelon dessert. Better for us too.

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Here is the menu for this week.

Monday: Beef roast in cream of mushroom soup with brown rice and green beans

Tuesday: Open faced sandwiches using left over beef with summer squash and zucchini

Wednesday: Ziti and sauce from the freezer

Thursday: German Pancake

Friday:  Home made chicken nuggets, and salad

Saturday: Stir fry and rice or pasta

Sunday: Pork Roast with mashed potatoes, carrots and applesauce

Have a wonderful week!