Thanksgiving Eve

This totally just happened for dinner tonight! My husband makes the best French toast I’ve ever had!!

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This may become a new tradition!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Question: Is making jam difficult?
Answer: No.

But it definitely takes all freaking day when you are over-zealous and buy 71 pounds of peaches and 5 pounds of blueberries at Weaver’s Orchard Pick Your Own!! Oops!! I must say it’s totally worth it though!! We have canned peaches, peach jam, blueberry-peach jam (an experiment), and blueberry-peach pie!! Wow!! And I had enough blueberries and peaches to measure out and freeze for 2 more blueberry-peach pies later this year!! I still have more peaches, but I just ran out of steam after 10+ hours in the kitchen (no exaggeration here). I will slice and freeze these for later (yogurt, pies, etc) and of course save some for eating over the next couple days!

 

Oh, and peaches do not come from a factory down town…. (name that tune)

Packed and Ready

It’s finally here!  Vacation!  I can hardly contain myself!  We’re heading to Acadia National Park for a week!! I’ve never been and everyone tells me it’s gorgeous!  Part of the preparation for this trip included a new project over July 4th weekend.  I decided it would be a good idea to have a bean bag toss game for the camp site (travel size, of course)!  So I found some ideas for the bean bags (also a great idea if you have kids) and instructions for collapsable travel boards.   I made the bean bags in about 2 hours (it probably would have been quicker, except that I used Navy Beans that continuously jammed in the funnel!  And Jay made the boards (I don’t have a time frame on that, but I don’t think it took long, definitely less than an afternoon).  They aren’t painted yet, but I think that will be on the agenda for once we’re home again!  Here’s what we ended up with!

 

I’m rather impressed with our instruction following abilities!

Of course, it’s not all fun and games, food is a necessity!  I like to make as much on my own as possible, including trail mix because sometimes, you just don’t get everything you want in the store bought stuff.  And one of our travel partners needs to be gluten-free, so it creates a new opportunity for thinking outside the box!  Typically, I make a simple trail mix with cereal, pretzels, chocolate covered peanuts and yogurt covered raisins as a quick and simple snack.  This time, I decided to make a seed, nut, dried fruit and candy mix (it’s probably better anyway, especially with all the hiking we plan on doing).  So here is what I came up with:

Ingredients: 1 cup for each (some I added a little more if it looked like it needed it, but I don’t remember which ingredients)

Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Mixed nuts, Banana chips, Dried Cranberries, Raisins, and Peanut butter M&Ms.

Now, packing is done and organized.  All that is left is some dishes, a long afternoon nap, and then a long drive overnight!  I’ll be taking pictures and keeping track of antics while we’re up there, so stay tuned for that post coming to a blog near you!

I am often asked how I manage to find time for all my projects.  Whether it’s baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, gardening, or any other project.  Here’s my biggest not-so-secret secret for finding extra time in the day:  I couldn’t tell you what is on TV tonight or any other night of the week.  Maybe I’m missing out on some great Pop Culture in the now, but catching up on Dr. Who online later isn’t so bad either (later like the hour right before I go to bed a couple times a week, or for that rainy or snowy day when I can binge watch).

I found my garden!

After a couple hours this morning full of weeding, pruning and staking, I can finally see my garden again! Well, at least most of it. Tomorrow morning I will tackle the back section!

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Mostly weeded garden

Most of the bushy stuff closest in view is actually green beans. They were supposedly a bush variety, but they definitely have vines to rival any vine I’ve seen!