Friday, August 27, 2010

Mystery Photos

I uploaded photos from our camera tonight and came across some mystery photos that I thought I'd share.

:: the couch (possibly) ::

:: leaves ::

:: my backside (ahem!) ::

:: grass ::

:: george in action ::

:: aha! the photographer's self portrait ::

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Swap Goodies - Sent

I recently participated in A Midsummer Night's Dream swap with Sweet Goodness Swaps. Our inspiration was supposed to come from warm summer nights, soft music and romantic Shakespeare.

I struggled a bit with the inspiration, so I went with a midsummer evening picnic theme. My swap partner Sue, is a multitalented farm girl in Tennessee. Check out her farm website and her blogs. She keeps herself pretty busy with crops and dairy goats and all sorts of farm critters.

Here's a look at the goodies I sent her:

A few thrifted summer themed cookbooks, locally made caramels (one of her favorite sweets) and some pretty notecards in Sue's favorite colors.

You can't really tell from this photo, but there are homemade marshmallows in that jar. I followed this recipe and they are fabulous! (Nathan ate 7 of them at one sitting!)

And finally, a picnic blanket to use on a sunny summer day or a starry summer night. I used the leftover quilt blocks from the quilt top I made for myself last summer.

And the back of the picnic blanket.

Overall, I was very happy with the package I put together for Sue and so was she. I'll post photos of my goodies when the package arrives. Speaking of which, I better go check the mail. :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Just Peachy!

Not bad for my first canning season. So far, I've put up 4 quarts plus 3 pints of peaches and 9 pints of tomatoes.
I've got more tomatoes ripening, so there will be more of those. And I planted some more zucchini.
No, I'm not crazy. I want to try making bread and butter pickles with zucchini instead of cucumber. We'll see how that works out.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


My MIL gave me this cute little sign for Christmas:

I think it was a premonition of this:

Poor little steaks!

I shouldn't be allowed to use the barbeque anymore.