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11 posts from July 2013

texas visitors

We have visitors to the farm, our Texas family, they had been up north and now they are here for a bit.

Picking raspberries, I think more went in their bellies than in the basket :)

Picking raspberries

Raspberry picking 2

then going to pick wild blackberries that are growing behind our home.

Picking blackberries

Showing their pickings from the garden.

The pickings

harvest

Olisa wanted to pick more from the garden tonight for supper, but we forgot to do it, we'll have to tomorrow.

Getting to drive the Kubota...

Driving the kubota

someone wishing they could :)

Wishing

Busy as it's been, we have been enjoying the summer.

 


i'm confused

Someone verify for me please, are we in the month of July or is it really October?  I don't think the temps today even got out of the 50's, if they did it was just barely.  I haven't been out taking photos lately so I thought I would show you some more bags that I have been working on.  I didn't have a pattern so I made my own.  I incorporated all the things I want in a hipster bag.  I even dug in the button tins that I got from my mom, who most likely got from my grandma and found a couple of neat buttons to add to the bags.

Hipster bag brown

I couldn't stop at just one :)

Hipster blue-brown

Inside blue-brown

I saw this recipe on the Craftsy blog and thought it sounded delicious.

 

Tangy Carolina Barbecue Sauce 

1 cup apple cider vinegar  

1 cup ketchup 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup yellow mustard

1 tablespoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash of Worcestershire sauce

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe found on Craftsy blog.

 

Hope Y'All have a wonderful night.

 

Tangy carolina barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce

Step 1:

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

Step 2:

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Step 3:

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

- See more at: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/07/homemade-barbecue-sauce/#sthash.sk7gfok0.dpuf

Tangy carolina barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce

Step 1:

Dump everything into a medium saucepan set to low heat. Whisk together to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.

Step 2:

Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by 1/3.

Step 3:

Remove from the heat and store in a one pint mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

- See more at: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/07/homemade-barbecue-sauce/#sthash.sk7gfok0.dpuf

checking out the farm

We went and checked the trees Mr planted this spring to see how they are growing and if the deer ate too many of them.  They didn't look too bad.  It's been pretty dry here and finally got some rain the past couple of days.

The view

Checking the trees

We then took a drive down the lane.

Down the lane

Heading back into our woods, it's pretty thick this time of year.

The path

The barn view from the lane and the alfalfa field, which no matter what always looks green and lush.

The barn progress

The other day Mr almost stepped on this milk snake in the back yard.  I am not the fondest of snakes.

The snake

Mr snake was not harmed, he just got a little help to move along further away from the house.

Milk snake

The parents are all settled in, we got everything done that needed to get done...dr's, license plates, drivers license, car insurance etc.  They are officially residents of Wisconsin once again, and enjoying our view.

Dad and mom

Whew, I've had a busy couple of weeks, now to get back to sewing.

 


summer fun

Wow, it's quiet out here in blog land.  I know I've been busy.  I went on a Christmas in July retreat, then our daughter and the grand kids stopped by on their way to Minnesota.  We had gotten a small pool for us to cool off in and the grands kids loved it.  It might be small but they sure found a way to have fun in it.

Here they had a race to see who could get to the other side of the pool first.

On the mark

Get set

The race

Our grandson won!

The splash

Mr took our grandson fishing in the morning, so we grilled hot dogs, brats, and fish out on the fire pit.  Sadie hoping that someone dropped food on the ground.

Picnic lunch

I think for us this has been the busiest summer we've had in a very long time.  I went to check out feedly expecting to see hundreds of new posts from the blogs I read and I couldn't believe there was only about 31 blogs I had to catch up on.  You all must be busy too :)

 


coming up for air

The parents are here, Sunday around lunch time we took off to Illinois to get them and started packing after we had a delicious dinner that our son and daughter-in-law made for us all.  Then the packing began and we continued to pack until we took off to come here around noon on Monday.  I did not take any photos, I never even thought to take the camera out, it was packed away in the bottom of one of the new bags I had made and never came out.

I'll show you my coneflowers instead.  The garden is filling in pretty good and the problem I was having here about hiding those big ugly tank covers is no longer a problem.

Coneflower

Some of the coneflowers are so big and beautiful!

Purple coneflower

Closeup

I have been on a bag making kick lately and I whipped up this bag I found on Craftsy.

Big bag

It's been hotter than anything here, but we've managed to sit out on the front deck last night, it wasn't the heat the chased us in but the gnats, which are finally on the way out for the year.

Dad and mom

It's going to be pretty quiet here on the blog, still busy unpacking and settling the parents in.  I'm trying to visit Y'all when I can, but we still have to get them established with a doctor and other odds and ends that need to be done when people move to another state.

I hope Y'all are staying cool if you're having the hot weather like we are having.

 

 


bring on the heat

I don't care if the temps get in the 90's this summer, because now we have air, central air that is.  Truth be told, Mr would have lived without it, I on the other hand cannot, but with the parents moving in we really had to get it (insert a big smile here).  Just a couple of things to do before they come.

I've been enjoying my new sewing room and was inspired at the retreat to make some bags for myself.  I've only made a few and I have to say have never been happy with them.  I made the small bag out of Moda's Glamping Charm Pack and found the pattern here.  I changed it up some, so it doesn't resemble the pattern a whole lot.  The other bag is made out of charm packs and I can't remember the name or the pattern at the moment.  I loved the front pocket on the big bag and so I put it on the smaller bag.

2 bags

I have started another blog that is called down a country road where I post photos of what I see down a country road.  Since I pretty much travel down country roads everywhere I go around here I thought that blog name would be fitting.

The barn is going great.  When I arrived home from the retreat the guys were putting up the third 22 ft. barn pole.  Before I left I helped Mr put one of the smaller poles up, those babies are heavy :)  Again our neighbor came to help, I think he wanted to see how his homemade boom would work, I'd say it worked just fine. 

But the BEST thing that didn't happen, was NO ONE got hurt putting these tall barn poles up.

Putting up a pole

Setting the pole

Leveling

At the top

I'm off to get that last thing on the to-do list of things to get done before the parents come.  I hope Y'All have a wonderful weekend.

 


is there such a thing as having too much fun?

I took off and left Mr for a few days and had some fun.

My work area at the retreat.  We look pretty messy don't we?  I'm working on a quilt that to me is considered a "challenge" quilt, and believe you me, it is a challenge being a "newbie" quilter that I am.  I figure after this quilt I'll be getting closer to being a more experienced quilter, that is if I don't go crazy first :)

My space

I absolutely LOVE the design boards, they are just those inexpensive vinyl table cloths hung on the wall.  This is one of the quilts I worked on.  I was trying to figure out what kind of binding I wanted to put on this quilt.

Design board

At the retreat house there are quilts hanging all over the place.  I just love this one, and it's on my list of quilts to make.

Quilt

Sitting out and enjoying the beautiful porch, one concentrating on what we call reverse sewing (ripping out a seam) and one taking a nap.  I just love these ladies!

My girls

Now it's back to getting ready for the parents to come, it's less than a week and they'll be here.

Hope Y'All have a wonderful day!

 


twas a quiet day

The 4th came and went, and we had a wonderful day.  We spent the day working around the farm here.  Mr worked on the barn and I mowed the lawn.  Did I mention ever that I LOVE driving the tractor?  Anyway, Mr hired two local boys to help him with the barn, he just called the high school and talked to the building trades teacher and he gave Mr a few names of guys that he thought would work out for us.  They are great and eager to learn and work, ambitious boys trying to earn money for college, perfect summer job for them.

Figuring things out

It finally stopped raining enough for our neighbor to come and cut the hay.  I missed him cutting it but got a shot of it after it was windrowed.  I just love the smell of fresh cut hay.

Cut hay

Baling it up...

Baling

and spitting it out :)

Spitting it out

Don't they just look so beautiful?  We got 16 bales out of this first cutting, that rain sure did help.

Round bales

Time to pick up the bales and store them for this winter.  Nothing like knowing what the beef I'm eating, is eating :)

Picking up the bales

Our helpers couldn't make it out here to help as they work a couple of other jobs as well.  So, I helped Mr with getting one of the big boards up, I was going to help more, that was until he figured he could do it himself.

Barn wall

I made fried chicken (can you believe I never made it before), salad and pumpkin cheesecake for the 4th.

Pumpkin cheese cake

Kind of a quiet celebration here, but that's okay with us.  We got a lot accomplished around here.