Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

The girls go back to school tomorrow, and while I wasn't planning on buying them any new clothes until the weather started to change, I did cave yesterday when we were out buying a few last minute items and let them each pick out one new outfit to wear on the first day.  As soon as they cut off the tags, they insisted on modeling their new outfits for me.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Garden Club

Another big harvest this week.  Actually this was all picked just yesterday!  I have a lot of work ahead of me to preserve all of this but I know how good garden veggies taste in the middle of winter, so it's worth it.  I plan to make some soup today, blanch and freeze the rest of the broccoli and beans and make more roasted veggie pasta sauce this week.  I made some pasta sauce last week and took photos that will be up here complete with instructions in the next few days.  The girls start school on Thursday, so I'm hoping I will be able to blog a little more and visit blogs a little more as well.  I feel so out of the loop lately, not reading and commenting on all my favorite blogs, but I will be back soon!


I have decided to discontinue using the Linky for connecting other bloggers and their gardens, so if anyone else is gardening this week and blogging about it, drop your link in the comments below and I'll you to this post.  Happy Gardening!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Garden Club

Well, hello there, long time no blog! Before I get to the garden, I'll give a quick update on what the heck we've been up to since I last checked in.  I've been busy taking pictures.

The Gardener has been mowing lawns 2 nights a week (ours and one other), and just yesterday started a new garage project.  He found a 2 car garage on craigslist for cheap, so he bought it.  The only catch is, the garage is currently standing in someone's front yard, completely assembled.  The Gardener and his dad removed all of the shingles and a bunch of other parts yesterday, and hopefully by next weekend, he'll have the wall sections ready to be moved.  We need another giant project like we need a hole in the head, but doing it this way is much cheaper than starting from scratch, and our little one car garage, besides being too small for much of anything, is falling apart. Yeehaw!

The Gardener and I also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last Thursday.  We went out for dinner Friday night and displayed exactly how old we are by deciding not to go out for an after dinner drink and instead go home and SLEEP.  No, really, it was awesome and much needed.

The girls were gone for the weekend with Grandma N and Uncle T, boating and swimming (Apparently in their underwear and T shirts because somebody forgot to pack swim suits. Oops!)  and when they returned, look what they found inside a jar in the house!

A few weeks ago while on a walk through the garden, I noticed my parsley plant had been completely eaten.  All that was left of it was stems, and on those stems were lots and lots of bright green and yellow caterpillars.  I ran to find the girls and minutes later there were about 10 caterpillars in a re-purposed pickle jar.  2 formed a chrysalis and the rest apparently didn't appreciate their new environment because they didn't do much of anything and are still laying lifeless at the bottom of their makeshift cage, as removing them would disturb the remaining chrysalis which is attached to the side.  Anyway, look how pretty!

After admiring the beauty of the new butterfly, Mae released it onto a flower...
And while I no longer have any parsley growing on the garden, I have patty pan squash,
LOTS of sunflowers,
tomato trees plants,

and we're still getting some broccoli!
I made 3 big jars of pickles last week, blanched and froze some broccoli and beans, and cooked and ate damn near my weight in summer squash.  I still have lots of produce to preserve and use up but I'm hoping I can get some roasted veggie pasta sauce made in the next few days, and when I do, I plan to post the recipe here, if I don't get distracted by Facebook, or editing wedding photos, or a dog eating yet another pair of shoes.

Anybody else gardening this week? If so, grab the Monday Garden Club button on my sidebar, paste it to your blog entry and link up below with Mr. Linky.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

More photos from our rainy weekend in Minnesota.  At least the girls had the right footwear!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Garden Club: Minnesota Edition

So, did anyone other than Sheila noticed I didn't post a garden update last week?  Well, sometimes life gets a little crazy and I say to heck with it when it comes to making my self-imposed blog deadlines.  I had 2 weddings to photograph last weekend and both girls were in swimming classes every day for the last 2 weeks, so updating the blog just didn't happen.  Not to mention (although I will), packing for our annual trek out to Minnesota, spending way too much time at Costco getting new tires put on my car.They told me 1 hour on the phone, 2 hours once I got there and just kept increasing the amount of time every time I walked up to the counter and inquired. 4 hours and a $25 gift card for my inconvenience later and we were finally on our way to a weekend of fun, mixed with heavy rain and long rides in the car. Rain IS good for the gardens and that's what I want to showcase today.

Thursday night we arrived at my mom's house VERY late and went straight to bed, but when we woke in the morning we all walked out onto her patio to check out her not so little condo garden.

Most of her plants this year actually came from my little greenhouse when she visited earlier this spring.  She has taken good care of all of them and they are flourishing on her little sunlit patio.

Ground Cherries

Next stop on our trip was my brother-in-law's garden.  It rained almost the entire time we were there which doesn't really make for a fun trip to the north woods of Minnesota when you are forced to stay indoors. Just as the sun was going down on Saturday night the sun came out and we were able to go and check out the garden. 

And as soon as we finish our complimentary hotel breakfast this morning, we will get back in the car and drive the last leg back home to see what happened in our garden while we were gone.

Anybody else gardening this week? If so, grab the Monday Garden Club button on my sidebar, paste it to your blog entry and link up below with Mr. Linky.