Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Deed is Done

My morning started with this
Once I got myself organized things started moving along at a good clip
16 pints of Salsa done with a little extra for hubby to snack on
The good part of putting up this many tomato's is they are done in a day. The bad part was the boxes were full of fruit flies, ewwww. To keep the nasty buggers out of the house I spread the maters out on tables in the garage. I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to have this table cleared off :)
 Men are so funny. When hubby got home from work he offered to lend me a hand, heck yes!! Could you wash up the dishes while the last batch of tomatoes are doing their thing? A few minutes later he yells into the family room where I was sitting for the first time in 10 hours. "Hey this stuff won't fit in the dishwasher". You have got to be kidding. I even went so far as to have the sink of water all ready for him. I love my husband, really I do, I would never really do anything to harm him, I am not a violent person. But at that moment I wanted to throw the canner at him!!
75 pounds of tomato's = 16 pints of Salsa and 20 quarts of tomato's. Total cost $45.00
Was all the work worth the trouble?
20 (32) ounce cans of grocery tomato's - $49.80
16 (16) ounce jars of store bought Salsa - $53.64
Total Cost - $103.44
My cost $45.00 that's a savings of $58.44
Not a bad deal but for me the real savings is that I know where this food came from, a local farmer has a little more money in his pocket,  we won't be eating preservatives, and I think they look pretty :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


75 pounds of Maters, also known as Tomato's
Last week while hubby and I were on the Pre School field trip we wandered around their market with the toddlers. So many yummy veggies to pick from but we passed them all up knowing they wouldn't do well locked in the car most of the day.
The one thing that caught both of our eye's were cases of tomato's being brought in from the fields. Be still my heart, 25 pound boxes were $15.00!!!! I so wanted to load a few boxes up but with all the activities we had planned for the week I knew they would just sit in those boxes going bad. Yesterday after my Dr. appointment I thought a nice drive in the country would be just the ticket to get me in a better mood. Don't you know the car headed in the direction of Patterson's farm :)
Today will be Mater day Tuesday. Hubby helped me sort the tomatoes after work yesterday to pull the ones who have a few spots out to be worked up first. I also didn't want them piled up on each other for fear they would go bad before I could get to all of them. Goal for today....get as many canned as possible.
It's hard to believe but today will be the first day this year that the canner will be put to work. It's just been that sorta year, sigh

Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Week

 I am pretty pleased with the progress I made on the stocking challenge last week. I just need to add Kara's name to hers, Karsyn's still needs all of the handwork and sequins added. That will be this weeks evening busy work
 Papaw and I accompanied Karsyn and Mason Man on their Pre school class field trip to the pumpkin farm last week. Holy cow!!! Thousands and thousand of little kids at every turn. We skipped out on the class picnic and opted for a just us picnic with our little guys. People our age can only take so much :)
 Kara finally decided on a Halloween costume from my dress up stash. The girl had come up with crazy idea's for a costume this year. I am thankful that nothing more than a large hem will be needed to have her ready to hit the streets in search of candy!
 Mason Mason's stocking has also be pieced. His stocking is not nearly as involved as the little girls. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel :)
 Family trip to the pumpkin patch Saturday, check.
 Last but not least of our FULL week of activities was Karsyn's 4th Birthday Party at the Spa yesterday. All of the little girls had such a great time.
Even wild child Kara enjoyed relaxing and being pampered.
Holy Hannah the week is done!!! We ran ourselves ragged last week with all of the running around to special events along with finishing major yard work on the front yard. Last night we were in the bed with the covers over our head by 9:00 PM. I am on a mini strike for the next few days. Other than a Dr. appointment for me this morning I am staying HOME for the next 3 days.
The house needs some major TLC, ditto on just about every other area home related. I started to make a list this morning but gave up, it was getting overwhelming :) Instead I switched to an itinerary.
8:00-10:00 Kitchen
10:00-11:00 Dr. appointment
11:00 - 12:00 Downstairs
12:00- 2:00 Upstairs
2:00 - 4:00 Sewing related (organizing more than likely)
Stocking work in the evening.
Hubby was so funny as we drug our old rumps up the stairs last night. He is loving every single minute of being home full time but was ready to get back to the office so he can rest :) Welcome to my world bubba, it never ends.
Goals for this week are to finish the little girls stockings, complete a Halloween runner, get the sewing/scrap room back in working order and, prioritize Christmas sewing.  I think I can, I think I can....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7 Day Christmas Challenge

 I just love fall. What could be better than hanging out with the family watching a Pee Wee football game in the afternoon?
 Sitting on your Papaws lap sharing snacks
 or dancing in the parking lot to tunes on Mommy's phone?
Another wonderful thing that comes along with fall is we are able to have the central air and heat off for awhile. Sitting in the evening doing some hand sewing with the back door open...nothing better :)

Yep I am lovin this fall weather!! It's the perfect time to finish up a few (lots) of UFOs

A GF and I have been working on Christmas stockings for more years than I like to admit. More times than I can count we talk about how we must finish them THIS year!  This one is Kara's, yep it's been 4 years in the making! But this week it will be complete, no ands, ifs, or buts about it. Ditto for Karsyn if I can remember where I put her extra pieces :(. I hope to at least get a good start on Masons Mans, maybe even peak at the instructions for Tater Tots.

I always have the best of intentions each year to get the little kiddo's stockings finished but those intentions fly right out the window when December rolls around. I have even packed these suckers up to take along on our beach trip thinking I would sit in the evening enjoying the ocean breeze while stitching.... never happens :) Our November family Mt trip...forget it. Put all 12 of us in a cabin together and its pandemonium, in a good way of course :)

For the next 7 days my evenings will be devoted to sequins and stitching. Does anyone else have Christmas projects that have been ongoing for years and years? Why not grab that project this week and get to work with us. There is no time to wait, Christmas is getting so close it has me in a sweat! I have sew many more things that I have put aside that must be finished for Christmas gifts that need to get in the mail.

Off to the Dr this morning for some blood work. Why is it when I need blood work and can't eat after 10:00 PM I am hungry as a bear? I mean really, we do not eat at that time of the night!!! Last night I tossed and turned all night, kicking myself for not working in a late night snack before the cut off!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Simple Saturday

 Love this!! I was trying to get a photo with DD#3's kiddo's and Papaw. Do you think I could get anyone to look at the camera? NO But when I sorted today's shots I found this one. How sweet is this. Everyone kissing Tater Tot, aww
 Kara got me going on Halloween decorations today. She had a blast decorating the house :)
Tater Tot blends in with Papaw's quilt today :) Kara has a fit if I put Nanny's quilt on the floor, it's only for girls. The boys have to use Papaw's quilt. Blake's favorite spot to hang out now days is with his big sister, he LOVES his Kara and she LOVES him right back!
 We kept the wild child busy today!!! She pulled the last of the carrots for me.
 Then scrubbed those babies like there was no tomorrow
We will be all set in the carrot department this winter once I get her haul in the dehydrator :)

It's been a very, very long day today. Keeping up with these little guys was all I could do :) Carry out for supper tonight even though I had a pork loin in the crock pot I couldn't find the energy to make any sides. I did get a bit of energy after resting on the sofa watching our favorite team "Roll Tide" Made some home made ice cream to share with our recovering Harley buddy. That's it, nothing more :)

Early to bed for me tonight. I have been fighting this cold for a solid month now, every day I think this is it thing I know I feel like I am going to pass out if I don't set down. Sure hope this will be my "Cold of the year" Monday morning I will be making a call to our DR, this has gone on way to long!!!

One of the only things I don't like about having this heard of Grands is that they bring every germ in the world to our doorstep :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Finish Finally!!

 AJ the Beagle and I got the binding on last night after dinner. No matter how hot it is on any given day AJ thinks each and every quilt is hers :) This quilt will be going to Project Linus for a Teen or Tween girl. Between the quilts I have ready and others some ladies in the area have dropped off we have a nice size donation to make this month. Now to find the time to fight the traffic to get them delivered :)
I have been trying to decide on a quilt to gift to a special lady in our family before the cold weather sets in. I have a whole lot of these kits I picked up for next to nothing, I think one just like this might be perfect for her :)

I feels so GOOD to have a little of the backed up sewing off the sewing counter! I haven't made a dent in what all I need to get too but some done is better than none done don't you think?

 It's been a quite morning so far. Blake is sound asleep, Kara is playing nicely with the train set and hubby is off on errands. I think hubby being out of the house is key to the quite morning. He gets the kiddo's so wound up its crazy!!!! Every kiddo should have a playful Papaw :)

Once Papaw returns to get the tubs down Kara and I will spend the rest of the day getting our Halloween decorations up. I really would like to skip it this year and just go with fall decorations's a Nanny thing, can't say no where these little guys are concerned :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Soup, Saving, and Sewing

 We are having some nice fallish sort of weather this week, perfect for a pot of bean soup. I get giddy when pulling together the ingredients from our dehydrated foods :) Quick, easy, and cheap!
 Forgot about the bay leaves our sweet neighbor shares with us each year. Again I dehydrate them.
 On the grocery list this week was eggs. After checking the weekly ad I decided to stock up on canned tomatoes that were on sale, also had one coupon for a pound of butter, and eggs were BOGO. Total spent $36.44, total saved $13.95. Since our garden was a tea total bust this year I need to jump on canned tomato sales when I can
 While the soup was doing its thing I got busy on one of DD#1's pile of sewing. Her patio throw pillows were looking a bit shabby. One down 3 more to go
 Next up were DD#3's  living, dinning room window treatments. DONE!
Today the plan is to knock out some of my own piled up sewing projects. This quilt has been waiting in the wings since August, sigh The wait is over!! The game plan is to have the quilting done by supper time. After supper I hope to spend the evening working on the binding. Hope to hang her n the clothes line tomorrow morning :)

While I am resting my arms and shoulders from the FMQ figured I would get a quick post off. The crock pot is doing it's thing, the house is as clean as it needs to be (IMO), laundry done, grocery's for the week are in. Its sewing day!! The pile of sewing stuff is so huge it makes me crazy t even go in the room but like eating a watermelon I will get to it one bite at a time :) Is anyone else chasing their tail trying t get on top of things before the holiday's start up?