Monday, August 31, 2009

Favorite things

K has been after me for quite some time to make these certain muffins that she just loves. Im pretty sure her exact words were...You always make blueberry. Why cant you make the other ones? (Please?)

So, the other morning I pulled out my trusty recipe box.

I started with some brown sugar. Really? I didnt start with brown sugar at all. I just liked the way it looked when I put it in the bowl.

I made up my muffin batter and filled the cups half full...then added some brown sugar filling.

About now is when J comes running in to the kitchen. Look, mom! Look! I was outside and look what I found for you!

Isnt it beautiful?

I took a break to give him a huge hug and to thank him, of course.

Then it was added to my small collection that began when we moved in here.

Okay, cool surprise, right? So, then I added the other half of the batter to the tops of the muffins and sprinkled the streusel on top.

Fresh from the oven.

Yummy good!

Something so simple, yet she enjoys it so much.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bringin out the big guns

Ive been harvesting my melons and placing them in my lovely basket. Thats a good idea, right?

Well, after having this happen to 2 of my precious watermelons because my basket was just so darn full(and heavy)...

I decided that it was time to bring in some reinforcements. The R.G.W. Otherwise known as, The Red Garden Wagon.

This will make it so much easier for me to haul in all my good produce. Look at all that yummy stuff in there. Watermelons, red peppers, green beans, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes.

And it will be even easier yet when I have someone else doing the pulling! Here we go...


Okay, yeah, not so much.

Monday, August 17, 2009

lotta loupes

We have been watching these little guys for quite some time now.

Around K's bday they looked very pretty...very cantaloupey.

I was hoping for some ripe ones last week, but sadly it didnt play out that way.

Yesterday, tho, I went out for the daily harvest and just look what I found.

5 pretty little things.

I scrubbed up all 3 pounds and 6 ounces of it and let it rest a minute. Man, the whole kitchen smelled like melon.

And that was even before I cut it open.

I scooped out the seeds.

Cut it up.

And YUM.

You cant have this piece tho. I already promised to share it with someone else.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


A few days ago, a friend of a friend of a friend, offered up some sweet corn. They had some wind damage in their field and there was more than enough to go around. Now, who am I to turn THAT down?

Luckily, I received it just in time. I mean, I was having my friend danni come to visit. I needed things for her to do, right? And what better way to introduce her to the Midwest.

That didnt work out quite as I had planned. This is as close to the corn as we managed to get during her stay.

Well, okay, maybe we got a little closer.

Sadly tho, thats not the corn that needed to be processed! So, today, G and I went out on the patio to get things done. It was time.

He had other ideas first tho.

That left me to get started. That meant that I had to put my hand in that wet, yucky bag.

And touch those wet, slimy corn husks.

But soon enough, G came over to lend me a hand. Hes a very good helper. As long as you dont like to work in the quiet. Hes the opposite of quiet.

Once he began to help the speed at which things were moving made a drastic change, as you can imagine. But, we got her done.

Im gonna go now tho. I have to cut all that corn off the cob now. While hes sleeping. For some reason this part of the job doesnt seem to have the little guy written all over it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sad and Happy

We had a crazy storm here the other night. Heavy rains, strong know, typical weather for the Midwest.

It made me sad tho, to walk out after the storm and find this.

Look how sad this little guy looks.

I was able to get them all staked up before the next batch of rain came thru.

We will have to see how this big guy does. He was blown completely flat to the ground and his roots were actually pulled from the soil. Hes not looking so good. Sigh.

If he does manage to pull thru, this is what he will look like.

Isnt he a beautiful color? Hes called Chocolate. I know, right? Did I find the perfect fit for me or what? If only I could find one called M and M now...then Id be all set.

Look at the side of the house. Can you see it?

Here, come closer....nice, black dirt was blown all over the siding. Doesnt look so pretty, but it will be an easy thing to take care of.

But on to the happy. Today was school supply shopping day. SSSD. One of the kids favorite things to do. Cant you tell?

Heres the countdown. We take countdowns very seriously around here.

May I go, too?

Please, may I go?

Im sorry, Darbster. I KNOW there are other pups that get to go shopping at Target. Im just not brave enough to take you into Target yet. Someday soon,okay?

Heading into the store.

Supply Heaven.

Spending his time wisely.

Ohhhh...A new Sharpie. Too bad that wasnt on K's list!

Lovely new binders.

All our loot.

Can you believe that all that stuff in the cart fit in these two bags? Yeah, well, my wallet cant believe it either.