October 1, 2015

Computer crash.

Well after 15 years it finally happened. My personal computer crashed and I lost everything. For friends that read this and send me e-mails please send me an e-mail so I can again have your address.
It is really frustrating all my downloads and book marks are gone too.
Well such is life,
I'll just have to start over.
We have finally come to the end of the garden produce. Beets will be processed this week. Carrots are washed, sealed in vacuum bags and stored. Learned they can be stored up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
The tomato crop was amazing.I lost track of how many QT.'s of juice we froze. We did another batch of salsa only because we had more peppers and tomatoes. Altogether 39 pints of salsa.
This sink of tomatoes is the remaining fruit on that one plant.We picked over 55 tomatoes,off this one plant, before we pulled it up. There were tomatoes from the size of a ping pong ball to the baseball size.
That does not include all that we picked before. Just this last picking. I know hard to believe. I wish now I have taken a picture of it. Oh well there is always next year. Big beef tomatoes have been the best producers we have had. The only kind we plant. Our 2 pepper plants didn't do to bad. There are a few more we will pick before frost.

We had removed all the other tomato plants except one before we went up to the Spencer fair. have a great weekend.j

September 14, 2015

Class committe meeting./Fall Apples

One of our class mates from South Dakota was in town so we had a meeting. It was more of a gab fest but it was fun. Good to see and talk to all of them.

This last week we had apples to do. I made some freezer apple pie filling,apple butter,apple fritter bread and some apple fritters. I found the recipes for  on pinterest.
makes about a dozen.Enjoy have a great week. j

September 8, 2015

Storm pictures

Sunday evening the storm clouds rolled in. We took a drive and I took some pictures of the storm progress. The only lighting shot and a car had to get in the picture.  I need more practice with my camera. Next time I will remember the sports setting.

We made a great loaf of apple fritter bread. Recipe is on http://www.thebakingchocolatess.com/awesome-country-apple-fritter-bread/   I did not put the glaze on it. No matter it was very good without it.T oday we did freezer apple pie filling, recipe here.http://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/freezer-apple-pie-filling/  We are also making apple sauce. Time now for a rest. Hope your holiday was a good one.j

September 4, 2015

pumpkin pillow project

Thursdays is sewing with Justine day. We have had a few weeks break from our routine.Yesterday we started again. I had seen a pumpkin pillow on a blog and thought it perfect to start with this season. It is a cover for a 16 inch pillow form. It is fun for Justine to choose from my fabric stash. She made great choices for this.I am too matchy matchy. She just chooses what she likes and it works. The back ground fabric is a peach not so pinky in person. have a great weekend.j
Here is the blog http://www.flamingotoes.com/2014/10/vintage-pumpkin-fall-pillow/

A trip to goodwill

I had errands to run in town and made a stop at the good will. I always look for the manhatten pattern of depression glass I collect. I did not find any but I did find some amber sandwich and a couple of other pieces. A prescut pitcher and a lead glass vase.

 I had posted about my pumpkin dishes with an old picture. I played with decorating yesterday morning. Always fun. The platter on the bottom shelf is new from TJ max. The amber glass goes so well with the dishes.

August 31, 2015

Shopping in my basement

For years I had my sewing craft rooms in the basement. We then had a flood in 2008. The rooms are now used for storage. Every thing is on shelves above a flood stage. I had a request for information on a doll I made and needed to go down and search for that information. I did not find it but I did find a few things I had forgotten I had. I found the yard sticks I want attached to the edge of my new cutting table. I also found a sweet dress and a doll purse.

The dress is one I bought somewhere 2nd hand. It had never had the closures put on. I pressed it and added snaps to the wrists and back. It is perfect for the china I recently gave a new body. She needs a broach or bead necklace. I will work on that soon.

 I also found a doll purse I bought off e-bay. Don't even remember buying it. It was still in the shipping box, said it was from NY state.
 I had a doll purse as a child. Not the same as this one. A good memory. Making salsa today. Lots of tomatoes off those 6 plants. Have a great week. j

August 30, 2015

magazine rack into a doll bed

I found an oak magazine rack and had an idea to turn it into a doll four poster bed. I think it turned out great. I made the ticking mattress to fit. Soon I will make the bedding.Thanks to Mr. T for helping with the cutting gluing and clamping. One more project done. have a great week. j

August 29, 2015

Our Ziva

 This is our Ziva. She is a joy everyday.

Watching the squirrels.

 Look at those ears! She finally grew into them.
Just thought I'd share. Can't believe she is 2 1/2 already. j

August 28, 2015

Table toppers done. Picture of the moon

I tried again to get a good picture of the moon. This is better than the last time. The clouds and the nearly full moon were beautiful.

I made a few table toppers. i made the pumpkin from a woven napkin. It had to be lined but turned out cute. I found the leaves at Carol Ann's 2nd hand shop.It was perfect.

We have done quite a bit of canning and freezing garden produce. The tomato crop is very good again this year. Mr. T dug potatoes,carrots and picked the last of the green beans. There are more carrots,and beets to dig. We will not go hungry. Thanks to God for the abundant crops this year.
We traded in out motor home and bought a new travel trailer. A 2016 bullet. It is shown here. We have been doing some fall camping. Looking forward to more.
 On this rainy day Mr. T has the right idea. There will be time to make salsa this afternoon. Hope you all have a good weekend. j

August 10, 2015

August already.

The tomatoes are producing about 25 every other day. Nice big tomatoes. Around 12 qts. frozen so far. It is a bit frustrating that I can not fine the qt boxes I have always used. I re use but the boxes seem to disappear. May be when I send food home with family or freeze something else in them. Time for an on line search. I try to buy locally but no luck finding them.

It is getting time to bring out my pumpkin decorating stuff.  My favorite time of year.

I like to have cut flowers in the house and the Zinnias are beautiful. I have a few glads but not as many as I thought I'd have.Over a few days the glads opened up. Makes the arrangement much better.

Not much sewing going on right now. I have 2 doll size quilts I need to finish up the binding. Hope everyone has a great week. j