Hello again

October was the last time I wrote, seems like so long ago but yet it went so quickly. The kids have had more than their share of sickness this past winter season and we are more than ready for Spring to arrive.

We visited Florida in January as a family of 5 and now looking back on our time spent there really makes us yearn for the warm sun on our faces that much more.

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Jared (2017 senior)

I had the privilege of taking my cousins pictures the other week. I have a vivid memory of holding him on the living room couch when he was just weeks old and now he’s planning to go away to college and completing his last year of high school!

Wishing you all the best Jared!img_1349img_1343img_1059img_1132

in the kitchen

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This year in the garden we harvested so, so many tomatoes. Garlic grew awesome, too. I’ve been able to do quite a bit of canning, something that is fairly new to me. My great aunts gifted me two canners and several canning jars to add to my ever growing collection. I tried Garden Special  and carrot tomato soup . Both delicious! Also in the pantry is canned applesauce. The freezer seems quite full these days with beef, corn and still pork from our pig so canned applesauce it was this year.

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Another thing brewing in my kitchen has been Tumeric tea.  I have had a head cold and sore throat on and off for about a week now and this tea was first given to me by a friend. Then when it came back a second time I got the recipe and made up another batch.  It seems to work really great to soothe a sore throat. I drink it hot on and off  throughout the day. Here’s the recipe-

Boil two cups of water and add 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Let steep in boiling water few minutes.  Juice 1/8 to 1/4 of a lemon and add to the tea.  Then add 1-2 tablespoon honey.  Drink hot or cold!

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5: it’s a big deal

Jadien; “Mom, when’s my birthday?”

Me: “July 19th”

Jaiden: “Oh is that soon?”

Me: “Yup, pretty soon.”

Jaiden: “Who’s coming to my party, I want like everyone to come to my party!”

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Weeks before Jaiden’s birthday, he started asking about his party. Soon to be a 5 year old, it was a really big deal. He had lots of plans who he wanted, what activities he wanted and what he wanted for food.  He invited most everyone he talked to and could think of (whether they came or not was a different story, such a friendly boy he is).  Needless to say, it was a fun party with some family and a lot of his/our friends.

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It was going to be a hot day, so we made a water slide using heavy duty plastic (similar to this) and lots of dish soap. The kids loved it and kept them entertained and cool.  Entertainment for the adults too!

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Hope you had a great party Jaiden. After all, you only turn 5 once!!

this week [happenings in the garden]

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Several times during my pregnancy with Morgan I contemplated whether or not to put in a garden this year because of how busy I would be taking care of a newborn and two toddlers.  I decided to go ahead and plant one and just kept it on the smaller side than other years.  And, I am sure glad I did.

3 eggs a day//yellow squash//zucchini//grape tomatoes//itty bitty cucumbers//herb garden