Monthly Archives: August 2011

We spent this beautiful Sunday morning out in the garden. It began with an impromptu hornworm spotting that turned into a full on hornworm massacre. I think we killed at least 10. Yuck. They are so big and gross and are able to blend in so easily right in front of your eyes! Once we got all the hornworms we could find (I shudder to think that there are more) we picked… Read More

Garden behind the fence

Well, it’s been awhile since I updated the blog, and even longer since I mentioned the backgarden. I planted it late, on June 17th. Here’s what it looks like today. Yes, my corn is very short. But is does have ears growing. I’m not sure they’ll have long enough to ripen before the first frost though. The summer squash, zucchini, spaghetti squash, and pumpkins are all growing. I have harvested a few… Read More

You may have noticed that things were pretty quiet around here a bit ago. You may also have noticed my brief (to say the least) bumper tomato crop post. The two definitely coincide. Unfortunately, the bumper tomato crop was not my own (though mine are certainly doing well). We spent the better part of a week with family, helping in the garden, playing, swimming and enjoying the company. We helped gather the… Read More

Dropcloth Curtains

When we moved into our new place a little over a year ago it was oddly void of window coverings. I guess the previous owners didn’t like them, though the house looked okay without them when we checked it out. After moving in we realized how much we disliked having nothing to cover the windows in the evenings. I was reading through one of my favorite blogs – it was called Knock… Read More

Cherry Tomatoes

More on these in a few days!    

Several days ago I was surfing recipe sites and pinterest-ing (is that a word?) them . I marked this one down but wasn’t sure I’d try it. Fast forward to today. I happened to have some mint that I thinned out of the garden and wasn’t sure what to do with it. This recipe was the first thing that came to mind. I’m so glad it did. The salad is yummy but the… Read More

I spent some time in the garden today, squishing the dreaded cabbage worms and pulling some weeds. It felt good to bring all these veggies in to the kitchen though!

Comfy Sleep Set

Pattern: Comfy Sleep Set from Fishsticks Designs Size: 2T with length and bottom band added to top Material: Airplane knit from fabric.com My little guy was in need of a few more pairs of PJs and I decided I wanted to try this pattern out. I love a free pattern! I lengthened the shirt for growing room and added a bottom band. Basically I was lazy and didn’t feel like hemming and… Read More

Excalibur Dehydrator Logo

UPDATE: I was able to get the new fan blade installed. It helped, a little. The machine is still noisy, but since it dries food so well we just deal with it. END UPDATE I am SO frustrated with the Excalibur people. I received an Excalibur 3900 as a gift last Christmas (2010). What an awesome gift, right?! I love how quickly and evenly it dries food. My biggest complaint is how… Read More

I went out to the garden this morning to see my pepper plant stripped of its leaves and most of the peppers. And see that poop all underneath it? Yuck.   Um, not good. A quick google turned up information on hornworms. So I went out to search. Nothing I read prepared me for the nastiness that is a hornworm. I was looking all over the plants for the caterpillar looking worm… Read More