Tuesday, July 25, 2017


We got our first two cucumbers from the garden today. the girls were happy there was one for each of them to pick. They both cut up their cucumbers and started eating them. The carrots aren't big yet but they are too fun to pull out. I picked a red onion and we still have some lettuce growing since it has been a rainy cool summer. The two red cedar boxes in the picture Ashley made with Poppa this morning. I bought our first feed of corn on the cob from a vegetable stand. The girls are husking it for supper. Gary is out cutting second crop hay. Hopefully it stops raining for a few days.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Small Potatoes

I have been collecting lettuce and radishes from our garden for a month now. The girls are very proud of eating what they grew. I emptied a potato plant I grew in a bucket. I only got enough potatoes for one supper but Ashley found a worm and now has a new pet. So winner winner, potato dinner. Here is a picture of the sad bucket potato plant with the rabbit that came to visit us last week.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Strawberrries 2017

Today we kept up the tradition of picking berries to make jam. It was fun. The girls were very helpful today and picked quite a bit themselves. We bought subs on the way home and had a picnic under a tree. I cleaned my berries and they played on the zipline. This evening Emily and I made a batch of jam. She helped measure and pour and crush berries and stir. She was really good help. The jam turned out good. We tried pilsbury crossants stuffed with strawberries for dessert. They were good with a little fresh jam on top.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden 2017

Today I started putting my garden in. May 31st. It's very wet and not very warm. I'm waiting for my pepper plants to get a little bigger before I transplant them. Gary made me a new raised garden. It is 8x8. My dad made a wire cover for my side garden with Ashley's help. This year I have planted, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, lemon cherry tomatoes, cucamelon, marigolds, radishes, leaf lettuce, red onions. A few annuals as well.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Easy supper (butter chicken)

Tonight is hot. Gary is working late. He is combining corn. He doesn't like butter chicken but I got him out a couple of porkchops I can BBQ when the sun goes down. The girls and I like butter chicken. I cook basmati rice in the rice cooker. I cut up chicken breast and browned it with onions and celery. Sometimes I add broccoli or peppers. Then I open the sauce and pour it in. I add 1/4 of milk to make it go farther. Easy and quick. Gary can have rice with his porkchops.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This year our garden was the pits. We got almost no rain this summer so our produce was almost nothing. My mom gave me some tomatoes to make my salsa. For some reason her red peppers were growing great. This year I made 1 batch of red pepper jelly. I used this recipe but I added one jalapeƱo pepper. It turned out awesome. http://www.canadianfamily.ca/recipe/red-pepper-jelly/

School lunches

The kids went back to school today. Grade 1 and Grade 2. Packing lunches has become easier for me since I have a few years under my belt. I have gotten asked this past weekend what I put in their lunches so I thought I would share. My kids school has a no nuts policy and no eggs (which includes mayo and salad dressings) no fish and no sunflower oil in Emily's class. I give each each kid a piece of fruit and 2 cut up veggies. They each get a cheese and crackers bag and a yogurt. I always pack a mini muffin that is homemade with fruit or veggie in it. They also get a juice box and granola bar or 2 cookies. I also put in raisins or another dried fruit. All these items are made and packed in containers early in the week so I just make a sandwich in the morning. I split the sandwich between the two girls. When they get tired of a plain butter, meat and cheese sandwich,I make 1/2 a bagel and cream cheese or bagel bites. I have even packed chicken nuggets with a ketchup package or cold pizza. Tortillas wraps with cream cheese and ham or cheese quesadilla with a little sour cream is a nice change. I pack all the food groups. The fruit changes but my kids like apples and strawberries a lot. They have their favorite veggies. Top choices are carrots, cucumber, red peppers. I have packed herb cream cheese with thier veggies so they can have a dip. When I am out of groceries I pack jam sandwiches. The girls like to use cookie cutters to make shapes and eat the crusts at breakfast. When the munchkins get home from school if they didn't finish their lunch they eat the veggies and fruit before they get supper. Any dried fruit or granola bars go in the cupboard for their lunches the next day. The container I used for the girls lunches is lunch cube by sistema. It works well they are 5$ at bed, bath and beyond.