Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I finally have a new sewing project to share with you! One of my friends just had her second baby boy so I knew she probably didn't need any more clothes for him so I made up some
baby rings! I got the idea/tutorial from Make It and Love It and they were very easy to make if not a bit finicky. I'm thinking about making up a couple of blocks to go with the rings, or maybe a bib or something but we'll see if I have time.
Monday, September 28, 2009
My neighbours mom brought over a big box of apples from her apple tree for us this weekend so I made up a bunch of applesauce! The boys LOVE it and I would too if I weren't allergic to apples! Either way it was a good experience, I've never really made it before and I managed to get 9 very large jars made so I'm happy. I bought a hand food mill to make it with which made everything go much faster... no peeling, no coring!! I really love how the applesauce came out a nice pink color due to the very red peels, such a pretty color.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This weekend Trav's parents came up to watch the boys for us so Trav and I could have a weekend away bow hunting. We had a great time but unfortunately weren't able to take anything home with us. We did see quite a few deer, two moose, a coyote and of course some gophers but it's only deer season right now and none of the ones we saw were close enough. Trav plans to go out again Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 12th for us Canadians) so hopefully we'll be blessed with some meat in our freezer yet this fall.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Trav finished a new bow a couple months ago already and I think it's his favorite so far. He dyed a deep red color and it shoots really nice. He's currently out hunting and although he's using his compound this weekend, I know he really hopes to fill one of his tags so he's able to take this new bow out next time. Basically the reason why he took his compound out first is that generally speaking compound bows are much more accurate, and depending on the draw weight, you can shoot from farther away. He didn't want to risk not getting a deer this year by only using his wood bow.
Here's a link to Primitive Archer, the site where Trav posts all his bows, and gets tons of his advice and ideas from for making bows, quivers, arrows, etc. Primitive Archer Online If you're really interested in stuff, sign up to the message boards, that's where all the good information is.
It's been forever since I've posted a recipe and I have a couple in mind to add to here in the next little while, all made with zucchini. Yup that's right. I realize I am not the only one with tons of zucchini to eat and I'm not complaining, in fact I'm super thankful for all the zucchini recipes online. I'm actually pretty sure I've never enjoyed zucchini this much before, maybe because of this pregnancy or maybe just because it's so good freshly picked. Either way, I thought I'd share my recipes for using up all that green goodness.
Easy Roasted Zucchini and Peppers
Zucchini, Peppers, any other roastable (totally not a word I realize) veggies
Chop veggies up into large bite sized peices and throw into a covered roasting or baking dish. Drizzle on some olive oil and top with your favorite herb. I used parsley because that's the only fresh herb I had in the garden. Stir it all up, pop the lid on and roast at about 350 for 30 mins or until veggies are soft and lightly browned.
Here are some links to other zucchini recipes I want to try this fall:
Buttermilk Summer Squash Soup -101 Cookbooks
Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake - PW Cooks
Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake - 101 Cookbooks
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes -101 Cookbooks (I've actually made these before... so good!)
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
photo credit: Shelly McGown
Ultimately we'd like to move. We've never been city folk and I don't think we ever really will be. The first few years we were married we didn't particularly agree on where we wanted to live, me being from BC and Travis from Saskatchewan. There are just a few differences in where we grew up.... mountains as far as you can see for me, grass and rolling hills as far as you can see for Trav. It really didn't take me long though, before I started to be able to appreciate those rolling hills, and then not long after that I started to love them and now that's where I want to be too.
We always planned to live in Calgary for 5 years and then move but in the last year we've both been getting anxious about getting out of here. The problem though is jobs. There are some jobs available for Travis in the area we want to live but they just don't pay enough that I would be able to stay at home with the kids still and that's just not worth it to us. So basically we've realized that if we want to be able to move back to Saskatchewan then we're going to have to seriously cut back on expenses. I'm not entirely sure how to do this seeing as we already have budgets set in place and really don't buy anything more than we need so I'm looking for some help... what do you do to save to money? How are you frugal? I'm thinking about trying to do some meal planning for a month, making strict grocery lists and sticking to them. Maybe that will help, maybe not, but it's worth a try. Do you use a meal planning website? If so do you like it?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Okay so maybe he/she isn't coming right now, but he/she is definately on the way! I am currently just about 10 weeks pregnant and feeling, well pregnant. Haven't been too terribly sick which is great because my last two pregnancy's I was really sick. I'm already counting down the days till the supposed energy bounce of the second trimester kicks in. I'm blaming my lack of posting the last 2 months on the fact that I literally am too tired to concentrate on posting.... is that fair?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- Clean out my sewing/craft room! I'm hoping this motivates me to get going on some projects to share with you all :)
Just had to share this with you... even though my boys are 16 months apart I constantly get people asking me if they are twins... I'm just now starting to see why.