Another busy weekend

We had yet another busy weekend. Other than cleaning the house and getting caught up on laundry, I also volunteered to sell mulligans for a golf tournament. It was a pretty good time and it was for a good cause. 🙂

Saturday I was able to get the house decorated for Fall! I used all of the corn stalks that I grew and the rest of the pumpkins from the main garden. We have a groundhog that wanted to make a meal of them! So, all of these decorations cost us nothing but hard work!

Decorated for Fall!
Decorated for Fall!

I, well mostly the mister, put the bee frame together for my class tomorrow! I had it pieced together, and he went ahead and nailed and glued it. He’s so good to me!

Made my bee frame
Made my bee frame

The boy and I spent a while on Saturday night watching the chickens and of course taking some pictures! They just wanted to hunt for bugs!

Chicken selfie!
Chicken selfie!

All day yesterday we could smell the deliciousness of apples and cinnamon cooking in the crockpot. We have pretty much finished this off already! I have so much more applesauce to make.

Crock pot applesauce
Crock pot applesauce

We are also working on cleaning up a messy part of the landscaping and turning it into a pollinator garden with lots of butterfly and bee fun!

Wednesday walk through the garden 9/16

Another Wednesday in the books at school. I got the most amazing compliment today! It is that I have encouraged others to take the plunge into gardening and preserving their harvest. Amazing!!

We still are harvesting loads of tomatoes! We are well over the the 200 lb mark! So much spaghetti sauce/salsa/crushed tomatoes! And I’m still giving away the extra cherry tomatoes!

Funky tomato!!
Funky tomato!!
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Still harvesting tomatoes!

I have 2 sides weeded and mulched. I’m thinking I’m going to be growing some pumpkins in this area next year!

A couple less weeds
A couple less weeds

Pumpkins are the biggest things that we are harvesting here! Can’t wait to give one to the hens! They love them!

More green pumpkins!
More green pumpkins!

I had another garden friend today. Well, actually, it is a garden foe. It’s a doe looking right at me while I garden. There was a buck over there too!

I spy with my little eye...
I spy with my little eye…
Our newest pumpkin
Our newest pumpkin

Fall is creeping up on us and my newest goal is having my garden cleaned up and ready for the spring. I will be doing more crafting and less gardening as the weather cools! So, I will be sharing some craftiness in the future!

Productive weekend!

This weekend was cooler and I swear I could smell fall in the air. And, the leaves were blowing through the air! I have a love/hate relationship with that season. I love the cool and crisp air, apples and fall activities. But, knowing winter is on the way bums me out!

I started off by spending at least 6 hours pulling weeds, putting down newspaper and putting mulch on top. So much work, and I have 3 more sides, but it’s looking so much better!

Less weeds!!
Less weeds!!

I transplanted so many, like 60 strawberry plants into their new home. I probably have at least 60 more plants that needs a new home! 🙂

So many strawberries!
So many strawberries!

I harvested another pumpkin, and I love the shape of this one! This one has potential for being chosen as the carved pumpkin. I like having lots of extras because the chickens love pumpkins and they especially love them when it’s cold outside and it’s something different.

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Another pumpkin!

I found this praying mantis in the garden. It was a big one for sure! Don’t worry, it went right back to where it was captured!

S/he was huge!!
S/he was huge!!

I took the last of the tomatoes and turned them into spaghetti sauce. This will taste so much better in winter instead of the store stuff!

Pressure canned spaghetti sauce
Pressure canned spaghetti sauce

We are huge weekend warriors here on our tiny homestead!

Walk through the garden Wednesday 9/9

I’m going to be honest here… I came home from work, made dinner, worked on a sewing order, went to my Granny’s to pick apples, came home and checked out the garden quickly and ended the evening with homework help. It was a busy but good evening!

I started off the day by dropping off some yummy tomatoes to one of my awesome neighbors! I have some awesome neighbors! And she always reminds me that I was born 100 years too late! It’s true! 😉

Neighborly love!!
Neighborly love!!

I then went through the stuff that my neighbor throws into our yard over by the woods and found that he was throwing all of these out! At least 12 of them! Yes, the chickens will love them!

Found treasure in the compost!
Found treasure in the compost!

One of my favorite parts of the day was going to my Granny’s to pick her apples. She told me all about how my Pap Pap planted the yellow apple tree and how he would’ve loved to have seen how huge the apples were. I love hearing her talk about my Pap. They just loved each other so much! I get a lot of my gardening love from my Granny and Pap Pap!

Lots of apples!!
Lots of apples!!

At the end of the evening I picked all of the bigger beans off of the trellis and ended up with almost 2 pounds of beans! Yummy!!!

That's a lot of beans!!
That’s a lot of beans!!

So, not a big gardening evening, but it was pretty good!

Minimalist Monday (Labor Day edition!)

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my minimalism journey! I basically try to purposefully live with less. I think that prior to the past couple of years, I had become a big old consumer!

One thing that I have majorly tried to cut out are disposables. There was a day when I thought that when we ran out of paper towels that I needed to run to the market to buy more. That day is over! I make my own from leftover fabric and serge the edges.

Hanging to dry on this beautiful day!
Hanging to dry on this beautiful day!

We usually just throw them in with whatever we are washing! And the funny part is that we only have a retractable clothesline! Works great for us! We have certain napkins for lunches, others for everyday use and some for cleaning the countertops. Then, after washing and drying the towels, I just shove them in the towel house!

Towel house!
Towel house!

I really like this set up because they don’t require much effort. I just shove them in the top of the towel house and when we need them, we pull them out of the bottom.

We also have cut back on cleaning supplies. We make our own cleaner and I have sewn up some wet jet refills!

Wet jet refills
Wet jet refills

They just stick onto the bottom of the wet jet and I wash and dry regularly. I think that they work even better! And the best part is that they last for years! See! Living with less can actually be fun! (At least to me!)

Wednesday walk through the garden 9/2

We are still harvesting a lot from the garden! Most days we get over 4 pounds of tomatoes and about a pound of green beans every other day!

All heirloom!
All heirloom!

And that apron I made for myself is amazing! It makes picking green beans a breeze! Just yesterday I had 2 lbs of green beans in the bottom and 2 lbs of cherry tomatoes in the pocket!

Loving this apron!!!
Loving this apron!!!

While picking those green beans, I had a little buddy that kept trying to bite me! He was very feisty and liked the looks of my feet in flip flops! It eventually slithered away!

Garter snake that didn't like me
Garter snake that didn’t like me

I have harvested 4 pumpkins already, but many are still growing! Our goal is to have at least one for carving during Halloween! The chickens are going to love eating all the extras!

Still growing pumpkins!
Still growing pumpkins!

I started gathering up the sunflower heads to dry in the basement. I’m sure the hens will like them in the middle of winter!

Crazy looking sunflower!
Crazy looking sunflowers!

And lastly, my neighbor threw these back up into our woods. The hens were beyond thrilled when they got a few! The will get the rest tomorrow. Lucky ladies!!!

My found treasures!
My found treasures!

Until next time!!!

Weekend work!

I’m sure back in the day, they had more time to preserve their food. But, today where we both work full time, it takes weekends and evenings to get that work finished. The weird thing is that I find this kind of work so rewarding and it seems a lot less like work. And, I also know that I will be thanking myself when I don’t have to buy some of my produce from the market! I can just open the cabinets! We have canned and canned the past couple weekends!

Lots of spaghetti sauce!
Lots of spaghetti sauce!

We snapped pound after pound of beans! I can honestly say that I am tired of bean snapping!

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Not even half of how many we snapped!

We did end up with 14 pints of green beans and they were all grow in our garden. We also had lots leftover so we froze them to put in our doggie food. Our Sherman dog is allergic to something in all dog food, so we make him his own food.

Just can't tell this pup no. :)
Just can’t tell this pup no. 🙂