Im proud of my garden this year. Being a SAHM has proved great for my gardening success, I've been a busy little bee. And while there are weeds, you can actually see the rows (albeit crooked much to hubby's annoyance) of vegetables! However the weather has turned hot and super dry, so our water bill will increase. Yesterday I harvested beets, not a whole lot and some say not enough to mess with but I pickled my meager jar and put in the fridge. I dug my row of potatoes, we got a whole milk crate full! Also getting a good crop of blakberries, I have three quarts in the freezer, time to make jelly soon! And today I plan to pull and strip the last of my green peas. Corn has baby ears and tomatoes and loaded with green tomatoes so Im hopeful for good crops there as well.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Im on a quest to use more of the food I have on hand and to rely less on WalMart. Meaning....we need to eat a lot of ground venison...
I use it in place of ground beef except for stuff like meatloaf as it very lean and is pretty dry in that application.
We have been having...
I need to attempt a Shepherds pie. It too hot for chili or soup. I feel like we are about to grow antlers! So tonight we'll have chicken! Lol.
Im open to anymore ideas...we've been pairing with garden fresh veggies, like new potatoes! Ohand corn...we have several bags of corn on the cob in the freezer we need to use up! This has been helpful to my grocery budget, but I need more ideas!
Posted by Erin at 3:24 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I've been digging smoothies lately. Mainly because I can make and consume my breakfast while feeding everyone else. I've recently started adding a handfull of baby spinach into my smoothies. I have friends who make green smoothies and I must say I was very skeptical, however Im sold....you can't even taste it and I feel good adding an extra veggie serving in. Im not very creative or daring, I just do a banana (well part of a banana, baby usually begs for part of it), a few frozen berries (usually strawberries), some yogurt (often homemade), and a hand full of bagged baby spinach. Perfect! Today I needed some lactation assistance so I added a bit of flax seed meal and brewers yeast too.
Posted by Erin at 10:20 AM
Sunday, May 13, 2012
"And her children will rise up and call her blessed...."
Isaac 3yr 9 months, James 9 months
Posted by Erin at 10:22 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2012
My journey to Mothers Day has been a bit rocky...filled with infertility, losses, and precarious situations...yet I have prevailed with God blessing me with two amazing sons.
Posted by Erin at 10:22 PM
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Things I Do That Are Weird Part 2: Make My Own Baby Food
But why not? Its easy. Its cheap. And I KNOW whats in there. Never seen a recall on it. James loves it.
Here is what I do..
Buy some fruits and veggies, or grow them (bought these by the way).
Two medium apples, enough for three jars. (I'm using a nifty silicon tray thingie that came with my Baby Bullet, but even an ice cube tray does the job.)
See, James LOVES it.
Posted by Erin at 10:18 PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"Things I Do That Are Weird"
Part 1: Cloth Diapers
When Isaac was a baby I was totally intriged by cloth diapers. They were so cool, so cute, and so good for the baby. But Isaac came early and I just flat out didnt have time to figure it all out. Well then I had three years then James was born. Still early, but I had more time to think about it. And a friend offered to get me started. I was hooked right away. Must.buy.more.poop.holders!
I was surprised to find that it was not nearly as much work as I thought it would be. Not nearly as gross as i thought it would be. And it was even cuter than I thought it would be.
So here is my set up, what I have, what I do, what I like and do not like. Now please, keep in mind I am NO expert on this, I am ever asking questions, most are probably dumb, of my online cloth diaper geniuses. If you have real questions that I dont know, please let me know I'll refer you right along!
I have a wide mixture of stuff because when my friend got me started she gave me enough stuff to learn what I liked and disliked. Then I could buy more..and more...and more. Seriosuly...all the cuteness...Huggies can just move over!
Here is all the fun stuff!
I have been asked stuff like...What do you do when they poop? Um...dump it in the toilet, rinse if needed and put in dirty bag. Not that complicated. I don't touch poop anymore than I would with disposables. Its not that big of a deal I used to think..Oh the LAUNDRY! I only have to wash about once a week. And its easy..dump in washer, run a cold rinse, run a heavy hot wash/cold rinse load with diaper detergent (needs to be stuff without softeners and such...I use a free and clear I buy at Walmart), then I run an extra rinse that I sometimes add vinegar to. Then I hang dry my covers on a $6 drying rack from Walmart and throw the rest in the dryer, high heat, 90minutes. That's it. Not too big of a deal.
Posted by Erin at 9:44 PM