September 01, 2014

Sometimes we need a little help...

For me, right now, I am using some prompts for the month of September to spur me back into writing every day.  I am using the SITS Girls blog prompts to help me get going.  Go have a look.. maybe you want to join me?  Let me know if you do!

Here is one more picture for the grandparents

Leavin' on a jet plane, don't know when he'll be back again...

August 31, 2014

A New Month...

Here we go folks!  It is already September and as the weather starts to change I get the urge to do new things that get me ready for fall and move me in a different... a better direction.  I am behind in planting for the fall garden because life has been on overdrive.  That must happen this week.  

If you didn't already know it we shipped our oldest off to Marine boot camp in San Diego last week.  Traumatic and bittersweet were the words for last week's emotional rollercoaster.  We are so proud and yet miss him terribly.  

You have to know these photos are for my parents, right?

This is the official "Swearing in" ceremony they do before they ship.

I love that they let us do a lot of photos during this time... 
it is really about the families on a day like this.

We also started school... on the same day as oldest's swearing in to leave.  

First day of school photos...

My high schoolers!  Goodness, where has the time gone?

I spent most of the week wandering around in a daze.  My mind would not focus on anything.  It is better now and I am making a list and working through my calendar for September as I write this.  There are things coming in September...

Blog Posts
Cleaning and Clearing plans
Crochet projects and maybe some Sewing projects
Menu plans and recipes

The goal is to blog daily for the month of September and the in October there will be a 31 Days of series again.

Stay tuned!

July 03, 2014

Has it been 8 years?

I started this blog on July 4, 2006 (the birthday of a nation and a blog).  I know the country is far more important than any silly little blog but I will quietly celebrate the blog part in my own little way ;)   It just does not seem possible.  I have posted a lot of recipes.... though, I have not posted as many as I thought I would have by now but still.... a lot.  My time posting will be getting more frequent in the coming months with the slowing of other parts of my life.  My food adventures have progressed to more than food... homestead adventures, gardening adventures, real food and made from scratch adventures.  My heart has been drawn to family meals and homemaking endeavors.  I have read foodie books and watched foodie movies and graduated from culinary school with honors.  I sew and crochet more for my home and kitchen now and have been trying my hand at many things and hopefully many more in the realm of homesteading in the coming months and years.  I have had some business ups and downs along the way and currently have a local baking business which operates from my home, the occasional crafters fair sales and now an online Etsy store which will be growing more full with items over the coming months, too.  I am truly running a cottage industry which was a goal way back in the early start of my time online.

We will be celebrating the birthday of our country this year quietly in our home.  Dan and middle boy will miss it with us for the first time in forever but we will enjoy the day.  Our eats will include some good healthy real food... turkey burgers on Kaiser rolls, home baked "fries" and some homegrown goodness from the garden for salads.  There there will be a little banana pudding to finish it off and a good movie for a quiet finish.

How I celebrate my blog anniversary???  A little quiet planning for a coming year and maybe some photos of the garden and the above menu for you.  No giveaways this year... life has been too hectic for me to think about that in time to offer one but there will be opportunities... giveaways... other things to share with you along the way.


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