A sewing project

Summer is always such a busy time with the gardens, food preservation and animals...adding a third baby has certainly made it more busy. My most favorite R&R activity is sewing, but to be honest, I've had little time and energy for sewing projects as of late. A couple weeks ago, I was really feeling the urge to work on a sewing project and decided to finally hem that tablecloth that was cut out long ago.  I had been wanting to get a little practice with the rolled hem foot for some time anyway Once I sat down and committed myself to finishing, it didn't take me long to do it and I felt accomplished when I was done.  I really need to figure out a way to add a little more "me" time in the form of sewing into my days, it truly does my whole self good.  Regardless, I did get this done. A bit of handmade makes a table feel more like a home. 


Jenness Farm

When both of the big kids were tiny, we used Jenness Farm Goat's Milk Soap to wash them with.  I make my own soap now, but I had been wanting to visit Jenness Farm for some time. (It's also the place of the goat yoga video that's gone viral). Well, we finally did visit and the shop was closed. Boo. But we had fun nevertheless.

 I wish I had been able to go into the production room. Swoon.  This was through the window.
 Of course the poultry whisperer was successful.

Next time I hope to go when they are actually open, but we had fun nevertheless.

Garden 2017: Update 4

Garden Update 1
Garden Update 2
Garden Update 3

 We're in the thick of the thick of the garden now. I look out there and cannot believe I planted all that with a newborn.  Today I officially harvested 100 pounds of food. Kids are out there eating tomatoes like apples.  Every meal is garden fresh. For tonight's dinner, I made a salad and pasta.  Simple meal to most. I can take anything simple and make it the most complex and time consuming endeavor.  I picked eggplant, summer squash, basil, oregano, parsley, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, carrots, peppers, tomatoes and peas. Plus homegrown meat for meatballs. And then we had chocolate zucchini cake.  Then a round of green beans to snap and freeze later in the evening. My husband said it was the best pasta dish ever.

I ran out of steam when planting and just tossed in a ton of zinnia seeds.  They are bountiful. I am trying to pick and share as many bouquets as possible.
 Zinnias, buckwheat and hosta=bouquet.
 And this pic is for my dad. We had this apple tree that produced a whopping 3 apples a year. since we've been here. Delicious apples though.  He helped prune it (aka hack it to pieces) with his chainsaw and it is LOADED with apples now. Thanks BOG.
 This week was back to work and even though I feel like I'm sinking in paperwork, in the food production world, I feel like I'm swimming. There's nothing like homegrown.


One of the very best parts of vacation is coming back home.

I must say the view from here is pretty swell.  Home sweet home.


A 7 hour ride there, a 7 hour ride back...throwing in so much stuff in a weekend it's crazy...but the St. Lawrence does the heart good. Oh so good.


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