Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Recap

I think this September has been the quickest month I have ever lived through. It just flew by! I only ended up working 12 hours at my job this month so that left plenty of time for activities, it was a pretty fun month.

It's pumpkin season!  We bought our pumpkin a few days ago along with this pretty plant.

And of course I have been burning plenty of pumpkin candles.

And sampling lots of different pumpkin beers.

I was able to make a whole bunch of resin pieces, including these magnets which you can find in my shop.

We bought a vegetable spiralizer and have been making veggie noodles like crazy. I definitely recommend it!

We had my mom and my sister over for a home cooked meal.

We served zucchini noodle alfredo with shrimp, it was so good!

I went on a job interview and just might have a new job pretty soon, which would be major!

My luffa fruits finally starting flowering instead of turning yellow and falling off like they've been doing all summer.

I'm in to making smoothies now...

I've made a liiittle bit of progress on my blanket and ended up starting two new projects because I have a short attention span.

 And I enjoyed some pumpkin bread and a pumpkin spice latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

September was a really good month, I'm just sad it went by so fast. 

One other thing I forgot to mention is that I got an xray for the first time and I am really excited about it because I'm weird like that. When I was little I wanted to get an xray so bad because I thought it seemed like the coolest thing ever. And it was!I loved seeing my bones. Haha.. I got it because my shoulder has been bugging me for months and it wont go away so I finally went to the doctor and got an xray taken, it looked normal so hopefully the medicine they gave me will help. 


Hope everyone else had a great September too!  I am excited for October, that is when fall really starts around here, plus the fair comes to town and of course, Halloween!! Stay tuned!



Monday, September 29, 2014

Zucchini Carrot Apple Pecan Bread

I recently came across this recipe on pinterest and just knew I had to try it! I made a few modifications and halved the recipe because we really don't need to be eating two whole loaves of bread, but you can always double it back up if you want.

Ingredients:

Half a cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/8th cup of orange juice
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (Or any combination of spices really!)
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 cup of shredded zuccini
1 half cup of diced apple
1 half cup of chopped pecans



Shred the zucchini and carrots in a food processor or with a grater, dice the apple and the pecans if needed and set aside. 

Soften the butter and cream it with the sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and orange juice.

 Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add them to the wet ingredients and add the veggies.


Once everything is mixed together, scoop it into a greased bread pan and bake at 350 until done, approximately 50 minutes.

Once it has had time to cool, slice into it an enjoy! 

I really liked this bread, the colored veggies were pretty and gave it an interesting texture and a yummy flavor! I would definitely bake this again.


Does anyone else's kitchen turn into a disaster zone when they're done baking?  I can't seem to help but make a giant mess! It's all part of the fun though.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Veggie Garden- Lessons Learned

All last winter I dreamed of starting my vegetable garden.

It turned out just as I had imagined it, but not everything worked out like I hoped. I learned plenty of good lessons this year that I will definitely pay more attention to next time.

Lesson 1) Trellises need to be staked in the ground

I made my own trellises this year and didn't think about having to steak them in the ground, so whenever a strong gust of wind came about, they fell right over! Luckily my plants didn't snap in half. The thinner ones I was able to push into the dirt but I couldn't do it with the thicker ones. Next year I will probably attach some write to the bottom of them to push in the ground.

Lesson 2) Squash borers! 

These are the worst things ever! The stupid little worms hatch from eggs laid at the base of squash plants and bore their way up through the center of the plant, cutting off its water supply and killing it slowly. I lost every single squash plant I planted, and that was what I was most looking forward to. :(  Next year I will sprinkle repellent on them like crazy.

Lesson 3) Plant Early Crops Sooner

I waited too long to plant my cooler season crops like peas and spinach so they ended up not doing much and then burning up as the weather got hot.


Lesson 4) Self pollination is a good idea.

I had plenty of bees buzzing around my garden so I didn't think I would have any problem with pollination, yet all my future squash would turn brown and fall off right after they were done flowering. Once I starting self pollinating each fruit, I didn't lose any. Until the squash borers came around of course!

Lesson 5) Loose Dirt is Good Dirt

Around here our soil is a solid mass of red clay. It was a lot of work to loosen it up and and mix it with nice dirt so I probably didn't do a great job with that. As a result my carrots, beets and radishes didn't do to well, so next year I'll make sure to get that dirt nice and loose! 


Lesson 6)  Hungry Rabbits!

Never underestimate the power of a hungry rabbit!  I had to wrap my fence in rabbit wire to keep these guys out, otherwise I think they would have eaten everything.

All in all it was a pretty good vegetable garden, I am really looking forward to next year!

What are some lessons you have learned about vegetable gardening?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cat Photos Friday #31- Cat Walk

We took the cats outside on a leash.. I've taken Cloud out quite a few times but they boys always seem to have issues. The one time I took Jeeves out he was so scared he tried to climb the side of the house to get back in, and Chester broke out of his collar and ran straight for the interstate! But I decided to give it another try.


I kept Jeeves on the porch and he did much better, but he didn't think he could walk with the harness on.

But he eventually figured it out!

"How did you get out there?!"



Chester didn't have any problem with the harness, in fact, he walked right down the porch steps..

And down the front path...

And then onto the sidewalk!

And it was only a little embarrassing when a neighbor walked by.

All of a sudden Chester freaked out! I think he suddenly realized that he wasn't just in another room and that the world was actually huge. He started flipping out and we had to hold onto him tight to calm him down and bring him back inside where he sat and had this crazy expression for a while.

Cloud of course, is a pro at the leash. Every time I get near the back door she whines to go out.

This time she was really interested in my vegetable garden.


Overall I think they enjoyed being outside. I also took some silly videos of them, maybe one day I'll post it!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cosmo the Hungry Rabbit

This spring a little rabbit moved in under our back deck.

I named him Cosmo.

I saw him almost every morning, hoping around the yard and munching on all the clover in our grass.




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But it wasn't long before he discovered the yummy new veggies I had planted in my vegetable garden!

The fence was no match for this tiny guy! And he had quite the appetitie. He ended up eating three bell pepper plants, two hot pepper plants, three eggplant plants and an entire broccoli stalk all within a matter of days! I knew it was time to rabbit proof my fence if I wanted any hope of getting fresh vegetables.

And it worked great! You can check out my post about building it here.


I fed him fresh fruit, oats and water in hopes of being able to pet him, but I could never get close enough.


As he got bigger I saw him less, but he still came back to visit every now and then.



Then the best thing ever happened....
Cosmo had a baby!!!!!!!!

Now they both come visit my yard :)