Homemade Extracts

So I started vanilla extract about a year ago. Ah-Mazing!  Today, I started mint, lemon, orange, and almond to give my mom for Christmas.  She loves to bake and was amazed at how simple it is to make but I know she will never do it for herself.  Yeah for handmade gifts that are awesome. … Continue reading

Allergies and Cold

This week I was hit with both seasonally allergies and cold. I have spent most of the week watching old episodes of Law & Order, CSI and House Hunters.  I am finally feeling better and the day is absolutely beautiful!  The windows have been thrown open, tomato sauce is simmering on the stove and laundry is being … Continue reading

“American” Dream

 This post has been popping up on my facebook page lately.  http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor/ It lists some of the realities of being poor.  I am so thankful that I have not been in many of these situations but I have been close too close for comfort.  I am fortunate that I was able to take time after … Continue reading

Summer Garden

Summer and the garden has taken up most of my time and the poor blog as been even more neglected. I have worked for hub’s business along with job hunting. Canning season has begun and I have started with pickles and jalapenos. The tomatoes are just starting to turn red and I except to be … Continue reading

New recipes for the menu

I am continually looking for new recipes to add to my collection.  I recently tried  three new recipes and all were a success.  B took seconded and third helping of all of them. Lunch Lady Sloppy Joes from SimplyScratch.com http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/09/lunch-lady-sloppy-joes.html Taco Pasta from The Girl Who Ate Everything http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/07/taco-pasta.html Shrimp Scampi from The Pioneer Woman … Continue reading

Big Boy Shovel

We received 17″ of snow between Friday night and Saturday evening.  We usually plow with the skidsteer but that just wasn’t cutting it so the Hubby took out the backhoe to move piles.  Between the skidsteer and the backhoe it “only” took 10 hours to clear the driveways.  Never thought we would be “plowing” snow … Continue reading


5+” of rain overnight. Not sure how much exactly since the rain gauge was over flowing. The creek on our property was up 12′ when I left for work and has now come up another 2′ in 2 hours. And it is still raining…