Shout it From The Mountain Tops!

WE ARE UP AND RUNNING AGAIN! YA!

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This is what I want to do right now

A while back we realized our webpage setup was not going to work well with our business/blogging goals so we decided to convert the site. If you have tried accessing anything in the last couple days you have seen that there have been some bumps in the road.

There are a few small things that still need fixed. However, the business side is still on track and all orders are still going out on time. Any order placed before December 18th will be delivered by December 24th.

So to share part of the journey… it has been a crazy ride so far… Continue reading

Trivet with pine and label

Clothespin Trivet

I have really enjoyed making crafts with our new Clothespin Halves. Not only did I have to make the craft to create the tutorial but now I have two gorgeous trivets to display on my table.

Already I have had several people mention how wonderful they look. No one can resist touching them when I show them that they change shape.

I love their simple beauty and diversity…. Continue reading

Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

My Favorite Soup: Rustic Potato and Kale Soup

It has been rainy here and getting colder. My summer meal planning includes more outdoor cooking but when Fall comes we switch to soups about once a week. They are a yummy, simple meal. I will make cornbread or serve soup with some kind of bread

One of my favorite soups is Rustic Potato and Kale Soup. It is absolutely scrumptious. It is also easy and quick to make. I LOVE this soup. It never gets neglected as a leftover and in fact I double the recipe so I can have lots of leftovers. It’s right up on the top of my list of comfort foods.  Continue reading

Conical Sieve

Family Applesauce Making with Variations

A couple years ago I started canning. It began with a simple longing to preserve some fruit to use through the year and a longing to save money.

This is our second year canning large quantities of applesauce. For the last several years we have had access to several apple trees. Due to this free supply of apples, ( free in cost, not time or labor) our first year of canning about broke even with the cost of store bought applesauce. Of course homemade applesauce is much better.  I had found an amazing deal on a large canner (holds 9 quarts) and a conical sieve at  a garage sale a couple years prior and so our expenses for that first year included: jars (with lids and rings), sugar, cinnamon and the energy to process the jars.

Apples, Apples, and more Apples
Apples, Apples, and more Apples

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How to Peel Watermelon

How to Peel a Watermelon

My family LOVES watermelon.  However, I do not love that my children leave watermelon rinds sitting around  or that cut up watermelon takes up a lot of space in my fridge.

For quite a few years I have been using this cutting method for oranges and then one year I realized it would be a great way to cut up watermelon or other melons. Continue reading

side view pole beans on trellis

How do your Green Beans Grow?

We reached our 2014 green bean goal. YA!!!

Our goal this year was to harvest, blanch and freeze 12 gallons of green beans for the year. So far we have 12 bags in the freezer and probably a few more coming.  This of course doesn’t count the fresh ones we ate during the harvest time.

Last year I was able to harvest 5 gallons of beans and they didn’t last very long. They are SO much better than store bought. The kids even noticed when I switched.

I recently had someone ask me on our Facebook page how many bean plants produced my 12 bags of beans and how much space I used. I figured since I have an empty trellis to show you, I have at least one curious reader and it’s never too early to start planning for next years garden, I would share how we grow our beans. I LOVE the method I use for growing them. Continue reading

Taming the Mess

Schooling from Home: Tips for Creating Independent Learners and Taming the Pile in a Small Space.

Life is pretty hectic and adding schooling at home to the bundle makes it even crazier. Organization is vital. If I didn’t stay organized I am not sure if we would get anything done or if I would be able to keep my sanity. So, since I don’t want to be put in the loony bin I do my best to keep the crazy tamed… well, most of it… these cuties have their own kind of delightful crazy. 

My silly littles
My silly littles

This last year we moved into a bigger, but at the same time smaller, home. Yes, we have more land to live on but the house itself is smaller.

In the last house we had a dedicated school room. Though I loved having the dedicated space, I wouldn’t trade in our new space to go back. With the challenge of a new setup came a need to change my space structure and organization.  Continue reading

Beautiful wood

Clothespin Fun

Yesterday was a clothespin themed day. In the morning we unloaded our newest supply of Maple for Clothespins.

unloading Maple for handcrafted clothespins

We got our wood from a local mill.The mill primarily sells their maple to guitar manufacturers all across the US.  This is the stuff they cannot use.

Beautiful wood
Beautiful wood

Most of the pieces are highly figured maple. It will make some absolutely gorgeous Quality Clothespins. 

Then in the afternoon the kids played hide and seek in the hanging sheets and towels.

Chasing and playing peekaboo
Chasing and playing peekaboo

I was playing with my youngest and captured this enchanting picture. My absolute favorite picture of the day.

Peekaboo in the sheet

I am a bit addicted to our Classic style Clothespins. They make the Carpenter and I smile. I really love that we can use beautiful wood that can’t be used by the mill, I love that we can all be involved in the making of them and I love that I can see my sheets dry for free on the line.

Sometimes it really is about enjoying the simple things in life. Life will never be perfect but oh the joy of the simple.

-The Frabjus Lady