Vacation Photos – The road to PEI: Shashone Falls

Outside of our first stop, Twin Falls, Idaho. This is Shashone Falls on the Snake River. Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high, 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and flows over a rim nearly 1,000 feet wide. Tomorrow we head to Laramie, Wyoming.

Summer Vacation Day 23: Beeswax Wraps

I purchased a beeswax fabric food wrap a few months ago and loved using it to wrap up my sandwiches for lunches at school.  The draw back was the price.  I had tried making some a few years ago using wax melted in the oven on a cookie tray – what a huge mess.  They…

Summer Vacation Day 21: Decluttering the Homestead

Well, we had another water problem at the homestead.  This time a leaking downspout, left unknown and unattended, created a patch of dry rot.  I was pulling out the wall of the screen porch when I discovered the problem. For the repairs, we’ll have to take out a bit of the hot tub deck.  The…

Summer Vacation Day 12: Zero’ish’ Waste

This morning I met the results of three days of car shopping…….the refrigerator is packed with leftovers and food that is ‘just on the edge’, the counters are cluttered and the dishes are piling up.  Time for a big clean, but how to do it without wasting all of the bits and pieces of food…

Summer Vacation Days 10, 11, 12: The Great Car Race

It all began on Monday morning.  DH asked me to go with him to take the Cornish Cross Chickens to the processor and then join him for breakfast while the birds were being “tended too” — this is about as close as we get to a date.  We got about three quarter of the way…

Summer Vacation Day 8: Pantry Clean-up

The Pantry has become the “go-to” spot for stuffing any item related to canning, brewing, fermenting, food, cleaning and snacking at our house.  It’s a mess and really hard to find anything. So this morning, I decided to do a little make-over.  I removed items that don’t belong in the pantry (curling ribbon spools, old…

Summer Vacation Day 6: Reclaiming the Garden

It’s been such a rainy spring, followed by a rainy start to the summer.  The weeds in the garden topped out at over 8 feet tall – What a Mess!  This morning I was able to pull the remainder of the weeds in the garden and lay down two bags of pine shavings on the…

Summer Day 5: Delicious Jam and Glorious Toes

I woke up this morning, the fog of the no-sugar headache lifted.  I had completely forgotten about the Strawberry & Black Currant Jam that I’d started so that was the first order of the day.  I strained the juice from the strawberries, added 3/4 cup of Black Currant juice and brought the mixture to 220…

Summer Day 4: Kicking Sugar

I’m trying (again) to kick my sugar habit.  I have been stressed out at work this spring and handling it by drinking waaaaay to many large Cokes at McDonald’s (there all the same price, I might as well get a large – right?).  Well, dental cleaning day was yesterday which seemed like a great time…