12 Days of Yuletide – day 7:

On this seventh day of Yuletide, tradition calls for the honoring of fools and the swapping of roles in the social order. This is a reminder that nature is always close to chaos and that shaking thing up can lead to important lessons.  We didn’t do much to honor this day for 2018, but it…

15 minutes mission – Keys

Inspired by Declutter 365 I decided to take on the “Create a Designated Spot for Keys” challenge.  We have a little trouble finding keys around here.  I can usually find mine unless someone else can’t find theirs and take my keys instead.  We’ve settled on hooks for the kids, hooks for the hubby, hooks for…

Preserving the Late Summer Harvest

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes cherry tomatoes 1 clove garlic 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar Put cherry tomatoes into a clean jar.  Heat the other ingredients to boiling and pour over the tomatoes.  Wait a few days before eating Oven Roast Tomato…

The 20/10 Challenge – drawers and cabinets

I’m trying to get everything back in order after a summer of fun. I found a site, UfYH, that suggested lots of ways to make this more palatable.  Last night I tried “Clearing a Surface”.  Today, I decided to set a timer and try “20/10” – – 20 minutes of work followed by a 10…

Summer’s coming to an End…..Preserving the Harvest

Today was a “get stuff done day” run awry.  I was going to finish the blackberry jelly and the fig & ginger jam I started last night, make a batch of fig honey, brine the salmon fillets, clean up the living room, add cabbage to the sauerkraut jug, make another batch of zucchini bread and…

Back from Vacation – Sauerkraut

The cabbages aren’t huge, but this is the first year I’ve had any success with cabbages in my garden.  I’m going to try my hand at making some fermented sauerkraut in one of the crocks we  picked up at Rowe Pottery Works in Wisconsin while on vacation. 850 g shredded cabbage 1.5 T pink salt…

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.

Road Trip Planning

We spent quite a long time planning the route for our Epic Summer 2017 Roadtrip. We looked at hours to drive in a day,  availability of accommodations, distance from the main travel route, and did it sound like an okay place to stay.  We ended up finding 13 great sounding properties – 12 from Airbnb…

Our Epic, Family Road-Trip

Sometime around St. Patrick’s Day, I bumped into a Facebook post comparing a lovely little corner of the world to mother Ireland.  It resonated with me, seemed to be such a wild and beautiful place that I looked further.  It became clear that this place – green and rural, small-town and snowy, full of lobsters…