Sunday, October 26

Bits and a Menu


#Mantle tinkering with my new square #wreath made with old book pages cut into hickory leaves. I'm running out of areas to nest. Beautiful Annaliese. A few of my sparkle berry pickers. #eatlocal #wildfoods #foraging Hiking (waddling) and picking sparkle berries with our crew. How #sewing gets done. Which always makes things interesting. Yep. upload Naptime. For #baby toes. #sewing #leather #thisisfun #39.5wks
1. fall mantle with my grandmother's yellow glass and a wreath I made out of old book pages cut into hickory leaves.  The old skis we found in the rafters of our cellar. 2. beautiful Annaliese 3. some of my crew when we went out hiking to pick Autumn Olives 4. Autumn Olives 5. how sewing gets done 6. big baby belly 7. second attempt at sewing with leather - a cute suede and leather tote bag which I'll use in place of the traditional cutesy diaper bag 8. Benjamin napping in just about the same spot as where he was born 9. leather moccs for the new babe; first attempt at sewing with leather


Well, that due date came and went with no hoopla. :)  Still here, still pregnant and (cough) measuring six inches larger around the middle than I have in the past.  I don't know if this kiddo is just large or lying strange.  Time will tell.  I've been walking, cleaning, canning and lifting with no action. 
A few questions I've gotten have asked if I include snacks in my meal planning.  The answer is not usually.  Sometimes, but not always.  Usually I jot down ideas for lunches and plump them up with whatever is in the fridge, cheese slices, carrot sticks, fruit, applesauce, etc.  We don't snack throughout the day.  The kids have one snack at three each afternoon and that it all.

How do I get sewing done?  Well, first, I never get to sew all day. :)  Sewing is done in bits and pieces.  Usually during nap time or when the kids are playing outside.  Often, Benjamin is in the sewing room/office emptying drawers or playing with buttons.  Addie too, finds it one of her favorite places to explore and play so I always have company.  Benjamin likes to sit on my lap while I sew at the machine or dance on whatever fabric I have laid out, telling me, "nice, nice!"  Sewing is an adventure.  There is always a partially finished project waiting for a few minutes of free time.  Sewing is pretty much the same as anything else I do as a mama - there are always kids around joining me or keeping me company.

Breakfasts:
cereal with fruit and milk
applesauce muffins
apple scones
oat groats
oven French toast
banana oatmeal smoothies

Lunches:
yogurt with granola
pb&j
cheese quesadillas, applesauce
fruit ambrosia, cheese and pepperoni slices, crackers
pasta e fagioli
baked potatoes

Dinners:
zucchini rice casserole, garlic roasted potatoes
butternut squash pasta
burrito bowls
German apple pancakes
creamy tomato basil pasta, greens
kheema on brown rice
roasted veggie and black bean burritos

Sunday, October 19

Musings and Menu

Just five days until my due date, which means we could be meeting our new fellow any time now or soon in the next weeks. The weather in upstate New York has cooled, leaving a crisp bite in the fall air.  This morning we fired up the woodstove for the first all-day burning and warming of the living room side of the old house.  Sean made sourdough bread and sourdough pizzas so the opposite kitchen side stayed warm as well.
To take my mind off of being still pregnant and the largest I've ever been with child, Ella and I made a trip to the fabric store, I sewed Benjamin an outfit upcycling an ugly shirt and some Girl Charlee fabrics, finished a slouchy knit hat for Annaliese for Christmas, did some mending, traced a vintage apron onto new linen fabric an sewed up a new apron for the kitchen and began a crocheted camouflage hat for Andrew for his Christmas stocking.  In between, the kids and I watched some cooking shows an HGTV shows new on Netflix.  Sean worked outside for a good while and went bow hunting early this morning and evening.
Now, I'm sitting her contemplating this week's happenings and menu and wishing we had empty freezer space for freezer meals but thankful for freezers so full that there is no room.
Breakfasts:
rice pudding
cereal/muesli with fruit
baked cinnamon French toast with sourdough
corn muffins, hard boiled eggs
overnight oat groats with cinnamon and raisins

Lunches:
yogurt cups with granola, carrot slices
organic chicken nuggets, pasta salad
chicken soup, biscuits
baked potatoes with toppings
baked sweet potatoes, cheese slices, apple slices
Sonoma chicken salad

Dinners:
butternut soup, cornsticks
roasted veggies, grilled cheese, apple slices w dip
Tom Kha Gai soup, baking soda biscuits or sourdough
shepherds pie
meatballs on polenta
burrito bowls



 
#ravelry Treasure Slouch hat in wool for my girlie for Christmas. #knitting #justkeepingbusytillbabycomes Perfect rainy, cold #sewing morning. @girlcharlee fabrics #Blessed to bursting. The last of our sugar maple's glory till spring when they drip out sweet sap for us to boil. #38wks

Saturday, October 4

Weekly Menu


Busy helpers moving the canned goods. #pantry #canning #puttingfoodby Favorite time of year. #fall #autumn #leaves Stan Miga, the potato whisperer. We love this neighbor and his elderly sister who live together in a little house at the end of the road. Fresh from the earth. Good potato year. Harem pants and a knot beanie for the coming babe. #sewing @girlcharlee #35weeks

1. sweet babies helping me move the pantry into its new location off the kitchen 2.it is my favorite time of year in NY 3. Sean and our precious elderly retired farmer neighbor harvesting potatoes with an ancient horse drawn potato harvester that they rigged to the tractor 4. one huge red potato 5. sewing for the coming fellow

Sunday am - blueberry breakfast cake
lunch - homemade pasta and sauce

Take out chicken to brine and roast

Monday am - cereal
*roast chicken
lunch -  caramel cheesecake apple dip and slices, cheese slices, veggie slices
dinner - chicken spaghetti, tomato salad

Tuesday am - cream of wheat
lunch - yogurt with honey and granola
*midwife appointment
dinner - ginger garlic chicken soup with rice noodles

Wednesday am - peach cobbler oatmeal
lunch - cheddar cornmeal muffins, applesauce
dinner - sloppy joes, mashed potatoes

Thursday am - fried potato cakes and fried eggs
lunch - rutabaga fries, hotdogs
dinner - roasted butternut squash and carrots,

Friday am - scones
*bread dough to rise
lunch - jelly sandwiches
dinner - cheese potato smoked sausage casserole

Sunday, September 21

Weekly Menu

Trying a new recipe: Dutch #apple #pie.
 
Monday am - apple scones, melon
lunch - cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks,
dinner - chicken bacon casserole

Tuesday am - cereal
lunch - leftover chili and cornbread
dinner - venison leg roast, mashed potatoes
Soak oat groats overnight

Pie One. #apples #pie #applepie #baking #nofilter
 
Wednesday am - oat groats with raisins and honey
lunch - chicken nuggets, carrot salad
dinner - baked gnocchi
Pull out a chicken from freezer to roast

Thursday am - breakfast potatoes and fried eggs
lunch - fresh applesauce, biscuits
dinner - venison tacos, Spanish rice
Mix dry ingredients for zucchini bread and take zucchini out of freezer

Friday am - zucchini bread
lunch - leftover Spanish rice, fried eggs
Make pumpkin cinnamon rolls and let rise in fridge overnight

Saturday am - pumpkin cinnamon rolls
lunch -

Grocery List:
Red Grapes
Lime
Fresh Basil from CSA farm

Friday, September 5

Weekly Menu

Friday am - oatmeal and fresh pears
lunch - yogurt with granola and fruit
dinner - German sausages and kraut, potato salad

Saturday am - banana pancakes with maple syrup
lunch - baked potatoes with butter, sour cream and chives
dinner - pasta with sausage, mushrooms, and garlic cream sauce

Sunday am - fried potatoes and eggs
lunch - peanut butter noodles
dinner - roast chicken and root veggies

Monday am - cinnamon apple cider muffins
lunch - pasta salad
dinner - chicken bacon cheese casserole, salad

Tuesday am - cereal and fruit
lunch - tomato salad with fresh mozz and basil
dinner - Mongolian beef (made with venison), rice, swiss chard

Wednesday am -
lunch - egg salad on lettuce
dinner - baked gnocchi with bacon and tomato

Thursday am - cranberry white chocolate chip scones
lunch - pepperoni ham pizza roll ups
dinner - burgers with bacon, blue cheese and onions

Friday am - oat groats
lunch - omelets
dinner - pork chops with apples and onions

Saturday am - apple cider muffins
lunch - potato salad
dinner - grilled flat bread and hummus, tomato salad

Groceries:
sour cream
gnocchi
blue cheese
cream cheese
powdered sugar
sugar
white chocolate chips
butter
cukes
fresh mozz
sugar
flour
kraut
hummus

dill from Nancy's

 

Whirlwind Month and a Photo Heavy Post


uploadWhat a month.  For starters, we butchered our meat chickens (Cornish x) without a plucker.  Well, the kids and I were the pluckers but we had planned on borrowing one and sadly, that did not work out.
#chicken #butchering essentials
These were essentials for chicken butchering: iced coffee because we began before 8am and essential oils to keep dabbing under our noses because, well, wet chicken feathers is about the worst smell on an given day but wet chicken feathers when eight months pregnant is just gag-able. That's a lot of resting #chicken.
We let the chicken rest in the fridge and then packaged it up for the freezer later on.  I would have preferred to let it rest longer because it allows the meat time to relax but we were in the middle of visiting Sean's grandmother in the hospital every night and packing for Florida.
Twenty-two hours of driving later, we arrived.They rode 12 hours through nine states with four stops like CHAMPS! This would be humorous if it wasn't actually that big. #30wks #vacation #Florida Beautiful warm morning on the lanai while the thunder rolls around us, kiddos chatter about plans for the day and breakfast and coffee are devoured. Snorkeling with the snook, sheepshead and some lively turquoise and neon yellow fish is the most fun first day of #homeschool this mama has ever had. Bookwork has gotten delayed till afternoon again. This is my view under. the lucious shade of the umbrella. Love this seaside life. #icecream in the Jacuzzi before bedtime. IMG_0184 The only thing this perfect set-up (sunshine, fan, #knitting, #painting, pool, Pandora and kids) is missing is mom's group and all our kids. How fun would that be?
Florida was not all fun and sunshine - it was a working trip.  Sean tore out the cream carpet in the dining room (I know!  Who does that?) and installed a floating floor.  Things grow SO fast in Florida and so there was a lot of yardwork to do, cutting back plants and cleaning up, a few days of exterior painting (100 degrees on a ladder while hugely pregnant is exhausting, let me tell you), interior painting and patching because we rent out the house and it gets wear and tear, pool fixing chores and so on. Lovely #hickory floor for the dining room. #remodel #diy #interiordesign IMG_0268 upload
After Florida, we headed north to Charlotte and stayed over for a day while Sean got some supercharged IVs that will hopefully help his body in the fight against the Lyme disease bacteria and co-infections.  The kids and I explored the city and had a fun morning while he was busy.
Woohoo! Half our journey is over. Tomorrow will be thrifting, shopping and exploring the city with our crew while Sean has some treatments for #lymedisease.

Now home, there is back to reality.  Laundry, grocery shopping, last minute home repairs and finishes before a newborn (can't wait!) arrives.  Coming home from a minimalist house always makes me want to get rid of *stuffs* and I already filled a back of maternity clothes last night to pass on.

Monday, July 28

Special Day

 
Happy birthday to the great #hunter, papa, husband and provider of our family. upload That's my tribe over there. How many Hagartys can you fit in a tunnel? Wonderfully refreshing. upload If there is wildlife to be found... Home late on my husband's birthday and he's not really a cake person so this quick apricot blueberry wrapper #pie is getting popped into the oven for a late night snack.

Yesterday was Sean's birthday and we all had a lovely, lovely time in Ithaca, NY, hiking some of the falls and enjoying a picnic lunch lakeside.  Home late, I made one of my favorite fast desserts for a birthday treat - a wrapper pie.  Just halve your favorite pastry recipe, roll it out into a circle, add fruit, a little flour if it is juicy fruit, a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon I you like.  Bake at 375 for about a half hr.