Archive | July, 2009

a little taste

30 Jul

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of something fun Tasha and I have been working on for our Etsy shop!

Bright colors and summer go so well together!

with your powers combined

29 Jul

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                      (and a little help from some other ingredients)

I am….

Chocolate Zucchini Bread!

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Come on guys…don’t you remember Captain Planet?  I don’t think I could ever decide what power I wanted. It was tough being an 8 year old ;)

Anyhow, today I made this Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Serena has been hooking me up with the zucchini recipes lately. The only thing I did differently was add chocolate chips.

In case you don’t know…Washington state is having a mini heat wave right now. A whole week of 90+ degree weather! It reached over 100 degree’s today! We are having a real summer for once!

And to show that heat I wasn’t afraid of it…I baked two loaves of this bread.

I’m that intense ;)

zucchini garden chowder

28 Jul

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As promised…here is the garden chowder recipe I made last night. Excuse the not so great picture. There was no natural lighting to be had.

I got this recipe just the other day from my friend Serena. I know she photocopied it out of a book. Not sure which one. I take no credit for this recipe. I only take credit for how much you are going to love me after you try it.

It was in the 90’s out today. Definitely not chowder type weather…but I couldn’t wait.

I’m glad I didn’t. It was that good.

Zucchini Garden Chowder (serves 6-8)

2 tablespoons butter
Melt in soup pot over medium heat.

2 medium zucchini (chopped)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped, I used dried)
1 tablespoon fresh basil (chopped; or 1 teaspoon dried)
Add and sauté until tender

1/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups water (I used chicken broth)

Stir flour and seasonings into vegetables. Gradually stir in water or broth to make a smooth stock.

3 chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes (I left these out after reading this. That is why I substituted chicken broth for water. Tasted great)
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Add and mix well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

2 cups tomatoes (chopped)
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2 cups corn (I used frozen)

Add and return to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes until corn is tender.

2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
Just before serving add and stir until melted. Add pinch of sugar to taste and garnish with chopped fresh parsley (optional).

Enjoy!

reaping what we sewed

28 Jul

in a good way!

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My ironman is all about the jalapenos.

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These carrots were friends.

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Husb and I are only farm hands…but we are so amazed and blessed by how great the garden is doing.

It’s something special to place a seed in the ground and then a month or so later pull up an onion the size of your head. Amazing. God knew what he was doing.

I know some of you guys are growing veggies too. Tomorrow I’ll share a garden chowder that will put them to good use.

my wedding dress

24 Jul

Kelly is hosting a Show us your life – Wedding dress edition MckLinky.

I’m game!

My dress is an Elizabeth Fillmore design. I say “is” because I still have it. I had is cleaned and preserved and boxed up. The preserving ladies even gave me little white gloves to use if I ever wanna take it out. I know to a lot of people that sounds crazy. Maybe! I’m just not ready to part with it.

It’s name is Isabelle. Yes, my dress has a name. Elizabeth Fillmore named it though…not me…I’m not that crazy ;)

Let’s start from the beginning.

Mom and Hannah helping me get ready.

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Mom buttoning my behind.

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Can you guess what I’m doing?

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Peeling apart double sided tape so that the girls weren’t exposed. In a very lady like fashion of course ;)

As any good Maid of Honor would…Leah pitched in. She didn’t want the girls exposed either!

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I love this picture. It’s my little Meggie. Even though it looks like she is helping with the aforementioned task…she isn’t. She’s straightening out my necklaces. Just what little sisters are for.

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I think this picture perfectly illustrates the bride vs. the Dad on a wedding day. Ha! The bride is all smiles and glowing. The Dad…well…thinking how he could get a hold of the groom and a shovel.

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He was a trooper though and walked me sweetly down the aisle. My dress swaying and swishing.

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Whoa buddy! Watch the hand! You aren’t married yet! Just kidding…he was guiding me to communion. 

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The dress was comfortable and very easy to dance in! And we sure did dance!

Here I am with my sisters.

Meg’s like “Hey”

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I’m like “ Yeah”. Gretta’s like “OMG…what is wrong with them!”

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If you came from Kelly’s blog then you have seen the dress at the end of her post. The one with the sash. That is almost exactly what my original choice for a wedding dress looked like. My Maid of Honor drove me all the way down to Portland (no sales tax people) to get it from a dress shop. When we got there the store owner suggested I try one more. I forgot all about the lace dress with a sash. I bought Isabelle that day.

It’s getting close to four years…but I still love my dress. I hope I don’t look back in twenty years and say “Uck…what was I thinking”.

sermons

23 Jul

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned the Trial Series Pastor Mark from Mars Hill Church has been doing over the last couple months. It is based on 1 & 2 Peter. I have really enjoyed them. Below are two I just finished and wanted to share with you.

One thing husb and I like to do is download them off iTunes and burn them on CD’s so we can listen to them as we drive. Great way to get some Bible learning in on your way to and from work. All of the Trial Series (at least all that he has preached so far) is on iTunes incase you are interested in starting form the beginning.

Enjoy!

Doctrine from False Teachers Part 1

Doctrine from False Teachers Part 2

I’d love to know your thoughts!

it was a late night

22 Jul

because I read this book.

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In one day.

I love Deeanne Gist’s books. This one was even more fun to read as the setting is Seattle in the 1800’s.

I recommend it! If you like a good girly romance movie then you will like a Deanne Gist book.

Now I have to wait until she writes another one. Patience is a virtue…right?

a worker bee

21 Jul

That was me yesterday. Mopped, did all the laundry, cleaned out the fridge. All the good stuff that I put off. I feel so much better after it’s all done. I love clean floors and a clean fridge!

As a result of my hard work…I have nothing interesting to share. At least that was what I thought till I checked my camera.

I forgot that I had taken this picture.

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I took it last week. I had never been to the Storm Lake Grocery. Never even knew it existed.

I’ve lived in the area for 11 years now. How did I never know about this cute little store out on the back roads?

It isn’t really a big deal. Anyone that lives in the Monroe/Snohomish area will think I’m a nut for being excited. But I was excited. Husb kept telling me we would stop and grab a jug of water at the store. I was thinking the road was going to spit us out at a shell station or Albertsons. Then we round the corner and in the middle of the woods is this tiny wood sided store.

And don’t worry, I didn’t let the middle aged man on the mini scooter in the parking lot ruin the moment for me.

I hope you find something new and surprising in your town this week.

farmin it up

14 Jul

We had a seriously busy and productive weekend.

We started out picking sour cherries. Lots and lots and lots of sour cherries.

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The boys used the tractor to reach the top of the tree. If you are thinking this looks dangerous your probably right. Husb isn’t afraid of a little danger. I on the other hand…very afraid!

Then we had to pit hundreds and hundreds of cherries. I didn’t think the pitting was ever going to stop.

It was all worth it though. In the end we canned 32 jars of cherry pie filling. On top of that we canned over 40 jars of cherry jelly.

I told you it was a lot of work!

Then the next day we went wild mountain blackberry picking. I didn’t take any pictures…I was too busy shoeing giant horse flies away from my head. I might have said a few cuss words. Seriously though, those flies were driving me nuts.

We’ll just say I don’t have a future in the wild mountain blackberry picking industry.

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Our cherry harvest.

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Can you believe all those cherries? The bags to the right are the blackberries and the two little jars in front is the strawberry jam we made awhile back.

On the veggie side of things…this is what we’ve put up so far.

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Broccoli, shredded zucchini ( for a yummy recipe I will share later), shelled peas, peas with edible pod, onions and a pico de gallo that I made using our onion and cabbage. It turned out pretty darn close to the pico de gallo we love at the Mexican restaurant. Here is the recipe.

I also have a big confession.

I gave in.

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Husb is borrowing a friends motorcycle for the week. I don’t like motorcycles. I don’t want to ride them. Ever.

I did though.

Just this once…for my husb. Cause I love him that much.

But I don’t ever wanna do it again.

it’s all my fault

11 Jul

My Pacific Northwest husband is one step closer to being a southern man.

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He demands sweet ice tea every day. With lemon.

I brought this upon myself.

I just had to have a Mrs. Tea just like my Mom. I just had to go to Mema’s every year where she provides him with his own jug of tea.

At least we are getting our moneys worth out of the Mrs.Tea bidding war.

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