Thursday, September 18, 2014

Road trip! Bar Harbor, Maine

My aunt flew out from California for a week long visit.  Earlier this week she and I had a chance to take a road trip.  We drove up to Bar Harbor, Maine.

{Bar Harbor, Maine.  That's the schooner, Margaret Todd, in the background.}

We got there in the afternoon and had a chance to walk around town after checking in to our B&B.


The B&B is a three story Victorian Mansion built in 1887.  It was beautiful inside and out.  Thanks to my aunt's friend for finding it!

I wish I'd been able to get a better shot of Main St.  There were so many cute shops and restaurants.

{Hats have been added to protect the innocent and unaware.}

We met up with my aunt's friends on the porch of the B&B for coffee and cookies, then headed out in search of dinner.  We had great seafood and blueberry cobbler at a restaurant around the corner, then walked down the street for a little more exploring before heading back to our rooms and then bed.

{Outside Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium.  We walked in THREE times during our trip before finally deciding to buy something.  It ALL looked so good!}

We had a wonderful breakfast in the Inn's dining room the next morning before heading out to Acadia National Forest.    


We rode L.L. Bean's Island Explorer buses through the forest.  There were some sprinkles, but we were able to get out and enjoy the beach before our walk to our next bus stop.

{Sand Beach, Acadia National Forest}

Our walk was beautiful, even in the rain.






Can you see that beach off in the distance?  (in the photo below)  That's where we started our walk!  My oldest daughter would be so proud!  (Also a bit jealous!)


We rode the bus to a place called Jordan Pond and explored there a bit before heading back to town.


It was a long drive up to Bar Harbor and back, but we had such a great time.  I'm so glad we went!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quite a Lot of Tomatoes!



We have quite a lot of tomatoes growing in our garden this year!



We planted three Roma Tomato plants from seed.  When they didn't seem to be doing well, we bought another plant from the store.


The first three took off and left the store bought plant in the dust!


We planted one Brandywine from seed.  (Those are the big tomatoes in the back of the above photo.)  It got really tall, but we didn't get many tomatoes from the plant.


We also planted three Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes from seed.  Those are the multi colored tomatoes in the above photo.  That's not quite what they are supposed to look like....Wonder what happened to them?

We don't know much about tomatoes at all, but one thing we've learned....Don't plant so many next year!!

I've made and froze a couple batches of pasta sauce.  We've made pizza sauce and had salads.  I think I'm going to use what I have now in salsa.

What should I do with the tomatoes left on the vines??

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Peaches!

I love that I'm the only one that can hear at night.  I can hear noises like the dog wandering around looking for the door in the dark.  I lay there waiting to see if anyone else can hear.  Nope.  Just me.

I get up.

Use the bathroom.

Come out and can't find the dog.  She's wandered into the living room, still looking for the door.  I help her to the door, out the door, down the stairs, to the back yard and leave her to do her business.  For 30+ minutes!  She's decided it'd be a nice time to lay down and take a rest.  In the wet grass!  I come back to check on her later and find her up against the house between the grill and some chairs and behind some watering cans.  HOW she got there in the dark, I don't know, but she's finally ready to come in.

Did I mention this all began at 4 AM?!  Guess who is ready to go back to bed?  The dog!  Not me.  I'm wide awake now.

Here I sit, more than an hour later, surfing the internet, trying to find recipes for peaches because I need to know what to do with the peaches I have laying across my counter.  (You were wondering when the peaches were going to come in to the story, weren't you?)  By now I'm starving, but I can't do anything with the peaches yet because it will make too much noise.  Our bedroom and our daughter's bedroom are both right off the kitchen and somehow she and my husband can hear all sounds of cooking/baking, but NO sounds the dog makes?  Hmmm.  I think there is some selective hearing going on here!

Here are the peach recipes I found AND tried:

BLUEBERRY PEACH COBBLER MUFFINS From Spoonful of Flavor - Yum!

PEACHES 'N CREAM BARS From Sally's Baking Addiction - Delicious for breakfast!  ;)

FRESH SOUTHERN PEACH COBBLER found on allrecipes.com - SO good warm with vanilla ice cream!  Funny story about this one - Earlier this summer we bought some peaches and decided to make cobbler.  I searched the internet and found this recipe, but forgot I'd made it.  Earlier this week I asked my husband to search the internet and find a recipe for the peaches we had left.  A couple days later I realized he'd found the exact recipe I'd found months earlier.  Out of all the recipes on all the internet, he found the same one!  We really are in love!  :)

PEACH SALSA  - From Purely Primal - SO GOOD!  I only got three jars made with this recipe.  I need to get out and buy more peaches so I can make more!

What is your favorite peach recipe??

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Jack-O-Lantern

We've never planted pumpkins before.  We planted sugar pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.

{Sugar pumpkins in front.  Jack-O-Lanterns in back.}

It's been fun to watch them grow.  They're BIG plants!  :)  Here are two of the jack-o-lanterns.  I sure hope there are more hidden in there somewhere.


We're really going to have to rethink the layout of the garden next year.  It's been fun, but it's like a jungle out there.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Garden - Close Up

I took a walk through the garden this morning and this is what I found.












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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Image Transfer

Not too long ago I joined a Retro Christmas in July swap with some online friends.  We are to buy retro/vintage Christmas items from garage sales or thrift stores.  (As in, everything has to be from before the 80's.) I was so excited about this swap...until I went to the first garage sale.  Vintage Christmas items are hard to find around here!  I did manage to find a couple small things, then I decided maybe I could make something.

I'd thought about making a pillow, but couldn't find the right fabric.  I was looking around on the internets and found a pillow made with a vintage Christmas card.  Someone had printed out a copy of a card onto iron on transfer paper, ironed it to fabric and sewed that fabric to another and created a pillow.  Very cute, but a pillow is a pretty large thing to throw in the mail.

Then I thought, "Why couldn't I iron the image to wood?"


Turns out you can!  I printed my image, then cut my wood just a bit larger.  I painted it with leftover white chalk paint I'd made for my craft room hutch.  I set the iron to hot/dry.


It took a few minutes, then I let it cool completely.


I may have peeked a few times before it was cool.


It didn't stick completely (Maybe because I painted the wood?), but in the end, I think it turned out pretty good.  (even though I had to rewrite a couple of the words)  I sanded the edges a bit and put a bit of light stain on it before a final clear coat.


I hope my swap partner likes it!  (If not, my daughter said she'd take it!)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Strawberry Jam


The kids and I went and picked strawberries earlier this week.  I don't think I've done that since high school. It's hard work when you're older and it's hot out!


We ended up with about 10 1/2 pounds of berries.  One daughter wanted to save them all for eating, but I wanted to make/can jam!


This was our first attempt at making jam.  (Of any kind!)


We used Pomona's Universal Pectin.  "Jells with low amounts of any sweetener."  We made it in two batches.  In the first we used two cups sugar, in the second we used one cup.  (I think we like the one cup version better.)

One 1 oz Pomona's Universal Pectin
{source - Amazon}


It turned out good if we do say so ourselves!  I think we may have to empty a few jars and start the whole sealing process over, but it tastes great and it set well.


I'm pretty excited.  It was a lot easier than we thought it would be.  Can't wait to can more.  Pickles, relish, pumpkin, peaches...

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