Thursday, November 12, 2015


This time next month we'll be at my grandparents' in California.  We can't wait to see them and other family.  It's been far too long!
{April 2012 in my grandparents' backyard.}

We also get to visit the Happiest Place on Earth and see MORE family!
{Disneyland, December 2009}

I'm SO excited!

...My oh my, what a wonderful day...

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

fall in our Yard

I can't believe it's already November!!  I love this time of year, but once November hits it seems to go by so fast.

Here are a few pictures I've taken over the last couple months, of fall as seen from our yard.

{College Girl's Sunflowers}

 {Neighbor's tree over the shed}

 {Same tree a couple weeks later}

{View from the front last week.  We woke up to a beautiful pink sky.}

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Upcycled Pumpkins

  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

I saw some pumpkins at the store the other day that were covered in burlap.  I thought, "I can do that!"  I found these pumpkins at the Dollar Tree and came home and got to work.

First, I cut the stem off one of the pumpkins.

I then cut some burlap (a thrift store purchase) into strips and got to work hot gluing them to the pumpkin.  (Hot glue is HOT!  Ouch!)

Once the pumpkin was covered in in burlap, I glued twine down along the ridges of the pumpkin.  I used a stem I'd saved from a pumpkin we grew in our garden last year.

I love how it turned out, but if I were to do it again I would paint the pumpkin first.  I don't like how the orange shows through.

For my second pumpkin, I decided to go with our spider Halloween theme.  This is something I saw on Pinterest.

I cut the stem off this one as well.

Like the SPIDER canvas from a couple weeks ago, I covered this pumpkin in layers of newspaper.

I wasn't happy with the print showing so much, so I covered that in a light coat of Gesso, then a quick coat of Gloss Mod Podge and a little glitter.

I decided to use the stem that came with this pumpkin.  I painted it black, then covered it in gloss Mod Podge and glitter just like the pumpkin.

I found some black ribbon in my stash, so I glued that around the pumpkin.

Next up, spiders.  I had to cut the rings off, then I just glued them all over.

This one took a lot longer than I thought it would (I didn't think about drying time), but I love how it turned out.

Since I already had all the materials at home, these pumpkins only cost me the dollar I spent at the store!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tomato Jam??

I'm trying to use the last of our tomatoes.  They seem to be never ending!

I've already made and canned salsa,

BBQ sauce,

pasta sauce and crushed tomatoes.

I also have pasta sauce, pizza sauce and whole tomatoes in the freezer.

WHAT else can I do with tomatoes?

This morning I found a recipe for Tomato Jam.  Who knew?!

Probably everyone but me.  I decided to give it a try.

I cleaned and cut all the red tomatoes I could get my hands on

and threw them all in a big pot along with the other ingredients.

I brought the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for what seemed like hours.

I put the jam in jars and boiled them for the set time.

I ended up with eleven jars of jam.

I'm not sure if it's going to set up like it's supposed to, but I'll give it some more time and we'll see.  I sure don't want to start over.  If it doesn't set, I will just call it sauce.  It'll still tastes good!  It's like a sweet ketchup.  With a kick!

I used this RECIPE.

We still have a bunch of green tomatoes on the vines.  I'm thinking about doing something with those too.  Jam, salsa, relish, bread (?!).  Who knows!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


We decided on a theme for our Halloween this year.


My girls and I (well, one of them) have been saving all kinds of things on Pinterest.  We have costume ideas (I've actually started mine already!), party food ideas and decoration ideas.  We're going to invite a few people over.  We'll eat, the kids can go trick-or-treating and the adults can pass out candy.

We've been buying decorations here and there, but I'd love to make as much as we can.  I don't want to spend a lot of money if we're going to do something different next year.

I had a couple blank canvases laying around so I decided to do something with one of them.

I printed this spider a couple weeks ago and had it sitting on my desk waiting to start this project.  It scared me every time I sat down!

I ripped up some newspaper and used gel medium to adhere it to the canvas.

  I painted over it with Gesso.

I left a little of the print showing.

I cut the spider out of black card stock.

I used the gel medium again to adhere the spider and the words "itsy bitsy spider".  I used my Faber Castill marker to create a shadow of sorts around the spider and the words.

Maybe I'll make another with my second canvas.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015


Back in July Mike and I celebrated our anniversary by taking a trip up North.  One day we took a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad.

We rode in this 1898 Pullman Parlor Observation car.

We passed by Split Rock Pond.

We crossed the Saco River several times.

One afternoon I even talked Mike into letting me run over to catch a glimpse of Thomas and Percy.  I remember days when the only thing we would hear from our oldest son were about Thomas or Percy or their other train friends.

I was truly excited to catch a glimpse of these two engines!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

a Quarter century

Last month Mike and I celebrated our anniversary.  25 years.  A Quarter Century!!  The two of us had taken an early celebration trip back in July (While the college kids were still home to stay with the other kids), so we decided we weren't going to do presents.  But I had to get him something!  

I was searching around online for keychains and found some made with coins.  Then it dawned on me! 

We've been married 25 years.  
A quarter century!
A quarter is 25 cents.  
A traditional 25th anniversary gift is silver.  
Quarters used to be made of silver.  
It was perfect!

I even found a quarter from 1990!  I told the girls that I should tell Mike I'd saved this from our wedding day.  Wouldn't that be romantic?  They said, "You can't lie, mom."  They were right, but could you just imagine how romantic that would have been??

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