Tuesday, August 19, 2014

reminds me of his brother =)

titus LOVES to have a job...
to carry something "heaby"
to put something away....
here we are shelling various types of beans....i planted all sorts and picked them together so we have an assortment for sure.
he sat for 45 min and shelled them out ...placing the hulls in a pile and the beans in the pan and yelling "done" when he was finished with each one.
it was hilarious.
at dinner that evening when we ate some cooked ones....he picked them up and shelled them and only ate the insides...tossing the green bean part to the side....
will have to help him figure out he can eat those bits!

drying peaches and cute peach face

okra and refried beans for the freezer

playing in the creek after school

random things

the last zinnias of the year...next year going to plant so many more!
lots of peach kombucha from peach puree
 titus eating lots of yummy spaghetti squash
 making cookies with some chocolate chips josh bought under the wire ;) i love him

first day at st luke!!!!!

this little fellow turns 2 tomorrow!!!

what a JOY he is!
titus is funny and strong willed, mischievous and tender, he is a fighter and a lover for sure...
his favorite places to be are on his daddy's shoulders, following his brother through the woods or playing doctor with esme (he lies there and gets wrapped up with toilet paper)
what a BLESSING he is to all of us!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ran over this rattler

Today multiple times in our driveway. It kept moving!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2014


alas, we are coming to a close....
i have loved every minute of playing with these little buddies....
camping and cooking and gardening and watching movies and playing music and exploring new places and being barefoot and lightly clad in the sun!
off to school....
excited about a great year for them...met their teacher today! jack was only 12 kids in his class and his teacher seems quiet and kind....
esme has 16 and her teacher seems full of energy and fun! the co teacher i know from church and see seems organized and calm and easy ...
so all seems just wonderful!

playing in the hay

our farmer friend jim is letting us borrow bales of hay for the food swap saturday....so folks have a place to sit!
the kids thought it would pretty much the coolest thing to run all over these bales...including titus who wanted to hang out on the top 


so this weekend we are having a food swap...
25 families are coming over ...each bringing 25 of some certain thing they are either good at making or growing...
everything from milk and cheese to chicken salad and beer

i wanted to feed everyone but wasn't sure how to accomplish this 'well' without going to the grocery store!!!
all told we should have close to 100 people

so i went to the basement and brought up a 25lb bag of pinto beans i had forgotten we had...in case of 'emergency'....

i dumped them into an enormous pot belonging to some friends..and let them soak...
the pot leaked...so i needed to divide them into smaller pots...
the beans grew, they doubled, they tripled...
i had beans and pots of beans on top of the stove and in the stove...and on the counter!

i decided to make each pot different and by the end of the day we had some pretty awesome pots of beans!!!

i made one into baked beans...which i didn't really bake
i made another in refried beans....which i didn't fry or refry
i made another into bean soup
and another i added some rabbit (from a friend), beef, onions and beans and peas from the garden...garlic and salt and pepper....and let it simmer in the crock pot...
i can't eat beef but it smelled so good i had to try it...no kidding it is delicious!! and i think it is the rabbit! who knew benjamin bunny could be so tasty ...i totally understand why mr mcgregor put his father in a pie!!!

anywho....we have lots of dried corn so will make pans and pans of cornbread and serve it up with a choice of beans!