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Sunday, November 3, 2013

The beginning of a Scrappy lockerhook runner

My GLAMPER runner is started and coming along nicely. Its my first lockerhook rug I've ever made. I'm finding it relaxing and addictive.  Love sitting and working on it. Its going to be a 10 foot runner so I'm wondering two things...  how long is it hoing to tske me to finish and do I have enough fabric?... will keep inquiring minds updated at the project develops.

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Glamper will get a lockerhooked runner soon.

This summer I took my very boring camper and turned it into a Glamper. With new valances, curtains , quilts and upholstry. I gave it the look of a co untry western bunk house.  I even dressed up the boring walls with jute and a embossed leather strip. Its all came together beautifully... but one thing is missing.  The floors have a white/grey linoleum and its cold to step on in the early brisk Idaho air when camping in the mountains.  I decided to make a locker hooked runner in coordinating colors. I have never ever made a rug.. so this is a first for me. I took a class and cut up all the material into strips. Im excited about making my first rug. Wish me luck.

Monday, September 23, 2013

My happy pantry

Since We grow most all of our produce, and this year our freezer is already full of our grass fed meats, I had no choice but to can everything. Ive bever used a pressure canner before, so I took a  class at The University of Idaho, a series if 5 canning classes.  My harvests have been bountuful, and now....my pantry is happy. I have pumpjins, beets a variety of salsas, Apple sauce, stewed tomatoes, pickled peppers, jams, jellies, a few different  pickles... and . Soon to add marinara sauce.  I even grew and dried my own beans. Lots of work. Hot sweaty work, but.I know everything was grown organically, no gmo,  ..no preservative or unwanted additives. Thats why I work so hard... and.... its so pretty to look at.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quading Fun, the search in Idaho's Hemingway Butes for wild Horses.

We love quading in our lovely state of Idaho's trails. Today we decided to adventure out to the Hemmingway Butes. We started off in a beautiful canyon and ended up so high on a mountain that we could hear the whispers of  angels. . At one point we were in a big area where wild horses are known to make their home. No horses today for us, but we saw evidence that they are there. We decided to  back to see if we can find the herd. I love photography and having the opportunity to photograph wild horses would be amazing.                                Thank  goodness for trail maps because there is so much wide open spaces with trails going everywhere we could have gotten lost without the maps.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A sink FULL of dirty dishes

Three or four times over my sink has been full if dirty canning pots, bowls  and utensils . I am getting a little batty here. Its 1:15 a.m. and I just pulled out of my canner my jars of apple sauce. It the past two days I've canned raspberry chocolate sauce, fruit salsa, fiesta salsa, grape jelly, pepper jelly, peach pie filling and apple sauce. I may take tomorrow off from canning and concentrate on dehydrating herbs. Although, everytime I walk by the pumpkins I just harvested... its like they are calling my name.... I told you I was getting batty. Im hoping the roosters go easy on me in the morning and let me sleep in. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Its canning time.

Boxes of fruit,  vegetables galore from our garden pickings and no freezer space. Guess who's canning.

Friday, September 6, 2013

What a bountiful gift.

This is the first time in my life that I have ever gone to a event and was given such abundance for free. So, as any food saver,canner would do... I got to canning Jam. Tonite I made two batches of concord Grape Jelly and one batch (not pictured) of peach jam. Tomorrow will be cobbler making  for a BBQ that we are going to,  then I'll dehydrate some, can some.. and eat the rest fresh. Feeling Blessed.

University of Idaho Pomology Field Day

As a Master Gardener, I was invited to volunteer at our booth at the Pomology field Day today. It was spectacular.        Dr. Essie Fallahi and his team gave talks about growing fruits and irrigation as well as pest managment and disease control. There were tables and tables and tables of baskets full of many varieties of peaches, apples, plums,  nectarines,grapes, pears,as well as walnuts and almonds. After the presentations were over with there were tours of the growing fields. And in all Idaho generosity, the fruits were given away. People were liading cases after cases . The team handed out large garbadge bags ... with my having a heads up that fruits would be given away, I brought my own bags. I loaded up on enough concord grapes to make two batches of grape jelly, and a ton of peaches for preserves, jams and cobbler. Not to mention enough to nibble on while fresh. I was also lucky enough to grab sone juicy nectarines. By the time I got to the appkes, they were gone.... but then I was tokd the appkes were in cold storage fir a year... this seadons apples haven't been picked just yet. So itceas a beautiful day up on a idaho hilltop, with people thst love fresh fruit. Yummy...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The farm keeps me busy

I knew when we decided
to buy land and live a homesteaders life that it meant work. I knew that I had a lot to learn in order to grow and sell organic veges and  raise livestock.  Weve been here  in Idaho for one year now. In that year we have done so much. Learned so much about country living and living off the land as much as possible. Its nonstop work, but work that I adore.  Nothing is better that stuffing your pantry with  canned goods that came straight from your garden.  These bread and butter pickles and Dill pickles are going to be great in the deadbif winter. Now That I've  learned how to pickle.... next is how to ferment. Lacto fermentation has caught my attention. All  the good enzymes and macrobiotics sound so good... well back to work. Today I'm harvesting my sweet corn and harvesting spinach seeds.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Junkin

I love Junkin, I love everything about junking.... The huge variety of junk that can be made into something beautiful. Take a old door for example. Some people would pass a old door by without a second thought. Me..... Oh no, I would buy that old door. Because it can be turned into a beautiful potting bench  with shelving. I hope you will never look at a old door the same way. Make something Beautiful!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What's a little frost scare anyway?

Ohhh my goodness, we had a cols snap here in Idaho. We had a freeze warning.... Ans boy did I move into action.  There was no way all my seelungs that I started from seed under growing lites were going to die on my if I could help it. So, all the gallonilk jugs that I've been saving, every extra sheet and box that I could find were used for plant protection. My Garden is 4000 square ft. It was no easy task, but each and every plant was protected. Happy to report that only one basil plant succumbed to the frost. Eveything else survived.... Whew, we dodged that bullet... Now to tell jack frost.... Don't come back until winter!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Finishing touch on Glamper Bunkhouse

I wanted a nice backsplash around the stove, was thinking silver. When I saw the Copper,I fell in love!. It looked warm and was so easy to install. I was so surprised, its actually plastic . Can't tell by the look of it. I also scored some great things at the Idaho Expo giant garage sale.all new cook ware for glamping,a Lasoo,steamer and a Awsome wood basket. I'm lovingy Glamper!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My first mothers day alone

Tomorrow marks a bittersweet milestone in my life. After being a mother for 30 years, raising. 5 kids, going thru all the trials And tribulations that life had for us.. tomorrow is my first mothers day without my kids living in the same state.... Funny thing is, I'm okay with it!. I actually feel liberated and free..... Without having to do the traditional lunch or dinner with the kids in wich most of the time I cooked anyway and often times bhad to break up a squabble or or patch someone up because they got hurt on a skateboard. Tomorrow is truly my day. I'm not doing any work, cooking or gardening... Which I do everyday. I've decided I'm sitting in the shade with a good book and some iced tea... And may take a nap while I'm at it too. Happy mothers day ladies... Put your feet ip too.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Camper becomes a GLAMPER, bunkhouse style

A while ago, I started this project to Glamp my camper. I Knew my theme would be country bunk house. So once I picked my theme off to the fabric store I went. The walls were my biggest challenge. The Boreing ,dull wall color and border strip that showed its age. I covered it with strips of embossed fabric that looks and feels like leather. Then finished it off with thick twine and upholstery tacks.My favorite thing is the big kitchen valance with red bandanas, ohhh yes, don't forget to look at my pillows. I have printed up vintage images of a cowboy and cowgirl. And decorated the entire Glamper with coordinating colored fabrics and old jeans. Next up is to make a floor runner and also a cute tablecloth or placemats.  Glamping in a bunk house is much better than camping in a old grey camper... Scroll down to several previous posts to see before pictures.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Professional Bull Riding in Idaho

P B R came to the Idaho center the past two nights. It was a sold out croud ans though I have been to many rodeos ,this was my first PBR. It was amazing. The bulls seemed to be much larger. There were 35 riders.. then 15 in the championship round. A Brazillian rider by the name of Salvador Alves won. I was surprised that there were actually 4 from brazil. Others came from Austrailia,Oaklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Canada,Tennessee, Montana,.... None from Idaho. It was a great show of skill... And luck with plenty of  lucky missus on injuries. A Rider by the name of Zack Brown was carried off on a stretcher and sent to the hospitol after a hard fall on his neck. He was in extreme pain and was immobilized in case he had a fractured or broken neck. Word came in that his MRI came in showing no fractures or breaks. He was lucky. Others were kicked in the face, head and had bad falls. I noticed that some riders wore  helmets while others wore cowboy hats... Why wouldn't they all wear helmets?... Pride?, machoism?... In a nutshell, PBR was amazing, I look foward to going again. Lots of excitement.

Its the purple crazy lady!

Its the purple crazy lady!
Essentially Mary