Is it Spring Yet?

March was crazy. I think we got a few feet of snow last month, with a few 60+ degree days sprinkled throughout. It is amusing how nature tempts us.

Naturally, during all of this weather indecisiveness my kids all took turns having colds and I was even under the weather for a spell. That says a lot I guess, considering how up and down the weather actually was.

We were lucky to get outside and do a little garden prepping in the first few weeks of March. And, we managed to squeak in a few seeds on the 31st (seeds got started for sprouting indoors then too).

I absolutely love how much my children enjoy gardening. This year they get to have their own garden, instead of Mommy have to share. They are so very excited. So far they’ve planted corn, their flowers & melons will go in in about a month or so. We decided to try growing our carrots in containers this year, we might actually get to eat them instead of the locals (rabbits/chipmunks).

I’ve noticed that this year the soil in the taller raised bed is very light, almost like fluffy feeling. Maybe some organic compost will do the trick. I’m not quite sure about composting in the yard since it’s somewhat small, but then again there’s got to be some ideas online, I mean on Pinterest….

While we’re on the subject, I found this fantastic (I mean FANTASTIC) cake recipe on Pinterest. It’s for a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake, but I subbed sour cream for yogurt (it’s what I had on hand). This cake taste like the best strawberry lemonade you’ve ever tasted, so if you’re in the need for something to remind you of warmer days this is the cake!

As far as sewing goes, I’ve been busy with the bee I joined as well as the MSM swap that I signed up for (just in the nick of time). It’s fun to make different blocks each month as well as try to plan out and make something cool for the MSM swap. Posting photos on Flickr has been my go-to route to sharing this month, but here’s a little snippet of my swap:

What have you been playing with this spring so far?? Hopefully it’s colorful and warm!

This Week

I know I usually do my ‘This Week’ posts over the weekend to kind of sum up the week before, but this weekend we were a little busy (imagine that with a family of 7).

This week:

My little man turned one month old, still can’t believe it’s been a whole month.

I pinned this little cutie quilt, hoping to get it quilted up quick and make a little tutorial for it (it was super easy, and used some precuts).

My Mom’s Pink and Green King got some love, I got about 60 blocks quilted in just 2 days. I’m hoping to finish it up this week! By the way, I think my husband and I will have to buy a new bed because I’m not sure if I ever want to make another king sized quilt again, unless of course I’m getting it long-armed or a big new sewing room with more space.

We started T-ball season with the boys first game on the 21st. It was so nice to see them playing.

Tomatoes were also planted as well as some brussel sprouts (those are a first for us, and they were a hybrid for slightly warmer temps). The kids helped do the weeding and watering, it’s so nice to have helpers.

My Monday Accomplishment

On Sunday the kids and I decided it was time to pick our green beans.

Between the hot hot summer we had, all the severe thunderstorms, and that hurricane Irene back to back our little gardens didn’t do so great this year. Our pepper plant bit the dust, our tomatoes got broken and knocked over, and our sugar snap peas didn’t even make it through the heat, poor things shriveled up in the heat.

However, we were thankful to pick our beans. I was able to get them canned on Monday. Please remind me to do beans on the weekend next time so I can get the big kids to help with the snapping, nothing like snapping peas for over an hour.

I’ve decided that you definitely know you’re a blogger when you find yourself taking pictures like these:

9 Pints!

In case you’re wondering, I do prefer the wide mouth jars to the regular. They are much easier to pack and easier to remove bubbles & measure head space. On another note, I used Kosher salt this go round. Can’t wait to see if there’s a difference.

This is exactly why I love gardening! I get to preserve my own food for my family. 

And yes, this was an accomplishment for this week. Been feeling pretty under the weather lately, and praying that it ends with this trimester!

Spring Planting is DONE!

Oh, it feels great to be done with the garden planting for this spring.

In the raised bed, I decided to do 3 rows down the middle and put my tomatoes in the lower bed. Hopefully things will work out a little better this year.

Here’s a photo of the raised bed, all the seeds went in this morning:

I also started a journal this year for my gardening, I figure it would be nice to be able to reference what I’ve done for years to follow. Go figure right? It’s also one of my ‘resolutions’ for this year. I hate new year’s resolutions, so I more have a ‘more and less’ list of goals in mind, and it so happens that the end of the year is one of the times I review that list.

Here is what I did with the side of the house yesterday:

Last year was our first summer in our house, and I pretty much spent most of it taking out what was already there, 2 ugly ugly bushes and TONS of weeds. So, my sweet Dad brought me some nice nandinas towards the end of summer that he was separating/loving for me until I was ready for them.

I quite like how it’s looking, I bought some really pretty begonias, and 2 other flowering plants that I already forgot the name of, and of course didn’t write down.

Lets hope the mulch helps and it all will still look nice through the summer.

In Our Neck of the Woods

Things have been busy around here lately, good busy, no wonderful busy!

Someone’s first dance class.

Trip to Pop Pop and MeMa Reesa’s.

There
And back

Adorable Valentine’s.

And, of course, new projects.

50 Shirts that will become 5 quilts
It’s actually navy, but for some reason photo’d really light
Hexies atop their traveling project box.

But, maybe the best of all is outside.

Picnics are the BEST!
Cabbage in the back, and Lettuce up front. Getting planted ToDay!!

Sidetracked

I got a little sidetracked lately…

To top if off, I didn’t even stick to my commitment to finish the King (dun dun dun) before starting any more projects. But, the One Million Pillowcase Challenge was just too good to pass up. So, I busted out some of my ugly-er fabrics that I had lots of thanks to some old 3 lb. assortments I ordered from Fabric.com (there’s something really exciting to me not knowing what fabric I will get), and away I went.

I mad 8 pillowcases, 4 were finished and 4 were mostly finished at the last Girl’s Night I went to at Chicks N Stitches.

It felt really nice to hand Edna a stack of pillowcases, and I was adamant to make 4 girly and 4 boyish ones. She was surprised to get so many boy ones, now I feel like I should make more… so addicting.

Check it out:

I donated to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. Make a pillowcase, made a difference. Join quilters from around the nation today by making a pillowcase and odonating it to charity. Click here to learn more.

Not only was this a good enough reason to be sidetracked, by the Delaware State Fair is up a roaring! I just love cotton candy, and all the other yummy carnival food.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find a fried pickle, but I did try some fried oreos, not as great as I expected. I truly was a little disappointed, I mean, something as great as an oreo should be even better after being fried, not so much.

To top off the week, when I went out to water my garden yesterday morning, this is what I found:

I’m so very excited!!

We Make A Mean Team

My husband, Wes, and I that is.

I feel like all I’m blogging about is my King I’m working on, so here’s a little more about something else….

My husband and I bought our first home this last September, and we have been steadily working on it (bathroom and flooring-you can see the floor unfinished in this photo…).

I was so excited to get a yard and be able to have my first garden. So, last fall I built a raised bed about 2 feet high, I know a little much, but I have 4 kids 7yrs and under. The middle two kids are boys, and I just know they would accidentally trample it if it weren’t obnoxiously obvious. I love it. I think my green beans are mocking me, each time there are some to pick it’s only about 5. And, then there’s me standing by my garden wondering what to do with only 5 green beans… I’ve thrown them in a few things. The tomatoes are going to be coming on soon with lots and lots, hopefully I planted enough Romas that I can can a bunch. Got a few zuchs and see more coming, looking forward to some muffins, mmm,

Oh, don’t let me forget one of the most awesome projects that the hubs has done. Now, I love my husband, and I think he’s extremely talented, and I think the dilemma is that he is just like me in this aspect: he had like 4 or more unfinished projects (I have tons more (like 20-30 at least), but mine don’t stick out on a day to day basis…).

Sorry, back to his project. Wes built these racks for storing firewood, see:

And, he managed to find tons, at least 2 1/2 cords, of FREE wood to fill them. Now, it’s he just amazing?! Last year we went through quite a bit of wood trying to offset the cost of our oil. But with the original single pain windows that are from when the house was built in 1977, I’m not sure if anything we try to do will really help. Fun times. Bring on the down comforters!

Each morning, when I look out of our back door, I have a sense of accomplishment. Outdoor projects have a good way of doing that since your results are both immediate and long-term at the same time. Above all, it just feels good to have a tiny little bit of land that’s finally “ours” (even though I am constantly dreaming of our farm we will someday have).