Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Fun

Good Tuesday Morning!  It is a beautiful, sunny day is SW Virginia, though we had a couple of storms roll through last night bringing some heavy rain.  I'm not complaining, we need the rain.

There has been zero crafting in the LBP house the last couple of weeks because I have been up to my ears in this:
Green Beans!  This past Saturday I spent 6 hours canning 44 quarts of green beans.  This was just the first picking.  They are ready to be picked again!

Cucumbers!  For some reason I started counting my cucumbers when I picked the first of the season and to date I have picked 303 cucumbers!  I made a small batch of cucumber relish and am going to make some more this weekend as it was very easy and tasted really good.  Mostly, I am eating cucumbers all day long and giving them away to neighbors and friends.

This tomato was just perfect.  Heavy, meaty, delicious!  The three of us made tomato sandwiches with mayo and toasted bread.  We were in heaven!
Because we can't leave my MIL at night, there will be no going away for vacation for us this year, but we did take a day trip to Abingdon, VA a couple of weeks ago, just to enjoy the scenery and get away a bit.

The Barter Theatre

And I did a little antiquing along the way.  These two cute dolls found their way home with me.  They are Christmas ornaments.

The adorable little Christmas girl figurine and the somewhat diabolical pixie vase.
We've also been spending some time on the lake 
I love living on the lake
 
And this next photo is of the super, yummy supper I made last night from the vegetables from the garden.
 
SW Shepherds Pie
Fresh green beans with new potatoes
Squash and onions
Juicy, red tomatoes
and a cucumber salad
and of course in the south, we have sweet tea.
I love summer!
 
Blessings
 
Linda


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful time of the Year!!!

Good Tuesday Morning!    Girls, I have been so busy in the garden and at work I haven't had time to hardly even look at blogs much less post!  I have a pretty big garden and I usually spend an hour at least, every day weeding, watering, etc...  But look at the bounty!
This cabbage was gigantic!  I say was because we have already gobbled that down!

The onions were also huge this year.  They have all been pulled and since I have no luck in keeping them most were given away.  I have several in my fridge in the pool house but they just don''t keep well. 
Whoo Hoo!  Look at all of this!  Do you spot those two little potatoes over there on the left?  It is not time to dig potatoes but I couldn't resist sticking my hand down in the soil just to see what I could find! 
Squash galore!  I will be freezing this today.

Cucumbers coming out my ears!  I love cucumbers.  When I was pregnant I craved them so much that once when we were at Golden Corral getting the salad bar, I got angry because people were putting cukes on their salads and I was afraid there wouldn't be any left when I got there.  So when I did get there I picked up the entire bowl of them and dumped them all on my plate!  People were laughing but I guess they knew about those pregnancy hormones!
I even have a few ripe tomatoes.  We had biscuits, country ham and fresh tomatoes for breakfast this morning.
Oh did I mention I am off from work this week?  Whoo Hoo!  Not going anywhere overnight because we can't leave my mother in law but being home is better than being at work!

A couple of weeks ago some friends and I went to a new shop on the lake to try our hand at ceramics.  I have done this before and know I am not very good at it but it was really fun.  We met back at my house this weekend for a ceramics reveal party!  One of the girls had picked the pieces up from the shop and put them in adorable gift bags for the grand opening.
Here is me with my Christmas elf.  Who would have guessed I would pick an elf!  LOL!
And here is the group of us with our masterpieces!
I also made all the girls a 4th of July favor to take home with them.
Blue and red salsa pots from the dollar store filled with bubbles, candy, sparklers, poppers, with handmade tags all wrapped up with cellophane.  Such fun to make!
I also made these cherry almond cupcakes for our party.  Of My!  Are they ever delicious and cute too.
Is your mouth watering already?

I have got to get busy and freeze this squash!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Blessings

Linda

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flip Flop Wreath!

Happy Hump Day!  How is the weather in your neck of the woods?  We are hot, hot, hot with storms every single day.  Except it hasn't rained at my house for a while and I have been having to water the garden, which is kind of a pain, but I do enjoy the sun!

Do you like to wear flip flops?  I will confess that I don't.  I have never liked any shoe that goes between my toes.  I have a couple of pair of sandals that do that and they don't get worn very much.

However, I did buy 5 pairs of flip flops last week at the Dollar Tree and this is what I did with them:
It's a Flip Flop wreath.  I know you have seen this on Pinterest.

I though this would be the perfect wreath for the door to my pool house.  Other than the flip flops I didn't have to buy a thing.  I already had a grapevine wreath and the silk flowers and ribbon.  Pretty neat wreath for $5.00!
 
Hope you have a wonderful day!
 
Blessings
 
Linda


Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekend Finds!

Good Monday Morning!

It is sunny and HOT here is SW Virginia.  It is supposed to be in the 90's all week.  After the winter we had, I'm not complaining.

This Saturday my sister and I hit the yard sales really early.  The first sale we hit was my favorite of the day.  Actually I had been over to the sale the day before and knew I had to go back because this is what I got!
Look at all this fabric and buttons!
All the fabric was so nice.  Already measured and was .25 a yard!  I am going to have so much fun sewing this up.
The rest of my "loot" 
At the same sale I got this Corning casserole in a great size for .50

A Princess House (Remember Princess House parties?) ornament for .10
I also bought a Princess House ice bucket and depression glass compote that I forgot to take photos of because I used them for our Father's Day dinner.
 
On to other yard sales I got:
Pretty "Fruit" tablecloth 
I love this tablecloth because it's a Dogwood, Virginia's state flower.

This is a little alarm clock that I think I can fix.  The music box feature still works I just need to get into the back and fix the Ballerina and see if I can fix the clock.  I have had some luck with that in the past.  Isn't this the coolest clock?

Yeah I need another cookbook like a hole in the head.

I guess I am now collecting this pattern.  I have 3 different pieces with this design, that makes a collection, right?

This is part of the vintage Christmas stuff I got.  That cup matches the dishes that I got a month ago at a yard sale.  And look what was hiding in that Santa mug arrangement

A very cute and confuses looking little pixie!

Also a bag of tiny flowers I can use with my crafting.  I have completely run out of little flowers so I am so glad I found these.

I have been wanting one of these for a while.  This vintage one is brand new in box!

I can't wait to play with it!

This is my favorite find of the day.  It's not very vintage but it's a cigar store display case.  It is on a lazy Susan type stand and spins.  All four sides have two openings.

It is so cool.

The graphics of it are beautiful.
 
Did anyone else find any super deals this weekend?
 
Hope everyone has a great Monday!
 
Blessings
 
Linda 


Sunday, June 08, 2014

Cherries and mean people!

Good Sunday afternoon,  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was very busy.

Our cherry tree is full this year so DH picked them Friday evening while I was at book club and yesterday I spent the day making preserves.
First you need to pull out your 1903 cherry pitter.

This contraction really works well!

 Put the cherries into a pot with Sure-Jell and sugar and boil longer than it says on the package!

I ended up with 3 pints and 16 half pints.  To tell the truth, I am not fond of cherry preserves but dear husband loves them.  So I make them!

I have also been very busy with my garden!
weeding daily..
I finally found an organic product to keep the potato beetles off and the potatoes look great now and are blooming!
Seriously tomato, you have lots of limbs, you do not need to grow 16 tomatoes on one stem.  I am going to have to pull some of these off!

Now about the mean people.  Someone broke into our barn this past week and stole valuable parts off dear husbands drag boat.  This makes me furious!  Not so much that they took the parts, those can be replaced but I feel so violated!  Someone came onto my property while I wasn't home and took stuff!  The police were notified, we have called all our friends who own drag boats to be on the look out for the parts and all the performance shops in town are also on the lookout for anyone who tries to buy the parts to make the devices stolen work.  So now we are having to install security cameras on the property, another cost we didn't need.  What happened to "do unto others"??  

Hopefully this will be a better week!

Blessings

Linda

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Garden 2014

Good Tuesday afternoon!  It feels like Monday to me.  Did y'all have a great Memorial Day weekend?  Ours was very laid back and I enjoyed it so much!  Saturday we went into town to watch one of our vintage trains (Roanoke is a train town) leave out of the transportation museum headed to NC to be restored!  It is an old 611 passenger engine and when restored will be having excursions leaving from Roanoke!  How much fun will that be!
Sunday we spent the day out on the lake on the jet-skis and then spent most of the evening in the pool.  I got some gardening in on both days.
Monday I decided to go shopping and the boys went out fishing.  Great long weekend.

My garden is looking good so far this year,  I have had tons of lettuce, spinach, and radishes.  The lettuce and spinach are just about through and I will surely miss them.  I love fresh greens.
Dear Husband and Yngwie hammered in all my tomato stakes this weekend, all I have to do is tie them up when they are ready.
Those onions are about ready too.  I haven't bought any plants this year either vegetable or flowers.  This is the first year that everything was grown in my greenhouse.  Such a satisfying feeling!
 
Guess what we had for dinner?
 
Speaking of plants.  My Uncle Jessie, whose funeral I attended Friday, was an avid gardener.  He always said any man who didn't have a garden was lazy.  I don't agree with that, but I love to garden, I think it's a family trait.  About 2 weeks ago I received an envelope in the mail.  Inside was a paper towel with tomato seeds stuck to it and a photograph of a tomato with a measuring tape around it.   It was measuring 20" in diameter.  The back of the photo said "grow these tomato seeds and you will have tomatoes as large as mine".  The envelope was sent to me via my aunt from my Uncle Jessie.  He knew he had lung cancer and was dying and he wanted to pass his tomato seeds to someone he thought would grow them.
My instructions were to plant the entire paper towel.  I did and up they came!
I have about 28 plants from these seeds.  Hopefully these will get big enough in time to bear tomatoes so that I can save the seeds!
Busy time around the LBPsews house this week lots of gardening, sewing and cooking going on.
 
Have a great Tuesday!
 
Blessings
 
Linda