Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apples again!

Monkey lost ANOTHER tooth! At home to boot! His smile is all kinds of messed up!

Monkey's tooth.

His funky smile.

Today I HAD to do apples. They were still very hard and pretty but I have a busy week after today. So today was it. I was setting it all up and I thought, hmmmmmm I should call my canning partner! Rescue Rita came to help. She is a GREAT peeler/slicer/dicer. I had one pot of applesauce started when she got here.

First canner full. That is 4 jars of applesauce and 3 jars of apple pie filling.
One jar in each batch broke. It's so frustrating! At least it was apple's instead of applesauce. I have been canning for over 25 years. I guess the jars do wear out but boy what a pain!

My wonderful helper! She is fast!

Bugs doing a compost run for me. He was looking for apple seeds. He thinks he can grow us our own Buckley Giant tree.

Rescue Rita licking the apple pie sauce container. It is SO good!

The finished products! 8 quarts of applesauce and 6 jars of apple pie filling. Also a gallon bag of sliced apples for a cobbler. And one pint of applesauce that Bugs has already eaten.

Tada! And my apples are done!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend in Review

My parents came for the weekend. It was my mom's uncle's 95Th birthday.
They had a family get together to celebrate Uncle George. We had a good time visiting with everyone.

Uncle George

Uncle George and my mom.

Family chatting

Rescue Rita is German and this shirt CRACKED me up. I wanted her to see it.

Everyone chatting.
After we got home we rested up a bit then we had been invited back out to Tim and Theresa's for a BBQ and a bon fire. My parents had to miss the family gathering the week before so my dad was anxious to see and visit with Tim and Theresa. We had a great time sharing stories and experiences. It was a REALLY nice evening.

Tim yet again starting the bon fire with a flame thrower. STILL cracks me up.

It's burning!
Bugs did so much fishing again. I don't even want to know how many little catfish he brought home in his bucket. He did say he let most of them go to grow into big fish! Isn't he precious.

Tim, Dad, Mom, Theresa

I have said for a long time that I wished my parents lived closer so they could come to dinner on Sunday's when we have dinner all together. I know it's loud and crowded but it's so nice touching base with each other that I wish they could be here for it. My dad is the get up and get on the road kind of guy so I never thought that they would stay late enough for it. Well this visit was different. They just planned on staying until Monday. YEAH!! Drummer and Bugs and I made a batch of ice cream earlier in the day and put it in the freezer so it would be a bit firmer.

Bugs taking a turn.

T2 watching. He didn't want to crank it.

Drummer did a bang up job.

Dh and my dad had gotten up early and took off salmon fishing. My dad caught 2 very small ones and had to put them back. Dh on the other hand will just about always out fish everyone without even trying. He STILL feels really bad tonight. I just think it's funny! He can't help that he is a really good fisherman!

3 salmon that will be headed home with my parents. We do NOT need it!

After dinner we made a second batch of ice cream. Princess liked cranking. She didn't want to give Buster a turn. He kept saying Me do it! Princess really has to work on sharing.

Buster not doing so well at the waiting for his turn either.

So I had him help hold it steady! He liked that!

Bugs taking a turn with Buster's help.

Monkey taking a turn.

Dad and Scout relaxing and waiting for ice cream!

It was so great having my parents here for the weekend and for today.

I hope you have a blessed week!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apples to Apples

Rescue Rita let me know that apples were ready and needing to be picked. So we headed North. Rita's parents are such a blessing to me and others. They share what God has blessed them with. Rita and I picked one tree. We have so many apples. 2 of my neighbors have asked for a box and I got some for my parents who are coming this weekend. Rita's dad still has the other tree to pick and to give away.

Rita and an apron of Buckley Giants.

Once you have had these they make the normal apples seem like such a waste of time.

After getting apples we headed out to the bay. Salt sand and surf! It was 85' today and just beautiful out there!

Monkey and his snarkle and gargles. Just so we are clear his shoes aren't even wet!

Rita Bugs and Monkey moving a log. I loved how the camera focused on the grass.

He did get wet!

Rita and her dad picking me blackberries. I won't pick them but love having them.

The Littles NOT helping either!


Loads and loads of tomatoes! He said he's already picked about 12 pounds!

10 cups of blackberries! Thank you Rita and Bob!

I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Tomorrow my parents come. Yeah!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

These are some of the pictures from the family gathering. They wouldn't load yesterday. GRRRR!