Easter Bunny?

Columbo has officially declared himself a yard bunny. He broke loose and vowed to never go back again. He enjoys hanging out with the cats, goats, and Bernard. He is also fond of chasing chickens.

018002Yesterday, while cleaning the rabbit hutch, Madison found a nest of eggs. Who knew Columbo was the Easter bunny?

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:)Vicki

Snake Creak

There are many beautiful hiking, fishing, picnicking, recreational areas where we live.

We all went along to Snake Creak with Quentin last night.

Because it always sounds exciting when Dad says, “Come on, let’s go fishing!”

Until it gets dark and starts to rain.007009

Bambi, the fisherdog

Bambi, the fisherdog

a very dirty Poky

a very dirty Poky

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Skipping rocks :)

Skipping rocks :)

Have a great weekend!!

:)Vicki

A Quick Hello

It’s been so long since I made a post. I am looking forward to fall and having time to sit down and catch up with you all. We are still busy with the garden. Right now we are making spaghetti sauce, salsa, grape juice, grape jelly, pumpkin puree for the freezer, roasted cabbage, and coleslaw all from our garden bounty. We are also enjoying fresh pears, apples, and watermelon as they ripen.

We just finished up our second full week of school. Madison started 11th, McKenzie 10th, and Quentin Jr. 9th. This is our first year using Switched-On Schoolhouse. My kids love it, and it really gives me a lot of free time since their school work is on the computer. Their daily work and tests are graded as they go, so I just have to peek at their grades to see how they’re doing.

Madison has had her learners for a week now. She passed her test the first time getting 100% of the questions right. I know, I’m bragging. :)

Our temps have been perfect with warm days and cool nights. Just perfect for sleeping. It really does feel like fall, and I have already been eating up pumpkin dishes.

I will share all the pictures I have taken for blog posts that I never got around to posting. I hope all is well and you are enjoying your summer.

:)Vicki

some tomatoes have gone in the freezer for soups and chili

some tomatoes have gone in the freezer for soups and chili

I have frozen peppers for omelets and pizza and made hot pepper jelly to have with cream cheese-yummy!

I have frozen peppers for omelets and pizza and made hot pepper jelly to have with cream cheese-yummy!

homemade brownies made by Madison

homemade brownies made by Madison

We harvested 5 pie pumpkins from the garden this year! The bugs usually get them.

We harvested 5 pie pumpkins from the garden this year! The bugs usually get them.

My fishermen fishing Little River last Sunday.

My fishermen fishing Little River last Sunday.

Pumpkin Pie in a mug

Pumpkin Pie in a mug

Willow, Eleanor, and their babies. The kids have all gone to their new homes.

Willow, Eleanor, and their babies. The kids have all gone to their new homes.

Yes, this bushel of pears came from our trees! I am waiting for them to soften up so I can make pear butter.

Yes, this bushel of pears came from our trees! I am waiting for them to soften up so I can make pear butter.

Chicken stir-fry made with sugar snaps and broccoli from this years garden.

Chicken stir-fry made with sugar snaps and broccoli from this years garden.

I am just so excited for fall!

I am just so excited for fall!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake

I hope everyone is having a restful Sunday!

Our neighbor asked us over last night for dessert. Now, that’s my kind of gathering. :) I went easy and made this strawberry ice box cake. It was delicious! The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets.

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Strawberry Ice Box Cake

Ingredients:

3 lbs strawberries, sliced
1 14.4 oz box Honey Graham Crackers
3 8 oz tubs Cool Whip

Instructions:

Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to coat the bottom. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of pan, then 2 more breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges. Spread a thick layer of cool whip ( just use the remaining cool whip from the first step) over grahams and top with a hearty layer of sliced strawberries. Place graham crackers on top of strawberries, then cool whip, then strawberries. Repeat the layers 1 more time (3 times total) and you should reach the top of the pan. I used 3 layers of each + the first thin layer of cool whip. You will finish with a layer of sliced strawberries.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely. Serve chilled.

Have a great week!

:)Vicki

Mabry Mill

It is very fall-like in our neck of the woods. We can’t get enough of it and have been picnicking-again! We picked up pizza after church yesterday, then Quentin took a 3 hour nap. He is on medicine to help him pass a kidney stone fragment so he can have surgery to remove a large stone that is in his left(or is it his right) kidney. As if the stones didn’t have him feeling bad enough, the medication makes him feel terrible! So a relaxing picnic at Rocky Knob and a lap around Mabry Mill was all he could handle. We stopped for ice cream on our way home which made the evening pretty much perfect. :)

013023014022016027029Have a great week!

:)Vicki

Sunflowers

We are having fall like weather, and I love it!

I spent the morning doing a menu for the next two weeks and making bread and butter pickles and zucchini pickles.  Our cucumbers and zucchini both are doing amazingly well this year. I think mostly because of the food grade diatomaceous earth and neem oil we used. Both organic and safe!

Our garden has been taken over by sunflowers! We haven’t planted sunflowers in years, but they think our garden exists just for them.

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:)Vicki