We grew a ton of pumpkins this year. We grew both giant and regular pumpkins. We even had volunteer pumpkins growing out of the compost pile. We were pretty happy with how big our giant pumpkins got. I have never had any luck growing them before so I thought they were wonderful.
They were fun to watch get bigger and bigger. We thought that they were big. That is until we went to Buaman Farms and saw their big pumpkins. It was pretty cool to see the new world record largest pumpkin. Now we think our pumpkins are pretty small. I am not sure I will grow giant pumpkins again next year. They take up a lot of space, but if I do I will probably try harder to get bigger ones by keeping only one pumpkin per plant.
Did you know you can eat giant pumpkins? You can you just roast it up like a regular pumpkin and cook with it the same. I made a pumpkin pie out of it already. One approximately 100 pound pumpkin made 18 quarts of puree.
While we school year round we still take time to have some summer fun. We try to check off everything from our summer list between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We start next weekend. Bring on the FUN!
What fun things are you doing this summer?
While I have heard of snow ice cream before. I have never eaten any before and I probably shouldn’t have tried it. I did though and it is YUMMY! Good thing it rarely snows here.
SNOW ICE CREAM
4 quarts fluffy snow
2 C. Heavy cream
1 C. Sugar
1 t vanilla
Mix Cream, sugar, and Vanilla. Then slowly fold in snow. Enjoy!
While most of America was watching some football game, Oh wait I guess to some the Superbowl is kinda a big deal but don’t hate us just because we aren’t fans. In fact I count myself blessed that my husband doesn’t watch sports on TV.
Today I cut my baby boys hair for the first time. I am not gonna lie I got super chocked up. He has the straightest hair of all my kids at this age but he did have a tiny bit of curl in the back. I am gonna miss that cute little bit of babyhood. He was a very good boy. He sat very still which shocked me.
Funny little side note is I wasn’t the only one sad Mark was getting his hair cut. One nameless older sitter refused to even look at him because I cut his hair off.
Gonna miss his long hair but I am pretty sure he is glad it is out of his eyes.
Happy 12th Birthday!
A trip to the mall. Pierced ears, legos, books, and yarn. Crafts, cake, and ice cream.
Legal to babysit. Growing up and still my baby.
Love you sweet girl!
Here are my goals for 2014. Some are lofty goals like dishes and getting all that scrapbooking done. Some of my goals I do in the year anyway. I like to write down goals. I am more likely to accomplish things if I write it down and yes, getting to cross something off is highly motivational for me. For the most part I don’t feel bad when I don’t finish a goal. I know I put more than is probably humanly possible but that is the point to push myself harder than I would normally. No matter what the Lord brings our way this year I am determined to grow. Happy New Year!
Goals for 2014
1. Read Bible 2 times
2. Memorize 50 Verses
3. Exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 min.
4. Read 50 books
5. Take kids to Multnomah Falls
6. Mark’s 1st year scrapbook
7. Lydia’s 1st year scrapbook
8. Joseph’s 1st year scrapbook
9. 2013 Family scrapbook
10. 2012 Family Scrapbook
11. 2011 Family Scrapbook
12. 2010 Family Scrapbook
13. Lose weight to 130
14. Date Tad twice a month
15. Have Company twice a month
16. Take dinner to someone once a month
17. Memorize 50 states and capitals
18. Preserve 600 Quarts of food
19. Attend 5 corporate prayers
20. Deep Clean house in Jan and July
21. Do a once a month cooking
22. Put $300 in savings a month for $3,600 total
23. Do craft Project with the kids once a month
24. Play board game with kids once a month
25. Go fishing 10 times
26. Run a 5k
27. Learn to play chess
28. Send Birthday card to all nieces and nephews
29. Finish all mending
30. Start a quilt with Tads Old Shirts
31. Sleep outside or camp 2 nights
32. Date each kid twice in year
33. Read a digital photography book
34. Sew 4 diaper covers
35. Plan trip to central OR for 2015
36. Butcher and eat 10 chickens
37. Make a picture ornament of each kid for each Christmas
38. Finish all dishes before bedtime
39. Sew advent bags
40. Blog once a week
Don’t tell me you don’t like sweet potatoes. These aren’t your average sweet potatoes. This is really a desert but I serve it at dinner. I received this amazing recipe from my older sister a few years back. Every time I make it people ask for the recipe. You will want to double it and freeze the extra uncooked. It is amazing and yes my sister is an amazing cook.
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 C. cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (peel and boil just like regular potatoes)
1 1/4 C. white sugar 2 eggs
dash of cinnamon 3/4 C. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Mix ingredients well. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. uncovered. Remove and sprinkle topping of
1 C. crushed Ritz crackers
1 C. chopped pecans
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter
melt butter and stir in brown sugar, add Ritz and nuts – mix well until crumbly.
Bake for another 15 minutes.
Lydia had a little bit of fun while I was helping other kids try on new shoes.
a little Hershy’s syrup anyone?