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Would you like a cavity with that?

One of my favorite ways to make rice krispy treats is to use Cocoa Pebbles cereal instead. The other day after making some, Frugaldad suggested "Fruity Pebbles with some of those colored marshmallows mixed in right at the end so they don't melt." I happened to be going to the store the next day and Fruity Pebbles were on sale so a few nights later (when the cocoa version was gone) I made up a batch of what have been affectionately dubbed "Atomic Sugar Bombs."

atomic sugar bomb  read more »

Big Friendly Giants

giant blackberries

This year has been a banner year in the blackberry patch. The picking is pretty easy since the canes are thornless and mostly upright, as well. We regularly get giant berries like these. I put four in the picture just to prove that it's not just one mutant berry, and the quarter is in there for scale.

The taste of a perfectly ripe blackberry just off the vine is nothing you'll ever experience unless your fingers are stained purple, or unless you have someone who loves you enough to pick them for you.

Renovation update

Lest we all forget, we spend our nights and weekends around here building an addition onto the back of our house. Since I got pregnant and broke my ankle, I have been very remiss at updating the renovation blog. Until this morning.

I don't have a good picture of the ceiling all finished so you'll have to take my word for it. Frugaldad started walls after he finished the ceiling. The end is in sight. Just don't ask us when the end will be. There will be no committal to dates around here.

Relish the thought

Relish the thought

Who would have thought that just a few cucumber plants would yield enough for 7 quarts of pickles, 17 half-pints of dill relish, and an upcoming batch of sweet relish? As weary as I am of taking care of the harvest, it makes me just a tiny, tiny bit sad that the vines are starting to wither and turn brown. Fall will be here before we know it!

abundantly blessed

laid to rest

We've been abundantly blessed. On Monday we picked nearly 4 bushel of peaches off our 2 peach trees. That translated to 35 quart jars and 27 quart freezer bags, plus as many as we can eat. Last night we picked a half-bushel of crabapples for jelly and left some for the birds. I also picked another another half-gallon of blackberries and more than a half-gallon of green beans to add to the 1 1/2 gallons in the fridge waiting to be canned. We've eaten corn from the garden, I made pickles this morning and have enough cukes to still make relish (and probably more pickles), and the squash plants are still producing, too. The tomatoes will be ripe before I'm ready as well, I'm sure.  read more »


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