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the dog days of summer

Well, it probably isn't hot enough to consider these the dog days of summer, but we're almost halfway through summer vacation! Things are so busy that I go a couple days between online sessions (sorry if I haven't read your blog lately or posted on Facebook....I just haven't been online! If it's that important, call me on the phone!)

I have declared 2009 "The Year of the Raspberry" since we've already picked gallons and made jam and frozen crushed berries for jam. Don't let the color fool you, but those yellow raspberries might be the best things on the planet. We were excited to have enough for jam. Usually we just eat them all but this year the bushes are very generous.  read more »

new post

I finished a post that I started quite a while ago so it filed with it's starting date...it's here.

poor neglected blog

My poor neglected blog! It competes with my children and my kitchen and my sewing machine and usually comes in last place.

Today I made 32 pints of blackberry jam. Seven batches in a row! It took a really long time and wiped me out for the rest of the day. I tasted some and it's fabulous! Last summer I picked all those blackberries and stuck them in the freezer and this week they were evicted to make room for the beef that came home from the butcher. We slaughtered the cattle that were living on the pasture a couple weeks ago. (I left the camera inside on purpose that day...)

In the morning the carpet installers come and install carpet in the upstairs of the addition! We can't wait!

Did I hear someone say FREE YARN?

I thought so! Go here for a chance to win free yarn and needles.

On a more serious note, I've decided that having a yarn stash and fabric stash is emergency preparedness. Because what will we do for clothes and socks when there's no stores to shop at?

more on the pantry principle

I'm afraid I've cooked so many meals using the pantry principle since I promised you more on the subject, that I can't even remember them all. Life is never boring here on the Frugal Farm, here's a sample of recent events...

*we passed our final inspection on our addition! No carpet, wood floor in the dining area, or trim/baseboards, but we're signed off with the city! YAY!
*the weather has turned to spring and I finally planted peas and onions but haven't gotten to the other spring crops.
*the Frugalbaby got a double ear infection and the pediatrician was out of town so I had to wait 2 hours at urgent care instead. FUN!
*above ear infection's antibiotics caused much intestinal distress and baby gets probiotics, too!  read more »


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