Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Mantel Redo

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I thought I would share my fireplace mantel redo for "Feeling Crafty Thursday" I love to decorate my home for each season and holiday. I made this wreath from a form that I bought at the $ store. I took garland and picks of fall leaves that I had and added it to the form. I also took some ribbon and attached it to hang up the wreath. Then I tied ribbon and fall leaves around my candle sticks and added a bow and pumpkin with berries to a stand I already had. To top it all off a welcome sign in fall colors. This is a frugal and beautiful matel to warm up my home for fall.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Day at Applehill

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We spent Saturday up at Applehill in Placerville, Ca. This was our first year to visit several small and large apple farms. My mom, dad, sister, her family and our family spent the day driving around to all the different farms. It was so much fun except for the 94 degree weather. Some of the farms were large and some were small. They had crafts, hay rides, fishing, horse back ridding and all had yummy cider which was so fresh and yummy. I couldn't believe how great it tasted. Lots of baked goods, apple pies,doughnuts, turnovers, and one even had apple milkshakes. They had all kinds of candy apples and my dad treated us to some jelly. I picked rhubarb jam. Yum! We had lunch at Rainbow Farms where of course you got a apple with every meal. We and the kids got to pick some apples from the tree. We had a late spring here in Ca. so some of the apples like the Granny Smith were not in season yet. I did bring home some empire apples which I will either make apple sauce or apple butter with. Haven't decided yet. I also brought home some golden delicous to can to make pies with. We had a real fun time and really enjoyed ourselves.

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Jenna picking apples
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Kristen picking apples
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I love this picture of Papa helping Joey to pick apples
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How cute is this turbin squash? I will be looking for seed to plant this next year.
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Papa treated the grandkids to horse back ridding
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This was the highlight of Jenna's day.
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Joey named his horse Chocolate
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A nice shady hayride through the orchard.
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The fishing pond. I love this picture of the kids running down the hill to the pond.
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Daddy holding a very tired Joey.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to Kristen

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Happy Birthay to my 12 year old! I cant believe how fast you have grown. I love how you are so creative and your love of history and science. I love that you love yourself and know who you are. I love that you love the Lord and that you long to serve Him! I love that you made me mommy! You are a wonderful young lady and I have love to watch you grow!

Love You and I am Happy,

Sarah (aka: Mom)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harvesting Our Potatoes!

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It was time to harvest the potatoes. We all gathered around to see what had been waiting and growing under the ground all these months. My Dad stuck the shovel in the ground, turned the dirt and we all screamed with glee! You would of thought it was Christmas morning. The kids gathered the potatoes as if it was candy that had fallin from a pinata. We had planted 4 row. The first row was yukon, second row reds and the third and fourth row russets. The whites and red potatoes are fantastic, but the russets look funny and the skin is real bumpy and they are small. I will give them a try and see if they taste good. We all took turns digging up the potatoes.

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This is me with it was my turn.

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This is my mom.

Roger dug up some of our onions white and yellow. They are laying out in the sun to dry. They look real good too!

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This is Bubba he loves to have his picture taken.


Our summer garden is coming to an end. We still have our tomatoe vines and are hoping for one more harvest. A few onions in the ground, but everything else has been dug up and thrown into the compost. We have a lot of compost my dad has really been on top of it and it looks great. It will be a great additon to next years garden.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Friday, September 17, 2010

Crafting With the Kids

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We made this adorable sunflower swag for art today. It turned out so cute and the kids enjoyed making it. We took 8 1/2 x 11 in yellow paper and cut it in half, fold both pieces like a fan, then folded each fan in half. You want to take and glue it all together until it makes a flower. There are about four places to glue. Then trace out a circle in brown paper. We used a stamp of little swirls and brown ink to resemble the seeds and stamped the circle. Glue that on and then glue to a piece of yarn or twine. I added the little pieces of ribbon to brighten it up. So simple, but so cute.

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Here is Kristen folding her flower. I think Its great for fall and will even pull it out for the 4th of July.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Crafts

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Today I made 2 crafts with things I found at the local $ store. The first was this cute little pumpkin who has found a home in my hutch for the fall. It was simple I took a floral pick that was two for fifty cents and hot glued some of it to the top of this little pumpkin that was one dollar. It turned out so cute and looks great.

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I also pick up these cute broom, sunflower bushes, fall leaves and the little pumpkins are from the floral picks I ues on the pumpkin above.

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I just hot glued everything onto the broom.

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Here it is to greet all my guest. I made one for both of my doors and the little pumpkin and still have things left over for other crafts all for under 10 dollars! You can't beat that.

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I am Happy,

Sarah

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harvest Time at The Vineyard Homestead

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It's that time of year when you get stuck going to town behind a tractor. When our little Town doubles in size, and when the air is full of dust. I love harvest time its like everything comes alive. The hard work all year is soon to pay off. We have a small vineyard just under 20 acres. This year the weather has not cooperated and we have had a very cool spring and summer. We have lots of grapes, but not a lot of hot days to turn them into raisins. We need it to be in the low 100's and high 90's and its been in the low 90's high 80's around here. I love the cooler weather but, its not good for making raisins. So they will be left out a little longer. This is actualy a long prosses. It took about a crew of 6 a week to pick the field. As they pick the grapes from the vine they put them in a large plastic pan. When the pan is full they lay out a paper tray and dump their pan onto it. Then the grapes will lay there and start to dry. They are payed piece work so the more trays they lay the more money is made. I tried this when I first married Roger. I was 19 and spoiled I lasted about 10 trays.lol. It is hard work and the spiders, snakes, and mice scurring from the vine does not help :).

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These have been on the ground for a day.

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These have been on the ground for about a week. Soon a crew will come through and trun the grape/rainsins for even sun bathing.

I will be posting an up date soon as there are many steps in this harvest. Praise God for all He provides for our family! Praise Him for the harvest and always being faithful.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hot Pockets (Homemade)

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OK a confession, sometime I miss the days when I could pull something out of the freeze, pop it the microwave, and Voila! 2 min. later lunch, but that is not the life of a homesteader. Now that I have chosen to live this life I can't cheat :), but I thought there must be away to have both right? Quick lunch and homemade from scratch. I searched the internet and found tons of recipes for Hot Pockets! I read a lot of them and found they were all pretty basic. Joey wanted to help so we got started. I made pizza dough in my bread maker that was easy. Then we got out our supplies pizza sauce that I canned from my garden, cheese, and peperoni. We got started and it could not of been easier. It was also a lot of fun.
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I made litttle balls with my dough, rolled out the dough, and then Joey added sauce.

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Cheese!
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Pepperoni!

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Fold and press with fork! Place on greased cookie sheet and bake @ 400 degrees for 10-15. You want to under cook so you can warm it up in the oven for another 10 min before serving.
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Let Hot Pockets cool to room tempetrue and then place in a freezer bag. How easy is that even a 4 year old can do it :). The best of both world fresh made from scratch and convenient!
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This mess being the only draw back :) Cooking with a 4 year old a joyful mess :)
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What a big helper!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Scramble

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This rooster has brought us much Joy. Is he not funny looking? He is a Silkie and was living the life until he decided to cock-a-doodle-doo. He was living in my sister's chicken coop. She has neighbors and didn't want to wake anyone up with this natural little alarm clock, so now he is ours. He is a free range bird now and seems to be enjoying his new life. I think that he might be a little lonely, because he will come and stare at us through the window. How cute is that?
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He comes running up to us when we come outside. You know he kind of looks like a two legged toy poodle :). We have been feeding him veggie and fruit scraps from the kitchen. We have also been giving him grapes off the vine. I think that is his favorite. We are enjoying him.
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I am Happy,

Sarah