Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pickling Peppers and Other Stuff In Life...

Well I'm finally posting again. Sort of. Haven't had much to post honestly, life has been so busy that I haven't had time to create anything new.

I mean I just created a person (with some help of course). What more can I be expected to do for a while?

There are a few projects that I'm finally thinking I can tackle now that I'm not pregnant and Sabrina's falling into a slightly predictable sleeping pattern. We're hosting Thanksgiving at our place this year so I think Nick and I will be excited to fix our house up a little before that holiday arrives.

Our garden has been completely ignored in recent months, which is kind of sad because of how warm it's been this fall. We could have had a whole second wave of some things if we had been cultivating it. The one thing that's still doing well despite our absence is peppers. Jalapeno, bell and banana are all still producing. A week or so ago, I got a bead in my bonnet to go pick all the jalapenoes that were ripe. Then I invited my mother-in-law over to watch Ryder and I pickled peppers! I got 6 pints out of one crop.

I knew these peppers weren't hot because Ryder played with them outside for an hour and never acted like his hands got hot. But hey, they'll still have flavor. He was my pepper helper. Even now he'll still ask to "play with the peppers." The things kids find entertaining can be a head scratcher. It felt good to do something, to make use of some of our garden yield. The next thing I need to do is can some cranberry sauce, so I might have to call on a grandmother again!

This is what happens when you play with peppers for an hour - you fall asleep eating lunch!

Ryder and Sabrina have been bonding so much already. I can't imagine how happy Ryder will be when she's old enough for him to drag around everywhere.

They already look like they're up to something!

Just had to post a couple of photos of how cute Ryder looked one week for church. (Okay he's always cute but look at the boots!)

I have to admit, it's fun to dress up my little doll. She's so cooperative too! (For now, I guess.)

She's got such an infectious smile! It's so wonderful how kids don't know how to hold back on emotions such as these.

Hopefully I'll be returning here and there with something in the following weeks. I've got a few furniture pieces I want to work on and some sewing projects. One at a time, the kids are the most important (and fun) priorities in our life.