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Red Stuff Rocks


Thank you for all your comments, I am enjoying them immensely.  It looks like all topics are appreciated, which is nice to know.  I need to get some more quilting up here!  I'll have to actually finish some to do that, I guess.  In the meantime, here is our first ear of homegrown, big-enough-to-eat corn on the cob!  I'm thrilled that it's done so well, and it tasted great, too!  I was hoping we'd have enough for two meals, and it looks like we will.  Maybe next year we'll grow more.    This year, the pumpkins have really taken over the garden.  I don't remember ever having this problem before.  I don't know if it is the new, sunnier location, or if it is this variety, which I've never grown before, but it is pretty agressive as you can kind of see in the below picture.  It's hard to get a good shot, I should try going up on the roof but I don't think I will!   I was surprised how many people commented about the red sunflower.  I'

Two Nuts and a Giveaway!

I can hardly keep from posting pictures every day from my garden, I just find it so amazing.  I don't know if this wonder will last me all the rest of my life but it seems like I have more every year I garden.  BFJ has finally gotten the gardening bug this year, maybe it is because he built the fence and is more invested than he has previously been.  Last night he told me, "This vine was here yesterday, and now it's here .  It's grown at least a foot!!" One plant that I've been watching daily is this sunflower.  I planted several sunflower seeds, from at least two different packets, and I have three.  (Why don't they all grow?)  I knew this one was going to be red because the spines on all the leaves are purplish instead of green.  It's finally blooming!    And here are two nuts.  Okay, not actually nuts, but acorn squash.  When I was selecting squash plants for the garden, this was BFJ's request.  These two are surprisingly heavy, I wish

Pickles and Peppers

These cucumbers are straight from the garden!  We have four cucumber plants; I am not sure if four is enough plants to have enough cucumbers at once for canning dill pickles.  Last year, someone gave me a bushel of smaller cucs, and maybe I need to get some at the farmer's market.  However, four plants is enough for refrigerator pickles!  Too bad I didn't measure them before I cut them up but I think the biggest ones were about 10".    I am not really a pickle eater but I hear they are great.   You can tell this is a fresh jar, the spices haven't settled yet!  I wish I'd had onions and peppers from my garden to use, as well.  I do have some onions that are doing well but I love onions and they are being saved for a Special Purpose. Perhaps some Awesome Potatoes. I have one bell pepper and I'm waiting for it to turn yellow.  I have grown some sweet italian roasting peppers in the past, and have gotten some big ones, maybe 8", but they

More on the Trail Hoodie

I can't tell you how hard it is sometimes to get great pictures of beautiful pieces.  Besides the lighting and background, it takes the right person wearing it.  Finally I found a local, willing and cute model to show you more of this sweater.  Thanks Doreen!  Marly is still working on the pattern, I'll let you know when it's released!