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September Recap

I think this September has been the quickest month I have ever lived through. It just flew by! I only ended up working 12 hours at my job this month so that left plenty of time for activities, it was a pretty fun month.

It’s pumpkin season!  We bought our pumpkin a few days ago along with this pretty plant.
And of course I have been burning plenty of pumpkin candles.

And sampling lots of different pumpkin beers.
I was able to make a whole bunch of resin pieces, including these magnets which you can find in my shop.
We bought a vegetable spiralizer and have been making veggie noodles like crazy. I definitely recommend it!

We had my mom and my sister over for a home cooked meal.

We served zucchini noodle alfredo with shrimp, it was so good!

I went on a job interview and just might have a new job pretty soon, which would be major!
My luffa fruits finally starting flowering instead of turning yellow and falling off like they’ve been doing all summer.
I’m in to making smoothies now…

I’ve made a liiittle bit of progress on my blanket and ended up starting two new projects because I have a short attention span.
 And I enjoyed some pumpkin bread and a pumpkin spice latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

September was a really good month, I’m just sad it went by so fast. 

One other thing I forgot to mention is that I got an xray for the first time and I am really excited about it because I’m weird like that. When I was little I wanted to get an xray so bad because I thought it seemed like the coolest thing ever. And it was!I loved seeing my bones. Haha.. I got it because my shoulder has been bugging me for months and it wont go away so I finally went to the doctor and got an xray taken, it looked normal so hopefully the medicine they gave me will help. 

Hope everyone else had a great September too!  I am excited for October, that is when fall really starts around here, plus the fair comes to town and of course, Halloween!! Stay tuned!

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Zucchini Carrot Apple Pecan Bread

I recently came across this recipe on pinterest and just knew I had to try it! I made a few modifications and halved the recipe because we really don’t need to be eating two whole loaves of bread, but you can always double it back up if you want.

Ingredients:

Half a cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/8th cup of orange juice
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (Or any combination of spices really!)
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 cup of shredded zuccini
1 half cup of diced apple
1 half cup of chopped pecans


Shred the zucchini and carrots in a food processor or with a grater, dice the apple and the pecans if needed and set aside. 
Soften the butter and cream it with the sugar, then add the egg, vanilla and orange juice.
 Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add them to the wet ingredients and add the veggies.

Once everything is mixed together, scoop it into a greased bread pan and bake at 350 until done, approximately 50 minutes.

Once it has had time to cool, slice into it an enjoy! 

I really liked this bread, the colored veggies were pretty and gave it an interesting texture and a yummy flavor! I would definitely bake this again.

Does anyone else’s kitchen turn into a disaster zone when they’re done baking?  I can’t seem to help but make a giant mess! It’s all part of the fun though.

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My Veggie Garden- Lessons Learned

All last winter I dreamed of starting my vegetable garden.

It turned out just as I had imagined it, but not everything worked out like I hoped. I learned plenty of good lessons this year that I will definitely pay more attention to next time.

Lesson 1) Trellises need to be staked in the ground

I made my own trellises this year and didn’t think about having to steak them in the ground, so whenever a strong gust of wind came about, they fell right over! Luckily my plants didn’t snap in half. The thinner ones I was able to push into the dirt but I couldn’t do it with the thicker ones. Next year I will probably attach some write to the bottom of them to push in the ground.

Lesson 2) Squash borers! 

These are the worst things ever! The stupid little worms hatch from eggs laid at the base of squash plants and bore their way up through the center of the plant, cutting off its water supply and killing it slowly. I lost every single squash plant I planted, and that was what I was most looking forward to. 🙁  Next year I will sprinkle repellent on them like crazy.

Lesson 3) Plant Early Crops Sooner

I waited too long to plant my cooler season crops like peas and spinach so they ended up not doing much and then burning up as the weather got hot.


Lesson 4) Self pollination is a good idea.

I had plenty of bees buzzing around my garden so I didn’t think I would have any problem with pollination, yet all my future squash would turn brown and fall off right after they were done flowering. Once I starting self pollinating each fruit, I didn’t lose any. Until the squash borers came around of course!

Lesson 5) Loose Dirt is Good Dirt

Around here our soil is a solid mass of red clay. It was a lot of work to loosen it up and and mix it with nice dirt so I probably didn’t do a great job with that. As a result my carrots, beets and radishes didn’t do to well, so next year I’ll make sure to get that dirt nice and loose! 


Lesson 6)  Hungry Rabbits!

Never underestimate the power of a hungry rabbit!  I had to wrap my fence in rabbit wire to keep these guys out, otherwise I think they would have eaten everything.

All in all it was a pretty good vegetable garden, I am really looking forward to next year!

What are some lessons you have learned about vegetable gardening?
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Cat Photos Friday #31- Cat Walk

We took the cats outside on a leash.. I’ve taken Cloud out quite a few times but they boys always seem to have issues. The one time I took Jeeves out he was so scared he tried to climb the side of the house to get back in, and Chester broke out of his collar and ran straight for the interstate! But I decided to give it another try.


I kept Jeeves on the porch and he did much better, but he didn’t think he could walk with the harness on.

But he eventually figured it out!

“How did you get out there?!”



Chester didn’t have any problem with the harness, in fact, he walked right down the porch steps..

And down the front path…

And then onto the sidewalk!

And it was only a little embarrassing when a neighbor walked by.

All of a sudden Chester freaked out! I think he suddenly realized that he wasn’t just in another room and that the world was actually huge. He started flipping out and we had to hold onto him tight to calm him down and bring him back inside where he sat and had this crazy expression for a while.

Cloud of course, is a pro at the leash. Every time I get near the back door she whines to go out.

This time she was really interested in my vegetable garden.


Overall I think they enjoyed being outside. I also took some silly videos of them, maybe one day I’ll post it!
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Cosmo the Hungry Rabbit

This spring a little rabbit moved in under our back deck.

I named him Cosmo.

I saw him almost every morning, hoping around the yard and munching on all the clover in our grass.




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But it wasn’t long before he discovered the yummy new veggies I had planted in my vegetable garden!

The fence was no match for this tiny guy! And he had quite the appetitie. He ended up eating three bell pepper plants, two hot pepper plants, three eggplant plants and an entire broccoli stalk all within a matter of days! I knew it was time to rabbit proof my fence if I wanted any hope of getting fresh vegetables.

And it worked great! You can check out my post about building it here.


I fed him fresh fruit, oats and water in hopes of being able to pet him, but I could never get close enough.

As he got bigger I saw him less, but he still came back to visit every now and then.



Then the best thing ever happened….
Cosmo had a baby!!!!!!!!

Now they both come visit my yard 🙂
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What September Feels Like

The trees look different; the green leaves seem faded


By the end of the month, their colors start to appear, first on the outside, then working their way in.



The mornings are dark when I wake up, and the crickets continue chirping into late morning




The skies turn bright blue as the summer smog fades away, and the clouds are giant and puffy.
 It’s windier now, which makes the big clouds move quickly across the sky.

As the humidity fades there is a crispness in the air.


September is here



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What I Wore- Leggings!

Leggings, where have you been all my life?



(Look at that gnat cloud!!)

Outfit Details
Dress: Thrifted but originally from Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Backpack: Thrifted

I’ve had these leggings for years. I’d wear them underneath my jeans when it was really cold, or sometimes to sleep in, but I never though to wear them with a dress before. And now I am obsessed with them! They’re so comfortable, I feel like I could do anything in them!

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Our First Wedding Anniversary

Today is our first wedding anniversary!

We always knew we wanted a casual, un-traditional wedding, more like a big fun party than anything else. We didn’t want to make our guests sit through a long ceremony, and than wait even longer to eat boring finger foods. This way our guests could start partying and pigging out as soon as they got there on all kinds of stuff, including hot wings, stroganoff and all the cheesey treats you can imagine! 

We choose my Mom’s lovely house and yard as the location and invited everyone we knew. We had the ceremony in the morning with just a few family members around, then had a delicious brunch and got ready for the big party later in the day.



 To make me laugh in this photo he said “I just imagined Cloud in a bikini… :/”

(Any guesses as to what my favorite color is??)
My mom spent months preparing her house and yard for the big day and everything turned out so well, way better than I could have imagined! You should check out some of the other events she has put together here.



One whole room was dedicated to desserts and treats and another was dedicated to the food! (See more photos of the dessert room here, I didn’t want to overwhelm everybody with too many pictures!)
My only regret is that I didn’t get to stand right here the entire night and pig out on all this CHEESE.

The backyard was transformed into a magical land!  My out of town family members arrived the day before and we worked into the evening to create this lovely scene.






It was a lot of fun, I’m so glad we decided to have a laid back wedding that was (almost!) stress free. It was a pretty exhausting day so we were relieved when it was all done and an entire week at the beach lay ahead of us. Although I do wish I could go back and enjoy the party as if I were a guest, the whole day flew by so fast!



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My Fern Clones

I have two fern clones…

Four years ago in school I took a cell culture class and one of our projects was to make clones from a fern my teacher had and record their growth all semester. It was my favorite thing I have ever done in school and I loved my little ferns so much I wanted to keep them! 

They have grown so much in the past few years.

To clone a fern you just snip a piece off one of the runners they put out, sterilize it so it can’t catch any diseases and then put it in sterile growth media and watch it grow!  I couldn’t resist adding pictures of my lab notebook, my notes crack me up. 
There’s also tons of typos, eek! I was also a little wild that semester and wrote all my notes with a calligraphy pen. My hand writing doesn’t normally look like that.


Steven had looked through my notebook and found it amusing.






 I don’t think anyone had ever taken their ferns home with them before, but I couldn’t imagine leaving them behind!  Before I brought them home I had to transfer them to new media on the last day of class after the final exam (probably why no one ever took theirs home before!)  luckily my teacher happened to have some laying around and made up some fresh tubes for me! When I got them home they lived on my bedside table for the next year 🙂

Here they are after a few months of growth in their new tubes. The top one if fern 1, and then bottom one is fern 2. 

When they were big enough it was time to plant them in soil, what an exciting day! I found these little plastic containers that acted as perfect little greenhouses. Since the ferns were so used to living in a high moisture environment, it would have been too much of a shock to just plant them in a pot right out of the test tube. 

 Here they are in their first pots! Fern 1 is on the left and fern 2 is one the right. It’s funny how fern 1 has always been more long and straggly, and fern 2 has always been a leafy mess. I’ve always been able to tell them apart! 
And here they are now, enjoying the summer on my front porch!

Fern 1


And fern 2. I still remember when I bent the runner in half trying to get it in the media for the first time. I thought it would die for sure, but it ended up being the stronger of the two!

I love my ferns and I still can’t believe I grew these little guys from a test tube!