This year I am growing my first vegetable garden. I have been wanting to do this for years but this year it is happening. Josh borrowed our neighbors tiller and made a frame out of garden timbers. I am pretty blessed to have such a handy husband. Buying our 70's ranch home last summer has really put his handiness to the test. So anyhow, back in October 2009 I wen tot Bend, OR (See our blog from that trip) with some friends and on the last night Kristy and I went to see a documentary called Ingredients. That night I told Kristy about how I wanted to have a garden and grow food for my family. We talked about how it is just not a little project but how it is a way of living. The desire to do this came from way deep inside me. I left that trip refreshed and inspired. This year I am beginning to make that dream happen. I am growing Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Texas Sweet Onions, Jalapenos, Red/Green/Orange Bell Peppers, Cantaloupe, Lettuce and Spinach. It was a lot of hard work to get the garden started. I spent several days barefoot sitting in the garden preparing the soil and now I am absolutely enjoying every little new growth. The kids and I check together every day and enjoying being in the garden. The other fun thing I have been doing since last summer is composting. I just started my second pile and I am loving it. Did you know there are a million things you can compost? Maybe I will do a separate post on that later. The other night I decided to take pictures so I could show you all something that I am loving so much. What I need now is some good recipes and someone to teach me how to preserve. If you know or have any recipes let me know!

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Emily says:

I love your little vegetable garden! I wish I could grow one here in the desert.

(06.09.11 @ 12:25 PM)
Stephanie Casey says:

Looks great! Kelli and I recently have been loving Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook "My Fathers's Daughter." Everything we've made has turned out awesome! We also love the blog "101 Cookbooks" by Heidi Swanson.

(06.09.11 @ 02:07 PM)
Melissa M says:

How exciting!! I've always wanted to grow some type of vegetable on my own...I think it would be so thrilling to see the results of the labor. I love how adventurous you were with how many things you're growing in your first garden. Good job!!

(06.16.11 @ 08:22 PM)
I made Valentine heart cookies this year for the kids to pass out to their friends. My friend Katie shared this recipe for these yummy sugar cookies she found on the Cup-a Cup-a blog. Kate and Will decided to make them cookie pops with teal frosting dusted with white sugar, so that is what we did. They are so yummy, it is a good thing I am giving them all away.

Timeless Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1½ tsp. butter flavoring

Blend softened butter with sugar. Add eggs, then flour, baking powder and salt. Add vanilla and butter flavoring. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Roll out dough to ¼" thick. Dust cutters and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Cut out cookies in desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, allowing about 2 inches between cookies (they will spread). Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes (or until edges begin to turn golden). Remove from cookie sheet immediately. When cooled, glaze with the following glaze or frosting of your choice.

Glaze for Sugar Cookies
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk (approximately)
1 tsp. almond OR lemon OR vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients until smooth. If glaze is too runny, add more powdered sugar. If glaze is too stiff, add more milk.

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Carla says:

Wow...way to show all of us last minute, pre packaged, Hershey in a heart wrapper, Valentine aisle at Target moms up ...glad V isn't in your kid's class! Jk...they're beautiful!!

(02.15.11 @ 10:47 AM)
February 13, 2011
I am so ready for winter to be over and to welcome spring with open arms! I made this little craft project for a concept shoot which I can't share quite yet but I wanted to share with you how to make this fabric flower garland I found on the Once Wed Blog. I made my flowers a bit larger for my set and I just used scrap fabric I had at home. I loved making something so pretty from scrap fabric. Anyhow, just wanted to share.

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Stephanie Casey says:

I love making those! I have them hanging in random places in my house. They make it feel more cheerful during these cold, winter months. It's fun also to use squares instead of circles.

(02.13.11 @ 12:44 PM)