Phew! We have been so busy around here. Life has just happened so fast.
As bad as I hate to say it, I just have to embrace that Fall is here. I was so not ready. I still wanted to enjoy my summer. So many things I wanted to do and didn’t get to. So many projects I needed to get done and well, they are not done. Oh well, same projects need to be done, guess I’ll just have cool weather to do them in. The garden is at rest and kuput.
We are having an abundance of deer on the property. I finally found the culprit to what was eating on my flower beds. This is right out my dining room window. The deer have just been desperate this summer. Some of our oak trees have just now started dropping acorns so maybe this will help keep them out of my flower beds. I awoke at 3 am the other morning with a doe eating on my rose bushes right under my bedroom window, her yearling was lying in the grass. They need to eat too.
The girls and I have just been rocking on every day having fun baking, cleaning and playing. They love to do what ever I am doing so why not teach them at the same time. They help me make alot of things, breakfasts, lunches and supper. Even treats.
They like to help me clean too and they get rewarded with treats like ice cream.
I made these treats one night for the girls. My momma use to make these all the time for our boys when they were little. They are mock ice cream sandwiches. You just spread some whipped cream onto graham crackers ( you can even use the chocolate ones) and store them into a container or ziploc bag and place in freezer. Just pull one out when you want a snack.
Of course they are loving playing with Poppie too.
Just because you need matching pigtails.
These girls are growing so fast. Caroline is learning so much from big sissy. It want take much to potty train her when it is time. She practices and will give you a high 5.
Alot has happened in Dakota and Jossies lives. Dakota finally got the opening to go to Lineman school with his job at our Counties Electrical Company. Two long weeks of climbing school and tests. Yes, that’s him hanging upside down. Made my heart skip a beat. He passed third in his class. We are so proud of him. He will get promoted in November when they have the next opening and they have to fill his position too. Now, he goes through apprenticeship for 4 years. He will get raises along the way. This is a goal he set for himself and he accomplished it. Jossie is rocking right along in school. She is making good grades and has alot of time to study.
Then this finally happened. Now, long story. Back in 2016 they had a private ceremony for us parents. However, Dakota was working out of town and long hours and didn’t get to make it to the court house on time that day to sigh the marriage certificate. So, the next day, he took off early and went to the court house to sign it but they told him it could not be signed the day after. What? So, the certificate was null and void. For the past 2 1/2 years they would try to plan and prepare and come up with a date, but something would always come up. Someone would have to be out of town or work or school or or or, so they just decided to just get it done. This time we made sure he made it to the court house in time. LOL.
Atleigh is a lover not a fighter, Caroline, not so much. We call her Scrappy.
This is us…..
Dallas is rocking on in school. This year is already going quickly. He is doing good driving which I am still nervous about. I don’t know what these boys do in Welding class but it looks like they have fun. lol. They are just too cool for shirts. He is loving welding class and will probably take some extra classes and become certified by our local Tech school.
It was time for dear hubby to do the outage job for the fall so Dallas and I got to take our fall break and go see him.
We took the girls to a Pumpkin Patch and had a good time.
That evening Dakota cooked supper for us and then the boys were sighting in their bows for bow season which is upon us.
I had to get Dallas some breakfasts made for easier mornings. I love make ahead breakfasts. This is what I do. I found the neatest trick for eggs. You grease a casserole dish, beat you milk and eggs and pour into greased dish. Bake in the oven until eggs are set. Remove and let sit. Then take a cutter or glass or cup and cut circles. They go great on bagels and biscuits. You can use the left over pieces too. This is easier than scrambling eggs and having them fall out when you try to eat them. Then store in a container or ziploc bag and place in freezer or fridge. Which ever you prefer. Then just take out one and heat it up. Makes mornings easier and healthier. I have gotten into freezer cooking and crock pot cooking and trying to meal prep. I also love , making meals by shopping from my pantry or freezer first before you make a grocery list. You can find cool ideas on this on YouTube. I love Jordan Page from funcheaporfree.com She is amazing. Check her out on YouTube.
Veggie bites. I love repurposing leftovers. I took left over broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and blended them in a food processor. I mixed in breadcrumbs, an egg and seasonings. Spooned them into nuggets into oil and fried. I also took left over mashed potatoes and added an egg, bacon bits and cheese and made them into patties and fried them too. I hate to waste or throw away food
This is copy cat Olive Garden salad dressing, and trust me, it tastes just like it. YUMMY
I made homemade broccoli and cheese soup with homemade bread.
One celery stalk, three uses. The leaves can be eaten just like salad leaves, of course you have your stalks, then regrow a stalk.
Caroline is not enjoying this pumpkin thing.
Well, that’s got you all cut up in our crazy lives. I’ve got a to do list a mile long and gonna try to get to them asap. Gotta get off here now and get my day started.