Canning gardening and cooking out

We’ve been busy around here. So far we’ve put up 41 qts of dill pickles from our cucumbers and I’ve got more to do because I ran our of pickling spices. Ive got whole, spear and slice pickles. Looking forward to some fried dill pickles with some ranch dressing. photo IMG_20140702_195143_748_zpsrlf77nnu.jpg  photo IMG_20140708_183350_898_zpsurv6dp28.jpg  photo IMG_20140703_102314_977_zps0bzydksq.jpg

Dear hubby came up with a quick way to make spears with this handy apple corer gadget. Life saver.  photo IMG_20140708_173343_238_zpsurbbkyll.jpg

We have got squash and zuccinni in to. I love steamed vegetables. We bought some carrots in bulk too (having trouble growing carrots) and Im putting them up as well. I love my food saver very much. We also bought some pinto beans in bulk and so far I have 32 qts of them. I wanted to make up some mexican rice or spanish rice and can, but I found out you cant can rice. Phooey. Ill just fix it when I fix supper I guess with some enchiladas, tacos or fajitas with refried beans.
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Want be long til we will be in okra, tomatoes and corn.
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We had a wonderful 4th of July cookout with family plus a baby shower. Yep we had to decorate in pink. Its going to be a girl. We had a long distance baby shower. It is for my husbands nephew who lives in San Fransisco CA.. so we had his mom (husbands sister) open up the gifts while I video taped. She will rewrap them and send all gifts to them along with the dvd. We wanted to to do it live through skype but we didnt have good connection. That was very interesting. I thought the boys were going to pass out when they saw all the pink on their deer and in the house.
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After the shower we ate really well. We had all cold stuff this time with just hamburgers and hot dogs. We also played games and it was fun to see the older folk play too. Then at dark we put on a fireworks display. Dallas was in fireworks heaven.
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We got in bed exhausted. The very next morning dear hubby had to leave for Colorado. I was trying so hard not to cry but couldnt help it. We knew this day was coming but it never gets easier and I never get use to it. He stalled around as long as he could. He did not want to leave. He finally had to hit the road since it is an 18 hr drive. He drove half way one day and finished the other half the next. Made it safetly.
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Then we took Dallas to my momma and daddys cause he wants to spend a week with them before school starts. SHHHHH….I dont even want to heart that word yet. We are too busy enjoying summer break. I swear they dont get long summer breaks anymore like we use to. I remember being out for 3 mths and not going back til after labor day.
The ducks and chicks are growing really well. Here are the ducks taking a morning swim.
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It got stormy here last night but we weathered the storm. The garden got plenty of water and fertilizer. Right before it started raining i got the chickens and ducks and little kitty tucked in for the night and i came up and fertilized through the rest of the corn. Boy…….thats the fastest ive ever throwed fertilizer down in my life cause it started lightning and carrying on.
Power went off a few times and satellite was out most of the time. Was not getting service on mine or dakotas phone. Had trouble texting daddy to let him know we were ok. Finally calmed down around 11:30pm. Got in bed. We all good now.
Im going to leave you parents with this scenario:
I swear this parenting thing gets harder the older they get. I think its easier to change diapers teach 4 hr feedings and tantrums than it is to hear….YALL NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING……YALL NEVER LET ME GO ANYWHERE……YALL ARE SO OVERPROTECTIVE…….ALL THE OTHER KIDS ARE DOING IT…….YOUR TREATING ME LIKE A KID…..etc etc etc. Me and david dixon will NEVER i repeat NEVER apologize for trying to be good parents. That is our goal and motto. No we will not just let our kids run all over the country side and set them free just because they have a license and keys. Were not rushing anything at the moment one thing at a time please. Too many parents get in a hurry and let their kids go with no reguard as to who their hanging around with….where their going…..what their doing or most of all their safety. If were not comfortable with it their not doing it. Whether your a parent or one of their friends we have to know whether you drink smoke cuss or do drugs.
Me and david have never had someone to “watch” or babysit our kids while mom and dad went out. If our kids cant go…..we dont go. Weve turned down lots of invites because it was not appropriate for our kids and wed never sneak off and do it behind their back cause we dont do those things. Very few times have our kids never been with us. If they are not its usually because they didnt want to go so they asked to stay with grandparents. In 23 years our kids have missed 2 anniversary dinners only because they were being nice. Date nights consist of ALL of us. Alone time for us is when everyone is in bed. We gave up the stupid stuff BEFORE we had kids.
We will go to our grave teaching our kids and protecting them. That means monitoring everything they do.
Ive got one that is TOOOOOOO independent for his own good at this age but when he gets grown and gone that will be his best quality and he will be awesome at it. But right now there are still rules and with independence comes trust responsibility and common sense. They dont realize we were teenagers once too and we had the same rules and heard the same speeches. We got punished also. They are no different.
I dont like having to be the bad guy but its called tough love sometimes and one day when they lay their first born children in their arms…..THEN…….they will truly understand why mom and dad do what we do.
Hes just a teenager thinking he has the stricktest parents on earth. Oh well, one day hes going to appreciate it.
Hope everyone has a good day in the Lord.


About 4dfarms

I am a wife to an amazingly dedicated, devoted, and loyal husband whom God sent to me. I am a mother to two wonderful boys to whom I'd give my life for. Around here we have homeschooled, we farm, garden, hunt, fish and anything else we want to do. Although I do have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sometimes its hard for me to keep up. If it was not for my husband and two boys, I could not do some of what I do. They really do help me alot. We work together as a team in my home. We try our best to train up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Yea, they slip sometimes and correction has to be made. Thats life. I want so badly to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman. My grandmother did an awesome job of it and Id like to fill her shoes.
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