Sunday, July 28, 2013

Week in Photos: birthday week, raining days, kites, food and new floor.

 
 
This week was my birthday week. My sweet mommy came to visit. We've been having a nice time, other than the fact that she's been on crutches, after she hurt her knee falling on our deck after the rainstorm we had. Please pray she heals up quickly.
 
 
Don't you love when you leave the nice clean laundry on the line and
 then it pours for a day and a half!
 

 
Cherries were on sale last week, I bought about 10 pounds. I've never canned them, so the beginning of the week I used my new red tattler lids to try it.

 
For the "syrup" I used 7 cups of apple juice and approx. 1/2 cup of honey boiled it and added the cherries to blanch them for 5 minutes before canning. Drained the liquid, packed the jars, then added the liquid and processed them for the appropriate time, in hot water bath.
It made 7 pints and I ended up with a little extra juice that I made some jelly out of.
  
 
Unfortunately two of my jars didn't seal. But that was great because my youngest daughter and I made cheesecake with cherry topping for my birthday cake. It came out so good.
 
 
 
We had a beautiful day after the rain and enjoyed the lake
My mom and I






This is my favorite picture from that day.





I was really happy when I was looking for clams this week and the guy we would normally get them from didn't have any. I got off the phone and not five minutes after a friend of the families from church said he wanted to give us some! They were so good, we had so many steamed clams and then shucked the rest and fried them.
Kissing the clams. (For fun)

We steamed them with seaweed in ocean water, they were the most flavorful I have ever had.
 
We ate them with sushi rolls, my new addiction.


here's the link to my basic recipe for the sushi
 
Sean has been enjoying his new friend all week (my mom's dog, Tucker)  
 
 
Its amazing how you get used to things around you, that you look at every day. They become a part of your life and you don't realize what they actually look like after a while.

When we moved in the house, it had been abandoned for several years. We had quite the adventure with no running water for a time and much cleaning up to do.  We saw the potential of the place more than the mess. We had to remove most of the flooring, the dining room didn't have one. So we have been contentedly living with this hideous sub-floor for over a year now!

Before

I was over the top blessed with some birthday money, and really prayed about what to do with it. The floor need came to mind. My Mother watched the kids while Jamie and I had a date to go pick out flooring, We picked up enough to do our kitchen and dining room, and perhaps the small bedroom downstairs! We came home and got to work on the dining room.

in progress

After
 
I just love before and after pictures! It is a new room! I can't believe it. We have some trim work to do now and finish the kitchen floor.
 
 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Week in Photos: yummy salad, good friends, completed outhouse, and a finished sock.

 We had a very blessed week of good friends visiting, wonderful weather for a lot of swimming time at the ocean, just nice and relaxing.
I've been wanting to do more frequent family updates. At the same time, a friend Shannon started a weekly photo post, Snapshot Saturday, on her blog and invited me to join her. I decided I would as much as I am able. At the bottom of this post is a linky thing to the other blogs that are doing this, if you want to join in you can attach your link at the bottom or in the comments. I think it will be a good way to cherish the little things, keep in touch and get to know each other better. 
 

 I threw this salad together and it was so yummy. I have to share it, I used left over grilled chicken, along with left over roasted potatoes and carrots, onto a bed of baby spinach, sliced tomatoes, a few dilly fiddles, sprinkle of moz cheese, and tossed in Italian dressing. Yummy.


The following bunch of pictures is what you get when you let an eight year old use go out and use the camera on her own, there were several hundred pictures like these, I kept the best ones. I was actually quite impressed:
















We put in a raised bed a few weeks ago close to the house which is doing so much better than my big garden. Nature Girl planted it for me. The seedlings came up this week:


 
Swiss chard
 
Purple podded beans
 

dragon carrots
 

We had wonderful old friends, brothers and sisters in the Lord, come visit and camp on our property last weekend. We had good food, good, fellowship and good fun. There were 14 kids here, with our three families combined, they all had a great time getting to know each other again. At the end of the visit, saying goodbye was precious, boys crying and girls putting there hands out of the van windows, to say in sniffly voices, "Goodbye, see you next year!" We decided we will try to make it a yearly tradition.
 

my favorite 
My Little Buddy kept telling me, "Me loves my new friends."
 

Kid powered four wheeler
 
We built this out house just for this occasion, having 20 people using one small bathroom seemed like it could be a problem. Instead of renting a gross port-a potty, that no one wants to use, we decided this would be a better investment of our time and money. I love how it came out, its pleasant to be in, not creepy. When I was a kid and my family first moved to Maine
that's all we had for while, so it brings back childhood memories.  
 

driftwood door handle...
And we just had to make it a two seater, for fun.
 
 
Some other random photos from throughout the week:
 


Shelling lobster for freezing; Downeasters freeze lobster in milk so we can enjoy it in
chowder in the winter.
 
 
 The lovely Lily bouquet Jamie brought home for me helped me cheer up that day.


Exploring our brook.


Best buddies.
 

I started learning how to knit socks, started my first about a month ago, just finished on Thursday, maybe in another month I'll have a matching pair!   
 
 
 
Blessed summer days:
 
 
Have a blessed week!
 
Aura


 

    
 
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