Growing Out On A Limb


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Emery in b&w

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Momma’s got a new bag

I’ve used the same diaper bag since Oliver was born and it’s getting tired.  Since I’m carrying less for Oliver these days I wanted something that was not so diaper bag-ish and a little more stylish. 

 

While shopping at a certain big chain store yesterday, I found a black bag on sale for $5.  It’s a black shoulder bag so not so stylish on its own but after getting it home I thought I might spruce it up a little bit. 

I found this image online, printed it out, and used freezer paper stencilling and fabric paint to transfer it to the bag.  I tried to keep the fabric paint thin so it would have a worn look.  This might be the most intricate stencilling I have done and it’s not perfect but then again, what is?!  I think it adds just the right bit of pop to make it a bit more stylish but not outlandish. 

 

 


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Jill’s Kick-Ass Sweet Dill Pickles

That’s what I called these pickles on my recipe card and I’m sticking with it! 

Hubby pretty much insisted that I get this recipe from our friend Jill after sampling a bottle of pickles that she dropped off.  I love dill pickles anyway but these have a sweetness to them that make them extra special. 

And the best part of these is that you don’t have to work for hours at a time to make a huge batch of pickles.  You mix up the brine, leave it in the fridge, and make up the bottles as the cucumbers come ready.  It is just so much more feasible for a busy mom. 

INGREDIENTS

3 cups apple cider vinegar

3 cups white sugar

1/2 cup (scant) coarse salt

1 tsp turmeric

Pinch alum

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil.  Boil for one minute then leave to cool. 

Once cool, add turmeric and alum.  Refrigerate overnight. 

Leave in fridge and use as cucumbers are ready. 

Pack fresh dill in the bottom of the jar.  Pack cucumbers tightly.  Add more fresh dill. 

Refrigerate at least three weeks.


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Sweet corn… times two!

 

It’s that time of year … corn on the cob season! 

Emery still has a hard time handling the separate kernels but that doesn’t stop him from sucking them off the corn cob! 

When I gave Emery his cob last night I was reminded of another little guy that liked his corn the same way when he was little.  This is Oliver at six months old on a vacation to PEI. 

No, they don’t look alike at all!


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Peach Freezer Jam

Brian and Oliver are on a road trip for a few days so I am seizing the opportunity to stock the pantry and freezer with seasonal goodies. 

Who can resist the baskets of peaches sitting around the supermarkets right now?  For us it means jam.  Freezer jam to be exact. 

A couple of years ago I tried this No Cook Freezer Jam gelling powder by Clubhouse and I haven’t made any other type of jam since.  It uses less sugar than other recipes, is full of chunky fruit, and even tastes better than others (as far as we are concerned). 

And, from start to finish, I have jars of jam in about 30 minutes.  Because I love having my own jam but I’m a mommy and can’t spend hours and hours to get it. 

What a great way to enjoy yummy peaches all winter long!


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At home with Emery

Here are some recent pics of the mover and shaker we call Emery at 8.5 to 9 months.  He walks along the furniture like he was born doing it but he still hasn’t taken steps on his own.  Any day now.  No doubt. 

No teeth yet, although that doesn’t stop everyone we see from commenting on the drool and chewing and being adamant that he has teeth breaking through.  They’ll come when they’re ready! 

He loves following big brother around.  He is super cuddly after naps or when he needs consoling.  He is making many more noises lately and seems proud of the new ones.  He loves to see me smile.  He loves Oliver’s hugs and kisses.  He is super ticklish.  He is waking up at 5 or 5:30 am lately (which drives mommy crazy) but Oliver had this phase too so it will pass. 

He’s a ray of sunshine!  I love this picture because this is his laid-back and smiley and “gotta go” personality. 

He explores by touch. 

He likes to play like big brother does but sometimes he gets himself into trouble! 

< Brief intermission to mouth the chair > 

Okay, now how am I supposed to get out of here?!