Gardening, like farming, is a gamble most times. There are years where you have the right temperature, rainfall and fewer pests, and then there are the years of failure. The goal is to spend the least amount of dollars for the highest yield (meaning fullest amount of produce). So when you have a good year, you scramble to make the most of what you have obtained and put it back for the coming months.
So to keep with the thrifty ways of my upbringing, I kept my dollar from traveling too far this weekend. I had a bumper crop of bell peppers this year to reserve for future use. The cold temps we had last week required I pick some before they were mature.That’s the beauty of a bell pepper–they taste good whether they’ve finished ripening or not.
I mean look at these bohemoth peppers! They’re supposed to be 9 to 12 inches and red or yellow. But trust me, they are good as is.
These will be kept in the freezer until I need to add them to our favorite dishes. Between frozen tomatoes and frozen peppers, I’m pretty happy about the prospect of garden fresh meals in winter.
I wonder what deliciousness my grandma would have created with an air fryer? Maybe a topic for future Inez’s Clippings??
Word association will be my attempt to meld a post with this week’s clipping. I struggled with this one but I loved the clipping enough to work with it. Maybe you’ll appreciate the humor and maybe not. Living rural will give you an edge for sure so, city slickers, just know that running over a cow is not an option. Enough said I think.
My ‘herd‘ of projects is becoming a bit excessive so maybe if I share some, or plans for some, I’ll get more finished just for accountability’s sake. I can hope at least.
I’ll begin with the quilt that should be finished by now—if we had a little cooler weather it would have helped. Hand quilting is so much more appealing when it’s going to keep your lap warm. At least all that’s left is this small section and the binding.
This one is actually finished thank goodness! Called Mini Sunbonnet Sue Months of the Year. I did not piece this quilt. My dear hubby found it on eBay for a steal. All I had to do was finish the hand quilting portion. And here is where I’m going to insert an explanation for those who don’t quite understand. There is a difference in construction definitions when I say (or a quilter says) they ‘Hand Quilt’. This refers to the stitching you see all over a quilt. When someone says they “Hand Piece”, it means they have sewn all the portions of the quilt by hand, not on machine. I Don’t “Hand Piece”. lol I’m way too busy for that. Hand quilting is my thing and I like the way it looks with hand stitching rather than machine stitching over the top of a quilt.
And on Friday my dear youngest daughter informed me we needed a baby quilt done by Saturday at 1 pm. There was only one way that would happen and she agreed to participate and assist. Thank you Kirsten and glad you got a lesson in this form of quilt assemblage.
And something I’m preparing to do is use up some spare quilt blocks in a fun way. Mini quilts are my latest endeavor and much more do-able in a short amount of time. They will mostly be machine quilted for those who are wondering. I simply have too much to do to hold onto all these forever.
The one I’m keeping for display for myself is this one. Funny how I got a memory of it come up today on FaceBook.
So I’m a little behind on stuff as you can see. Had a set of custom bowl cozies picked up this morning and yes I do take some orders. Within reason.
And last for this round up but definitely not the only project going on is this quilt that hubby (again) found on eBay. Lots of quilters make tops but never get them completed. This is where I’ve found a niche and I’m gladly taking time to Hand Quilt this one. It is also hand pieced and my admiration goes out to the lady who created it. You only get a peek though 😉
I’m a bit long-winded this Monday as you can see. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!
It’s Sunday and time for another one of Inez’s Clippings. Grandma was often the butcher at the farm. It was nothing for her to head out to the chicken barn and grab a good looking hen (or rooster who was guilty of being too ornery) and take care of business –all the steps including plucking the feathers and readying it for the dinner table. I was never privy to learn the method as I was not considered old enough. I can honestly say I’m ok with that 😉 I saw enough meat prep of all kinds to satisfy my curiosity.
On a recent doctor visit, I was told to eat less red meats in an attempt to lower the cholesterol. I’m guilty of being an honest to goodness carnevore and his instructions are going to be tough. After all we live in the middle of the Farm Belt and I reitterate the fact that meat is my favorite staple.
So with all that in mind, we used up some garden produce this weekend, starting with some lovely sweet bell peppers in a Pepper Chicken dish. Chicken is on the ‘good’ list. As long as it’s not deep fried.
The step-by-step photos are in the slides below. Notes: #1-We double recipes sometimes so we can have leftovers and use up extra summer vegies. #2-The link for the recipe is here. #3-The recipe states beef and as I stated above, we substituted chicken. #4-Another difference is we added julienned celery. Crunch is important….to us at least.
To keep this gluten free, it’s important to watch soy sauce, oyster sauce and spice labels.
Sleep deprivation is a thing for many people. In our home, it happens to a couple of us—present company not included. I happen to think that my job is one of those that helps you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done. I am thankful for that. This is not to say that those who have sleep trouble aren’t working hard enough. A good night’s sleep is a mystery to many as apparently it’s a challenge to successfully treat.
This weekend while everyone in Sedalia and the surrounding area is at the Missouri State Fairgrounds (working/riding rides/seeing a concert,eating corn dogs and cotton candy), I’m here at home working on a project for some good friends. They have recently moved but we have a common friend (our daughter) who will transport the project for us once it is completed. In short, I spent Saturday cutting soccer jerseys.
Of all the marking tools I’ve researched, I found these are the best for quilting. Just don’t use the orange. For some reason, it doesn’t wash out the best. As a daycare provider, ask me how I know this. 😉
Hard to see in the second pic, but I’ve pinned the opening closed prior to cutting.
Some factors to consider when making someone a jersey/t-shirt quilt is that the shirts are not replaceable. For this reason, it’s taken me some time and contemplation on how to best begin. If you have a project someone has requested, definitely do the homework first so there are no regrets later. As in carpentry, measure twice, cut once. Don’t let it deprive you of sleep.
Stay tuned for the completed quilt in an upcoming post. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!
Usually this is a Sunday post but due to the amount of stuff I needed to catch up on this weekend, that was not gonna happen. And I’m still behind. So Monday it is for another installment of Inez’s Clippings.
Part of my ‘to do’ list this weekend was harvesting some tomatoes. Po-tatoes are still in the ground and waiting for the hubster to take time out to dig them. I hope our new method of the adding a board-raised bed works. (fingers crossed).
The 4-post boxes in the background mark the beginning of the potato boxes. Notice our piles of compost ready to be tilled in for the gardening season are keeping the girls from pouncing on the little bunny. He has remained that tame throughout this year. So far he only wants my clover in the yard.
This was our first attempt at this sort of potato growing. The jury is still out on how much or less we will acquire. Hoping for a bumper crop. Speaking of a bumper crop, I have a tomato weigh-in for you….
A small dinner plate will do for this one. And yes, I get my gardener genes from Inez’ side of the family 😉
I don’t know if my grandmother ever contributed any stories of her own to newspapers while teaching back during her teaching days, but I definitely know from my own personal experience that kids can and will say things that make you smile on a daily basis. It’s probably why she was drawn to cutting out the ‘funnies’ from the newspapers.
Before I share Grandma’s clipping for this week, I wanted to share a bit about our week during storytime. As a regular activity, we talk about stuff related to the story of the day and I have kept track of several of these over time. This past couple weeks, we had an Insect Theme goin’ on and the question I posed to them went like this….
“If you found a beehive on the ground, what would you do? Why?”
Owen(age4) “Put it back up–Because the bees will be sooo happy”
Hunter(age 4) “Go in the house–Because they will sting you.”
Owen yes we have 2 Owens (age 4) “Don’t be around it–Because they will sting you”
Bella (age 2) “Be afraid! –I don’t know & my daddy afraid & my mommy afraid!”
Jonathan (age 2) “Run away to my house, no a different house–Because I don’t like bees!”
Miles (age 5) “Scare it away — Cause I don’t like bees.”
Hudson (age 5) ” I would pick it up and put it back and wait for more bees to come back — I don’t know why”
Ben (age 7) “Leave it alone & walk around it — So I don’t get stung.”
Sawyer (age 7) ” Leave it alone so I don’t get stung and walk off”
So to reassure everyone out there, we had further discussion of how to handle this situation and also about the benefits bees provide to our environment. In addition, I just want to say that the next generation is going to be OK. They have empathy, caring hearts and are wonderful little people! So, if this didn’t make you smile, maybe the funnies coming up will…..Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!!
Though faded with age, I have my grandmother’s handwriting in this example of her saved pieces.
It’s pretty hard to read even with the filter possibilities I tried…so here’s a clearer version.
Tree Toad Tongue Twister
A tree toad loved a she toad That lived up in a tree. She was a 3-toed tree toad But a 2-toed toad was he. The 2-toed tree toad tried to win The she toad's friendly nod; For the 2-toed tree toad loved the ground that the 3-toed tree toad trod. But vainly the 2-toed tree toad tried He couldn't please her whim; In her tree toad bower with her V-toe power the she toad V-toed him.
In the poem, it described a ‘She Toad’ who loved her sanctuary, as most women do. And she didn’t want to be bothered with the ‘He Toad’. Where is Your happy place?? Here’s Mine in pictures. Crazy Anne II quilt is ready for binding….
Another KC Star quilt for the books. Note: Some call this pattern Wheel of Fortune but I’m referencing the 1949 version as you can see in the photo from The Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler by Barbara Brackman. And just think, this quilt top came from Facebook marketplace in a tub of scraps for $15. About as good as it gets!! Yep, time spend quilting is synonymous with me in my sanctuary.
My grandmother kept clippings from books, newspapers and other sources in a little yellow box. I share them here at Inez’s Clippings. Click here to see the original post and the list of other published clippings.
Have you ever tried to remove the briers? Once they are gone, there are no weeds underneath (because they have choked them out) leaving a good path. A little extra effort can go a long way to finding your daily blessings.
This Sunday I’m sharing some of my ‘sunbeams’ in pictures. I hope you’ll enjoy.
It’s Storytime this Sunday! This mini book was a bonus if you purchased a certain brand of bread back during the Depression Era. It may even be post Depression Era as I could not find much information on this item. The closest thing I found was another booklet with no correct link to its origin. Frustrating–but knowing Grandma’s time frame of collecting clippings, I am tacking on a range from 1925 to 1940 as a possible publishing age. It could even predate this period. Anyone with more information, feel free to correct me or validate my opinion. In the meantime, enjoy this piece from Inez’s Clippings.
I hope you enjoyed this little fairy tale from the little yellow box containing Inez’s Clippings. And now a favorite quote of mine as I conclude …….
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." – Walt Disney
Inez’s Clippings is a page on my blog with entries based on a small yellow box of collected newspaper clippings belonging to my grandmother Inez Hunter. Click the ‘Inez’s Clippings’ tab above to read more entries as they are published. Thanks so much for visiting!
The world is full of medical advice these days and everyone is Googling to see what is wrong with them or someone they know. I often wonder what folks from days-gone-by would have thought of this access to so much information. Most people tend to want to look for freebies whether rich or poor. You can’t blame them with the cost of living. A little glimpse this Sunday of my grandmother’s humorous view on the topic of Something for Nothing.