Mama’s Asparagus Casserole

Nothing makes you feel more at home then Mama’s cooking. This is one of many favorite dishes that I had growing up, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I will be sharing lots of my favorite recipes so make sure you keep coming back for more.

 

Asparagus Casserole

 

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Honeysuckle is in bloom!

Honeysuckle in bloom

Honeysuckle in bloom

Honeysuckle is in bloom so that means it is once again time to make honeysuckle jelly. Time consuming process but oh so good. The flowers themselves are quite beautiful and the smell is one of my favorites. It brings back memories of childhood, standing around sucking the nectar out of the flowers. I wish the blooms lasted longer, but this jelly allows to enjoy it all year-long.

The original recipe that I followed says that it should yield 7 half pints of jelly but I have never gotten that many. The batch I made today yielded 4.5 half pints. I will just refrigerate the half pint that was not full to use right away.

The most time-consuming part of the process is picking the flowers and removing the small green base from the flowers, once that is done it is rather easy. It is a quick process once the infusion is ready.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. This is a jelly that you don’t see everyday, I find it tastes a lot like honey, it is one that will surely please.

Honeysuckle Jelly Recipe

 

 

 

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Are we turning into urban farmers?

Most of our friends think we are a little nuts, lol, but that is ok. Nothing tastes better than fresh eggs for breakfast, and they are so much better for you. We have 4 full-grown hens that we bought at the NC State Fair last year. Two La Fleche and two Minorca, they are all black with the prettiest feathers. I need to get some good pics of them so that I can post them. About two months ago we bought 6 new chicks and three ducklings. The chicks are a mix of White Leghorn and Rhode Island Red so they should be good layers. The ducks are  Rouen ducks, and well, we bought those because they were so stinkin cute. They are bred for meat but we are just keeping them for pets.

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Yesterday we had to go to Tractor Supply for more chicken feed and of course we couldn’t walk out of there with out some cute little babies, lol. Talk about obsessed, they are just so adorable to me that I have to bring them home. We bought 4 Batam’s and two more ducks. Maybe one day soon we will actually get the chicken coop completed. I think hubby is going to stop taking me a long to the farm supply store, lol.

 

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I am sure there will be many more photos to come. I just love these ladies and gents and they are so fun to photograph.

First completed Christmas gift done.

So I sat down yesterday and made the Gingercake On the Go Organizer PDF Sewing Pattern. It is a wonderful pattern and very easy to follow. It sews up pretty quick once you pick out your fabric, which for me can be the hardest part. I will be making several of these for Christmas gifts this year. I like that you can customize it to fit your needs. It also allows me to use some of my vintage buttons. I would love to see some pics of some that you have made!

I am hoping to stitch up one of the Gingercake penguins this weekend. I will let you know how that goes once I finish.

It was in the 70′s here today so I took the opportunity to hang some Christmas lights outside before it gets to cold. Might even pull the Christmas tree out this weekend and get it set up. The kids are also playing musical bedrooms this weekend, which will be great once it is done, moving all the crap is another story. I will have to post pics once we get it done. The twins will be getting separate bedrooms and Samantha will be moving downstairs.

Busy, busy, busy. Never enough time in the days it seems.

Going Handmade For Christmas?

So I started thinking today that I should make some homemade gifts for my loved ones this Christmas. I started going through my patterns today to get some ideas and I think I have come up with a few. I also searched the free pattern section on You Can Make This and found a couple of ideas there. You can find the free patterns here, http://www.youcanmakethis.com/free-patterns, I actually sell a couple of patterns on You Can Make This. It is a great place to go find awesome patterns, free or paid.

Another pattern site I like is Gingercake, love their patterns and they are super easy to follow. Their website is http://www.gingercake.bigcartel.com/, I picked up two new patterns from their today. One for the On The Go Organizer and I can’t wait to make a few. They would be great for students to keep things together, great to keep kids busy coloring or writing in the car or restaurants or for Mom’s making their grocery lists. The possibilities are endless! I started pulling fabric out this afternoon but ran out of time to start cutting pieces. Had to go watch my son test for his first stripe on his orange belt, so super proud of him! I did get to read through the pattern, if you have a need for organizers this pattern is a great one. Check out the picture below, photo by Gingercake, and find the pattern here, http://www.gingercake.bigcartel.com/product/on-the-go-organizer-pdf-sewing-pattern. I also picked up the Annie’s Penguin pattern, http://www.gingercake.bigcartel.com/product/annie-s-penguin-pillow-pdf-sewing-pattern, I know a couple little ones who will be getting one of them this Christmas!

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And who could forget Bit Of Whimsy Dolls?! Find her amazing patterns here, http://www.bitofwhimsydolls.com/. I have most of them and have made several, they are some of the best written patterns I have seen. I love following Sarah and she sells finished dolls as well, talk about adorable. If you don’t have time to sew up your own you can’t go wrong buying one, or several, from her. The only problem with Bit Of Whimsy Dolls is trying to figure out which patterns to buy. Sorry if this fuels your pattern buying addiction! I know I have one, but there could be worse things. :)

If you plan on going the homemade route this year I would love it if you shared your ideas. Maybe you can inspire me or someone else. Even if you can’t make homemade this year for Christmas you can still support homemade and you can also buy local. Support the small people and your neighbors. You don’t understand what a big difference it makes in someone’s life.

Also, we have my oldest daughter’s 15th birthday on Monday and Thanksgiving on Thursday, what a blessed week it will be. Love my family and look forward to spending time with a bunch of them. Hope to get a lot of sewing done as well. Just maybe?! :)

Am I Coming Or Going?

The Holidays are almost upon us and we just get busier and busier. There are some days that I actually wonder if anything got accomplished. Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? I sure do. So much stress lately and it is draining.

My oldest daughter just finished Romeo and Juliet with her high school drama department and they did amazing. I am so very proud of her. She works so hard and is so dedicated. The had auditions this week for Grease, which happens to be one of her favorite movies, we find out tomorrow if she was chosen for a part or not. I pray that she does get chosen because my heart will break for her if she doesn’t. She had a couple voice lessons and she was amazing! Who knew? She never sings for real, but I hope she takes it up. She is so talented. She has her 15th birthday this month, need to start shopping. :)

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We will be spending Thanksgiving with my family this year, so Momma can do the cooking. It will be nice to see and spend time with my family. Take a couple days off and relax. That part will be really nice.

We are trying to support small businesses this year for Christmas, you should do the same. There are so many amazing companies out there to choose from. Makes the gift giving a little extra special, knowing that you are support local small businesses. People like you and me trying to make a living.

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