Monday, September 21, 2015

CAN-tastic DAY

Today was a day to use up the rest of the garden produce. 
I canned Beef Stew
Beef Stew
5# red potatoes, diced
5# carrots, diced
5# corn (I used frozen corn)
V-8 Juice original (it took about four large bottles)

Season the stew meat with Lawrys season salt, garlic salt and pepper, add a little flour and toss in the stew meat.  

Stuff quart jars with stew mixture. Pour in V-8 juice to within an inch of the rim. 
Process in pressure canner for 90 minutes at 15 pounds of pressure. 
Yields about 26 quarts. 

Then I made my Grandmother Fullmer's recipe for Chili Sauce. 
The smells in the house reminded me of my grandma and my mother as they would make this every year. 

I thought about them all day. 

It was a good day. 

Grandma's Chili Sauce
8 quarts ripe tomatoes, skinned
3 C onions , chopped fine
3 C green peppers, chopped fine
1 C apple cider vinegar
3 C sugar 

In a spice bag:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
6 Tbsp salt

Put the spice bag in the tomato mixture and simmer for 3 hours until thickened. 
Pour into 1/2 pints jars. Process in water bath canner for 10 minutes. 

Yield about 25 1/2 pints. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Lynsey and Lexi have been gone about 3 weeks.

I miss them.
For over 2 1/2 years they lived with us. 
Our house was crazy chaos. 
And I loved it. 

Lynsey became more like a best friend. 
And I loved it. 

Denver is far. 
And I don't love it.

But they are happy and doing well. 

In the meantime I'm trying to figure out my new normal. 

I have been busy. 

I love canning. 

I love fresh garden food. 
(Ignore the emesis is unused)

And I love getting pictures from the family. 
Technology.... I love it. 

Lexi's first day of 2nd Grade.

And then there is this little girl!

She loves her daddy.

She is just a smiling angel. 
Her big brothers going off to school. 

Kendrix to kindergarten and Krew to 3rd grade.

Then there is this little guy. 

Timothy Charles Egan
Those cheeks!!!!
They need some smooches. 

Then there are these kids!

How is it that they keep growing?
Josh, Jessica, Justin and Jaren. 
They went down the Alpine slide in Park City over the weekend. 

Looks like fun.
We did that once as newly weds. 

They are sure cute!

But them getting older makes me older.

I'm not sure I want to be older. 
Is that my new normal?

And this picture....

I love this place.

Friday, August 14, 2015


13 years ago we paid for the biggest mistake ever. 
We bought a used Cadillac Catera. 

For 13 years it has proved to be the worst car ever made. 

I'm pretty sure the previous owner was Satan himself. 

Today I bought a new car. 
Not new. Because that would just be ridiculous. 
But new to me. 

Proud owner of a 2011 Chevy Equinox. 
Isn't it pretty? 
I'm pretty excited. 

And I can even start the car from inside my house!!!!

Cars have come a long ways since the last century. 

Friday, July 31, 2015


No words needed. 

Pure deliciousness. 

Pure happiness.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Timothy Charles Egan
8 pounds 4 ounces
Sweetness from heaven. 

Grandpa and I get to hang out with Teddy for a couple of days. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I wish I lived on a farm.
Away from crowds and noise.
Where there are big stars at night.
And the sound of sprinklers in the fields.
 I did once.

 But until that dream comes true again...

 I'll enjoy my little "farm-let"

The dill smells so good!

My two little baby Americanas. Deiter and Dashy
Then the laying hens.
An Australorp
A Buff Orpington
and a Barred Rock
and a Blue-Lace Wyandott that I raised from an egg two years ago.

 They grow up so fast! sniffle sniffle

How many people can say their pets made their breakfast?
Those 4 eggs came from the girls today.

Today I picked my first picking of Seascape strawberries.
And two green peppers.

I need to pick the basil and the sage.
Smells heavenly.

I love my raised beds.
It makes gardening so much easier.
My corn hasn't been this high this early ever.

Little cabbages in a row like little soldiers.

Tomato plants as tall as me.
I started these from seed in March.

I'm trying cantalope this year under the plexiglass.
It's an heirloom variety called Noir de Carmes Melon.
It's black skinned until it's ripe then overnight the skin turns orange.

For now I'll be content with the farm-let.


Saturday, June 27, 2015


Trifecta complete.
Miles of trail runs
Up these beautiful mountains. 
Traverse rope climbs and multiple other obstacles.
Nice mud pit on the trail to cool off.
It was rather warm-ish.
And when you don't think you can do one more thing.....

There's one more thing. 
He had a blast.
And I think he's a stud muffin!!!

Medals from Whitefish, Montana
Boise, Idaho and Park City, Utah. 

"I'm proud of you and am amazed at your tenacity!"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

37 YEARS!!!!

We haven't always had it together. 
But together we had it all. 

I love you.