Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Knitting with Karen

Karen's spinning wheel.

A carved wood bowl made by Karen's husband.

Karen's shawls, ready to slip on when it gets chilly.

Her beautiful handmade wood buttons.

My latest bowl

A new photo of my blue bowl.

I was over to Karen's for coffee and knitting this morning!  She helped me photograph my bowls.  I felt like my photos on my Etsy listings were not as good as they should be.  One of my problems is that I don't have shade. And there was a lot of lovely shade and ferns in Karen's backyard!  I have a sweater that I have been working on that is hibernating.  It is a cardigan for my daughter.  The wood buttons that Karen makes will be perfect for it!  So I need to drag it out of hiding and get working on it again.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Spring City

An old general store that is now an art gallery.

Really cool door handle on the general store!


Cool old barn.  

Barbed wire fence.

I love the knots in the barbed wire!

Old gas station, now an art gallery.

Picket fence.

Old gas truck.

Gas caps on the old gas truck.

We drove over to Spring City on Saturday for their Heritage Days.  I didn't get a photo of the old school, but they are working on renovating it and had an art auction and an antique sale.  I could see the the building has been worked on since the last time we were there for Heritage Days a couple of years ago.  Spring City has a lot of historic buildings that have been restored.  I believe the town is on a the Historic Register.  Fun to walk around and look at the wonderful buildings.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Vegetable Photographs

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I was thinking that it was time to switch out the photo on the recipe blog.  What do you think of these artichoke/corn photos?  Which do you like?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday's Produce Score!

Baskets waiting for pick up.

My haul!
I have been enjoying the Bountiful Baskets! We had some of the corn last night.  Paul grilled it and it was very tasty. We had the blackberries for dessert!  I still have one bundle of spinach from last week, so am planning on a Spinach Souffle tonight.  Along with some of this week's cauliflower.  I have a potluck tomorrow and will cube the honeydew to take for my contribution.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Pits!

 Dump truck load of dirt

One competed raised bed, or AKA a "Pit".
                                     

Second "Pit", needs leveled and the supports added.


A trailer load of Nutra mulch, AKA Turkey Poop.


The project for the backyard this year is to get some raised vegetable garden beds made.  Paul designed these and constructed the first one.  The second one is almost there.  He hopes to get a third one installed as well.  This weekend we will be hauling dirt from the pile to the "Pits" using the brand spanking new wheel barrow.  Then mix in some turkey poop!  Hopefully I can get some things planted next week.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day weekend

Another Bountiful Basket day.

My haul!

Hiking with the puppy dogs.

I had a wonderful weekend.  I picked up another Bountiful Basket on Saturday morning.  I got there a bit later than last week, so fewer baskets were left to choose from.  I was thrilled to see more red potatoes, last week they were so delicious!  I also bought a gallon of olive oil.

The kids all came down for the day.  We did the park with Zack and the dogs.  Everyone had a good time.  The men grilled steaks and the women made the salads for lovely dinner on Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday, those still in town went "Up the Mountain" as it is known around these parts.  We went on a hike, but Zack didn't last too long.  It was still nice.  The dogs love hiking in the mountains.  All in all, a good time was had by all.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Knitting with a friend!

Sweet puppy dogs.
 Waterfall.  
 Prayer flags waving in the breeze.
 Water lily in the greenhouse pond.
She already has some cucumbers ripe in the greenhouse!

Yesterday I drove down to Manti to have a knitting and coffee visit with my friend Karen.  Her beautiful dogs hung out with us as well.  She let me use her swift and ball winder to wind some yarn for my next shawl that I wanted to cast on.  We had some of my home roasted coffee and sat by the waterfall knitting.  I forgot to take any photos of our knitting projects.  Oh well, next time.  Karen has a spinning wheel and has been spinning so much yarn that she has started to sell some of it at her Etsy shop.  Beautiful stuff!  A very lovely day!  We have scheduled another visit in a couple of weeks.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flowers in the yard

 My first Iris bloom!  I had some starts from my friend, Florence, two years ago.  I had to move them last year to a new location.  So this is the first time they have flowered for me.
 Some pretty pink volunteer Tulips.
 Johnny Jump-ups!
 Just some wild flowers in our naturescaped yard (or in reality, not landscaped yet)
 More "wild" flowers!
 Pretty Pansy in a pot.
 I love these dark Tulips!  They almost look black.
 Red Tulips are always lovely.
And the hummers have arrived!


I love to photograph flowers.  I didn't think that I had very many in my yard, but once I started to look, I found more and more.  Until we get the backyard finished, we have all kinds of wildflowers that pop up during May and June.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Bountiful Baskets

 Baskets are ready to be picked up.
Our haul!

My friend, Sherre, has been talking about Bountiful Baskets.  I was intrigued about the idea.  So I signed up for one this week.  Really, yesterday I was so excited about getting up early to go and get our basket.  Pretty silly, eh?  It was fun.  Cool to see all the laundry baskets lined up with all their goodies.  Paul loaded the veggies and I was grabbing the fruit.  I didn't realize until we go home that there were artichokes in the box!  The only thing that I wasn't too thrilled about were the tomatoes.  They look a bit unripe.  Now to find some fun recipes to use all this fresh produce!