Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Glimpse into My Day

It was so nice this morning to wake up and actually have energy! Mom, Leah and I caught a bug of the cold variety early this week so we were all moving a tad on the slow side the past several days. But this morning, energy was there and a whole day lay ahead just waiting to be filled and have memories made with it.

One big thing on my mental 'to do' list was to get caught up on the laundry. With rain falling just about every day this week, the laundry basket had filled past over-flowing. Closets were becoming bare, washcloths were just about non-existent . . . something needed to be done! How good it was to see the sun shining this morning; and despite the high humidity slowing down the drying process, the laundry basket is now empty!

Other tasks on the agenda for the day were to harvest garden produce (which is a regular
morning activity).


Cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, peppers and herbs in abundance! Oregano was cut and put in the dehydrator (I have also been drying parsley the past few days). Some of the cucumbers were made into a salad for tonight (a favorite of my Dad's), and some of the others will be brought tomorrow morning to be given to the families there.

The zucchini was grated and put in the freezer to be made into breads, cakes and other baked goods throughout the year:


Though, two cups of the zucchini did not make it to the freezer as they found their way into zucchini bread (which has been disappearing quickly!)


Once the produce was taken care of, the bread baked and the dishes washed, I headed up to Leah and I's room to look through fabric scraps . . .


I pulled out the containers and began looking through them in hopes of finding fabric that fit the quilt design that was in my mind. When coming up empty, I decided that a trip to the fabric store is going to be necessary (which I am looking forward to . . . what quilter doesn't enjoy walking down the aisles and aisles of beautiful cotton prints?!)

Well, I must close this as the yellow squash is just about done simmering on the stove and is going to be needing a bit of attention (as in removing it from the stove and making it into a casserole for dinner tonight. :)

13 comments:

  1. So sorry y'all haven't been feeling well, Sarah, but glad you're feeling better!

    Mmmm! Squash casserole sounds really good! Can you share the recipe?

    It sounds like you had a full day! Me too. :) I'm glad you were able to get the laundry taken care of. I hope it's sunny for me on Monday - my wash day. :) I notice you are next to the squash plants in one picture - how are they doing?

    I have also been planning a quilt - just did the shopping for it about two weeks ago. Isn't that so much fun? What store do you use for your fabric?

    Enjoy a quiet night after your busy day, and may you have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!

    ~Amber

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  2. Sarah,
    I'm glad you're feeling better! Sickness is no fun!
    Here are my replies to the questions you asked a few posts ago.
    Yes, my Mom did teach me to cross-stitch. And I 'kinda taught myself embroidery from library books etc. I enjoy doing it but seldom have time!
    Our sheep are meat sheep. They shed their hair and do not require shearing. Their breed is Katahdin.
    I'm curious to know how you learnt the Hammered Dulcimer? I would like to learn and am wondering if it could be easily self taught?
    Have a blessed day in the Lord!
    Julia in OK

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  3. I would be happy to share the recipe, Amber! It will be coming soon . . . :)

    I hope that your wash day is bright and sunny for you! Isn’t hanging laundry out on the line such a pleasurable task!?

    Thank you for asking about the squash plants! After hearing the different thoughts shared by my readers and doing a bit more research, I believe that the yellowing on the older leaves is just a natural process. Though, I am going to be keeping an eye on them just in case. :) Did your zucchini plants recover from the borers?

    I am sure that you are excited about beginning your quilt! What design are you making it in? What colors of fabric are you using? We get our fabrics at Jo-Ann (and on occasion from Wal-Mart too). There is a quilting store here that has simply gorgeous fabrics, but at $10.00 to $20.00 a yard it is a little (a lot!) out of my price range! ;) What about you?

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  4. Thank you for answering my questions, Julia! That is wonderful that you taught yourself to embroider! Would you mind sharing the title to the book(s) you used to learn from?

    I am sure that it is nice to have hair sheep as opposed to having to shear your sheep regularly! Katahdin’s are beautiful animals! How long have you been raising sheep?

    The Hammered Dulcimer is a fairly simple instrument to learn how to play . . . especially once you learn where the notes are! I taught myself how to play it (as did my Mom teach herself), and I am no where near being musically talented. So I am sure that you would do very well with learning how to play it! :) Do you play an instrument now? Having a background with the piano and knowing how to read music helped me considerably when learning the dulcimer.

    One book that we had used when first learning the dulcimer was You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer which can be purchased with an accompanying (and very helpful!) DVD. The book begins with the very basics and gives instruction to those who can read music and to those who cannot. The book and DVD can be found at www.melbay.com. Once we learned where the notes were on the dulcimer and learned some simple tunes we began playing out of the book Shall We Gather – Hymns arranged for Hammered Dulcimer (also found at Melbay). I hope that this is helpful to you! If you have any questions regarding learning how to play, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. :)

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  5. Sounds like you had a delightfully full Saturday! I enjoy hearing how you use the produce from y'alls garden for it gives me ideas!! Do you freeze squash for use in the winter? Momma tried it last year, but freezing it makes it tough/ stringy and not at all appetizing. We've heard that blanching it and then freezing it is the way to go but have yet to try it.
    We love squash casserole and frankly I think it's our favorite way to eat it!

    Boy! It looks like you have a bunch of fabric scraps!! :o) One of these days I need to learn how to quilt..
    Have a terrific day!
    ~Ashley

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  6. Wish I could have joined you in delving into the fabric scraps! :-)

    That bread looks wonderful. I know it had to be soooo good.

    I am so glad you all are feeling better. Summer colds are the worst kind!

    Have fun at the fabric store! I am looking forward to a trip there myself! What kind of pattern are you thinking about? Ready to share, yet?

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  7. I had never thought of freezing summer squash, Ashley! (other than grating and freezing zucchini, that is :). I would agree, blanching prior to freezing would probably improve the flavor and texture of the finished product. Would you use the frozen squash the same way you use fresh? I might have to try blanching and freezing some this year . . .

    Do you have any squash casserole recipes that you would like to share? If so, please feel free to do so! I am always on the look out for new recipes to try. :) Especially when they use garden produce!

    Quilting is so much fun, and with your experience with sewing garments, I am sure that you would do well with it! :)

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  8. Do you do quilting also, Claim the Mountain? I hope that your trip to the fabric store is a fun one for you!

    The pattern I am thinking of using is kind of a mix between the Ohio Star and the Sawtooth Star with these blocks alternating with a variation of the nine patch. (It is difficult for me to explain!) Once I get started on the project, I will probably be posting about it (more than likely with photos) so then you would be able to see it. :)

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  9. The bread looks delicious! Zucchini bread is one of my favorites!

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  10. Squash Recipe.... :o)

    Mix together
    2C. Cooked yellow squash, drained and mashed.
    1C. Sour crem
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1/2 small onion, chopped
    Salt and Pepper

    Next,mix together...
    1 lb. or less of bread crumbs
    1/2 C. butter, melted.
    Sprinkle a layer of crumbs in casserole dish; spoon squash mixture over crumbs. Cover with the rest of the crumbs.
    Bake @350 for 30-45 minutes.

    This is a family favorite!! :o) It recieved rave reviews when it was serve not to long ago!!!

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  11. It is one of my favorites, too, Amy!

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  12. Thank you for sharing that recipe, Ashley! It sounds delicious! I look forward to trying it. :)

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  13. Suggestion to making quilts.

    I have heard of loved ones that have died and using some of their clothing and making up a quilt.

    Its a thought you could do, use clothing for your quilts if that cuts the cost down by buying in second hand stores or thrift stores.

    I don't know if that would work or not.

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