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we grew all these veggies, now what?

When people find out that we have a garden, usually the next question is, “how do you cook ________(insert name of  any garden vegetable here)?”.  It can be a little overwhelming at first but, can be fun too!  If you think of cooking as another creative outlet instead of a chore, it becomes fun!  Especially if the outcome tastes really good!!   And  with the help of the internet and Rachael Ray this isn’t too hard!

On a side note, I got a little obsessed with Rachael Ray last year after having Ollie.  I had two of her cookbooks at the time (it was before we got internet-crazy, I know).  The Express Lane Meals and Just In Time cookbooks.  I cooked about thirty different recipes from these two books.  All good.  Sometimes I look at a recipe and think, this is not going to be good-the combination is too strange!  But, they always end up being really good!! And the flavors are awesome-seriously, the woman knows what she’s doing!!

Back to vegetables and recipes…I just made these eggplant rollups last night and they were delicious and super easy!  Even Ollie liked the eggplant!!  And it’s budget friendly, too!!

I made this pasta using some fresh cabbage that a neighbor gave us-very strange combo of potatoes, cabbage, and pasta-but, oh my goodness! So yummy!  This would also be great in the winter-can you say, comfort food!

"Cabbage and Hay" Spaghetti

If you have fresh basil or fresh peas, this peasto recipe is something I make at least once a week! It uses whole wheat pasta which adds to the nutty flavor!!  It’s wonderful and Randy really loves it!

Spring Pea-sto with Whole Wheat Penne

So, there you have it, 3 great recipes that use your fresh veggies from your garden! Now, go have fun and cook something yummy!!  Your stomach and your family will thank you for it!-amy

*third and fourth photos courtesy of Rachael

what our farm animals have taught us

Since the weather has been so nice, we’ve been spending a lot more time at the farm.

We have a yellow lab named Lacey.  She stays and guards the farm when we’re not there.  But, when we are there, all she wants to do is fetch a stick.

I have never seen a dog more into fetching than her.  She would do it all day without even taking a water break if we let her.  She’s kinda crazy like that.  She’s even been taking the stick to Ollie, thinking he’ll throw it for her!

Ollie does love watching her go get and bring it back though.  He thinks it’s sooo funny and just laughs and laughs.

That’s what is cool about animals, they’re simple.  You give them water, food, and a little attention and they are happy!

No drama, no yelling, no trying to outdo each other.  If everything in our life made us as happy as Lacey is when she’s fetching her stick, we wouldn’t have any complaints!

It’s a good reminder to try and keep life simple.  Cherish the little things that happen everyday. Hope you have a great Wednesday! -amy

he’s a genius

We have a very advanced child!  Here is Ollie reading.  Oops! Turn it the other way, Ollie!

And here he is making a phone call or maybe he’s texting, it’s hard to tell.  But, he’s definitely a genius!  Seriously, a lady in Goodwill one day was bragging to me about how advanced her son was.  I think she said he was reading at a 3rd grade level and may start applying for college soon.  He was 2 yrs old.  Unfortunately, her son wasn’t there to show off  his amazing skill, so I  just had to take her word for it!  Then, I just smiled and went on my merry way.  It was pretty funny though!!  Hope you have a great day! -amy

Seeing Red






Happy Valentine’s Day! Do u see my sleepy lil’ Valentine up there? He’s not feeling very good today. He has a runny nose and awful cough. Poor baby!
We did have a great weekend though full of sunshine and get-togethers at church. Sunday morning the menfolk in the church cooked a huge breakfast for all us women! It was quite the feast that included biscuits with chocolate gravy. Mmmm.
Hope you had a good one too and have a chocolate filled and candy heart kind of day! -amy

Take a lil’ off the bottom



So, I got this skirt the other day at Goodwill. I thought the pattern was great. The length was not-pretty frumpy! This is what I did: first, I cut 5 inches off the bottom. Next I measured up 3/4″ and ironed it up all the way around. I then turned it up another 3/4″ to hide the raw edge and ironed that down and pinned. Now you take it to the machine and sew. So easy and now I have an awesome new skirt for spring!

Welcome to goodwill hunting!

Hey, I'm Amy! So glad you stopped by! Follow me as I thrift, decorate, sew, cook, and garden-all while spending as little money as I can! We'll have fun-you'll see!

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