Project 365 Week 38

Project 365 Week 37

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

9/19/11 (Monday) – Fall is here and our apple tree is loaded with apples.  They are not ripe yet, but are starting to fall.  As they fall to the ground we sort them: a pile for applesauce, a pile to eat and a the worst apples go to the animals (chickens or horse).

Henry practicing his throw.

9/20/11 (Tuesday) – The Best Smoothie EVER!  Click here to see my post and recipe for this smoothie.

9/21/11 (Wednesday) – After school hike to burn off energy!

While on our hike we collected all the corn cobs from the damaged corn.

We walked through the woods on our way back to the house and found the last blackberries of the season.

9/22/11 (Thursday) – I am still getting raspberries and until the frost arrives we will keep picking.

9/23/11 (Friday), 9/24/11 (Saturday) & 9/25/11 (Sunday) – A camping weekend filled with many activities with our extended family on a 169-acre island at Brunet Island State Park.

Cooking and eating delicious food made by our camp cook, Uncle Eddie.


Making flaming pumpkins.

Sending smoke signals.



Face painting. Thanks Aunt Susie!

Biking (I know, no helmets! Shame on us!).


Playing kickball.

The Best Smoothie

My best friend, Bethany, from college taught me about smoothies and now I frequently make smoothie for our night-time snack.  I never use a recipe and never keep track of my ingredients.  My standard ingredients are yogurt, milk and bananas. The rest is whatever frozen berries are in the upstairs freezer at the time.

Only a few times the boys did not like a smoothie I made. When a smoothie does flop I freeze it in my ice-cube trays and throw a few cubes into future smoothies.  Or I cut the cubes in thirds and Henry eats them for snacks during the day.   I also do this with any leftover smoothie.

Last night’s smoothie was a huge hit.  I was able to remember or estimate what my amounts were to write this down.

3 bananas (you can also use frozen bananas)

1 cup milk

2 cups of vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen blackberries

2 tablespoons of hemp seeds

Blend and serve.  I believe this made about 5 cups (1.25L).

My reviews on this smoothie were the most postive I have heard.   Here is what my critics had to say:

Robbie – This is GREAT!  THE BEST EVER smoothie!


Charlie – Mama, you should sell these!


Henry – YUMMY!


Jack – Very good! ( sorry I didn’t get a photo of his dirty face)

About Hemp seed:

Smoothie books that have inspried me (photos taken from

Super Smoothies: 50 Recipes for Health and EnergySuper Smoothies: 50 Recipes for Health and Energy

500 Smoothies & Juices: The Only Smoothie & Juice Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Cooking (Sellers))500 Smoothies & Juices: The Only Smoothie & Juice
Compendium You’ll Ever Need

Green for LifeGreen for Life

Project 365 Week 37

Project 365 Week 37 

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

9/12/11 (Monday) – This morning was especially hard on my emotions.  It took me a year to finally make the decision that Vanilla needed to go.  I loved her like a family pet, which she was for all of her years with us.  She provided us with many calves which turned into beef or money for us.  She was gentle and very friendly.  And I hope her hamburger will be yummy.

9/13/11 (Tuesday) –  I love to grow Milo (A.K.A Broom corn).  I found a floral shop that will buy it from me, Dawn’s Bouquet  click here to go to her website.  She has a beautiful store full of many gifts, fresh flowers and she offers many services.

9/14/11 (Wednesday) –  Henry and I went to the library for story hour this morning, a field trip to the fire station.  I thought it was very nice for the kids to be able to climb on the trucks, get into the ambulance and see the firefighters’ safety gear.  The inside of the ambulance could be a little scary if you haven’t been in one before.

One of my dear friends took this photo, unfortunately I wasn’t able to crop myself out of it.

9/15/11 (Thursday) – Henry is up early enough to see the boys off on the school bus at 6:50 AM.  I don’t have time to get him dress and many times both of us are out there waiting for the bus in our PJs.  I am not able to bundle up and be as cute as Henry.

I have mentioned this before…Henry loves our chickens, may be even more than my “chicken boy” Robbie.  Many times a day he wants to catch one and hold them and hug them and play with them.  He can do it all by himself.

9/16/11 (Friday) – Today was my 41st birthday.  I thought my 30s were good and all through my 30s I felt like I was just 30 years old.  When I turned 40, I felt pretty good and think my 40s will be even better.  I still feel 40 and hope to feel this way until I find out what 50 feels like.

I spent the day with my dear friend, Kat and our two little boys.

Kat’s son loves to take pictures.  This is one of his best shots…the beautiful smile that makes me smile every time I see her!

9/17/11 (Saturday) – Jack Frost is about to arrive any day and freeze all my tomato plants.  I decided to pick them all and patiently wait for them to ripen.  Henry was a huge help because it didn’t matter if they were red, orange or green.

He even got some practice with some math skills – sorting.

This is the largest tomato plant that I have ever grown.  I have only gotten two ripe tomatoes off it so far.


9/18/11 (Sunday) –  Henry seems to enjoy playing with Legos as much as Charlie.  This is Henry’s own creation.

Project 365 Week 36

Project 365 Week 36

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

 I am a day and a half late with this post due to a busy weekend and a rough start to my week.

9/5/11 (Monday) – We are making good progress with the milk house project.  Henry was a big helper.

9/6/11 (Tuesday) –  Jack took a vacation day to work on the milk house.

After school the boys wanted Jack to help them saw down a tree that fell on our trail recently.  It was good use of after school energy!

9/7/11 (Wednesday) –  Henry is still pretty sad when the big brothers are at school.  He spends part of the mornings getting himself ready for school.  I didn’t tell him that the school doesn’t allow guns.

9/8/11 (Thursday) –  I was curious to know what was eating my tomatoes.  We set up the live trap and two days later caught this cute little bunny.

9/9/11 (Friday) –  Jack and the boys took a hike and Jack took this photo of our handsome boys.

9/10/11 (Saturday) – Priming the milk house, today.  Next time Jack and I really don’t need any helpers.  The clean-up was horrible and I hope the boys will remember that when we have to paint the milk house.

9/11/11 (Sunday) – Jack finished priming the milk house!

This evening we said our good-byes and road Vanilla one last time.  Vanilla went to a new home far, far away.

Project 365 Week 35

Project 365 Week 35

Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.

8/29/11 (Monday) – One of Charlie’s birthday gifts was Lincoln Logs from Auntie Emily.   They were building many things, their favorite were catapults.

8/30/11 (Tuesday) –  With a few days left of summer vacation we needed to process the sweet corn – I now have 28 cups of corn in the freezer.  After that job was done we headed to Big Falls.

Crayfish fishing!

They caught only three and then it was time to go home for Henry’s nap.

8/31/11 (Wednesday) – The tomatoes are starting to ripen!  I will have tons this year!  And not much desire to process them into my canned chili or canned spaghetti sauce.  I need to get some motivation before they need to be fed to the chickens.

9/1/11 (Thursday) – First day of school.   Henry wanted his own backpack with his own lunch in it.  He ate his grapes on the way home from dropping the boys off at school.  On the way home he was saying, “Get Robbie & Charlie!” (meaning Go get Robbie & Charlie).

Our kindergartener!

Our second grader!

9/2/11 (Friday) – This frog has been on our front door a couple of nights this week, catching bugs.  One night we watched him for a few minutes and witnessed a catch!


9/3/11 (Saturday) –  Thankfully our area was spared the heavy winds and power outages that happened to the north and south of us.  We still got a lot of rain!  Which means FUN for the boys!  They were out there building their dam and repairing it many times.

9/4/11 (Sunday) – Jack and his brother were able to keep working yesterday on the siding of the milk house through the rain.  More progress was completed today.

My little blackberry picker with his walking stick.