Fewer Dishes

Over the past few months I’ve given away many of my dishes in an attempt to simplify.

Getting down to basics helps to reduce that massive pile of dirty dishes to the left of the sink. The fewer dishes you have, the fewer dirty dishes you will have.

There are pluses and minuses to this practice. One downfall is that when my dishes are dirty, my cupboard may look like this:


However, when my dishes are clean, my cupboard looks like this:


Nice and simple, no clutter. It is easy to find everything, and is pleasant to my eyes when I open the cupboard.

I wash my kitchen scissors about 18 times a day, but then again, they are never very hard to scrub, since they have so recently been washed and used, washed and used…

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Rustic Refrigerator


I thought I’d post a picture of my fridge while it was looking so cute.

We have a basket of grapes, harvested yesterday from the neighbor’s yard. We have a big jar of brine for making pickles. We have a produce drawer full of beets to be pickled, and another drawer full of homegrown cucumbers. Eggs, from The Egg Lady’s chickens as well as our own chickens. And a big beautiful bowl of peaches from a friend.

Glory Be.

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Praise to August Harvests

August’s Harvests provide us with fresh, filling meals during the summer, and they will keep us alive during the winter. Preserving goes on day after day here.

I am feeling especially grateful for my farmer friends. Our garden provides us with small harvests each day at this time of year. I am grateful for cucumbers to slice and salt, and zucchinis to add to our stir fries. But my farmer friends have been so generous with their bountiful harvests. My friend the Egg Lady gave us two lustrous dark purple eggplants. They are delicious. My friend Farmer Gal dropped off boxes of beets, beans, basil and squash for my family to eat and for me to preserve. We have a deal where I can up the free produce and she gets half of the finished product. Free food is wonderful.









Zucchini was shredded and frozen in two cup increments to make zucchini bread this fall and winter.


Basil that I made into pesto and froze.



Sliced golden beets for pickling and the spice bag for the brine.

Thanks Farmer Friends, we are so grateful.

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Canning Pie Filling


These beautiful plums were free off a tree from a home where no one was living. I canned them up for pie filling as if they were tart cherries.






Hope your summer canning is going well.

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The River

We spent the day at the river as a family. I did not get my intended chores done. I did not pick plums or can them. But I did listen to the sound of the water on rocks. I did watch the sunlight change throughout the day. And my gaze was held by those beautiful trees. I watched my family play in the water. They were beautiful and we were silly. It was well worth it.

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River’s Beets


River’s beets from her garden grew so big! We returned home from a vacation and she was incredibly excited. ‘We can eat these now!’ She exclaimed, and pulled them from the ground.

Go River.

She helped spritz these beets as they sprouted from seeds in the greenhouse. She planted the tiny transplants into her own little garden. Then she helped water them and watched them grow. And finally, she harvested them. Tonight we will eat them up. Hooray for children gardening.

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