Sunday, September 28, 2014

A few of my favorite things...FALL EDITION

The Things I LOVE about Autumn...

Crispy leaves under your boots
No bugs on our hikes!!!
hot apple cider
colourful leaves

mulled wine
the colours red, orange, brown
root vegetables

cinnamon and nutmeg
comfort foods like shephard's pie
Pumpkin, Squash and Carrot flavoured everything

Apple picking

Ches likes the end of lawn mowing!
Owen loves stretchy mitts.


The Things I do NOT love about Autumn...

Bulking up on comfort foods...
the end of summer
hay fever

Owen doesn't like back to school.
Ches isn't a fan of the end of our garden.

What do you love about fall?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fishing - feed yer face and have fun too!

There are lots of things to love about fishing...

Sunshine, fresh air, free food...

Our family loves to fish...well...Owen is still trying to find his love of it.
Handsome Husband had a week off in of course...

We went fishing!

Fishing is not just a past time or sport for us.
It is also a way we stock our freezer with protein for the winter.
We aren't hunters (yet).
We always had issues with protein...that is...until we got laying chickens.
But that doesn't mean we'll stop have to have variety to your diet!

We still ice fish in the winter...but our luck is pretty poor at best.

Probably my favorite part of the lunch break!
There is an awesome island in Desert Lake that is perfect for picnics.
We bring stuff from our pantry and fridge.
Veggies from the garden and home made hummus.
Lemony tuna pasta salad with fresh picked peas.
Tostitos chips and home made salsa.
Freshly cut pineapple we won at a birthday party!

From our camping days, Owen calls it Pirate Island!
(loads of great stories happened here)

Even after a lovely lunch break...some people just can't stop fishing...

Isn't it amazing to be able to feed yourself from a hobby???
How many other hobbies can make such a boast?
(ok except for cake decorating...)

There is another benefit to fishing...but I'll reveal that in a later post...
Seriously!  When I reveal this secret....I'll probably be done as a blogger...
No more secrets to share!

Stay tuned...for the super fantastic gardening secret....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Year of Firsts...

First Veggie Stand!

This was an awesome experience.
We will definitely have more of these...and plan the garden accordingly for next year.
I love infecting people with the love of home grown foods.
I also love hearing "I already grow that" when people see what we were offering.


First Sunflower Garden!

When the seed package says 10-12' flowers...
you really don't think about what it is like to stand under a 12' flower!!!!
These things were HUGE!
(and beautiful to boot)


First Wild Food Walk!

Another thing I've been dying to do for years.
I was able to get some people excited about eating weeds.
The looks on people's faces was my favorite part.
The Oooohhhs and the Ahhhhs.
The eyes opened wide as the lightbulb of flavour went ON!!!

I will definitely be hosting more of these next year.

This winter will be big for planning...
Making a wild food walk schedule...
The garden will have to be set up for storing and selling...

So many things to think about...I'm almost excited for winter.

I said ALMOST.