Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

pickles and petunias

Today I have Grandma Bertha's recipe out for pickles.
It has been in our family for many years and probably longer than that.
I think she would be proud that three generations
 are still making pickles with her recipe.
My kitchen smells better than an expensive candle...
garlic, dill and vinegar.
Tomorrow Mr. b and I will be doing the salsa in the kitchen...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mother's stash

I've had these fabrics tucked away for quite awhile.
They were part of my mother's stash when she quit sewing
 and quilting and gave them to me years ago.
As you can see they aren't what you normally see me working on here.
South Dakota is famous for it's pheasants.
People come from all over to hunt them starting in October.
I may put a steep price tag on this quilt.
The blue fabrics below were brought back from an Alaska trip
 taken by my brother and his wife.
I'm sure they will be returned to them in the form of this lap quilt.

They will both be ready to take to the quilter soon.

Monday, August 13, 2018

and the beat goes on

I'm still making drawstring project bags...
They are just that fun to make!
If you  knit or crochet
contact me and I'll whip one up for you!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday postcard

It's a noisy week here in South Dakota with motorcycles
 running up and down interstate 90 to get to and from the Sturgis rally.


Thursday, August 9, 2018


The last two weeks at our house has been like a peach festival.
Two crates of peaches means I get to eat as many peaches as I can.
I have never canned whole peaches.
I'll let you know this winter how they turned out.
All sealed and ready to put in my basement canning room.
I am feeling really domestic!
My kitchen is so small that canning in small amounts works perfect.
Peach cobbler with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Almost as good as the peach pie recipe I love.
I'm thinking about making peach salsa.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Have I said how nice it is to have a handyman in the house.
I love to watch television in bed...
we have an adjustable bed that makes a great place to watch movies.
My biggest complaint is that I never have a place to put my snacks and drink.
Enter my handyman.
He came up with this small tray that is heavy enough
 to keep my drink in an upright position.
It works perfect and I love it.
Second complaint:
We have been searching online for a vacation cabin rental in several locations
and I have decided that I judge cabins based on bedspreads.
A bedspread can make or break a cabin for me.
Why can't they just put a beautiful quilt on the bed...
like the one my mother made in these pictures.
Okay rant over.