Thursday, July 21, 2011


Ok so here is the low down on the crazy busy hot summer we have had. We have gone on 2 camping trips so far and both were a blast. One was at the end of June on the St Lawrence River with my extended family, and the second was 4th of July weekend on Ontario lake with friends, who I would consider family.

The garden is planted, and growing and we are already harvesting items like yellow squash, and today will be green and yellow wax beans, that will be canned as dill beans- a HUGE family favorite. We have been strawberry picking and ate them jam made booooo but we still have 2 jars left from last year so we are good, kind of. We went and picked sour cherries at Grisamore Farms in Locke NY. I HIGHLY recommend them! You can pick strawberries, blueberries, cherries- sweet and sour kinds, raspberries, apples and pumpkins. So the cherries were canned and a cherry brandy started, but the brandy failed due to fruit flies ewwwww! I made my first round of crock pickles and they are gone already so I am waiting for the second round of cucumbers to make the canned dill and sweet pickles for the year.  I also have a huge desire to make pickles watermelon rinds.

So we are loving the summer, the kids have gone fishing, caught ton of lightening bug, had many many s'mores, gone on a bunch of day trip to places like Treetops in Ithaca NY, the beach at Oneida shores, and been to parks all over Syracuse.

I got the itch to move so assuming we didn't buy too much camper and we can still swing a loan we are going to put the house on the market in the next couple of weeks and move to the country!! Super excited and scared all at once. We need room to move and to breath and the suburbs are not it!

The kids are growing as fast as the weeds in my gardens, the baby is already 1, but has yet to have his birthday party- weekends in the summer are PACKED! Lily is an avid swimmer and Killian is an expert fisherboy! Hmmm I think that is is for now... off to the garden to pick my beans in the 100 degree weather.

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