Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday!

These are more pictures from last years vacation. Don't you think that these planters are cool? They are out in front of one of Laurie's favorite stores (scrap booking) in Lake Placid. We should be home for next weeks "Bloomin' Tuesday" and will try to get caught up on stuff we have missed. Be sure to click on MsGreenThumbJean in our sidebar to visit the rest of the posts for this week.
Have a great "Bloomin' Tuesday"

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Alexis!!
Sorry we couldn't be there for your big day.
We love you!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday!

We took these pictures last year on our vacation and thought we would share them with all of you that enjoy "Bloomin' Tuesday". We are on vacation now and won't be able to visit your posts until we get back home. Click on MsGreenThumbJean in our sidebar to visit more "Bloomin' Tuesday" posts.
Enjoy your Bloomin' Tuesday.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


We are on the road today. If you see two people drive by you with cameras in their hands it may be us. We don't go too far without our camera. We promise to take lots of pictures. See you soon.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Adirondacks!

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We are getting ready to go on a 2 week well deserved vacation. Why do you take vacation so late in the year you ask? Our answer is that we both love Autumn and all of the bright colors that come with the season. Since we usually do quite a bit of hiking, the heat usually isn't too bad. We will be writing some posts and having them post during the next 2 weeks, but will not have access to a computer. We are sure that we will have lots of pictures to share after we get back home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday!

We know these aren't really "Bloomin" pictures, but we thought they were close enough to share this week.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Thank You!

We got another award from Darla at Family and Flowers. We have already given this award away. If you missed that post please click HERE. Thank You Darla!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Salsa Day!

We spent yesterday afternoon making our world famous garlic salsa. (well maybe not world famous, but our family knows about it and now you do too)
We started out with 2 bushels of tomato's. First we wash them and then they are off for a hot bath. (just long enough for their skin to wrinkle)

Then they go in a cold bath to cool them down.

The skins come off nice and easy after they cool. Laurie usually has to wear rubber gloves because the acid in the tomato's burns her skin.

Then it's back to the stove for a couple of hours to cook them down. While they cook, we are getting the rest of the ingredients ready.

We used 4 large green peppers and 4 banana peppers for just a little bit of heat.

We chopped 4 red onions. We have used sweet onions before, but they make the salsa too sweet.

We used 2 1/2 pounds of garlic.

Two hours later, the garlic was chopped up. (not really, we used the food processor)

After the tomato's cook down, we use an old blender to puree them. We put all of the ingredients in the pots and add vinegar and some spices. (usually black pepper, cumin and fresh cilantro) The salsa cooks for a few more hours and then it is time to taste test. We take a scoop out of each pot, put it in a small bowl and put it in the freezer to cool down. After we taste it we add more of what is needed if anything and it's time to can.

Laurie scoops it into the jars and I am in charge of the seals and lids.

Look at how far behind I am. (put the camera down and get to work)

We ended up with 33 pint jars, 18 quart jars and a small bowl for us to eat today. We usually make hot, medium and mild salsa too. We seem to enjoy the garlic one more, so we decided just to stick to that this year.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Harvest Time!

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil
and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still Driving!

Here are some more pictures from our Sunday drive. Click HERE if you missed the first post.
These were taken at a Llama farm in Busti, NY. Most of the time when we have driven by, they aren't close enough to get good pictures.

Today they came right towards us when we stopped.

We didn't realize that their hair was so long. It looked really oily too.

We also got a few pictures of some Miniature Donkeys. They were very cute but noisy.

The one in the front kept making different sounds. It sounded like it was saying "Come on Shrek"

This little guy didn't stray too far from it's mommy.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday!

Here are a couple of the things that are in bloom in our gardens this week.



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