Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Morning!

Good Morning. This is the beautiful sky that welcomed the day today. Emily is our resident photographer. Good job sweetheart.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chicken Scratch

I found this nice PDF article from West Virginia University Extension office about Chicken Scratch. I am declaring this my winter project (along with about a dozen others!). Chicken Scratch is embroidery on gingham and I remember it mostly on my mom's aprons. I can't wait to start. Then when I get good at this I'll make an apron for every day of the week! And of course, I found one with roosters!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


This is our first honey harvest. All this came from Emily's beehive. It's awesome and mmmm,mmmm, good!

Bottle trees!

This is my bottle tree! We are recycling wine bottles for our own wine. I was busy today sterilizing and de-labeling the bottles.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Adventures over the horizon for Okinawa exchange student - | Community news from Boardman, Canfield, Austintown and Poland, Ohio — Town Crier

Adventures over the horizon for Okinawa exchange student - | Community news from Boardman, Canfield, Austintown and Poland, Ohio — Town Crier

Another project for next year.

Whilst at the Ohio State Fair I spotted the miniature garden competition. Hmmm... I want to try this next year.

The Ohio State Fair

Hinata and Emily at the Ohio State Fair

Our family visited the Ohio State Fair as part of our exchange experience with Hinata. The 4-H family provided us admission and we participated in the International Day in the Youth Center at the Fair. Hinata displayed her EISA costume.

We then walked around the fair and found some interesting things... like WALDO!

A Very Large Rabbit.

And some beautiful foul critters!

Busy,...Busy Summer.

Canned Peaches

Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

It has been a very busy summer.
Joel, our friend from Great Britain visited with our family early in July. We took him to see the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees (oh yeah), Cedar Point and Niagara Falls, Canada. I think he enjoyed his stay.
Allison and Joel

Joel loving the Falls!

Allison ,Joel and Emily getting ready for the 4th of July parade.

We also went to the Deathly Hallows part 2 movie. Joel was priceless when he shouted before the movie started...."There's a troll in the dungeon!" Everyone thought his accent was spot on! LOL!

Now we are hosting Hinata, a student from Okinawa, Japan. She will be visiting with us for three weeks. So far we have taken her to a Scrappers baseball game and the Ohio State Fair. Many other fun things are scheduled for her as well.
As for me, I've been busy canning. My husband bought some delicious peaches from Rhodes Farm Stand and I canned peaches, made peach jam with Rosalie and Emily and even made homemade peach salsa.
Yesterday I took the girls to a friend's farm and picked some blueberries. Then another friend dropped off his excess pickles and for the first time I made sweet pickle relish and homemade (not Mrs. Wages) Bread and Butter Pickles.