Along with getting a CSA share this year we decided to do some raised beds in our backyard. We have had a big garden out at my parents farm, but it never got weeded and they kinda took over every year. Raised beds are SO much easier and we have only had to weed it a handful of times so that is a huge plus. I am so proud of my husband for building them for me and I loved how they turned out. Plus they were super cheap it only cost us around $35.00 to build them all. Here are the plans we used. Everything is the same except my husband doubled the width of them.
So excited for tomatoes! Unfortunately I have no red ones yet, but they should be coming soon.
It finally happened! The moment when you lay your baby down wide awake and they go to sleep on their own. I was beginning to have my doubts that that truly would happen. I mean not really because I know she wasn't going to be needing me to put her to bed at 20, but I had doubts it would happen anytime soon. Much to my surprise my little girl put herself to sleep last night. No crying or training involved. Usually we just lay with her on the couch or in bed until she dozes off. A few times I have tried laying her in her crib but she cries and I pick her back up and take her to bed with us. Last night she was being kinda antsy but I could tell she was tired so I tried to lay her in the crib. Much to my surprise she rolled over and fell asleep!
To say that I LOVE sleep would be an understatement. It was the hardest thing to get used to after Scarlett was born. Especially when she went through the up all night spurt! Even on the nights when I would get so mad and exhausted I am glad we did it the way we did. I am thankful for all of the little snuggles and kicks in bed. I would do it all over in a heartbeat for her! Every single sleep deprived day! I am still glad I never made her cry even though there were some nights I was totally tempted. And now I know that it is true that kids will eventually learn to put themselves to sleep without crying.
So some of my friends have put cute pictures of there kids up is crazy mismatched outfits when they dressed themselves. This is what Scarlett came up with when Mom left some clothes in the laundry basket for her to get at. Of course she had to put on her Elmo pajama bottoms ( i don't think I have blogged on it, but she LOVES Elmo). I have to say I couldn't help but laugh when she came slowly waddling in with a big grin on her face! She sure loves to perform!
This is out first year doing a CSA share with a local farm and we LOVE it! The vegetables are wonderful and I love knowing that we are supporting the local food movement. I also love knowing where our food is coming from and knowing that we are recieving the best nutrition. Most produce in the store is picked early and sits in the truck and store for weeks before we get it. This causes it to lose nutritional value. With our box the produce is picked only 24-48 hrs before we get it and it is picked at its peak instead of early.
Along with our box we also get to be involved in harvest events. This means we get to go out and pick a certain number of five gallon buckets of produce to can or freeze. This last weekend was the green bean and broccoli pick.
I picked 2 five gallon buckets of green/yellow bean by myself while Scarlett and Chris were napping. When I got home we all went back out to pick broccoli.
This is our two five gallon buckets of beans and two five gallon buckets of broccoli. I also picked some kale and cucumbers for salads and kale chips.
So Chris (thank goodness for his help or it would have taken me forever) and I spent most of the weekend chopping and blanching our produce. It is a TON of work! But I know it will be so worth it this winter!
This is what everything looks like after blanching and freezing. The picture is kinda bad because I we had already put the produce in the basement freezer and I didn't want to lug it upstairs just for a picture. We got around 20 quart size bags of beans, around 10 gallon bags of broccoli and around 1 1/2 gallon bags of broccoli stems for soups.
I also did the pea pick earlier this year and blanched and froze them. Thank goodness for a wonderful friend who came to help shell them!
I also froze 5lbs of strawberries and 20 lbs of blueberries. Yes, 20lbs! We LOVE blueberries in this house, especially frozen ones. They will probably be gone in a few months. I actually found an organic strawberry farm 45minutes south of us so that is where I got my strawberries. They are one of the dirty dozen so I was excited to find some organic! I made strawberry and strawberry rhubarb jam with 5lbs and froze the other 5lbs for smoothies.
I am hoping to have a freezer full of produce for the winter. I also plan on canning some tomato sauce too. Canning is just way more work to me than freezing, but I only have so much freezer space and we plan on getting meat this fall. I just got a flat top this last winter to replace our dying 1970's electric stove that came with the house and I am hoping it will work for some canning. I have heard mixed reviews on if you can can with a flat top or not. I plan to give it a try so I will let you know how it goes.
I was really prompted by my friend Vanessa's post on a letter to you body. I have been thinking about writing about this topic lately but just couldn't seem to get it typed out. It has been awhile since I have truly blogged about my feelings so I thought this was the perfect way to start again.
Deep breath..... This topic is a hard one for me. Write a love letter to your body. Uffda! Where do I even start. Here it goes.
I am sorry! I am so sorry for never loving or respecting you the way I should have. I am sorry for always calling you fat. I am sorry for being ashamed of you. I am sorry for always wishing you looked like another persons body. I am sorry for all of the times throughout middle school and high school I made you throw up all of the food that was there to nourish you. I am sorry for all the times I only fed you shakes and diet pills for weeks. I am sorry for measuring your worth based on a number on the scale or jean size. I am sorry for not taking better care of you than I have.
At 23 years old I have not cherished you the way that I should have. I have spent most of my life wishing you were different. Wishing I had bigger boobs and smaller hips and thighs.
But no more! I will spend no more of my life wishing you were different. I will spend no more of my time judging your worth based upon a number on a scale or jean size. I will feed you good food and give you exercise not to attain a certain number, but to be healthy, feel good and be strong.
I will remember that you were created by God and that He made you perfect and just the way He wanted. Yes, you may not live up to society's view of perfect, but you are perfect to God. He made you to worship and love Him. We are called to "PraiseHim, for we are Fearfully and Wonderfullymade" (psalm 139:14).
Today I am also thankful for a husband who loves you. Who thinks you are perfectly beautiful. Dimply butt, sagging breasts, and all.
And lastly, thank you body for allowing me to carry life inside of you. Thank you for my beautiful baby girl! For getting me through through 3 days of back labor and helping me to provide at least a small amount of breastmilk to nourish her. For helping me get through the long sleepless nights. For allowing me to snuggle in close with Scarlett as she sleeps and feel content knowing she is next to me. I want to love you, so that she will grow up learning to love herself for how God made her. That she will not have to struggle as I did.
No more will I criticize you in the mirror scrutinizing every single thing that doesn't equal perfection to the world. I try to no longer look longingly at others wishing I looked like them. I am going to try to cherish you from this day on.
Praising you for all of the good things you have allowed me to accomplish!
I'm linking up with SheLoves Magazine to celebrate our bodies just as they are. Feel free to write your own love letter to your body.