Category Archives: Homemade Household

Ever Illusive

Avery has this thing he calls the ‘happy face’ that Shane and I have been trying to capture on camera forever. Don’t get your hopes up, I didn’t get it.

SAMSUNG CSCHowever, while I was taking pictures of my soup at lunch time he asked me to take a picture of him too and as well as this gem of him posing above, I ALMOST got the happy face…it just turned out really blurry because he was leaning backwards so fast.

SAMSUNG CSCAh well, maybe next time ;)

As for the lunch…it was a soup. I made it on a chilly day while the fire was roaring and all I felt like doing was huddling up to it.

SAMSUNG CSCI’m not a huge soup fan as I’ve said many times before posting a soup recipe but this one I made with my sister last week when she was staying with us and it really is perfect for those cold days. The boys won’t touch it but I’m actually kind of glad because not only does it have a kick, I want to consume all of it…..

Fall Vegetable Soup

  • 1 quart chicken stock (I usually have a few homemade quarts in the freezer)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, rough chopped
  • 4-5 baby potatoes (I used a combo of purple, yukon gold and red russet)
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves rough chopped
  • salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • pepper
  • generous pinch of cayenne

I brown the cabbage a bit in some butter and then add onions to brown a little as well before adding the stock. As it’s simmering I chop the rest up and let it simmer til everything is very tender.

It’s kind of even better as a leftover.





Listed: Cotton Twill

Just an update from The Ring Slinger Etsy shop! I’m trying to get into a rhythm now that we’re finally settling down into the new house, new job, new neighborhood and I want sewing to be a regular thing. So far, it’s been going good!

First up is a Mustard Yellow Cotton Twill Print 


Cotton Twill is a very sturdy fabric that has a nice woven feel.


I also like how crisp the patterns are on it. Bright whites and bright colors.

Gray Chevron Print Cotton Twill


Obviously Chevron is a very trendy print and has been for the past couple years. Generally, I’m not a huge fan but in light gray it’s really pretty.


I just pleated and did my standard triple seam to keep the ring secured.

Teal Print Cotton Twill


This is just another fun printed twill. I am drawn to the paler colors on white because they have an airy feel.


The other thing is, these three patterns go really well together and that made it even more fun to sew. Just seeing them all piled on my sewing table makes me happy.


You can check out my shop for prices and custom requests!









Backyard Garden…Ironic






We have a new addition to our yard this weekend!

I love birds and watching them eat has always been really fun. We knew with our yard and my garden that birds are an important part of the little ecological community so attracting them here over the winter is going to be big.

Aaaaand, notice I have a few garden beds laid out? My dad, who’s been helping me during the whole garden project, actually cut down trees on his property and brought them here where we cut them to shapes we wanted.


If that’s not special, I’m not sure what is.

SAM_0166These four beds aren’t going to be the entirety of my garden but they’re the center area and will contain a lot of the bulk crops (beets, greens, carrots, onions, green beans, etc). The cucumbers, melons and winter squashes will grow up the deck trellis, the fence line and landscape area against the house will be where tomatoes and peppers will be grown so these beds are just one part. In a couple weeks they’ll be filled with compost, mulch and soil so that they’ll be ready for spring crops.

The stone circles are not permanent, I’m just messing around with shapes for areas that will house perennials like rhubarb and such. I’m using the rocks to map out flow and spaces.

The beds are positioned to promote flow (the only gate to the back yard is on that side) and to prevent erosion. We also placed one log along part of the side walk to insure there won’t be bad drainage.

SAM_0165 See it there on the right? It’s fully buried (even though it doesn’t look like it in this photo) but contains the mulch nicely which is important since that will be a heavily trafficked area by the boys and myself.

As far as the sizes, they vary a bit but are generally 7X4ft each. The dimensions are based on the actual tree/log sizes and their imperfection is delightful to me. I want my garden to emulate nature and this is such a great way to show it. They’re also catered to my specific space, which is key.

My dad has been a huge part of this process from good advice, use of his resources and all the thoughtfulness he’s put into it for me. I definitely couldn’t have managed to get a garden with so much character and love if he hadn’t been helping so much.

So now with bird feeding I feel like we’re getting an even more delightful back yard. Shane and I do a lot of ‘deck time’, as well call it, and soon I hope we can enjoy some extra life fluttering around….even though we do have lots of it already.

SAM_0171Aaaaaand the other cutie pie.

SAM_0099Excuse the snot, he’s getting those last teeth and snot is all over.

The weather is chilly and now instead of a cold beer or white wine I’m enjoying mulled cider or a good cup of tea.

SAM_0178And yet looking forward to the planting season:)





Fall Vegetable soup

It’s coooooolllllllddddd now. It frosted this morning and so now I can really say, it’s freezing without ridicule from my husband who generates his own climate control with his fast paced metabolism.


And this means soup.

I don’t like soup for the most part but today as I shivered in my blanket skirt (a throw blanket wrapped around my waist for extra warmth) watching the boys play outside like it’s July, I got a sudden craving for a veggie soup.

My mom used to make soup like this all the time when I was growing up. She’d put whatever the variety of pantry items and vegetables were available and always added tomatoes, cabbage and lots of love.


So I defrosted some very delicious homemade chicken stock, chopped up a TON of veggies from beets, to kale and loaded them into the broth. It was fantastic. I love beets (broken record).


I gobbled down a bowl and it soothed my frozen bod. At least for as long as it lasted. Not long.

Fall Vegetable Soup

  • 20oz stock (I used homemade chicken stock but any variety would work great)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large beet, chopped
  • 1 large potato, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • dash of salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of garlic
  • random herbs (I used thyme and oregano)

Simmer on the stove until all vegetables are soft and ENJOY.

I hope it warms you too.

Here’s something else that might warm you….but more in a heart way.


I took the boys to my SIL’s house and when Avery and I were exploring the chicken coop…..


Scenic, right? There were eggs and everything.


When we found these two itsy bitsy shivering kittens and Avery hasn’t ever seen one. It was fantastic.


They WERE cute.


Until they scratched him and he never wanted to touch another kitten in his life. Kids can be so dramatic sometimes.

Every time we go out there the boys experience something new and different which makes it so much fun for me because I experience things through them. Motherhood is incredible.

Filled to the Brim

I’m not making excuses, really. I’ve been busy with an amazing life. Sure, my toddler is teething and my other is pooping his pants waaaaay too frequently. Sure, I don’t get any sleep or time to myself. But hey, I love my life, what can I say?

Lots been going on, I desperately need to do a garden update as it’s coming along nicely but the bigger news is that Shane gave me an early birthday present that is pretty crazily amazing.

He got me a big girl camera. Like a real one. It takes good pictures. I have no idea how to use it. I am giddy with excitement about practicing with it. Until then, you’ll have to excuse my lack of skills and soak in the way-better-than-phone-photos that are happening.


I’m sure you’re all super sick of the beets…but I’m not. I can’t get enough, actually. I’m going to plant three different varieties, in large quantities in my garden next spring and I’m giddy about it.

Anyway, back to lunch. I thought about having another salad…you know, the drill, but it was just so chilly and dreary that roasted veggies sounded a lot better.


Brussel sprouts are one of my favorite veggies. Favorite greens. Favorite foods. So good.


I love fall lunches.


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