• gardening,  home

    5 musts for planning your vegetable garden

    “If I grow anything, I’ll consider it a success.” Alternatively, “If I don’t kill everything, I’ll consider it a success.” That was my motto for my first garden. I have to admit, last year not much planning went into my garden. I didn’t worry about planning for crop rotation or even really WHAT I was going to put in my garden. We moved into our new house at the end of May and soon after dug out the 4×15 rectangle for my first garden. I bought a few plants/seeds and simply put them in the ground, hoping for the best. I really am amazed that I grew anything with that…

  • gardening,  recipe,  Uncategorized

    homemade spaghetti sauce

    This year my very first garden couldn’t have gone any better (in my mind)…I had very low expectations for my first garden and the fact that it produced anything was beyond what I thought would happen. We’ve had peppers, zucchini, cucumbers & tomatoes like crazy. It makes me excited for next year! This past week I had too many ripe tomatoes and wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I did a quick search on Pinterest and found this recipe from Mrs. Happy Homemaker. She used tomatoes from the garden to make her sauce instead of a can and made it in the crock pot so I knew I…

  • gardening

    in the garden

    I can’t even describe how excited I am that some of my flowers have bloomed before we move on Friday. I’ve loved having my flower garden around our house and can’t wait to work on landscaping the new house (which is going to be a HUGE job…have to pull out the big guns for that…more on that after we close!). The flowers were so gorgeous this morning that I didn’t even have to edit these pictures, I just cropped them down to size. No color editing or anything – God makes beautiful things! See you all next week from our new home!

  • gardening,  inspiration

    a new day dawning

    “light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning…” (eccl. 11:7) Last night I got to sit and listen to the rain fall, it’s such a peaceful sound. It’s one of the many reasons I love springtime. That and the fact that spring brings all things new. The buds starting to come out, promising beauty if we’re just patient. A new day, new life, new beauty. There’s a new day dawning, what are you looking forward to?

  • gardening,  photography

    autumn in the garden

    After the drought this summer, I honestly thought that most of our flowers were done for this year. After a few rain showers and some cooler weather, some of the flowers in the garden have re-bloomed. I was so excited to walk around the garden and see some of the bellflowers and lavender blooming again (and the mums are amazing this year!). {photos taken with a Canon Rebel XSi camera with a Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 macro lens}