Easy Pickled Banana Peppers

This is the BEST easy pickled banana peppers recipe! Sweet, salty and vinegary and so easy! Easy and sweet pickled banana peppers are one of life's fine delicacies. This recipe is so fast and easy it's silly. It's tangy and salty and sweet and vinegary all at the perfect levels. When your pepper plants are loaded down with fruit this brine is a quick and easy way to get them put up fast. We had a great harvest of banana peppers this year. They are pretty consistent plants for us no … [Read more...]

Farm Crashing: Renew Farms

There's not many things that we like more than going on a good farming field trip. The people are always so nice and we obviously love the topic so we will often pack a lunch and make a day of it. So you can imagine our delight when we got an email from our friends Ian and Alishia over at the non-profit Renew Farms inviting us to come up because their bees had swarmed and they were going to have their bee mentor over the next morning! We first met Ian at 180 degree Farm's Work Day just a few … [Read more...]

Kitchen Love: Part 2

Whew. After our huge kitchen planning post we have been logging serious amounts of time in the kitchen the last couple of weeks. Two days ago we started painting! Insert hallelujah chorus! We picked out our paint colors last year and I have to say I was a bit nervous about the idea of doing a dark chocolate trim. I absolutely love the colors now though! It's almost like tuscan paint colors, or coffee shop paint colors if you will. We looked through a bunch of different paint magazines and … [Read more...]

How To Build and Install Dishwasher End Panel

A while ago you may have heard I convinced Kevin to let me have a dishwasher in our new kitchen.....with a full on $25 craigslist score. What I may have neglected to mention is that there was a cabinet where said dishwasher was supposed to go. A teensy weensy technicality I assured Kevin....we'll just cut it out and put up an end panel. It'll be a cinch. Grin. I am an eternal optimist what can I say? Long story short my hubby loves me to pieces and so he lets me do crazy things like hatching … [Read more...]

Plate To Pixel Review and Giveaway

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling Digital photography is an amazingly easy and amazingly difficult world to enter. Just about anyone can pickup a digital camera and walk away with a photo. But there is a world of difference in getting "a" photo and getting "the" photo. After taking 3 semesters of photography in high school and having my photography teacher declare I had the best portfolio she had seen in the last 10+ years I was feeling pretty confident about my ability … [Read more...]

Applewood Smoked Shredded Beef Tacos

Corn tortillas filled with applewood smoked shredded beef, garden fresh lettuce and cilantro, cheese, tomato, and fresh lime.  If you do nothing else this year but smoke something with Applewood and put it in your slow cooker your year will have been a smashing success. This dish is actually super easy to make and the results are truly entertaining worthy. Applewood Smoked Shredded Beef Tacos   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 6 hours 30 mins Total time 7 hours 0 min … [Read more...]

Welsh Harlequin Hatching Eggs: Part 2

You can read our planning post here (including egg supplier info) It's crazy that we started this journey with these little friends 27 days ago. Well really much much earlier than that if you count all the planning and dreaming, researching, egg deals falling through, incubator lending, supply picking upping and fretting over them. I had carefully prepped the incubator (loaned from a super generous friend of a friend) and had it warming. When I realized the thermometer wasn't … [Read more...]

Old Window Wipe Off Organizer {DIY}

So lets be honest, this project was spurred because I am tired of writing and rewriting my to do lists everyday and then misplacing them. And I was tired of my darling husband reminding me of the same things everyday and then coming home each day asking me "what did you do today?" I also had a hard time remembering when to do or when I did some of the monthly or quarterly tasks in our home and so they often just didn't get done. After obscene amounts of time on Pinterest this is my beautiful … [Read more...]

Garden Tour 4.23.12

It's that time again! Garden tour time! Can you believe its only been 5 weeks since the last video?!? The garden has gone nuts, we've put up lights, made a compost bin, bred rabbits and so much more. I have yet to figure out how to be short and concise when there is so much exciting stuff to show off....thus you get two video's. Although I did just see that YouTube has raised its limit to 15 minutes which could help me get down to one a tour.... Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Breakfast Pockets

Evening all! I am here to share my recipe, as promised by Kevin....who by the way just did his FIRST blog post yesterday!!! I'm so excited and super proud to finally have him here with me officially :) Side note: My glee at setting up his admin login yesterday was contained so he couldn't see it but I was so happy I could have grabbed him and jumped up and down like a crazed person. He stares at me strange when I do that though.....so you'll just have to imagine. And a finalist in a … [Read more...]