Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. We are so thankful for God's mercies which are new each day.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

June and Georgia Turn 2!

Our sweet little babies, June and Georgia, turned 2 years old a few weeks ago.  I can hardly believe it!

We had a little party for them with family and friends that I tried to keep relatively simple and stress-free.  Just some finger foods, cake and ice cream, balloons, and activities for the kids such as coloring, bubbles, and outdoor play.

I am so glad I didn't go crazy with trying to have a picture-perfect party with everything coordinated and pinterest-worthy. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy it as much, plus, I'm sure as the girls grow older there will be plenty of other times for fun themed, elaborate birthday parties.

I did, however, spend some time baking the cake. I wanted to make it on my own because I just feel like homemade cakes for birthdays are special. They may not be as pretty as professionally made ones (two of my layers feel apart on me), but it tasted delicious! I really liked doing it and I'm hoping to make baking the cake a birthday tradition.

The girls had SO much fun with family and friends and we are so grateful for everyone that came out to make their day so special. My babies are definitely growing up on me and parenting toddlers is getting more challenging every day!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Peppers in November?!?

Yes, I just had to share with you that we are STILL getting peppers in November!!!

This year our pepper plants have been especially prolific. It seems like every week or so since August we have been getting basketfuls of peppers including sweet banana peppers, jalepenos, green bell peppers, and anaheim chile peppers.

We planted the hot peppers thinking we would only actually get a few handfuls of them at harvest time and boy were we wrong! We are swimming in hot peppers and we don't use very many of them in our cooking. So far we have dried the jalapenos, made jalapeno poppers and used them for a few dishes here and there but overall we can't eat them fast enough. If I can find the time I'd love to make some hot pepper jelly :) We have really enjoyed eating the milder peppers though, in everything from soups to eggs or just eating them by themselves fried or sauteed.

I'm thinking that surely by Thanksgiving we probably won't be getting any more peppers, but this harvest has truly been amazing and not expected.