Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Adventures in Canning and Homemade Baby Food

I've had so much fun making Ezekiel's baby food AND we have saved so much money in the mean time! A friend referred me to the site it's a great sit that tells you what foods are appropriate for baby's age and such, has several recipes for great meal ideas for baby and so many tips on how to cook and store homemade baby food! I'm loving it :)

We recently went to the pumpkin patch, while we were there I picked up a dozen or so honey crisp apples. They were so huge and beautiful I couldn't pass them up, applesauce was inevitable and it turned out so yummy! I made a sugar free batch for Ezekiel and a sweet batch for Brian and I :)

I am so excited about these peaches! If you've never had canned peaches, they are sooooo much better than store bought peaches! We were up to are ears pealing and slicing enough to make about 100 quarts.

Love my boy!! He loves my food ;)

I've been able to make all of Ezekiel's food for about $10/month! I'm loving every minute of it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

When I'm Bored, I Bake!

I've decided that there is no possible way that I will ever be super skinny... Simply put: I just love to bake too much! Baking is one of my favorite pass times, I think I made my first coffee cake when I was about 9 using my 4H cookbook. A committed "American Girl" my sister and I loved cooking new recipes out of our Felicity and Kirsten cookbooks. Oh how I wish I still had that book... :) I'll never forget the time Cait and I decided to have our own restaurant at the house when Gma Judy was visiting one time. We had menus and a four course meal complete with desert. So Fun!

Last night I was craving cookies, but I had a dilemma! I have NO chocolate in my house!!! No chocolate chips, no baking cocoa, nothing! So I decided to pull out one of my cook books and looked for something that I actually had all the ingredients for and I found the classic "Cinnamon Coffee Cake" in my Taste of Home cookbook.

Not going to toot my own horn, but this was seriously the best coffee cake I've ever had! So moist! Not to mention the cake batter was delish as well.

Friday, September 2, 2011


I'm loving InstaFriday! We had a pretty fun fast week :) Brian went Backpacking at Duffy Lake so Ezekiel and I where all by our selves for a couple days last weekend.

Check out Jeannett's page at Life Rearranged, such a fun site :)

life rearranged

Here we go...

Brian went backpacking last weekend so Ezekiel and I went swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's house! He didn't like it at first but by the time it was time to get out Z was having a blast!

Swimmin' with the fishies :)

We went to Red Robin for the first time in a while and Z was lovin his sunglasses! He didn't try to take them off even once! Love It!!!!!

Rid'em Cowboy! He's a natural... I guess it's in his blood. :)

How does one look at this face and refrain themselves from slobbering kisses all over it????

Hooray! I went to Joann's finally and picked up some fabric for my throw pillows!

Meet Mr. GrumpyFace! :(
I think we are try to teeth again....

Have a blessed weekend everyone :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mission Curtains: Complete :)

I've been wanting to have curtains for our master bedroom for a LONG time now! I actually purchased the material for this project back in January when I was getting this for Ezekiel's nursery, but had NO motivation during my pregnancy to do anything but work on the nursery! The machine that I used to make the curtains in the nursery was like a 1930s Montgomery Ward and half way through the project the motor went out and I had to hand crank the wheel to get the curtains finished. Needless to say I was not about to start on the curtains for my bedroom until I either got that machine fixed or just purchased a new one!

Well my wonderful husband surprised me the other day and bought me a new sewing machine! As many of you know it took me a little bit to get the thing figured out, but it's working! :)

Yes, I am hiding our Window A/C behind those!

I'm in LOVE <3

My next project, when I get around to it........ Pillows for the Sectional in the Living Room!

Friday, August 26, 2011


I've decided to try something a little different... Recently I've found myself swimming in several awesome blogs, I keep adding them to my GoogleReader and am loving reading all the blog updates on my Mobile RSS Feed app on my iPad. I'm learning more and more about blogging and have noticed several Link Parties and it seems like there is a huge network of Stay-At-Home-Moms or Work-At-Home-Moms that are connected on this vast space we call the internet.

I'm starting to feel as if I have a social life....haha even though I hardly ever get out of this house....

So here I go! I found out about InstaFriday at this cool blog called the Pleated Poppy!

the pleated poppy blog

She linked up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged for this fun time of sharing life through Instagram photos :)

If you have a blog you should join too! Link up with Life Rearranged and check out Jeanette's awesome blog as well :)

life rearranged

Ezekiel was so cute yesterday after he ate his lunch!
I just couldn't pass up this photo opportunity :)

Trying to stay cool!
It finally was hot enough this week for me to convince
my husband to put in our window A/C!

I found a great new cookie recipe!
You can find out how to make this yummy delights at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle!
I was going to put a direct link to the recipe but for some reason her server isn't working, these are called cookies for Mikey or something like that...

Oh the joys of learning how to sew!
I thought I figured out that the problem with my sewing machine was that I had wound the bobbin incorrectly, so I wound a new bobbin... It still is causing me grief so I'm just going with it! I finally finished one of the panels for our Master Bedroom Curtains...

My sweet boy!

I'm thinking he looks a little bit like his Daddy!
Baby Brian pictured on the Right.

Now that wasn't too bad? Was it?!! I'm gonna have to do stuff like this more often.....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Berry Bash-What a Family!

At the end of July we were blessed to get to fly to Missouri/Illinois to see my family. We got to go to the Annual Berry Bash family reunion and my Grandparents "Surprise" 50th Wedding Anniversary! In a world where marriage doesn't seem to be valued very much and spouses are traded in like new cars this example is very precious to me! 50 years! Wow! What an inspiration and a challenge to all of us young married couples! Grandma and Grandpa, I love you guys so much thank you for being a great example for all of us :)

Awww.... Just as adorable :)

I was so excited for my family to meet our little Ezekiel, sad that he is already 4 months old but so excited that he finally got to meet 2 of his Great-Great Grandparents! Yes that's right 2 greats! We are hoping that he will get to meet Great-Great Gpa Grant and Gma Annie around Christmas!

Great-Great Gpa Wayne, Momma & Z, Great-Gpa Berry, & Grammie :)

Great Gma Berry, Momma, Grammie
Great-Great Gma Ruby & Ezekiel

What an AMAZING heritage!!! This little one is so blessed to have so many grandparents! I thought I was blessed to have 1 Great-Great Gma alive when I was born, Ezekiel has 6 Great-Great Grandparents alive and well :)

Oh..... Gma Berry if you are reading this.... you should comment and give us some advice on the 50 years of marriage.... :) Something we all should have asked at the party.... <3