So on the 27th of June - our little cat, Tigger had 3 baby kittens! Oh, they are cute! 3 little tiger striped babies! She is being such a good mamma! After not sure what to do with her 1st batch of kittens a few months ago and losing all 6 from that batch, I was worried how she would do this time. But she is definitly surprising me on how good she is!
BUT, the next evening while my husband was going through one of the wood piles, he found a few more surprises! We used to have this stray cat who sorta ended up permanent. We suspected she had babies but never did see her bring them out. She disappeared about 2 weeks ago and kind of forgot about her kittens being we never saw any sign of them & we were suspecting that they should be about a month or more old.
Low and behold, in the exact wood pile we thought they would be in, my husband had heard some meowing and then this is what he found. A very pretty white fluffy bunny looking kitten with bright blue eyes and 2 orange kittens! They were a little timid at first, but after some coaxing with some canned cat food, I was able to "rescue" them and put them in the shed with the other kittens! But man, they are sure cute!
"If you get any closer, we won't come out!!"
I looked at a reference book and I am making an educated guess that the white one and the bigger orange one are males and the little orange one (the one peaking out of the logs by itself) is a female. We've come up with Bunny for the white one and Chubby for the boy orange...just not sure what to call the girl one yet. And as for Tigger's kittens, I am guess ing all boys, but its a little harder to tell with them. We'll wait until they are a little bigger and can tell for sure what they are before we come up with a name!
I just love all the natural beauty that summer has to offer. There is so much peace and simplicity in some of these things and it makes me stop and think. Stop and thank God for all that I have and that I am able to experience all that he has to offer every day. I am blessed to be able to enjoy the following beauty's and I hope that you can enjoy them to...and remember to stop and smell the roses...or lily's, or iris's or chive's...and be great full for all the good in your life!
I'm trying to think of new or uncommon ways to use up our potatoes from last fall's harvest (which really, isn't too hard to do). We do ALOT of mashed potatoes and fried potatoes with bacon and onions, but sometimes I want to do something different. Scalloped potato dishes aren't an uncommon food in general, it's just something we don't hardley make (honestyly, I remember only 1 other time before this)! I found a recipe...and of course, had to modify cause I didn't have all the ingredients on hand. Here is what I came up with...and they were actually pretty good!
4 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup bacon, cooked
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 12oz can evaporated milk
1 can cream of celery soup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix potatoes, garlic, cheese and bacon in 9x13 greased baking dish. In a seperate bowl, mix the cream, milk and soup. Pour over potate mix and bake for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender, stiring occasionaly. And BadaBing...you have some nummy potatoes that make a complete meal (or mostly...could use a pretty green veggie to go with these!)
These were soo fun to make! I got the idea from, where else, but Pinterest! We have a surprise 30th birthday party that I wanted to make cookies for and I thought these would be fun to make...and I was right!! Super easy, too! Just take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and add food coloring (the gel kind). And instead of rolling the cookies in white sugar, roll them in the coordinating colored sugar and BaDaBiNg!!! And then as soon as they are done baking, plop a Hershey's Hug into the middle and let them cool completely (if you move them before they are set, your hug will start to run...oh so fun! Here is the pin that inspired me! I so cannot wait to make these in a rainbow of colors next time! Yea!
These pictures are not very good, but it at least gets you an idea. I really need to find our real camera (or some how convince Hubby I need my own - DSLR!)
Yes - I MADE those little shelves myself! I was nervous about using the nail gun because of a previous incident from my teenage years, but I did it! And they cost literally nothing! I pulled some scrap wood from pile of wood for the wood stove in my husbands shop and chopped 'em and nailed 'em to my liking...slap on a coat of paint (which I guess I did pay for, but I had it for the walls already - and even that was cheap) and PRESTO CHANGO - Shelves for the bedroom! GO ME!!
Way back last fall, I started thinking of a bunch of projects I wanted to around the house during the cold winter months when I couldn't be outside. Needless to say, it's been so mild, that it was hard to get into the "winter" mode and get my projects done. But I have finally started...and have even FINISHED a few of them! Here's what I have...
Paint our bedroom
Finish our wedding scrap book
Paint cream cans (which I am actually really liking them as they are...so this may not get done)
Meet weight-loss goal (I gotta LONG way to go on this...this has REALLY proven to be a battle...but I WILL get there...for SURE by bow hunting season!)
Organize our office
Create a new filing system
Paint spare bedroom on main level
Gather information and organize papers for opening a day care (if we decide to pursue this route)
Go Christmas shopping with mom (we never made it "Christmas" shopping, but have a shopping weekend planned in a couple weeks *SMILES* that I will count)
Have a Christmas baking day with my brother (or LONG weekend)
Draw up garden plans for summer
Re-Organize upstairs closests & toys
Re-Organize the pantry
Organize and sort thru stuff to put on a garage sale
Make venison jerkey
Organize recipies (IN PROGRESS)
Organize and label stuff in the freezers
Start a BUNCH of annual flowers for spring (with this mild weather, it's hard not to start them TOO soon)
Make an assortment of greeting cards
Clean & polish all wood work in the house
Go sledding (this one is looking sorta out of the question...but I'm TOTALLY okay with that)
Start/Finish our honeymoon scrap book (I cheated - I did a photo book on Shutterfly...but hey, IT'S DONE)
Make new curtains for the whole house (yikes...winter will be done before we know it...and I don't even know what colors I want for the rooms)
Make shelves for the Barbie room so the dolls don't all have to sit on the floor
Aquire a summer purse (I've done that...and then some!)
Make decorative wreaths for all seasons (which has ALSO turned into a cross for all seasons...and the more I think about how I'm going to do each season, I find that I want one for each month...)fall wreath and cross,winter cross,Christmas wreath,Valentine wreath and cross
Do a puzzle with my hubby (it just needs to be glued together and hung in the garage now)
I think I may have overdone it on this list, but I'm feeling a little more motivated lately and just maybe will have ALOT of these done by spring...maybe next years list won't be SOO big!