Nearing the end

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This week has been a bit unproductive for me.  Remember those immune boosters I shared with you a couple weeks ago?  Yeah, well, they work a little better if you actually use them.  For some reason I’m fairly faithful with applying them to the little guy, but it’s easy to forget about myself.  I’m so thankful for my sweet hubby & his willingness to stay home & give me a little break so I could get back on my feet.  I’ve bounced back pretty quickly, but it’s amazing how quickly those little daily tasks that you don’t really pay much attention to, pile up.

I’ve neglected my blog here for a few days in an attempt to make some headway, but I thought I’d make just a quick appearance today to share some of the last fruits from our garden this year.  We’ll have a bit more of a harvest for sure, but there’s no doubt it’s winding down as you can feel the chill of fall in the air.  No complaints here, I adore this time of year!

I’ve purposefully not shared much, if at all, about our garden this year, since there was very little to share.  I hesitantly made the decision in the spring to make major cutbacks to my normal garden plans.  With our garden space located between our garage & the alley, behind our house, I couldn’t figure out a way to tend to the garden {that I’d be comfortable with} with the little man.  We do use the stroller,  but let’s be honest, there is definitely a time limit on how long that’s fun, for him & therefore for me as well :).

So, all my hopes & dreams of a big beautiful garden dwindled to tomatoes & peppers.  It worked.  I’m glad I didn’t have more to tend to, at least for this year.  And, despite the lack of variety, there has been no lack in production.  I’m currently looking at buckets of produce in my kitchen & have a little canning party planned for myself this evening.  I’m happy.

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

Weekly Meal Plan {No. 9}

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Monday is here again!  The past few days here have felt very fall-ish & I’m loving it!  It feels like perfect weather for being in the kitchen!

Before I get to my plan for the week, I thought I’d share some pictures from our weekend.  Caleb got me a new camera lens for my birthday, so we’ve been have a little fun playing.


Our tomatoes have been producing like crazy {that is, now that they’ve decided to ripen}!  This lovely bowl here is just one of many sitting around my kitchen.  We’ve canned one big batch of roasted tomato sauce & made a batch of salsa so far.  The rest have simply made their way to the freezer for me to deal with later.

Fall Pumpkins

We’ve been buying pumpkins little by little as they strike our fancy at the farmer’s market each week.  So far, this is the little collection we’ve accumulated.  The big, wart covered one kind of gives me the creeps, grosses me out & yet I love it all at the same time.

Snuggle Time

And of course, I could not resist snapping a picture of this little man snuggling with daddy in the hammock.  Snuggle time is always the best part of the day.

Meal Plan

And on to business….our plan this week…


Hot Italian Chicken Sandwiches {I CAN NOT believe I’ve not posted this recipe here yet!  It’s one of our ultimate faves!  I’ll do my best to pay attention to what I’m doing this time & write it down so I can share it here, ASAP!}

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken & Rice

Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes & a veggies

Upside Down Pizza with salads


Chips & salsa

Veggies & Dill dip

Have a great week!!