Our 9 year old oven finally gave out.  We were fortunate to find an affordable replacement via Craigslist.


As soon as my husband finished installing it, the girls started baking!


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As I sat, sipping my morning coffee, this quiet morning, I felt the cool breeze coming through the open window next to me.

I heard the faint squeals of the new piglets up on the hill.  I heard the dogs barking at our outside cat, that likes to languish just out their reach.  I thought of my children blissfully still asleep.  I thought of my husband who just left for work, and two of my children that I had just dropped off at their summer farm job.  I thought of my children that have grown up and moved on with their own families….

I looked around at my small house, realizing how full it is….

Full of life.  Full of love.


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I love my vintage mason jars! I love filling them….they make me happy 🙂


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Future bread baker










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decisions, decisions….decisions.

Is it me?  Or has the quality of EVERYTHING gone so far downhill that anything you purchase is destined for the dumpster pile in a few years?  Where is the quality of old?  Is our society so consumer conscious that the manufacturers purposely design things to NOT last?

Lets see, my “top of the line” front loading washer and matching dryer died, repeatedly, after a year, finally retired them after 4 years.  My fridge, bought at the same time as the washer/dryer combo, died in about 6 years.  My 5 burner gas cooktop…. exploded!  twice!  retired that after  7 years of use.  My ovens are on their way out, 8 years old…. you get the picture.  I won’t even mention the number of vacuums I’ve burned out, yes, even Shop Vac’s.  Anyway, I digress.

My highly used, and much loved, Kitchenaid mixer has broken, again.  I have broken 3, yes 3, of the 6 quart pro-line models.  We make all of our own bread, pizza dough, cookies, cakes, anything you want to put in a mixer… we do it!

My dilemma and decision now… do I get another, bigger Kitchenaid (which makes me happy when I see it on my counter), do I go with an Electrolux, which is rated awesome for making bread dough, and is VERY different from what I’m used to.  Do I try to find a decent used Hobart 12 or 20 quart that doesn’t cost me my first born…..

You see, when funds are limited, you want to make the best purchase possible, you want something to last, you want to love it!   I’m not so sure there is a product that will last anymore, hence…. what do you want to throw your money away on for a few years?

So… I’m obsessing!

To Kitchenaids credit, when I called to ask about the new bigger machines and I told them how I’d broken 3 of the 600 series, they offered me 20% off one of the bigger ones.  Which brings it about to what Amazon charges, but will include a 5 year warranty vs the 1 year.  Tempting….

For now… my dad found, at the dump!, an older Kitchenaid 5 quart, …….he’s letting me borrow it :).

p.s. my old KA 4 1/2 q is still going strong, passed it on to my daughter 10 years ago.

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The best job…

One of my favorite jobs as a mom is to rock a cuddly kid early in the morning.  They come to you all bleary eyed and say “can you rock me?”  Sheer heaven I tell ya!

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Catching up….

At times it seems life goes by so quickly. There are days when everything is in place and running smoothly. Then there are days, weeks even, that seem to a run together in a delightful randomness. We have had many exciting things happening in our family of late. Our eldest daughter and her husband are expecting their first child. Our third eldest got engaged and is getting married….NOV 2nd! Yikes! Two showers and a wedding to plan before the end of October! My husband started a new job last week. I had two retinal tears in my “good” eye. We attended two weddings, no funerals :). Two of my middles started up their summer jobs, as well as picking up some extra work on the side. And, I’ve just been enjoying having my two grandbebes in my back yard! (Oh yeah, and my son and daughter in law 🙂 )

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