Pre-Spring Garden Clean-up

The Weather Outside is Delightful

The weather in Chicagoland is DELightful!!So we had a chance to get out and enjoy it by cleaning up the garden beds and I cleaned up some flower beds too.Thankfully I did do a little fall cleanup so, that made this pre-spring cleanup easier.Of course there’s still lots more work to get done, but getting ahead start gets us ahead of the game.

So Much Done
We’ve also got ahead start on our gardening plans as well.Checking our seed supply, making a list of things we’ll need to begin gardening this spring and setting our gardening goals.

It Took A Beating
Although we’ve had a wonderful winter our greenhouse took a beating.We’ve lost nearly all of the top window panels with the exception of two of the small window panels.We were hoping to find some sort of plexiglass to replace them, but the prices were astronomical.Since we purchased our greenhouse it has went down to almost half the price. We darn near can buy another just by replacing the windows from the manufacturer, but we have to replace them. Last year I added some chicken wire around the bottom of the greenhouse to reinforce the panels.Our wind here is high and I was chasing panels on windy days, but since I’ve added the wire we haven’t had any blowouts on the bottom panels.Once the top panels are replaced we’ll add the wire there too to keep them in place.

Has the weather been beautiful in your area and has it inspired you to begin preparing for gardening season?I know we’re not out of the woods, but having the preliminaries out of the way will make things a breeze.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Where are my vintage punch bowls now?

A few years ago I began collecting punch bowls and a couple years back I shared my collection when I first started collecting.A couple days ago I took a look at my current collection, one to make sure I haven’t went a hoarding and two to see have I completed any sets.

If, I remember correctly this Anchor Hocking Star of David was the first bowl I found and the one that set this whole collection thing off.With the exception of the pedestal because I didn’t find the pedestal until months later.I also have a smaller pedestal and 12 cups.

The others are in no order because I don’t remember the order 😉 Not shown is my Hazel Atlas Milk Glass Swirled Punch Bowl Set, but if you watch the video you’ll see it.(L to R) Soreno Avocado 2 Large & 1 Small Punch Bowl. Culver Punch Bowl 10 Glasses 22k Gold & Milk glass

This one here with the yellow and orange flowers is so awesome for summer.

Bowl to the very far right is a milk glass punch bowl with a brass base.

So, as you can see that I’ve collected a few more bowls and although I often call one of the bowls my favorite, they’re all my faves.Which ever one I’m using at the time is my favorite and I enjoy using them all.What can these bowls be used for?

  • Punch of course
  • Crafts- like you see here I have yarn in the milk glass bowl.
  • Salads and other foods
  • Any room in the house to store items

As you see punch bowls aren’t for punch only.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Kitchen Bookshelf Organization (Video)

Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing how I use a bookshelf in my kitchen to organize and keep my kitchen essentials accessible in my small kitchen. Hope you get ideas on how to keep your essentials accessible and stir up your creativity while you’r in the kitchen.

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sweet Potato Pie FOR DAYS!

Over the weekend we my husband harvest our sweet potatoes.With the weather changing here in the Chicagoland area we were afraid a frost would sneak up on us and ruin our crop.I’m so glad we went ahead and harvest them.Last year my grandmother gave me a call to remind us not to let a frost catch us and this year we beat her to her reminder call.

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Our daughter helped until she saw a centipede. Yeah, she’s not scared of any other bugs, but the centipede made her quit or was it the hard labor?

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We had an amazing, amAZING, AMAZING harvest!  I was so excited as I began to see the bags fill up with BIG sweet potatoes and Jala was so excited to pull this one out the bed.

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Last year we had an okay harvest, we had some big sweet potatoes and a bunch of itty bitty not fun to prep for cooking potatoes.  The reason for the small sweet potatoes was because we planted over 32 seedlings and they weren’t spread out good.  However, this year we planted about the same amount, but they were spread out well.Our original plan was not to plant as many as last year, but after we planted them my grandmother gave us more to plant because someone had given them to her and she wasn’t growing any this year. So, we ended up with just as many as last year, but a better harvest.

After harvesting them my husband rinsed them off and wrapped them in towels to dry.

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Our next step will be placing them in paper bags and allowing them to cure and they should be ready in time for the holidays.

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This is only a quarter of what we harvest and don’t they look yummy?Some of these things looked like the size of a newborn baby…..Well, not actually… But maybe the size of my daughter’s head 🙂

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Did you grow sweet potatoes this year?If so, what’s your harvest looking like?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Free for (f)ALL Decorating: Everyday Tablescape

My last post for the Free for (f)ALL Decorating Challenge that I have given myself this year. Completed my fall tablescape and I love the simple everyday look.Used a few vintage pieces that I have in my collection and absolutely love how my glassware screams, “It’s FALL Y’ALL!”

Enjoy the video and hope you get some ideas on creating your everyday tablescape in your home.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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