Friday, July 24

friday favorites: garden goodness and kitten cuteness

Happy Friday, Friends! 

Do you feel like the week following vacation is a challenging one? 

I feel like this week has kicked my tail. Getting caught up with work, coming home to a garden that’s bursting at the seams with veggies AND weeds, children who are technically still on vacation, and hot hot hot weather. Combine those with a brain that doesn’t seem to be in optimal working order yet and a mama who feels overwhelmed, and the world wins. 

I’m so thankful His mercies are new everyday. Today is a fresh start! My prayer is that I am a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. 

I do have a few favorites from the week. So, I’m linking up with Erika to share.   

After being away for a week, the garden had grown exponentially. Green beans galore, peppers run amuck, and finally the start of red tomatoes. Our pumpkins and watermelons also seem to have exploded, crawling out of the garden and into the yard. I’m so excited about all of this garden goodness, but that also means there is lots of work to do. 

So, that leads me to my favorite favorite. I picked and picked green beans. Then my sweet mama came with her canning stuff and taught me to can. I’ve always been intimidated by canning, but it is so not difficult! It is, however, time consuming. Regardless, it’s totally worth it. I managed to get two batches in during the week and turned out 13 quart jars. I am looking forward to doing more this weekend! Would you be interested in a how to post?

While spending time in the garden on Monday, I heard a little meow. I looked over and Cricket had brought her kitten over. She always comes with me, but this time she hauled her baby out there too. It was the sweetest. The cutest part was I captured on video her toting her back. I thought, mom life happens to all moms, even cats! 

By the way, we did finally name her. My Little Farmers were arguing over names on our way to the store one day this week. We finally decided that it was my Littlest Farmer’s choice since the other two had named a pet already. They were tossing around Bootsie, Socks, Mittens, Mixie, Dixie, etc. I thought for sure he was going to choose Bootsie. Finally, when I asked him one last time what we would call her, he said Chicken Nugget. I said, that’s perfect. He’s been obsessed with chicken nuggets all summer. So, welcome to the family Nugget! 

We had these cinnamon rolls last week on vacation for the first time. I made sure to pick some up on my last grocery run. They are scrumptious. A nice change from the classic, and I love the buttercream icing. I may have eaten four in one sitting. They are the new breakfast favorite in our house for sure right now. 

And lastly, I’m still learning new things about photo editing. Apparently, there is this feature called a preset. You apply them to your pictures and it automatically adjusts them to look a certain way. Take a look at this photo below. I used the Adobe Lightroom App and FLTR app to find the preset. If you’re interested in learning more, let me know. 

By the way, I picked up the shirt I have on from Red Letter Clothing. Use the link for a 10% discount. I love the buttery yellow color and the shirt fits to size. 

Hope you have wonderful weekends! 


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  1. Congrats on your amazing garden! Love that tee in the last pic too :)

  2. I know I keep saying this but I am so envious of your garden! We do not have enough yard space for even a regular garden and yours is massive! Nugget is such a cute name and I loved watching the video on Instagram of Cricket carrying her in her mouth. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Your! That's amazing that you were able to put up all those green beans. Hope you get plenty of rest to recharge this weekend.

  4. You have a veritable bounty - wow! So much fun picking it all, and preserving, but it is a huge job isn't it? Very satisyfying though! I have made a note about the Adobe lightroom app, as I don't use anything really, adn should so yes please - any tips will be gratefully received!

  5. I wish I had enough beans to can....maybe next year? Also, I love the name Nugget!

  6. All those fresh veggies look amazing, but I'm also craving some of those cinnamon rolls! And I'm going to channel your thinking of trying to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. I feel like I really need some presets. I can't believe how many veggies you got. That is incredible. I love that you are jarring. We have done that with some tomatoes before.


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