Good Morning from wet and soggy Wilmington, NC. I hate to complain, given the drought and heat suffered by so many of our friends. And I’m not complaining about the rain. But what I am complaining about is the thunder.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There is nothing this girl loves more than a good stormy day! Well, that used to be me. Now I get up each morning to check the forecast only to figure out when to start the thunder preparations for Flora and Peep, our much-loved pup and cat. I know we are not alone in this, seems many pups start getting nervous with thunder, smoke alarms, and the like as they age. But man, it is EXHAUSTING and time-consuming! This absolutely wonderful, sweet, almost perfect pup demands my full attention during the storms and for a good bit after until she calms down.
And while Peep is a relatively young girl, I believe she feeds off of Flora. So when Flora starts spiraling, Peep joins in. 😨
And the frustrating thing is that we haven’t found ‘the solution.’ Well, in truth, we do have a solution, but it isn’t a great one. The ONLY thing that calms our girls down is for them to go into the car that is parked in the garage. The car must be running, with the air conditioner on full blast and calming music playing loudly. Obviously, we open the garage door.
Over the past week, we have had thunderstorms every day, and it isn’t great for our cars to sit and run like that. But when all else fails, that’s where they go.
We have tried Prozac, Xanax, Trazadone, a thunder shirt, and CBD in various combinations. If you’ve found something that works, please do pass it on. We are desperate here!
new on the blog
I know that I promised a new knit and crochet pattern this week, but…I don’t have them ready yet. I will blame the thunder and the fact that after 3 months of waiting, the demolition on our master bathroom started last week too!
I’m truly 👌🏻 this close! I just need to finish writing up one and finish working on the second.
BUT, as a consolation, this Yogurt Plum Cake is a nice treat! It is easy to make and does double duty as a delightful breakfast treat or fancy dessert!
speaking of plums
- Whether you are new to canner or an experienced canner, this easy and uncomplicated Plum Jam recipe is so very good. I’ve included a list of herbs and spices you could toss in if you wanted to get fancy, but it is seriously good just on its own. 🎁
- And then this Golden Plum Jam! It was one of the first jams I made when I started canning, so it is easy. The cozy spices speak to fall and winter. Make some now for gifts over the holidays. 🎁
- If these jams are calling you, but you’ve never canned jams or jellies before, then not only are these great recipes to start with, but I’ve got you covered. These recipes have step-by-step instructions, and I also published a Jam and Jelly making 101 post just for you!
recipes from the garden 🥒
If your garden is overflowing with produce
(then I will try not to use my voodoo dolls on you because mine is most definitely not!😉), then you probably need some of these recipes ( not that I know this summer 😥):
- You can’t beat this Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta for a quick salad or appetizer.
- When your garden slows down but still has green tomatoes on the vine, you’ll need to make this Shrimp and Grits recipe!
- This Jar-by-Jar Dill Pickle recipe is one of the all-time most popular recipes I’ve ever published. And for a good reason! Just mix up a jug of the brine, and you can pickle your cukes as they ripen instead of waiting for enough to put up at once.
- Along the same lines, put up your jalapeños as they become ripe with this Pickled Jalapeño Rings Recipe.
- This Savory Onion Jam always receives rave reviews and is a welcome hostess gift. This recipe is my attempt to replicate a savory onion jam I purchased from Williams-Sonoma…and I personally think I nailed it.🎁
- As does this Smoky, Spicy Tomato Jam. It has a depth to it from melting the tomatoes slowly in dark brown sugar, a little tinge of smoke from the paprika, and a little earthy bite from the bits of toasted cumin. 🎁
exactly 5 months from today…
Yup, Christmas is 5 months from today. So, if you are thinking of making gifts this year, it’s not a bad idea to get started or at least have a plan and start collecting your supplies and materials. Here are some ideas:
- Did you notice the little 🎁 above? Once again, those are great hostess, neighbor, and friend gifts. Keep a couple of jars on hand for when you need an unplanned-for-gift!
- Are you planning to knit Christmas stockings this year? Here’s my basic Christmas Stocking Pattern and the Broken Rib Christmas Stocking Pattern.
- This post is chock-full of ideas for handmade gifts that don’t scream ‘DIY!’
- This Knit Christmas Tree pillow would be a lovely ‘early’ Christmas gift.
- The Moisturizing Hand Balm and the Heel Balm would both be great stocking stuffers.
- Make several jars of Herbal Bath Salts, and pair them with the heel and hand balm for a lovely spa gift!
- Oh! And then add one of your handknit washcloths!
- Stamp some napkins.
- Check out these little embroidery kits from Hopebroidery! I’m tempted…
Not for nothing, if you are a crocheter or knitter, I saw this morning that LoveCrafts is having a huge sale right now for those of us who want to get started on our yarn projects for Christmas.
Well, I think I’ve given you enough to keep you busy until next week! Will you be making Christmas gifts this year for your friends and family? If so, please share what you will be making!
Have a great week!