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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Make Spaghetti Sauce from Scratch

When the garden gave us way too many tomatoes, there was no better way to use them than to make spaghetti sauce from scratch. I have never made spaghetti sauce so I found a few recipes online and made my own version.  The taste turned out excellent, but it was very watery.  Next time I'll boil it a bit longer.

Can and Pressure Cook Something

 Stewed tomatoes from our garden and lots of jam using berries we found at a farmers market.

River Tour in Chicago

 We landed a great deal on a river architecture tour on Groupon and then landed an amazingly sunny fall day that was perfect for our tour.
 Just being out on the river was alot of fun, but learning more about the city and its architecture was even better.
 The thing that I learned the most about was how important Montgomery Ward was to the city of Chicago.  Google it!  Very interesting history.

Beach time with Alyssa

We spent a lot of time at the beach this summer.  Sometimes Alyssa and I would just go by ourselves and just sit together in sweet silence!  She's a great beach buddy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Build a birdfeeder

 I built a platform one for fruits just using a flat board and some wire.
Then I built some wine bottle ones using the sangria that I had shared with two friends.
 I gave them both bird feeders too!  Birds love it!

Visit 3 New Local Beaches

 I've pretty much been to every beach now between south side Chicago and Burns Harbor.
I still like my Lake Street Beach in Miller City the best!

Plant, Harvest, and Eat food from my own garden

Go Roller Skating

 Well, I actually skated quite a bit over this last year, but this was the first time I went with Eric and the kids.
 We had a good time at the rink over in Lynwood where the movie with BowWow was filmed.

Go Camping

Camping with a big group was not my favorite thing, but this tubing trip down the river was awesome!  This was the only part I took pictures.

Vacation in Myrtle Beach