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June 20, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Summer is nearly here!

And it’s finally good weather in NW Oregon!  YAY!

I’ve been too busy to really do anything in my garden this year . . . yet.  Since summer is only now just barely starting, I think I have time to plant some things.  First I must prepare the beds.  Currently 4 to 5 ft tall weeds are filling my vegetable beds.  oh well.

I am not stressing about it.

The strawberries are doing fine.  I have managed to keep them going and fairly weed free.

I haven’t posted here since April 3.  Yikes.  I guess time really flies.

I have a new man in my life.  He is great.  Maybe that’s why I’ve been so busy.  Lots of fun dates!

I think I will make him spaghetti with meatballs for his birthday Friday.  I am a little famous for the dish. At least amongst my dinner group.  I think he will really like it, and that will be fun for me to make something that he will really like.  I’ll keep you posted (eventually).

April 3, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Mr Gnome

My new Mr. Gnome.

Waiting for just the right spot out in the garden

April 2, 2011 / littlefooteslab

New to me Pfaff 2046

YAY!  I bought a used Pfaff 2046 this week. I’m super excited about all the cool things it can do. It is the fanciest sewing machine I have ever owned by far. This lady has a review if you are interested in learning more: Pfaff review

I am not sure what my first project will be, likely more mustaches. :)  I am excited to make a quilt and play with all the cool features this machine has. I should be sure to thank my mom for loaning me her Pfaff for about the last year, or maybe a bit longer, since my old Singer just wasn’t working anymore and I didn’t have the cash to buy a new machine until now.

First, my old machine:

This is very similar to my old machine. I traded it in for some extra notions, and attachments.

and here’s my new machine!

March 23, 2011 / littlefooteslab

Plans for the weekend

If you are looking for something fun and free to do this weekend, check out the Better Living Show.  It’s a “lifestyle expo.”  It’s kind of like a traditional home show or garden show, except that there will be vendors there from all sorts of different industries, really anything that has to do with sustainability.

I’ll be at the Green Hammer booth Saturday from 4-9.  I’d love to see you there!

March 22, 2011 / littlefooteslab

This is cute!

thanks for the link Sarah!

March 21, 2011 / littlefooteslab


I have been on a bit of a soup kick lately. It is just such a great meal! And I like to take it for lunch during the week.

I made this soup this weekend. Well, I made a version of this soup. I made it according to the recipe a few weeks ago, and this time I branched out a bit and added some beef and chunks of sweet potatoes. Also, I  swapped the regular lentils for french lentils. I think they have a different texture, but they taste pretty much the same to me.

Barley, Lentil, and Mushroom soup

not the prettiest dish, but very tasty, and easy!

March 21, 2011 / littlefooteslab

a bit of color

I’m getting spring fever. I have lots of little starts in the garden. It’s not bursting with color yet or anything, so I grabbed a few thing on sale at the garden center. Also, I always check the clearance rack. I got three pansies for a buck. Nothing wrong with them, just no visible flowers at the moment. Once they are in the ground though, they will be just fine.

I also got these beauties:

ranunculus beauties

and these to go in my window box:

pretty pretty primroses

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