Wedding Guest Book

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My sister made our guest book for our wedding. After she consulted with us, she painted this beautiful canvas with a large oak and Distlefink love birds for a Pennsylvanian element. When she transported it over for our wedding, she cut the wooden frame and rolled the canvas. We pinned it back onto the frame roughly to display at the wedding.

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Prior to the wedding, Honey and I couldn’t source oak leaf hole punchers, so we went with maple. The wedding tables were decorated with paper leaves in various colours and we asked guests to write something that we should always remember to be thankful for (and their name) on at least one leaf.
Guests wrote thoughtful, touching, simple, and funny things on these beautiful little records of a joyful day. After the wedding, we had these leaves sitting in a container in the spare room while the painting sat on our night stand. This month, we finally sat down on a Sunday afternoon to take care of our guest book. We read the notes from our friends and family, remembered the wonderful party, and united the (maple) leaves with the (oak) tree. We are going to take it to get properly re-framed so that we can hang it on our wall. For now though, it is on display in our living room and it is beautiful.

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Yogurt, Finally

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My mom always made yogurt in thermoses when we were little and made it look easy. After trying several times in Scotland without a thermos and getting frustrated with the fails, I thought maybe it was harder than it looked. In our stores we can buy plain, organic, whole milk, live yogurt, but only ever two of the options at once. On top of that, the packaging is not recyclable nor is it very re-usable for anything besides planting seedlings.
Wanting to get around this, I have tried making yogurt on the stove and wrapping it in hot water bottles and towels, placing it in the oven or by a radiator and these all resulted in nothing more than strange milk. I finally thought to look up crockpot yogurt and that was the trick! Instead of a thin steel layer between the yogurt and the air, the crockpot ceramic keeps it warm enough as it cools to give the bacteria time to thrive. Two weeks ago, I made my first batch of yogurt and made it again last week.

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I didn’t add in any powdered milk to thicken it so it came out as drinking yogurt. I thought that I would change that for the second batch, but we have really enjoyed having the yogurt to drink each day. It is mild and creamy. I’ve been packing it in a small kilner jar and with canned fruit and Honey has been drinking it mixed with cinnamon and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

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When I get some new muslin, I’ll drain a batch for Greek yogurt and see how that turns out.

New Herb Garden

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We received a Rocket Gardens herb garden from friends for Christmas. The plants arrived a few weeks ago in May and I look forward to seeing the plants mature and develop over the years.

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We grouped them by growing preference, listed here for future reference:
1st pot
Mint- moisture and some shade
Pineapple mint- the same

2nd pot
Marjoram- well drained soil and light
Thyme- well drained soil and light
Rosemary- well drained soil and no light specifications (but we have one that does well in full sun)
Sage- light, dry soil and plenty of light

3rd pot
Parsley- moist soil and light (our current parsley has come back for a few summers but is pretty much at its end now)
Chives- not fussy and will tolerate ‘reasonable’ conditions

Wardrobe for June- August

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I really liked how simple getting dressed was with my reduced wardrobe from March-May. I’ve tucked away my heavier layers and also reduced the number of components. I had 11 shirts and 5 layers last time, this time I’m going with 7 tops and 4 layers. I chose 7 so that it was a bit more than a work week to give me time to have a few washed to iron. I think if I had 4 out of 5 shirts that didn’t need to be ironed, I could even pare it down to 5 shirts.

Wardrobe for June-August

Going through my wardrobe to pack the rest away, I donated a top that I felt was too short and a pair of jeans. I added a pair of trousers to my wardrobe this time, having found a pair of blue linen ones that now fit when they didn’t at the beginning of March. Not counting my jewelry, I have about 26 items for the next three months. As per the Project 333 rules, this doesn’t count work out gear or pajamas. I haven’t included my non- work clothes which consist mainly of a few tees and a hoodie. I’ll be reviewing these soon.

Ground Eggshells

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Two years after we built the raised beds, the slugs have really made their way back to the garden. We’ve already lost three zucchini plants in the ground and suspiciously (although not the first year), marigolds which are supposed to deter slugs. The zucchini got chomped because it was pretty wet and I didn’t go out to sprinkle fresh eggshells for a few days.

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We had stacks of shells saved and I ground two jar’s worth as a reminder to use our supplies. After all, they always say that ‘a shell in the jar is worth it for slugs, but a shell on the ground is worth a pound of produce’. Yeah, I’m sure they say that somewhere…!

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