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What's Going on In the Garden?

It's been awhile since our last garden update on the blog, so I thought I would show you what's the status in our little backyard. Tomato season is over and those plants have been pulled out of the bed. It was a pretty good year we had with the cherry and heirlooms we planted. 

Basil has been unreal for us this year. I have mounds and mounds of it growing in my garden. I need to do some pesto batches because it's taking over. 

I just discovered our very first satsuma growing and I'm so excited! Those oranges are our favorite and I hope the tree does well for us. 

These spicy peppers have been also ridiculously successful this year. I mean we can't eat them fast enough, or I should say Aaron can't eat them fast enough. He really loves the spice in his dishes and adds them to everything. 

Bell peppers have also been pretty great, we've added them to salads and pastas and stir fry. 

And lastly this little vine. Not in with the edible updates, but a garden update nonetheless. We planted it a few years ago and slowly it has creeped up the side of my work studio. I cannot wait for it grow all over the trellis and blossom each year. Slowly but surely. 

Have you harvested anything this fall? I have gone back and forth on planting a winter garden, but I don't think I will have any time to accomplish it, and it bums me up. I love those garden beds full of yummy foods and plants, but time seems to be the culprit for me. It gets me every time!

42/52

Week 42 in the 52 Weeks Project

*gunnar: I cannot believe we only have 10 more weeks of this project, and therefore of the year! These photos were pretty much all taken from my vantage point at the same time. We were catching up on some videos, and this is their tv zone face, also reason 8953 that we don't have screen time Monday through Thursday. In biggest news this week, Gunnar got a cell phone. I was trying to hold out until he turned 13 and we almost made it, just 6 weeks shy. 

*sawyer: He told me this week he isn't really looking forward to middle school. He told me everything will change and he won't be able to like the same things. And then my heart broke, and then I told him that wasn't true. He doesn't have to change a single thing about himself. 

*greta: She had her big language arts presentation today on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and when I saw her after school the first thing out of her mouth was "my presentation was great!" So so proud of her and how hard she worked on it. 

guilty as charged

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I'm guilty as charged, I've been absent in this space and it has felt pretty nice. This week I cleared my schedule for a few days and only had one thing to accomplish (that is other than the whole keeping kids fed, alive, taken to and from school, homework part). That one thing was to spend time with dear friends visiting from New York. We met as newly married couples in Brooklyn and have been close ever since. We try to see each other at least every 1-2 years. We have eaten at the yummiest places, stayed up late watching ridiculous television shows, and visited quite a few coffee shops in the area. 

Mission accomplished. But I haven't completely dropped off the surface of the earth. You can always catch what I'm up to on Instagram. And I've written some fun posts on Hello Natural. There's one on natural tea rinses for hair, and another using apples for a few at home beauty treatments. I'm pretty sad that it looks like we have to skip our annual apple picking tradition. October has been awfully busy, and I don't think the apples are going to last into November. So I will wallow in my sorrows with some store bought apples instead. But, I can guarantee there will be some pumpkin buying for sure! And we will make up for apples next year, just you wait...

My fun filled few days end tomorrow with one last delicious breakfast and then it's back to reality of work and chores. But it's been really nice to just hang out and relax with good friends. The picture at the top is everyone pitching in for Monday night family dinner. It was a team effort and I don't think I love my house more than when it's filled with friends all cooking together.

Hoping you all have had a wonderful week, and got through Wednesday hump day!