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Green Beans

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Green beans are being sold for $48 a bushel here in WV. Last night I picked at least a half a bushel in 30 minutes. Wow, I am saving money, just look what a can is costing in the store. At the bushel price you can forecast the cost of a can of beans will be going up. These beans will be canned and frozen to provide vegetables for my in-laws and us over the Winter. So, bean picking will be my job today instead of sewing. As for "The August Break 2012" well of course today it is green beans fresh off the vines. Are you a canner or a freezer? I am a little of both, and it can really pay-off on your food bills. My in-laws grow a garden large enough that they share but we work for it. My mother and I have already done one picking that yielded - 5 fresh meals, 5 frozen bags, 7 quarts, 7 pints. Last night started the second picking and there are more beans this time than last.

Update: Final Pick Today 2 Bushels

Giles commented about the texture being different between canning…

The real reason to go to a county fair

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I have blogged a lot lately about the county fair and how to enter your quilts and jams to win ribbons and it is really fun for me. On Saturday it was our family's time to go to the fair! Lots of photos! My jar of "Pineapple Jam" sold for $15 at the auction to benefit the fair. My daughter Kristin came home to visit and go to the fair. She was really happy with the first place ribbon for "Sophie's Twister", since Sophie is her goddaughter. It really made me happy to have Kristin and David together for my first place ribbon on "Beauty & the Beast". This is my happy picture! The "Best of Show" ribbon went to my friend Mary Adkins she is a very talented quilter. She entered this stack and whack quilt, that is quite beautiful. I think I am going to take a class on how to make this style. I heard that they are easy to make. Next year I'll try again to beat her! What would the fair be without popcorn. Ed Adkins volunteers his ta…

County Fair Results

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Well no "Best of Show" this year but I did get (3) "1st Place" Ribbons on these! So, here is: "Beauty and the Beast" Close up to show the nice straight lines! I ripped out the seams on three rows until I got it right! Quilted all up nice by my friend Irene Hensley. I used "Another Iota" by Robert Kaufman. It makes a great binding! "Sophie's Twister"Lastly, I submitted a jar of yummy "Pineapple Jam" that I forgot to take a picture of the night I dropped everything off. Thank you all for indulging me while I showed off.

I really encourage you to show your beautiful creations in your local fairs. It validates your work and makes you feel good inside. Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" Lisa

Winner/QuiltCon/Nature

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Nature

Is just a step out my backdoor. I thought I would share a few pictures of out my backdoor. Not all the junk on the back porch, but the deer who eats on my hill in the morning. The little male hummingbird who guards my feeder day and night. The have flying wars, you really have to watch out in the mornings and evenings. That is when they like to come by. QuiltCon Submission #2

I tried to be modern but I may have ended up to traditional for the Modern Quilt Guild. What do you think? The Winner Is?

Well, I am so sorry everyone has had to wait today to find out who won but my little random generator is not home yet! I did cut up all the strips, I wrote the blog, and now I wait. For a six year old he is a busy guy, church camp, friends house, and hopefully soon, home! He's home, he's home! And the winner is? JCnNC - who is Judy C. In North Carolina of Shade Tree Quilting. She has an American Flag Banner, I would just love to make. Everyone should check it out. I was …

BEETS, anyone for beets! UPDATE

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UPDATE! The two men in these pictures are my father-in-law and my husband. They did help us a lot and did some jar packing. We are lucky women to have these two men in our lives! Love you honey! Well I haven't got much sewing done this week. The little ones allergies had him coughing, so the doctor is where we went Monday morning. His Dr. Is a nice woman, has six kids of her own, and a lot experience. She put him on Singular at night and he is doing better. On the way home, we stopped at the park and walked around the lake, until we got a call for cheesecloth from my mother-in-law, she had beets, a lot of them. Could we please stop by with cheesecloth and help. She had (5) five gallon buckets of beets.

There is a lot of work to canning beets. Washing, cut tops to 2", boil once until the skins will slide off, cool in cold water. Cut the rest of the top off, then peel (if they have boiled long enough most of the skins will slide right off) don't boil to much or they wi…