Weekly Wishes // 94

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Happy 94th week of my wishes, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for quite a while, apparently. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last week’s goals…

1. Take a night off. I did take at least part of a day to do things I enjoy and work less.

2. Get all my photog affairs in order. I did my best!

3. Read. I got another good chunk of my book read.

This week’s goals…..

1. Have an excellent wedding photography day, and enjoy it, too. I usually get so caught up in schedules and what needs to be accomplished, that I can lose some of the enjoyment of it.

2. Get my set of wedding photos from the last wedding I shot out to my lovely lovely clients. I plan to get it all good to go when I am in my hotel room at this weekends wedding!

3. Make and can salsa. I brought home a car load of tomatoes from the farm today, I so need to get them preserved. And I already have 28 quarts of tomatoes canned for the year. Salsa time.

Sunday Faves

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These are maybe the most beautiful earrings I’ve ever seen.

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This is real dainty and real cute.

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Always a sucker for anything that involves the moon.

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I just might have to buy this embroidery pattern.

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Aw, these are gorgeous. And the scent combination sounds amazing.

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I stinkin love black bath bombs.

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And quartz. I love quartz.

Bread and Butter Pickles

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Ittttt’s canning season!! Just quickly wanted to share my favorite bread and butter pickle recipe. Because, cucumbers. SO many cucumbers. I don’t share specific canning process instructions because, well, it has a small amount of risk. I recommend learning how to waterbath can from someone with experience, and also do some reading about it. So, do your research and learn from someone who knows!

Ingredients

  • 10 cups of sliced, small, crisp cucumbers (I slice mine about 1/8-1/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup kosher or canning salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar (I use raw cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds

Directions:

  1. After slicing the cucumbers, place them in a colander or strainer in the sink, and toss with salt. Allow them to sit for 1-2 hours, then lay in a single layer on a sheet pan that’s lined with a towel or paper towels. Let dry overnight. This will help them stay crunchy!
  2. The following day, combine vinegar, sugar, water, and spices and heat to a boil.
  3. Fill sterilized canning jars in whatever size you prefer with the cucumbers, packing as tightly as you can, and leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top.
  4. Fill jars with vinegar mixture (again, leaving 1/2 inch space at the top).
  5. Seal the jars appropriately. (I use a waterbath canner.)
  6. Store for at least two weeks before opening. I recommend serving them chilled. I love to use these in chickpea ‘tuna’ salad.

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Weekly Wishes // 93

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Happy 93rd week of my wishes, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for quite a while, apparently. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last week’s goals…

1. Finish lesson three in my herbalist studies. Lol school in summer just isn’t gonna happen for me as quickly as I’d like.

2. Enjoy shooting my first wedding of the season. I diiiiid! It was a seriously fabulous time.

3. Make somethin’ cool that I can write about here. I didnt because I was too busy working and gardening and reading. But that’s cool. All good things.

This week’s goals…..

1. Take a night off. I’ve been tackling my life pretty aggressively lately, and next week is going to be pretty packed, but I’d like to schedule at least one night to do something quiet and relaxing.

2. Get all my photog affairs in order. I have a lot of paperwork, meetings, and weddings that need to be sorted!

3. Read. I’ve got a bad habit of unwinding at night with netflix and I’d like to spend more of that time reading the book I’ve been reading for far too long.

Weekly Wishes // 92

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Happy 92nd week of my wishes, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for quite a while, apparently. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last week’s goals…

1. Finish lesson three in my herbalist studies. I got so close. Not there yet. Twas a very busy week

2. Spend some time with a darling friend of mine who is coming to visit, actually I have two darling friends in town this weekend. I had a splendid time!

3. Get some weeding done. I did. And a TON of harvesting and canning. A lot, folks. A lot.

4. Get creative. Does canning count? I’m gonna say that it does.

This week’s goals…..

1. Finish lesson three in my herbalist studies. Seriously, this week I really ought to. But the weather was nice and there were so many things to can last week.

2. Enjoy shooting my first wedding of the season. I haven’t had one yet this year, and there are six to go for the fall. Eek!

3. Make somethin’ cool that I can write about here. I am sure I can find something to  create and write about.

Weekly Wishes // 91

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Happy 91st week of my wishes, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for quite a while, apparently. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Two weeks ago’s goals… I skipped last week cus I was too busy!

1. Finish lesson three in my herbalist studies. I was right, I said last week if the weather was nice I probably wouldn’t. But I did make some progress. School in summer is really hard..

2. Spend some time kayaking. I did!!!! Have plans to go this weekend again!

3. Get some canning/pickling done. Did this too.

4. Get some serious work done on the farm – weeding, fall planting, etc. I got some fall crops planted, weeds pulled, things harvested.

This week’s goals…..

1. Finish lesson three in my herbalist studies. I seriously hope to do so this week.

2. Spend some time with a darling friend of mine who is coming to visit, actually I have two darling friends in town this weekend. I am sure some adventures await!

3. Get some wedding done. There is always weeding.

4. Get creative. Theres gotta be somethin I can make.

Sunday Faves

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Loooooove. Love.

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I really wonder how hard it would be to make something like this. They look amazing.

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I may have shared this before. But I love it.

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These are so damn cute.

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Project inspiration.

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I want this in my gardennnnn.

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This is amazing and makes me want to draw.

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hahahahahhahahahhaahahahahaha.

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I have so much garden/food themed fabric. I don’t know what I’d do with another, but this one is super cute. How many aprons can a gal own?