Christmas Tree Hunt 2008


One of my favorite things we do for Christmas is our family Christmas tree hunt. Despite my blowing it big time last year the family was willing to come back to try it up here again. The live nativity was great.  This year we learned the camel, Moses, is 3 years old.  He will grow about another foot and will stop growing by about age 5.  He is originally from California. (what’s up with all these Californians moving to Washington anyway. HA!)  He doesn’t mind the weather up here as long as he is out of the rain.  The desert gets very cold at night so the temperature drop doesn’t bother him.

We had a great time on our search for the perfect tree. (Although…our first perfect tree was swiped right out from under up by another family member!  I won’t mention any names.  You know who you are…hehe) The kids were mesmerized by the tree shaker and wrapper. It took some coaxing to get them away.

Zoe and her cousin at the tree wrapper

After finding our second perfect tree we headed to lunch and then back to the house to visit.

our 2nd perfect tree 🙂

~ Merriann

Making Pumpkin Puree


For the last few years we have grown or bought pumpkins to make our own puree. In the past I wasn’t all that impressed with it. It honestly didn’t taste any different to me than the Libby’s canned pumpkin. I figured I was just a Libby’s girl and there was no use going through the trouble to puree if it was going to taste the same anyway. This was going to be my last pumpkin pureeing year.

Well, my love for pumpkin has been renewed! We grew sugar pie pumpkins this year. They are the best. After gutting and baking the pumpkin I tried a bite. It was so good. It would have been even better with a little butter and maybe some brown sugar on it…mmm. My family is not quite as interested in pumpkin as I am so I couldn’t get away with having it as a side dish (although it is so good for you) but they do love it in pies and breads. I even made pumpkin pancakes this year.

Eat it just like this…after being cooked but before the puree.  So good.

With all the gardening we have been doing we got a good mill attachment for our mixer. It made making our zucchini relish a breeze so I tried it with the pumpkin. It gave it the perfect consistency. I think this may have been a lot of the problem in past years because I had to use a blender which was always such a hassle. I love the food mill. Our pumpkin pie this year was awesome and I have about 8 more cups of puree in the freezer. Next year we will be growing more pumpkins. Libby…you have been replaced.

~ Merriann

Thanksgiving 2008


You know that phase “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Well this is the theme of this post.  Just pictures!

~Lazy Greg 🙂