Today is the last day of the ARBA Convention and I’m sure I’m swamped. I hope my rabbits have shown well and I’m enjoying a bit of a rest. More likely I’m running my feet off and packing to come home. These babies are my next generation. 24 years of breeding so far and I’m still chasing the improvements that I want to see and the “perfect rabbit.” Here’s to 24 more!
The last few weeks have been a last gasp for the garden. Pumpkins are ripening. Tomatoes are finally turning red. The peppers are changing. A final few cucumbers are dangling on the dying vines. The Patio Baby eggplants have been overly productive and we’ve had to be creative in finding ways to eat them.
I’m hoping the carrots and beets will be ready soon too. They were a touch small when I pulled a few up last month, so I’m hoping that they have added some width and will be ready to harvest. I’m tempted to try putting in a winter garden with some garlic and overwintered kale too.
I love making vanilla extract. It’s simple, has great flavor, and is cheaper per ounce than buying it in the store. I usually buy my beans at beanilla.com, but be warned that supplies rise and fall as the vanilla beans are harvested from an orchid variety and subject to the weather like every other crop.
- Wash and dry your bottles (you can find them many places)
- Buy vodka (my favorite is Sobieski, but I settled for Beau Clair this time)
- Buy your vanilla beans.
- Slice 5 beans from tip to tip without slicing into halves. (For double strength extract, add 10 total beans to the bottle)
- Fill bottle with vodka. Then cap tightly.
- Place in a cool, dark place (like the back of a cabinet) for a minimum of 3 months.
There you go! Now you too can make your own vanilla extract.
Yes. There are shenanigans. lol No, I don’t recommend attempting to carry three rabbits at a time either.
I’m so excited to announce that I will be designing a new club for Dianna at the Knitting Boutique. It’s the Perfectly Vintage Club.
“Our Perfectly Vintage club combines inspiration from pattern books, magazines, and photos from the past. Each kit is designed around one vintage pattern that inspires Kelli, but which features her own modern knitting flair! With yarns that range from the wild and wooly naturally colored PCC yarn to soft and luxurious cotton, you never know which fiber and pattern you might see next. For this first year, we are working with yarns that will probably be new to you. This club will even include an exclusively dyed colorway from Lilliput Yarn and a brand new tweed fingering weight yarn from Kokomo Yarns!”
Join me on a vintage adventure as I find old patterns and make them new again.
Probably the best part of my trip was Belle Meade plantation. Firstly, I love history. Secondly, though I am not a horse girl, I was horse crazy. So the opportunity to see this place was not something I wanted to pass by. While the farm is long gone and the horses dispersed in the early 1900’s, this bit of land was the site of America’s premier stud farm throughout much of the 1800’s. The history and museum are certainly worth a visit. Plus, the tour comes with a wine tasting. I did indeed take home some sweet Belle Meade wine too. So, yummy.
Oh, and I was a bit fascinated by all of the carriages. You see, I have a penchant for reading trashy historical novels and I just never bothered to really look at what the different carriages described in the novels look like. Well, I had quite an opportunity to check out the various carriages and suddenly those novels made so much more sense. I have images in my mind now and if I really need a refresher, my own photos to look to for that purpose.
We love checking out Nashville, but I wish that there was more to do downtown at night than go listen to really loud music and drink. We did have a nice walk that night, but I would have dearly loved something to do that night beyond walking past drunk people and loud music.
I enjoyed the stroll and checking out the riverfront. I did most of the tourist stuff the last time we were in Nashville. So, it was harder to find fun things to do this time. We did have a nice dinner at Frothy Monkey, so I can recommend them if you are in the area.