the switch

i think my favourite time of year is the few weeks at the end of summer & beginning of fall. the lazy days are warm but not too hot and the evenings are cool & crisp. it's time for walks and trips to the park and fires in the river valley with friends. it's time to break out the apple cider and crockpot dinners. if i had one wish it would be that autumn would last forever.

ollie & our dear friend rachael.
the most amazing s'more known to man.  one word: nutella.
the hurdle girdle: lots of fun & possible injuries for all!
ollies romantic advances were rejected by clara. 
he's broken hearted, but she doesn't seem to care. ha ha.
little balancer & grinner baby.
he loves the swing!


you are what you eat

we started solids a couple of weeks ago. we gave ollie some avocado one day and then tried some sweet potato the next. he wasn't too sure what to think, as evidenced by these hilarious photos brian took while i fed him.

since then, he has really warmed up to food. he loves to eat lots of different things; bananas, sweet potatoes, peas & he even got a hold of brians pork roast the other day. he's a good little eater. 


peach salsa

just a quick post to share the recipe for the peach salsa i made and canned today. maybe i will update the post later with some pictures of the deliciousness. my sister in law shared this recipe with me. it's got a bit of a kick to it, so if you want it more mild, leave out some of the jalapenos. its the perfect mixture of sweet & hot. its savoury & oh, so good. its summer & autumn in a jar. enjoy!
6 cups prepared peaches (blanched, peeled, pitted & chopped)
1 1/4 cups chopped red onion
4 jalepeno peppers, chopped (leave the veins & seeds in half the peppers, or less.)
1 red pepper chopped
1/2  cup loosely packed, finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbls honey
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or more. i always put more garlic in my recipes.)
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Prepare peaches. Combine everything in large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil gently, stirring frequently for five minutes. Remove from heat. Use slotted spoon to fill jars. Top with a bit of the liquid.  Can for 15-20 minutes. Remove from canner and let sit. Open & enjoy whenever you please!


half a year

on the day ollie turned six months old (last saturday), he was all, "hey! look what i can do!"

baby boy; you are growing so fast. slow down!