Happy weekend guys! So – I think I can go on record and let you know I’m pretty sure we’ve sold our house (again…)! Since the other offers fell through, I waited a bit to say anything this time, but all the papers have been signed and the inspections done so unless there’s a problem with the bank, etc. (nothing ever seems to be set until the very, very end in home sales, right?) it’s a go! The bank is giving a mid-October closing date, so just about a month to finish packing, storing, moving, etc. So you know what I’ll be doing this weekend!
Many of you have been asking where we’ll go – we’re going to be living with my mom for a few months while we look for something that meets our goals of simplifying, which includes financial obligations as well as square footage and less maintenance. It will be a transition time, but never fear, I will keep providing you with recipes, easy DIY and garden tips, as well as delving into time management (finally!) here on AOC. I plan to take you on our journey through this Three Things column, AOC’s Facebook page, and Instagram – I have lots of ideas floating through my head and I’m excited to see where we land and to get all your input!
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some links below are affiliate links)
The hot pepper harvest #2 from just three plants. This helps me be reminded that you do not need a lot of space to grow enough food to eat and to use in preserving. I planted two Anaheim peppers and one Jalapeño. And this is harvest #2 – I have already harvested enough for a double batch of our favorite, thick & easy salsa. I picked all the peppers left (since our nighttime temps are lower than 50 degrees now) and these will go into another batch of salsa as well as a batch of homecanned Rotel. Anything that’s left I will chop and freeze to use in any recipe that calls for those expensive canned green chiles. (The elephant in this photo? The two yellow sweet peppers I threw in there just because…)
I am also getting more than enough tomatoes from just 6 plants – 2 Early Girls, 3 heirlooms, and 1 grape tomato (read here about tomato varieties and my favorites). I wish I had planted one paste tomato, though, since they are great for sauces. But my normal number of tomatoes the past 10 years has been 18-20, so yeah, I can live with less. 🙂
This sweet, fun movie. We watched Sing Street while we were visiting my dad in LaPine and we found this to be a great movie for families! We were three generations and we all loved it – plus Brian and I got a big kick out of the 80’s fashion and music.
It’s set in Dublin in the mid-80s and focuses on a not-very-popular boy who wants to impress a girl so he says he’s in a band and wants her in the video. The only problem? He’s never been in a band and is in a new school, so doesn’t know anyone. Full of optimism and can-do attitude, he sets out to do just that and the band actually turns out to be pretty good. Rated PG-13, I think it’s appropriate for tweens and up.
Have any of you seen this movie? Did you like it, too?
An easy order, good fitting bra from Amazon. Okay, this is so weird – in fact, I didn’t want to put the Amazon picture on my blog, since it was a woman wearing it and it just seemed…tacky. So I took a (not so great) photo of my bra.
BUT here’s the thing: I hate shopping for undergarments. Really it’s the last thing ever on my list. So I wear them until they fall apart. Yeah, it’s not pretty. So I took a chance with a $12 T-Shirt bra from Amazon and to my surprise, it fit better than my other bras I had bought from stores. So I’m sharing this with any of you who share my dislike for bra shopping – you just may like this too! (and right now you can get it for just $10.40 with Prime!)
The Triple Crown berries that just keep producing! We’re now going on a full 2 months of amazing fresh, thornless Triple Crown blackberries from our three, 3-year-old plants, can you believe it? It’s only a small bowl full every few days now, but there’s still plump red berries that should continue to ripen as our weather holds. I’m again amazed by these berries – plant some if you have the room!
Links To Check Out:
Rules that make decorating easier.
Creamy tomato and white bean soup – I never think to put beans in our tomato soup, it sounds good.
I have been following this room makeover and LOVE the result!
Make ahead breakfasts to freeze for hectic mornings.
7 cult drugstore beauty finds – I have been meaning to try #1 for years!
I’ve been following this adoption story from one of my favorite bloggers. So wonderful.
Who knew there was so much interest in garlic?
I’m going to do this with my next pot of beans.
Secrets for arranging your home decor perfectly.
Like these links? I’m always pinning these and lots more – follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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