Can we talk about baking?

11333It’s funny,  I have received more input on Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver since I suspended the effort, than before when we were doing it!  But that is a good thing!  I think some were waiting around, a little timid about jumping in since the word “challenge” was used so often.  But I am really excited that 1)those who participated actually loved it and want to keep doing it 2)those who were hanging back, are ready to jump in!

As I told you in an earlier post, I will be changing up the rules a bit.  I think I confused everyone but myself – and the more I thought about it, the less I understood what I was saying!  So I will be posting a new set of rules and a new start up date.  I think I am going to take a page from my friend Kelly over at unDeniably Domestic and do weekly challenges (oops, there’s that word again!) and a giveaway once a month.  I think that was part of the confusion…when were the recipes due?  when would a new recipe post? when were the drawings?  Yeah, I can see how it would get muddled in translation!

It has been a very weird/tiring/busy month, this lovely month of May. But,  I will be happy to see June arrive.  I have had a lot going on  – good and bad and yet categorized.  It really began last month and has culminated into such a mixture of things that I can’t even begin to tell you what all is on my mind.  But I will tell you this:  having your little brother have open heart surgery causes a strange mixture of feelings.  I am not a Pollyanna by any means, as anyone who knows me in real life can tell you.  However, I do try to see some good in any turn of events and strive to learn something from the not quite so nice things that come along.

As this month ends I realize my husband has not been home enough over the past 4 weeks.  There is more work than he will ever finish before he leaves next Wednesday AND he planted the corn so that I will have to harvest it while he is gone!  Our little garden is looking so good.  Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers…and now corn planted.  He made places for my pumpkins to be planted next month.  I have 30 or so varieties – some will go in the big garden, some in the raised beds, depending on their vining probabilities. I want to get them in the ground a couple of weeks earlier than usual so I can begin selling them earlier in September than I normally do.  One of these days I hope to expand my pumpkin patch.  I don’t usually plant your normal orange jack-o-lantern pumpkins.  I try to plant things you can’t get locally.  If they do well, I might even consider taking a truck load to the green market.  It’s a thought.

I wish you all a happy, safe holiday weekend.  We are headed out in a while to sit with my brother at the hospital while his wife goes to their daughter’s highschool graduation.  I hate he is missing it.  But happy he will be around for other important days in her life.

Stay tuned for more information, changes and start up date for re-introducing Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver.

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Hey Suzi,
So sorry to hear about your brother having to go through that. Hope he heals up quickly. Glad that they caught the problem though when they did. Hoping you have a good weekend though. Hugs to you.

I am happy that your brother is recovering well. With good medical help, love and caring he will heal and be able to enjoy the rest of his life with you and those that he loves.

Your garden sounds like it has lots of good eating planned into it. Th pumpkin patch is something that interests me. How do you prep the soil, and with what. My DH has turned into a gentleman farmer and he is wanting to plant pumpkins.

Baking Friday, sounds like it really overloaded your already loaded life. Family is first. I hope that you are feeling relieved with canceling it. Please email me if you start it up again.

I hope that you have plans to rest and refresh this Memorial Day Weekend.


I would love to try the challenge when I feel like cooking again. Hey, didn’t the corn work out that way last year too? LOL
I will go sit at the green market with you, sounds fun.
My prayers are going out to Butch and all of you!

Oh Susan, I misssed a lot these past few days. I am glad things went well with your brother’s op. Saying prayers for a complete recovery. Your garden sounds lovely and HUGE!!

Well, wouldn’t you know it…just as I am getting back into the swing of things, I have to wait for my baking orders! I am jealous you can grow things. Me? I grow kids, and I guess that is good enough. Mom gave me a rose bush for Mother’s Day. She keeps trying to find my green thumb. I am thinking about your brother. I know this is stressful for all. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Susan, we are back from vacation and can’t wait until the next baking friday starts up again! I enjoyed the challenge I was able to participate in and look forward to more!