In Search of the Good Life


Container Gardening

So far so good. Hopefully it will continue in this way.....


These are hubby's newest project. We got them for $150 because they didn't run. Aarron had both of them running shortly after we got them. They both still need some work, but the large quad is usable now.



My next project. Just stated it last night.

And this is what I got done last night on my blanket.


So that makes 6 out of 35 squares I need to do to start putting it together.


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Homemade Vanilla is actually easier than you think, however, it does take time.


empty bottle like this or one you already have a home will work too

alcohol (30 - 40% alcohol by volume) Vodka or Bourbon work well



4-6 whole vanilla beans



Dark bottles like these for storing or packaging

  1. Cut vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape out the caviar (or vanilla seeds) place into bottle. Cut vanilla beans in half if needed to fit in bottle.
  2. fill with vodka or bourbon

20151013_1622593. Place in warm dark space for 4 - 6 weeks


4. Shake about once a week.

5. 6 weeks in it should be darker and done. Strain vanilla through cheesecloth and store in dark bottles.


Honda Odessy

My husband picked up a Honda Odessy this weekend. I will say that so far it is nothing pretty to look at, but I can't wait until he gets it done. I plan on posting pictures here with a short update of what he has done with it.

This is what it looked like when we brought it home. odessy 1

Definitely not very pretty, but oh what fun it will be when done!

Here are a few more pictures of how it looked when we got it:

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As you can see the engine was not in it and there is a mess of wiring that he will have to go through. Aarron was able to do a little bit of work on it Sunday so now the engine is back in it but it's not running yet, he still has to get the wiring figured out, put the radiator on, and get a gas tank for it. So it still needs a lot of work but it is coming right along so far.

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Here is an update on the Honda Odessy:

This weekend Aarron actually got the thing to run. We still need an actual gas tank for it (he is using a plastic bottle at the moment) and brakes. But so far so good.

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