Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our Week at Little Birch Lake!

Grant took a week of vacation to work on his thesis. So, we figured we'd stay at the cabin so it would be closer for me to drive to work and Grant could have some time to do some writing. Here's what we did all week in the evenings when Grant took a break from the paper!

Friday, 7.23.10 - After work we both headed to the cabin. We had supper and did a little fishing off the dock.
Junebug and Grant getting comfy at the cabin.

Everest checking out his new surroundings.

Out on the dock.

Grant trying to catch some bass.

I grabbed an old rod and reel (with no handle on the reel) and put some random lure on and threw it in the water for the fun of it. Wouldn't ya know - I caught a sunfish! Everest loved it :) He wanted to eat it mostly.

Everest liked to try to grab the lures every time we cast.

Watch till the end - he ALMOST goes for a swim!

Grant got his lure stuck in the weeds so had to go retrieve it!

Can you find Grant and Junebug in this pic?

Saturday, 7.24.10 - We relaxed at the lake in the morning, went in to Grey Eagle to see what was going on with the volleyball tournament and lawn mower pulls, and then went to Sauk Centre to watch Jake ride horse.

Cowboy Grant helping set up jumping figure eight.

Cody making a sign for Grant - can you read it? :)

Jake and Indy doing jumping figure eight.



Cody rollin' around on the barrels.

Then Grant had to try to walk on the barrels.

Then we all did a little slacklining.

Cody got up all by himself!

After the horse show Grant, Jake and I went to GEM Fest to watch Hairball. Suzette joined us later for some dancing fun!

Sunday 7.25.10 - We had a productive day of cutting down a dead tree at the lake and then going to the garden at Mike's to pick green beans and freeze them.

Jake and Grant contemplating how to go about cutting the tree.

Timberrrrrr!!

Everest thought he owned the place after a couple days.

Monday 7.26.10 - Grant had to golf in an outing for work and I went about my regular day at work. In the evening Jake and I went skiing and when Grant got home we cut up the wood from the tree we cut yesterday and had a campfire!

Grant running the chainsaw.



Tuesday 7.27.10 - After work today we were going to pickle some cucumbers at Mike's but a storm rolled in and we were in a tornado warning so we went into the basement to watch.

Jake and Grant scoping out the storm as it got closer. We headed for the basement after this ;)

Once the storm was over it was a gorgeous night!

Jake and Grant fishing.

Everest hunting the fishing lures.

Grant retrieving his lure while Junebug watches.

Shortly after this picture was taken we had a slight CATastrophe. Grant plopped himself up on the dock and scared the S*** out of Junebug so she darted towards the shore. Unfortunately for her, I had her tied up so she wouldn't run away and when she got to the end of her rope it yanked her off the dock and right into the lake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She knew how to doggie paddle but she was FREAKED OUT! We reeled her in and set her on the dock and before we could say anything she darted off the other side of the dock back into the water!!!!!!! AHHHH Junebug!!!! She was so scared she didn't even know what to do. Poor girl. We got her back to the dock again and got her wrapped in a towel to recover from the tragic event. I felt so bad for her I couldn't even take her picture. She was the most freaked I've ever seen her. She dried off while we ate supper and then was fine later in the evening but I'm sure she was devastated!

Wednesday 7.28.10 - After work Grant and Jake went to Clotho to help fix an ice cream maker so it would be ready for the ice cream social coming up on Sunday! I headed over to the garden to pick cucumbers and make more pickles!

Thursday 7.29.10 - Usually every Wednesday I head over to the Hinnenkamps to ride horse. Since we had a few other things going on this week we postponed it to Thursday. Grant even came with this time and rode Buck! We had a good time but forgot to take pictures. Hmm unless Suzette took some. I'll upload them later if she did!

Friday 7.30.10 - Another weekend! YAY! Today after work Brody, Angie, Marla, Gary, and Mom came over for some supper and fun on the lake.

Brody, Grant, and Angie excited because my camera wasn't working the whole night but then Grant fixed it!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pickling!

The cucumbers are growing so fast! It's hard to keep up with them but tonight Mike and I picked several buckets and then started the pickling process with the ones that were small enough.

We scrubbed and cut the ends off all the cucumbers.

The ones that were a little bigger we either sliced in half or in fourths to make them smaller.



While we were doing this we also started a few more things. We mixed up the brine (2 quarts of water to 1 quart of vinegar and 1/3 cup pickling salt) and turned that on high. Then we put the lids in another pan on the stove and turned those on high.

We also put the jars in hot water in the sink to get them heated up.

Mike cut up the onions and garlic and once the lids and brine were boiling we were ready to start!



The process then was pretty easy. We each grabbed a jar, packed it with cucumbers, added three cloves of garlic, one slice of onion and one sprig of dill and then filled it with brine and put the lid on!



Look at this handy-dandy magnetic lid-grabber Mike has so you don't have to burn your fingers in the boiling hot water!

We continued that process until we ran out of brine and had to run to town to get more vinegar (Heinz vinegar!). Once we had more and it was boiling we did a few more jars to make a total of 13 quarts! In a few weeks we'll get to see how they turned out :) Here's the recipe we used if you're interested:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Freezing Green Beans

Grant, Mike, and I picked three buckets of green beans today to freeze!

First, we washed them, cut the ends off, and then cut them into 1-2" pieces.

Then, to blanch them, we started some water boiling and dumped in some beans. Once it came back to a boil we let it boil for four minutes. Then, we strained the beans and put them into ice water for about another four minutes. Then, we put them into gallon freezer bags and started another batch!

It was pretty simple and didn't take long at all. Hopefully it works!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Molly and Clark's Wedding Weekend!

Molly and Clark got married this weekend! Rehearsal and dinner took place on Friday, July 16, 2010!
Clark and Molly in the front with Peter, Grant, Waylon, Rodney, and John

At the rehearsal dinner we had some good food, visited and the girls all got personalized cake pans and the guys got Twins or Yankees hats! Grant wanted to model his ;)

The wedding day - Saturday, July 17, 2010! In the morning, all the girls got their hair done.
Me, Amy, Molly, and Sam

The bride after putting the finishing touches on!

Getting ready at the church.
Sam and Marla

Front: Molly, Missy, and Amy Back: Teah, Sam, and Me

Time to get the bride ready!
Amy, Molly, and Brenda

The wedding party
Grant, Me, Waylon, Sam, Molly, Clark, Amy, John, Teah, Peter, Rodney, and Missy

All the groomsmen and ushers with Clark.

Love this one! Bridesmaids with Molly :)

Then it was off to the park for some outdoor pics!

Yaaay for Molly and Clark!!

Grant and Me



The bride :)

Grant and Clark

Molly and Me

The whole family!
Marla, Gary, Clark, Molly, Me, and Grant

Then it was time for the ceremony.

Here comes the bride!

Molly and Clark saying their vows.

JUST MARRIED!

Dad Gary and Mom Marla

Hanging out at the church.
Sam, Me, Missy, and Amy

Ready for the party to begin!

A little champagne to celebrate!

At the head table.
Teah, Me, Sam, Missy, Amy, and Molly

Part of the guy's side of the table.
Grant, James, and Micheal

Dad, Mom, Heather, and Chris came to celebrate too!

First dance as husband and wife.

The girls dancing.



A little two-step with the family! Or at least attempting to two-step ;)

Grant doin' a little dance ;)

And then the self portraits began ...
Grant and Me


Molly and Me

Clark and Me

Mom Marla and Me

Me and Heather

Congratulations Molly and Clark! It was a great day!
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