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What’s Cluckin’ 6

Another crazy week flew by! Almost didn’t have a party because I forgot it was Thursday…
In other news:
I’m wedding dress shopping on Sunday! Wish me luck!
If you missed it, we had another wedding guest post.
This time ChiWei from One Dog Woof shared some DIY details from her 2007 wedding

I love this picture! The flowers look like their glowing!

I’m still looking for Wedding Guest Posts! Please, please, please email me if you are the tiniest bit interested! Guest posts are a great way to promote your blog!

The top-viewed link last week was from Sarah at Nature’s Nurture

She shared how to freeze fruit. Strawberry season id on the horizon here and I can’t wait ti get some fresh berries! I always pick way more than I can use so I’ll be using her tips to preserve some of the overflow. If you haven’t been there do your self a favor and check it out! She posts some pretty cool stuff all the time

Congrats! You are are top of the pecking order (trust me, it’s the best place to be!)

Chicken Scratch NY

On to the party, here are the rules:

Link up any thing crafty, food, garden or photo related.
Please no giveaways or shops

Don’t make me be the grinch!

Link up to a single post, not your blog

Pretty please link back with a text link or button!
It doesn’t have to be on the post, just have it somewhere on your blog

Check out at least 2 other entries for everything you enter.
It’s all about the love!

You don’t have to be a follower but I’d love it!

Link up as much as you want

By linking up here you give me permission to use your photos if you’re featured here on my blog and to have your post added to my feature pin board

*Links have been declining at a depressing rate, I’d love for some help getting the word out on my party! Any other Thursday parties out there want to cross-promote?

Chicken Scratch NY


Pumpkins-Pumpkins-Pumpkins!

I’m going to tell you something you already know. I have a problem with ‘control’ when it comes to buying seeds. Actually, I don’t think it’s a problem. But some people do. You know what? That’s their problem.Ahem. So by some standards I went overboard.
I bought (approximately) 10 types of squash and 3 melons.
I went with my old standby, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Seriously? Their catalog is like vegetable porn.
I dare you to flip through one without digging up your lawn for seeds you haven’t bought yet.

Back to me, as my regular readers might have realized, I’m getting married this fall. I’m incredibly lucky to have childhood friends who own a pumpkin farm, we’ve already discussed ‘renting’ pumpkins to dress up the barn we’ll be using for the reception.

Even with that to fall back on I knew I still wanted to grow some of my own stuff. That way I don’t have to bug my friends to write 9-29-12 on a dozen pumpkins (do you know how hard it is to find one pumpkin in 5 acres of pumpkins? That is assuming the deer didn’t eat it).

So after some random clicking and info-hunting* this is what I ended up with:
(all pictures and descriptions from Baker Creek)

Crown

95 days (C. maxima) Our friend, Mac Condill, found this great squash in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally from Australia, this variety first came to the USA in the early 1930s. Stunning, turban-shaped fruit are light blue in color and weigh about 12 lbs. The flesh is bright orange, sweet, and of good quality. Great for pies, baking, and soups. Blue squash can be traced back for more than 150 years in Australia and are among the best for eating. 
(I just like the shape and color, no real insight here) [Read more...]

Speed up your Transplanting!

This weekend marks the real start of garden season here in Central New York. I’ve had tomatoes out on the deck for almost a month (where I could bring them into the house when the temperature tanked) but now it’s finally time to tuck those babies into beds.

Despite my best intentions I ended up with 14 pepper plants and six basil seedlings (beds space isn’t ready for the tomatoes yet, lets not count those!) that needed to get planted. While I was rummaging around the garage for a trowel I found my bulb planted.

It worked so well I had to share! [Read more...]

Wedding Guest Post: ChiWei from One Dog Woof

Hello everyone!  Wedding season is in full swing and I’m so happy to be here on Chicken Scratch sharing a little bit about my own wedding from almost 5 years ago!  
Alecia wanted us to talk about the DIY aspects to our weddings, and I feel like I spent my entire engagement in front of the tv working on crafts for the wedding, but I don’t seem to have a whole lot of pictures to show for it!  So we’ll just take a quick tour of the DIY aspects with the pictures that I do have :-)
Drew and I got married at Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse House (yes, that Morse guy) back in 2007, and we were lucky to have had a gorgeous day to get hitched on the beautiful grounds of the estate.  Since there wasn’t an area meant to hold seating and have a focus point, we bought ourselves a wrought iron archway from a local flea market to use as our altar and had flower petals strewn along the “aisle”.  That archway is now in our backyard and will be holding up the beans in my garden this year!
Our guest book was a coffee table book of the Hudson Valley, detailing the journey of the Hudson River from its beginnings in the Adirondacks all the way to New York Harbor.  I wanted something that I can display and read and enjoy, and our friends could sign on pages that talked about favorite hikes or spots from around town.  Plus, if we ever moved, this would be a souvenir in more ways than one.  Most people ended up signing the inside cover, but it was a treat to look through the book afterwards to find the odd love note on a random page.
We didn’t have any flowers at the ceremony other than the bouquets, since we were in a garden anyways.  For the reception, the hall had high ceilings, so I felt we needed tall centerpieces to balance out the architecture.  We ended up finding semi-matching vases at HomeGoods for $10 each (score!), filled them with lemons bought wholesale, and topped it off with an arrangement from the florist.  The arrangement for the cocktail hour was of the same style, but had flowers in water instead of lemons filling the vase.
One of my favorite creative bursts was for the menu.  We had 4 courses for dinner, so I made little origami mouth thingies for each place setting. (didn’t we used to play M.A.S.H on these things?)  I have no idea what these mouths are actually called.  Anyways, each side listed a course, and you could open up the flap to see the description for the course.  I made one, wrote on it, deconstructed it to where the words ended up on a flat sheet of paper, designed a template in Microsoft Word and had a bunch printed up at the local print shop.  Then I sat home and folded them all into the little mouth shapes while watching a Law and Order marathon.  The overall vision was for these guys to sit on each plate like lotus flowers, so I bought gold-wrapped kisses to use as the flower center.
The other creative burst I had was for our favors.  Our wedding cake had cupcakes on it, so each guest’s favor was a matching cupcake packaged in a chinese take-out box and wrapped in coordinating ribbon.  I made up little tags for each one that had the Chinese character for “love”, as well as a short thank you note. 
The rest of the table setting included some simple tealights, rose petals from the two-toned roses featured in my bouquet, and simple table numbers that I had printed on cardstock and displayed on picture holders from Target.
That’s it!  Overall, the wedding was just a casual, festive party with good food, good friends and good music.  We tried to keep everything simple and elegant while incorporating our personalities, since details do matter, but not as much as the reason we were all there in the first place!
To see more from our special day, check out what we ate (since food was the majority of our budget), and how I ended up wearing my mother’s wedding outfit!
Thanks Alecia for this wonderful opportunity and Best Wishes for your wedding and your marriage!  May you be the perfect blushing bride and live happily ever after!
Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas. I especially loved the tall lemon-filled centerpieces. I hope you guys are enjoying this series and your long weekend! Thanks to bendryl and computer hiccups that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll have some really fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks so make sure you come back!
Previous Posts from the Wedding Bells series:

What’s Cluckin’ 5

It was a busy week here finally got my hands in the dirt!
Memorial day around here is a big planting day, hopefully frost is long gone and we can get our tomatoes and peppers in the ground.
Over all this week flew by and I can’t believe it’s already Thursday.
Of course it helps that I’ve got a long weekend coming up!

In case you missed it, we had another wedding guest post.
This time Mary from Sweetwater Style shared some beautiful pictures from family weddings and shared some tips on saving money with Thrifty China and Silver

Isn’t that china gorgeous!? I’ll be at Salvation Army if you need me!

The top-viewed link last week was from Susie at Earning My Cape


She shared this adorable Sunflower Hat

Congrats! You are are top of the pecking order (trust me, it’s the best place to be!)

Chicken Scratch NY

On to the party, here are the rules:

Link up any thing crafty, food, garden or photo related.
Please no giveaways or shops

Don’t make me be the grinch!

Link up to a single post, not your blog

Pretty please link back with a text link or button!
It doesn’t have to be on the post, just have it somewhere on your blog

Check out at least 2 other entries for everything you enter.
It’s all about the love!

You don’t have to be a follower but I’d love it!

By linking up here you give me permission to use your photos if you’re featured here on my blog and to have your post added to my feature pin board

Chicken Scratch NY