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On Loving the Season You’re In.

Sometimes I feel really in sync with my kids. It doesn’t happen every day, but sometimes it’s like they really, really know that I need something and they just come through for me in a big way.

Like today. Elliette slept all night last night, and then she took a long nap this afternoon while I worked in the kitchen. My husband took my son for a nap ride, so I had a couple of hours to myself, baby girl sound asleep and swinging next to me, to enjoy a little kitchen therapy. Not just cooking, exactly, but the careful practice of working through the things in my kitchen. Using my fresh ingredients, planning meals for the week. Making things we love out of things that would otherwise be thrown out. It’s an art, really – the art of homemaking. Being a homemaker. I’ve always been pretty good at it, but I’ve not always been able to put it into practice. Especially these past several years, as my career took off a little and I found myself borrowing from one important part of my life to pay off the other. 

It’s the beginning of the growing season for us, and that usually starts off with 2 things: spinach and rhubarb. I get so excited to see them that I nearly forget each year that I’m not that crazy about either spinach or rhubarb. I’m just so damned happy to see them, and they serve as such a wonderful sign of things to come, that I don’t even care. In early spring, it’s not so much about having what you love, but loving what you have. So today I loved spinach and rhubarb. I stuffed as much spinach as humanly possible into a huge pan of ricotta shells (along with some parsley I bought from a local farmer) and I boiled the rhubarb into syrup for spritzers and ice cream. The remaining pulp will make great breakfasts slathered on toast, and watching my son eat it will be even better than eating it myself. For Finn’s lunch tomorrow, I  boiled our older eggs instead of throwing them out. I’ve been meaning to do that for months with the eggs we don’t get to, but I never have time. For months, I haven’t had time to boil eggs. What the hell does that say about my life? Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The last days of spring

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Yard Art Projects: Composite Decking?

Even though our winter wasn’t too rough, spring still brings with it that feeling of being able to breathe again. As I stood in the sun today and watched my son fill his little wheelbarrow for the first time, I could barely contain myself. All kinds of gardening projects and outdoor art ideas ran through my mind. I mean, we have 6 acres now, and it’s mostly flat land that hasn’t been planted at all. There is much work to be done on this blank canvas! (Finding the time to do it is an entirely different story, however…)

The view of our house from the back of our property.

But a girl can dream, and dream I will! Of pergolas and gazebos, succulent frames and cute garden fences, and raised beds and lots of other yard art! (Pinterest is particularly dangerous helpful if you’re trying to come up with home and landscaping ideas…)

One thing we don’t have to worry about is building a deck. One of the selling points on our house was the large deck that wraps around the side.

Our little guy on the deck, heading off to school (daycare) for the first time!

We couldn’t wait to move in so we could sit on our comfy deck chairs and look at this view over our wine glasses.

The only problem with the deck is that it is made of wood, and it does require some maintenance. It also requires some tweezers. Removing a splinter for the bottom of a toddler’s foot is NOT something I ever want to attempt again. But wood is natural, right? So I should like it, right? I’m not sure. I find myself wondering about that composite stuff. You know, the stuff that looks like wood but is made with recycled plastic. It has a little more “give” than wood, and composite decks require less maintenance, but they’re still plastic. Making the best choice for the environment is a top priority, so I plan to do a little more digging into the subject before we decide what to use on future projects. Do you have any thoughts on it? (I kind of feel like I’m doing that whole “cloth vs. disposable” research again! :lol: )

For now, ideas. We could buy composite decking and build some raised beds like this for my herb garden…


Or we could buy composite fencing and build a cute fence around our new vegetable garden…or maybe even the start the duck house we’re planning! Oh, we’re going to be busy… But at least we have some really good help this year!


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Wordless Wednesday: Early Spring

A hard day’s work always makes me feel a little bit taller.

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Wordless Wednesday: Breaking Ground!


No words. Just smiles. Spring is coming, and our brand new garden is about to come alive! :)

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