Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yarn Along - Mama Socks and Wild Days

Joining Ginny in her weekly Yarn Along. In her words:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a single photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Oh it has been a while since I have picked up the knitting needles. I think I had forgotten how much I truly enjoy knitting. We were off to visit my in-laws this past weekend, and Doug was actually able to go. That mean I was able to knit while he drove. Oh the joy! So these socks were the perfect project. One on the way there and one on the way home. Well almost. I did have to graft the toes once we got home. I knit them with one of my favorite sock patterns. It is the basic adult sock pattern from Rolling Knolls Farm The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light is a lovely shade of purple. It knit up so nice and soft, and even know it is the end of June I have been wearing these warm sock on our chilly evenings. Now to get a few more pairs knit for myself before the cold weather really returns.

As for reading, I have a too many books in progress right now. But the one I would like to share is Wild Days, Creating Discovery Journals by Karen Skidmore Rackliffe. The lovely Suzzane who rights the beautiful blog Blueberry Cottage invited us to join her on a summer journey through the book and nature journaling with our families. We are only on week three and heading our for our first Wild Days Journey this weekend! I'm so excited and I know the girls will love the adventure and art combination. I'll be back to share some of these adventures I'm sure.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice

After the long New England winter and Spring Mud Season the arrival of Summer is a much celebrated time. Yesterday the girls and I had a wonderful day celebrating the sun and thanking God for the beauty of summer in New England.

We had fun making this sun cake for desert. We are lucky to have a field of wild flower right around the corner, so we took a walk to pick the daisy for our cake.

We had fun making sun stars to decorate the living room windows. I love how the sun shines through them in the morning. Here is a link if you would like to make your own.

Then it was dinner cooked in and over the fire pit. Roasted corn on the cob, hobo packet potatoes and hot dogs. Sun tea the girls made earlier in the day. It was yummy!

And we finished with toasted marshmallow and s'mores! A perfect day to celebrate the sunshine! We are so glad summer is finally here! Hope you had a wonderful 1st day of summer!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Menu Plan~Week of June 20th


Breakfast: Homemade Yogurt and Maple Almond Granola

Lunch: Ham Salad Pita Pockets and Three Bean Salad

Dinner: Chinese Sausage and Vegetable Fried Rice


Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast with Cantaloupe

Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Apples

Dinner: Solstice Bonfire - Hot Dogs on Sticks, Hobo Potato Pockets and S'mores


Breakfast: Blueberry Muffins

Lunch: Bean Dip Wraps and Strawberries

Dinner: Chicken Salad, Corn on the Cob, Greens and Tomato Salad


Breakfast: Green Smoothies

Lunch: Tuna Pita Pockets, Carrot Sticks and Orange Smiles

Dinner: Steak, Baked Beans and Garden Salad


Breakfast: Pancakes and Bacon

Lunch & Dinner at Gramma's


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Gramma's


Breakfast: Cinnamon Toast and Fruit

Lunch: Cheese, Fruit and Veggies Platter

Dinner: Homemade Pizza

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today the girls and I spent the day celebrating dad even though he was at work. We made his favorite dinner - ham, potato salad, three bean salad, buttermilk biscuits, and chocolate pudding cake. Everyone made a card celebrating all that dad is to them. The white board above the kitchen table was decorated with a special message. We cleaned the house and removed some clutter, one of his least favorite things. There was even a small gift to wrap in the Sunday comics. While all of us wish that dad could have spent his special day with us, it was good to spend the day doing things that would make him happy.

So when he finally made it home, all the girls myself included ran to great him at the door with hugs, kisses and well wishes. The supper was perfect. And he even noticed the clutter was gone!!! Happy Father's Day sweetie. I hope you know you were celebrated all day, as you are most days.

Sending Father's Day wishes to all you papas out there.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quotable Quote

There is nothing like staying home for real comfort. ~ Jane Austen

Friday, June 17, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Amanda, aka Soule Mama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



In gratitude this week for:

  • bubbles of all kinds

  • bike rides with friends

  • summer weather finally arriving (hoping it is here to stay)

  • water kefir grains from a friend

  • children who love to draw with crayons

  • Wishing you a blessed weekend full of simple pleasures.