Plow Day

Good thing there was no baby today, we would have missed this!

Earth Day 2017

 Picked a couple bags of roadside trash.
 Washed up our tie dyes from the library program this week.
 And played and played and played.
 While I waited and waited and waited.  No baby yet. Not a bad spot to be parked for the afternoon, though!

"Mounds" Cake

 Audra and I made this cake a couple weeks ago. I loved the idea of the cake but the original recipe from here called for SO much sugar and the frosting called for double the butter I'd add.  And complex directions. We made the cake with a TON less sugar than what was called for and it was still so good!

Here's our adapted version.

Mounds cake

2 eggs
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup veg oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup flour
1 c. buttermilk
3/4 C. boiling water

 Beat eggs, sugar and oil for 2 min.. Add in all dry ingredients and buttermilk. Mix. Add the boiling water and mix well. Bake 350 for 30-35 min.

Once cool, mix the filling in separate bowl and spread in between the layers:

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk.
7oz coconut.

For frosting, mix in separate bowl and spread over the layers:
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
splashes of milk or heavy cream to get the perfect consistency.

Kids loved it!

This girl...

The spunk, the fun, the spontaneity, the love, the humor, the carefree nature, the up for any adventure, the never worry about a thing, the free spirited, the live in the moment, so full of life... sometimes I want to be more like her.

The Secret Garden

The good part of a pokey baby (going into day 13 overdue...but who is counting?!) and needing to rest is we've had a trifecta of Frances Hodgson Burnett reading this month.

We've finished Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Secret Garden and we'll finish A Little Princess tomorrow. While the kids loved all three, the Secret Garden is definitely their favorite. In fact, Adrian said that on his scale of favorites that it comes right after "Where the Red Fern Grows" (which is his ultimate favorite).

I also love the Secret Garden...especially given that we've been blessed with our own Secret Gardens here on this 1880s Maine farm. It's such a dream come true! When I saw a bucket and a granite bench through this dense and thick brush, I (and I alone) removed 7 truckloads of brush to find many perennials and the outskirts of an old goldfish pond. I have scars on my arms, but have located and brought back to life some concord grapes that are decades upon decades old. Plus there's another area the goats have helped pull back the nasty brush to see more things planted. Plus another that has so many irises and phlox interspersed with thick wild raspberries. It's truly a treasure having our own secret gardens here, although to bring all these gardens back, it will take a lifetime. We've only been here 4 years so far, all of those years with little ones (when we first bought, two kids under the age of two)...and I'm the lone gardener...but progress has been made.

I am eager to get out there, but I know this year will not be the year for big changes. Lots of our 'work' still looks like a work in progress out there. But, through the brush and brambles, I do find enough flowers to keep our table topped with beautiful homegrown flowers from April until October.

My Littles

Here we are, just doing what we do, loving what we love. Homebodies. All of us. No better place than home.

Going into day 12 overdue. Baby girl...please be born soon. You have a really awesome Home Sweet Home waiting for you.

Hanging in there...

Going into day 11 overdue. Non stress test and ultrasound all checked out perfectly fine.  Not much room in there for her, but I'm hunkering down and patiently waiting for her arrival.  Thankful we are both doing just fine and I'm looking forward to the day when she decides she is ready to appear. 

 And a little ocean view dining instead of being on these swollen feet making dinner.  Yum.


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