Baby Tag Cubes

I made one...

And decided that was fun and made three. The colors babies can see bet, with a little bell or shaker in the middle. Even personalized. Super fun to whip up.


It was just over a week ago now, we got an early morning call that there was laboring happening at our 4-H friend sheep farm. We scooted over as fast as we could. A set of twins, how fun!  My favorite quote: "Mama, that sheep is licking all the slimy stuff off her lamb. You didn't do that with me though, right mama?" We are so incredibly thankful to have friends who shared such a wonderful opportunity with us. (Thank you, friends!)

Quick Meals=Best Ever?

I'm a broken record. It happened AGAIN. "It" meaning we're outside past dinner time. I realize and that which I had planned will take an hour and a half to make/bake.

I offered this.  Which my kids promptly cheered for and declared this was the "Best Dinner Ever!".

Sometimes I make things more complex than they need to be.

It was exciting to them and it was a meal that was 100% homemade. Win-win. (In case you're wondering, Homemade pita with white bean dip, oranges, veggies with a caramelized onion dip).

I just might take the easy way out again tomorrow.  Everyone happy AND we get to be outside from sunup to sundown? This really is the best meal ever.

After dinner

You know, this heading back outside after dinner is a pretty awesome thing.  Especially with animals and freight trains in our yard. Home is my favorite place to be.


It always happens with these longer days. I look at the clock and it's an hour or two later than I thought it was. I think of that which I was planning to make and panic. Yikes!  All that prep work and dinner is only 15 minutes away!

And then, sweet girl comes in and says "Mama, I help you".

Whenever I am not rushed, I always say "sure". But, you know, at this moment, I didn't have the extra time (or patience!) to have a two year old helper. 

She wanted to keep an eye on those onions that were caramelizing.

I initially went to say no, but then stopped. "Audra, what are the safety rules with cooking on the stovetop?"  Her answer indicated she was well aware of how to keep safe.

I parked my cutting board with the veggies right next to her, watched like a hawk and chopped while she safely stirred the onions.

It was then that I thought how worth it is, keeping them involved in the kitchen. She has cooked with me every day her whole life and has already learned so much. Yes it took me longer some days, but dinner was still consumed.  And this particular day? Dinner wasn't as late as I expected it to be. Her assistance was actually really helpful.
(Please note...I wouldn't say most kids her age are ready for this...but there just might be something in the kitchen that they are ready to learn along side of you.)



 A framed pic for sweet girl's room. Two books by Maine authors. $4.50
 Look at this John Deere lot!  $10 for all!  It's all put away for future holidays.
Camping spectacular. A sleeping bag, two child sized folding chairs.  $6.00.  Planning on doing some camping this summer. Who wants to join? Dads outside with the littles once they go to sleep far from our house so it feels like camping. Moms inside eating cake and sleeping in real beds.  Camping perfection, I'd say.

Gardening 2015: Take Two

It's been a month since my last post.
Gardening 2015: Take One

Although there's really nothing we've been consuming from said garden, a great deal of our time has been in this space.

It started when the snow was just about melted.  Four truckloads of brush I cut to burn. Thankful my husband helped me with this. I tell you, this evening was magical. Beautiful weather, sun setting, all of us together with a fire...

 What a frazzled mess...but just to prove I was there...
 And seedlings...oh those seedlings. My old tomato seeds certainly came.  I transplanted them and now have 22 6-packs or 132 seedlings of just tomatoes. Hoping for a bumper crop!

I also have peppers, basil, parsley, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, onions and greens up thus far. I have more cells filled with soil and plan to start a few more things.
 And soil! We've been improving it. Only my kids organize that which we add to the garden. Rabbit droppings, ashes, horse manure, chicken manure. We're getting there! 

I don't remember how many truckloads of manure we added, but it's a start.
 And that compost is all turned and ready to go for next year. I also cleared out a path to the back tree in this picture. It's sort of like the Hundred Acrewood, which is a perfect place for pretending.

Progress, that's where we are at!  This day will be coming oh so soon, and I cannot wait!


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