Tuesday, December 20, 2011


We love us some gingerbread around here, especially the decorated kind!  We were so happy to be part of a long-standing family tradition of creating houses a couple of weeks ago.....This is what we came up with. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Natural History Museum

We took a little trek last weekend intending to explore the pioneer village at the This Is The Place monument, but the buildings weren't open until later in the evening, and we were ready to explore something right then!  So we took a detour up the road and ended up at the Natural History Museum, which was wonderful!  We love us a good dose of science and dinosaurs!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I'm grateful for.......

~the Beauty of the earth

~a testimony of my Savior

~two sweet, wonderful children

~a Husband who loves me for who I am

~extended Family and friends who are near and far

~full bellies, warm clothes, soft beds

~a weekend to rest and be together

I hope your weekend was filled with good food, family, and gratitude!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

clay play.....

 My boy came to me the other and requested being allowed to make things with big sister's clay....."you know, the kind you put in the oven and then you can keep!"  He's not usually allowed to create with that clay and I pull out playdough or something else for him, but I realized he's getting so grown up!  We can bake with clay now!

I asked him what he wanted to make and he said "stuff for my guys, like food."  So now his G.I. Joes have some oranges, ice cream cone, and a really cool blue birthday cake with a candle on top.  They love them!

Monday, November 7, 2011

accidental gardening....

I love to read books about gardening, it makes me feel like I'm doing a lot more than I'm actually doing.  But I have to admit, I haven't learned nearly as much from these gardening books as I have actually growing things in real life!  It's like the plants sort of explain themselves to me step by step so I understand a little more each year how to do things.  This year it was a lucky accident that we were able to harvest seeds to grow more green beans next year.  We loved eating our green beans, and we ate them daily for a few weeks in the middle of the summer.  But then they slowed down and grew big and fat, and not as delicious, and at the same time the crook-neck squash starting taking over the bean patch and we weren't able to get at them anymore.  

A few weeks ago when we cleared out the dead squash vines, we happened upon these lovely brown pods.  It was our delicious green beans, ready for us to save their seeds and grow more next year.  Luckily I planted heirlooms so hopefully our crop turns out similar in the second season. 
 The kids were as excited as me, if not more so.  It was like a little miracle to us, that each of these black seeds will grow a new plant full of new beans which we'll be able to eat and then save again for the next year.  The pods were so satisfying to break open, and the seeds inside so shiny and smooth.
  It made for a great movie night activity.....everything's better with a little Harry Potter!  And if you want to know how frugal this was.....I paid $1.50 for my little 18 gram envelope of heirloom seeds, we ate green beans for quite a few weeks in the summer (at least every other night), and we harvest 100 grams of dried seed for next year.  I love the math behind it all, and the possibility of exponential growth over the years! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011


We had absolutely gorgeous weather for Halloween, it's as if the month of October just wanted to hang onto warmth for us up to the very last hour of it.  November moved in with a vengeance and so far this week we've had cold wind, snow, rain, and clouds.  But Halloween was fabulous and the kids of the neighbourhood basked in the 60 degree glory of Trick-or-Treating!

I had a sweet little Spiderman and an adorable Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books.  Luna's costume is actually the same costume that she wore last year to be Hermione, but since Luna is in Ravenclaw and Hermione is in Griffindor, we had to search out the properly colored tie!  So now she's wearing blue and yellow stripes instead of red and gold.....it's all about the details.
On Halloween morning I was suddenly insistent that my kiddos needed mama-made trick-or-treat bags (which I actually intended to make last year!) but I knew I wouldn't have the time to make the full bags.  Luckily there were pre-made blank totes at the fabric store to save the day, and I just sewed the fabrics of their choice around the bags!  I even had time to whip one up for cousin M, and we had a great time trick-or-treating through both of our neighbourhoods! 
(I was waiting for her outside the school and she couldn't see me, but I thought she looked so cute!)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

in my kitchen lately......

When I uploaded my photos recently I noticed that I had a lot of food pictures.....so that's what you're getting!  I've been sick for the last week, just a nasty cold, but it's been rather unpleasant.  I made a new batch of elderberry syrup as soon as I felt my syptoms coming on. 

 E picked all of our tomatoes in anticipation of a frost a couple of weeks ago and then spent about an hour playing with them at the table......the big brandywines were the mothers of the little green cherries.  :)  The ripe ones made it into a yummy fresh tomato and basil soup.

We cleaned out the garden of the big squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe vines and hidden under the squash leaves were all these carrots growing!  I had no idea so many had survived.  Our squash were little transplants that a friend had given us and I planted them in our carrot bed because hardly any carrots had come up and I figured, why waste the space!  So now we have a big bag of garden carrots in the fridge, and they're yummy!

 And nettle infusion.....so nourishing!  I've been drinking this lately to help me with a bit more energy after being sick all week.  I'm ready to branch out into some other herbal infusions, I'm planning a few to try with my next order of elderberries since I just used up the last of what I bought last winter.