Sunday, October 18, 2009

dishes........

We've been reading our way through the Little House on the Prairie books (we're on The Long Winter) and E's noticed how many dishes Laura and Mary are always having to do. It seems like they're always washing dishes and sweeping the floor! (Aren't we all!) Well, now she thinks dishes and sweeping are kind of cool, because Laura did them, so this is her in her "Laura" dress washing dishes for me! (My wonderful aunt Teresa made this dress for me when I was 5, some 26 years ago!) And yes, we wash all our dishes by hand and use the dishwasher as a drying rack. Seriously, under-counter dishwasher make the BEST drying racks! :)

I just have to share my yummy gluten-free apple pie! We had people over for dinner a couple of weeks ago and I made an apple pie with a wheat flour crust and I didn't have time to make myself a gf pie, so after they left and I had cleaned up the kitchen, I went back to work on a little mini pie for myself......and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

crafting........

We've had a bit of a crafting renaissance going on in our house lately. I'm sure it has something to do with the change of season, but I know it has a lot to do with Amanda's Soule's incredible book The Creative Family! I adore her blog and read it almost every day, but I just got around to reading her book a few weeks ago and since then, I am soooooo much more likely to let my kids come up with a project and just go with it. It's amazing seeing what they create, and I love getting in on it with them as well. I've picked up my knitting a little every day since then, and our art supplies and playdough have pretty much become a permanent fixture at the kitchen table.

This little house was entirely E's idea. We were at the dollar store getting stickers for violin practice charts and she saw these wooden craft sticks and immediately knew what she wanted to build. She told me she also needed a bottle of glue, so for $2 she had hours of fun puting this together. The sticks are glued right on top of eachother, and she used an entire bottle of glue, so it's not going anywhere! (When she first started the project I tried to explain how the sticks could be glued together log cabin style, but nope, this was the plan from the start and I let her run with it!) Once dry it was coloured and now it's a favorite little house for dolls. So fun!