Sunday, March 27, 2011


There's nothing quite like the hope that goes into planting a seed. This is my first time trying to start seeds indoors and I'm so hopeful about what these teeny tiny little things might bring this summer. I've planted Brandywine, Tigerella, and Cherry tomatoes.....I just keep imagining how many delicious, ripe tomatoes might come from these little sprouts. I've also started a few basil plants because none of the basil I started outside grew last year. So stay tuned until the end of the summer to see if my little hopeful seedlings turn into yummy batches of salsa and pasta sauce. I just used little yogurt containers for most of the plants, and a few juice cans with holes nailed in the bottom. So yes, most of this project came from the trash!
To keep the seeds warm and encourage germination I covered them with plastic and put them on top of the fridge. The soil was moist enough when I planted them that I didn't need to water at all that first week. They popped up in 6 days!
Now they're enjoying the sun wherever we can find it around the house. They spend part of the day in the kids' room and part of the day in kitchen. So here's crossing our fingers for lots of tomatoes!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

boy style

I LOVE asking him to pose for a few pictures.....he puts so much personality into his photo shoot! My boy has been growing like a weed this winter (no, not quite a whole foot, he's standing on a little stool in these!) and we realized he had out-grown nearly all of his pants.

He and I went on a shopping trip just for him the other day. We headed to Target and decided to hit the thrift store across the street first just for fun....I always love a good thrift find. Well it was our lucky day in the boys department, we left there with practically a whole new wardrobe for about the same price as one outfit would have been elsewhere. Don't you just love a deal? We bypassed Target altogether!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I love spring bulbs! We have tulips, irises, daffodils, crocuses, and little grape hyacinths coming up! I love it! It gives me garden fever so bad....I just want to go out and plant and dig and whatever else I can do, and it's still just a bit too early. But this year I'm going to be prepared and plant as early as I can, someone told me peas can be planted on St. Patrick's Day, so this week! And I've got all kinds of fun other ideas planned in my mind, so we'll see how many come to fruition! Really, the problem is I'm horribly lazy once the weather turns super hot, so then all of my spring garden ideas might frizzle away. We'll see!

And with the green coming up outside, I've been trying to get more green inside me with these yummy green smoothies. Almost daily I've been whipping them up, using kale or spinach and whatever other fruits sound good. And always a bit of plain yogurt or kefir to keep my belly happy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

a few favorites....

Well, E got to share her latest favorite toy, the handmade dragon, so G wants to share his favorites as well. He's of the "more is better" opinion when it comes to choosing favorites. He usually has multiple scenarios of toys set up through out the house, but these particular toys do seem to get played with daily.

I love his poses! I usually have to take about 12 shots to get one without a blurry face or completely closed eyes. But at least these captured a bit of his energy!