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Friday, August 30, 2013

A bit of Gardening

Some of the beautiful tomatoes from the garden.  I'm so pleased we've been getting as many as we have.  Last year none of our tomato plants did well at all.  They have thrived quite well this year and I have plans for many more tomato plants next year.  We gobble them up so quickly they barely make it into the house.

The next day I managed to sneak out and get a few more tomatoes all for myself.  All with some herbs I cut for drying.  Basil on the left and a few different types of mint to the right.  I'll dry the mint to use in teas during the winter months.  

I tried beets for the first time this year and was amazed at how much I love them.  Love.  Them.  They are amazing! I bought an absurd amount from the Farmers Market and roasted them in the oven with some kosher salt and a bit of coconut oil smeared on them.  They were so amazing I could not stop eating them.  Neither could Jake and the boys.  As fast as they came out of the oven they were devoured.  Seriously.  Not one little crumb of them remained by that evening.  I had hopes of preserving them for a winter treat but alas, I don't think I have any hope of getting them to last that long.

A wonderful mid day snack we've all been enjoying.  Tomatoes and basil from the garden with some mozzarella from the farmers market.  Truly delicious.  I love the bounty of summer.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Bit of Sewing

So I finally managed to get some sewing done in between being a mom to 3 young ones.  Both the older boys were occupied one afternoon and little Ronan was taking a wonderfully long nap so I decided to sneak over to my sewing machine.  I spent the better part of an hour sewing a few of these blocks together with all my gorgeous little 2.5" scraps.  I was unsure what to make them into... A quilt would be gorgeous with all this bright happiness, but a table runner could be nice too... then my sister-in-law (who isn't even a quilter) mentioned what a nice pillow cover a block would make.  Well duh! Why didn't I think of that?!?  So... I think a few pillow covers and maybe a table runner will be in my near future.  I'm just loving all this bright scrappiness!

Just a few other glimpses of what's going on around here.  My husband surprised me by bringing this beautiful hydrangea plant home to me.  I love these trees and this color was so perfect.  We will plant it in a pot for now and transplant it into the ground once we are moved into the new house (which is hopefully going to be built this fall).

A few samplings from the garden one day.  Some incredibly sweet little tomatoes, basil, spearmint and apple mint.  The tomatoes were gone soon after the photo was taken and the herbs are all drying now - along with many other bundles I've managed to cut, wash and dry.

And how could I not end a post with this sweet face? He is such a joy.  So very loved by all of us.  Doted on by his big brothers.  While I may not be getting much sewing done lately I am enjoying my quiet times with his guy so very much.  Sewing and fabric will always be there.  This little face will not.