Monday, August 30, 2010

Colors of summer.




:: Make sure to notice the corn !! What a sweet surprise, I seriously had no expectations when I started it.

:: This morning Ever & I made a Peach & Nectarine Crostata from Ina Garten's cookbook ... it's now earned a spot among my all-time favorite treats. No picture. Surprising, I know.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Aerial view.

Aerial view of the place where that video was shot.... Not sure that I would be one to peek into it.

Goals for the week.

:: To make it through the week on what diapers we can find hiding in the nooks and crannies of the house. She's potty training, so we shouldn't need them anymore, right?!?

:: To attempt to make my peach syrup into the jam it was intended to be.

:: To finally make it up to pick blueberries before it's too late.

:: To write in Ever's memory book that's been neglected for weeks.

:: To update my gardening notebook before my ideas and lessons dissolve amongst all the other lost items in my brain.

:: To write the letters I've been meaning to write since JUNE!!

:: To exercise every day in preparation for this:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just in time.

I finished Ever's new fall sweater just in time for the changing leaves and chill in the air. So thankful when she finally allowed me to get the whole thing on her without it getting ripped back off.
And Bry tilled up the raspberry patch extension just in time to get a couple more plants in the ground this fall ... I am loving the golden raspberries we planted in May.

This time of year always gets me thinking about Nebraska. Football games and popcorn. Apple cider, beautiful trees and the smell of fall.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Homegrown.

Alright, well we finally "harvested" two ears of corn from the greenhouse. It definitely wasn't premium, but it was pretty good for rookie gardeners. Bry and I laughed about our homegrown meal of corn on the cob, salad with letttuce, onions, carrots, and peas out of the garden, and fresh-off-the-mountain sheep meat. The only improvement would have been ripe, red tomatoes .... next year we'll try to have that figured out.

Yesterday I picked up about 100 pounds of peaches, nectarines, and pairs. Seriously, it's probably 100 pounds. That's how they do fruit out here. Straight from California in bulk :) It should be fun gorging ourselves on fruit and figuring out how to make it last. First stop: homemade jam.

In other news, Ever's hair is nearly long enough to french braid. Yikes. When did this happen?!?!?
Oh -- and she's learning male and female moose calls. My goodness.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

One of those weeks.


The last week has just been one of those weeks. One of those weeks that goes by incredibly .... smooth. Things get done, things don't get done, life happens, life is simply felt. I don't really know how to describe it. I think it has something to do with the female cycle and hormones, but seriously, some weeks it feels as if we barely got through it. And others feel like they have just been blessed with grace and an intensity of awareness and emotions. Some highlights:


- Thursday was a day FULL of cooking. A long list and everything completed, including a pie that had a collision with a roast on the way to delivery. (See what I mean, some days that would have done me in ... not this week. Ke sara, sara.) And by long list, I mean:


  1. two meatloafs

  2. two roasts

  3. mashed potatoes

  4. baked potatoes

  5. fresh-from-the-garden salad

  6. giant-size lasagna

  7. banana muffins

  8. rouger cookies

  9. peanut butter cookies

  10. pluot-blackberry pie

  11. biscuits

    Phew.


- Thursday night brought a renewal in my appreciation of the nighttime ritual through teaching it to my daughter. I had completely forgotten how relaxing it is to take the time and put on your pajamas, brush your hair, brush your teeth, etc. It was unbelievably wonderful to teach Ever how to pull the stool over so she could reach the sink, brush her teeth with her Nemo toothbrush, fill the dixie cup with water, and spit over and over and over. I'm telling you. But then, even more special to watch her on the following night initiate the whole thing by pulling her stool up to the sink herself. Incredible. These small people are just incredible.


- Today was another beautiful, thanks-for-the-blessings day. We spent the afternoon with Jo & Rowan picking wild raspberries on a beautiful lot overlooking a stunning lake with a bluebird sky. Not another soul in sight. It was simply lovely. Tonight putting Ever to bed and singing to her, I couldn't help but see the blend of my sisters and I in her sweet little peach face. I can't explain it, it was just like looking in a mirror or looking at Stephanie or Stacey. Again, it was just incredible.

The simple life seems to suit us well.

Thanks for listening.


Friday, August 20, 2010

A very good, wonderful day.


Gotta go now. My peaches are awake, but I'll tell you about it later ....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

A little chatter.

Our little angel.

Thanks for the new books Omi -- and the SUPER cute PJ's :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Growing.

Here's a few of the latest exciting things to come out of the greenhouse and garden...
:: we had one moonflower plant produce three blossoms. It was incredible. They were so beautiful and so fragrant ... and so fleeting. The three bloomed in succession, with each blossom only open for about 24 hours and then wilting. (It was a BIG bloom. That's my hand and I have large hands.)
:: one of my many favorites to watch progress this summer has been the italian romanesco in the garden. It is a relative of the cauliflower and it's a stunner. Not to mention it has a sweeter flavor than cauliflower -- definitely worth bringing back next year.

:: the radishes were a bit of a downer. Like Chuck warned me, most of them got worms. I've heard the worms aren't hard to prevent, I just have to get the right stuff to do it.

:: Ever's still getting her regular fresh-off-the-vine cucumber every few days and we've been snacking on more than our fair share of snap peas, which she's also loving.

Coming tomorrow -- faster internet!!!! Yay :)