Monday, September 16, 2013

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue, Lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peek-a-boo
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby lullaby loo.
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

Saturday, August 17, 2013

lately...


A little friend joined us for our late night movie the other night

Gluten free, dairy free pizza. The best pizza I've made. EVER. So amazing :)

What do you do with two bags of marshmallows and a fire ban? Make popcorn/corn pop crispy squares! (Note: We also didn't have rice crispies..lol)

My fairy queen hugging her little sister. Looks far more violent than intended.

Picking apples. We picked (Well, M shook) 80lbs total apples from our one little tree. Our apples were getting eaten by *something*, that we are led to believe to be Codling Moth. So we picked every apple on the tree to try and eradicate the pest. Little holes in the apples, and when cut open the seeds were powder. I cut open every one of those apples, and did not find one worm. Interesting. We'll see what happens next year
 So at the moment we have 32lbs of cut and cored apples, frozen. and another 30lbs of apples to cut and bag. BUT I have run out of room in the freezer. The plan is to turn it into cider, applesauce and vinegar, however we weren't exactly prepared, so now I am on the hunt for a carboy or two, stocking up on mason jars, and digging out the old juicer.
Oh Yeah! And on top of that, we have so far harvested about 20lbs of blackberries, just from our property. If this rain subsides quickly (its been raining for DAYS) we should get plenty more where that came from, as this was only the FIRST harvest. So many green ones left and still a month left of summer. I'm stoked. We are planning on making blackberry soda with a natural ginger soda starter.

And speaking of apples, a while ago I was eating an apple (gala I believe) and bit into the core. There was a seed that had a 1" sprout coming out of it! H. asked if we could help it grow, so we planted it and this is it about 6 weeks later!
 

Stickers keep miss H. occupied lately. We have given her permission to express herself artistically in her bedroom, as long as she keeps it there (her walls, bedframe and floor are free game.. Toys and shelving cannot be drawn on, painted, or stickered). Her bedframe is currently covered with little stickers and green crayon. She loves the ability to let loose and express herself with art when she is in a bad mood.  
 

Purple beans! Yum!


More beans and the first harvest of cucumber. And ONE zucchini. Now to get jars and PICKLE! :)

Yesterday, it RAINED ALL EFFING DAY. It was the Blackberry Fest street party last night, and we opted out because the fire works were postponed. But in the morning, the girls wanted to go explore the back yard in the rain. When we got out there H. asked if we could hunt for snails. First place we checked we found one. Hunted for an hour longer for more with no luck, but the girls were stoked. We made a little terrarium for it to live in while we observed, drew pictures and made clay snails. I would have pics of that but this was the last picture before my camera died!
 
Anyways, sorry I've been so quite. No excuse...
 
-e. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

{This Moment}




Joining Amanda at SouleMama* *for {this moment}... *{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. * *A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

in our garden








This is soon to be the fairy cave


 
It's been quiet on here lately. I'm sorry! I want to say we have been busy, but really, we're just enjoying the summer.
We have been putting together ideas to take to Community Futures, to build a business plan, and try to get a loan to start up a small scale herb farm. Complete with Herbal CSA, which is my most anticipated project. I'm quite excited about the whole venture. Of course, we will still be starting the mini-farm regardless of whether we get a loan or not. But a loan would sure help us get off to a quicker start!
I still need to save, save, save to take my herbalism course. As well as a metaphysical practitioner course, which is just for fun for now, but i'm quite excited about!
 
Lately, the girls and I have been walking and roaming a lot. Sourcing out wild edibles and medicinals, harvesting and drying for future use. We are so fortunate where we live to have to many in such abundance!
Next on our list is bees! I'm so fucking excited! :D We have a hive and smoker lined up. Next to locate a swarm.

Monday, June 24, 2013

finally, the birthday party

This was the only picture I took of the food I made. Got some nice comments on all the food. The frog was a hit, but I also made cherry tomatoes stuffed with cream cheese, tomato and cheddar(forgot to get mozza) "toadstools" that looked more like little penises (o.O lol) and cucumbers cut into little trees with a Christmas cookie cutter. The cake I made was a raw, vegan carrot cake from This Rawsome Vegan Life blog.

Even though it was raining, the weather stayed pretty warm so our plant pot painting was still fun! We didn't get around to actually putting soil into the pots and planting purple bush beans, so we're  going to do it for them and bring it to their houses.


Hallie in her birthday suit, of course!

After she opened up her presents of clothes, a fairy doll, and a beautiful purse that had a scarf and hat wrapped up inside, our little fashionista  was much more into getting her picture taken<3

Friday, June 21, 2013

lately, in the garden



The Labrynth, which has turned into a two year work in progress...Will eventually have gluten free grains, and many more veggies planted here. There is a 10'x20' garden in the back end of the property where all our medicinal herbs will be planted in the fall/next spring.

My first harvest of St. John's Wort








About once a week, sometimes more, we go for a walk through our favorite trails, that lead to a huge berry loaded trail. Full of Salmon berries (which we have picked pleanty of and there is still many more to pick), thimbleberries, black berries (these are not ripe yet) and two huge cherry trees that are ALMOST ready. (however I don't think bringing a ladder down the trail is going to work out too well...) I also found a huge patch of comfrey, that I will be harvesting soon to add to some things I will be preparing shortly, like salves and lotions. (teas and tinctures soon too!)

{this moment} - our forest playground

 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
Joining in with Amanda @ soulemama

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hallewyn Lily is 3!!!










My Dearest Hallie,
You are an amazing creature. A blessing to this Earth.
I love you baby girl! Happy Birthday <3
-Mama