Monday, June 18, 2012

sweetness:: blackberries

our blackberries are in
oh, I love them so much
we started picking them just as soon as they begin to turn dark, even though they are still a bit sour, we couldn't help ourselves
not until they are fat and juicy, are they perfect and sweet
which requires patience

I struggle with patience...and timing
I need to learn to wait for the perfect moment, that "sweet spot"
not to get too impatient
if blackberries can ripen in their own time, I think people (and children) probably do as well

the boys and I made Pioneer Woman's #1 was ok, yummy, but more like blackberry cake
and Im more of a traditional cobbler girl

we'll try again tomorrow with a true cobbler recipe

last year we fought with the robins for the berries, and they won
but, this year we netted the bushes and made some other deterrents
they worked famously!

and we have more than enough berries for our current needs and even some for freezing I think

I think blackberries might just be my favorite fruit in all the world
yes, I think so


today was our first official day of summer, school was out on Friday and today was the first day we didn't have to get up and rush around

it was nice

nice not to have to rush, but also nice to have something oh, so fun to look forward to
farm camp

Friday, April 27, 2012

about the garden

Days are going by fast here, with lots to do in the garden and in the yard.  I love this time of year!  We're (read that me) eating salads every evening meal.  This year the lettuces and other greens are really spectacular and I've been experimenting with making my own salad dressing.  So far I have a honey mustard poppyseed one that I just can't get enough of.  I like adding fruit to my salad, strawberries, oranges, apples, and nuts and the sweetness/tartness of the this dressing seems to go well with whatever I decide to throw in. Yum!

Do you have a dressing recipe that you like?  I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


details by eren {sea+prairie}
details, a photo by eren {sea+prairie} on Flickr.
feeling a bit "off" today
there are days I feel like if I stop moving just for a minute I might fall asleep and not wake up until next week
today is one of those days
I put my head down on the table while helping the boys with their homework for a wee moment, but made myself a cup of coffee and we're out the door for soccer practices

and then a meeting at the command for wives on how to identify PTSD in our spouses and how to handle combat good and so needed, just not sure if I have the energy for it tonight

Oh, and the writing on our chalkboard has been there for months, but I just can't bring myself to change it out yet...maybe I still need the reminder that sunshine follows the storm?

Oh, and did you see Angela's submission. I wish I were as brave as she is.

Anyway, here is my submission to NOW:YOU