March 2013 archive

WIP Wednesday

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So, this sweater is finally starting to look like a sweater. I hope to have it done soon. It has been very enjoyable, but I may have promised that it be done by the weekend. While Cara is perhaps too young to hold me accountable for such things, Fiona is not. She is asking me every day if I am done!

Fiona has asked to read Alice and Wonderland, and I am quite enjoying myself. I have not read it since college. What a lovely book to revisit!

I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

Weekending

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Another picture heavy post! Our weekend was lovely and lazy (I am paying for that now with all the last minute sewing and crafting I am doing!) Made a signifigant dent in the sweater, went to the park, and read our new favorite book. I did sneak a picture of our finished eggs. I was not so thrilled with how they turned out (the perfectionist that I am) but Fiona discovered them, and has been placing her wood eggs inside and “cracking her eggs shells.” So, if the kids love them, then I love them. I will be taking them back for an egg hunt, but they will remain a park of Fiona’s play kitchen.

Wet Felted Easter Eggs

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A craft! With the children! It was so nice out I thought we would do it outside.

Those of you who know me have probably noticed that I am not a fan of plastic (at least as far as children go anyway… or food… okay, I don’t like plastic) but, with seasonal egg hunts upon us, what are we to do? Make wool ones, of course! With some roving and eggs borrowed from the play kitchen. There is a tutorial here but… I just looked that up for your benefit. We totally improvised. I kept it going until they got bored (20 minutes or so?) then I put them in a stocking and washed them in the washer. They are still drying right now, but I plan to have pictures of the egg hunt up soon.

Cara informed me that dish soap is not delicious.

This post is linked up at Friday Nature Table.

WIP Wednesday

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I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

Still knitting my Lila[c]loud for Cara. I hope to have it done this week. As for what I am reading? It started out as Fiona’s latest obsession, but it turns out I have been reading my favorite Winne The Pooh stories to myself on my own. (I am, of course, fighting the urge to reread Harry Potter for the *mumblemumble* time)

I am also working on something else… oooh, so excited!

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Farmers Market… and a New Dress

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The Farmers market! We do almost all of our shopping at markets, which is amazing to me! It really is amazing to build relationships with the people who actually grow your food, and it is the highlight of the weekend for both Fiona and myself. This is one of the locations, at Mueller Lake Park. The view is just amazing.

There is also a new dress! Finished just the day before (along with matching dolly dress) it is the Popover Sundress by Oliver + S. It was so very easy to do, but since I was nervous I actually followed the video over at Creativebug. I am really glad I did, everything was so clear. It was very much like having a personal class!

The fabric is by Michael Miller, simple quilting cottons and ric-rac. This will become a staple for the summer, I am sure.

Spring is here!

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Sorry for such an image heavy post, but I can’t help but think that the grandparents will be thrilled. We had a ton of fun in the field behind our house where there were tons of dandelions. I never realized that Fiona had never seen any before. Neither one could blow hard enough to disperse the seeds, but they both had fun trying (that is indeed the crinkle face Cara is making above). Yes, she is standing unassisted now! But there have been no step yet (YET!)

My girls…

WIP Wednesday… and Tea Leaves!

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A new project… and a new book! How exciting.

The sweater is Lila[c]loud and my ravelry page can be found here.

I am enjoying the pattern so far. Had a bit of frustration with the lace (all my own fault) but I am coming along nicely now.

The book is Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I have had this book for a few months, and I have leafed through it many times, but I am now going through the whole thing, using the checklists, trying to simplify. It is a very enjoyable read.

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I also finally finished my Tiny Tea Leaves and Fiona just loves it. Technically I finished it last week, but I didn’t have time to post last week (read that as “didn’t have time to take cute pictures”) Fiona and I have picked out some adorable buttons on etsy, so I guess it isn’t finished until they arrive and I sew them on, but I count it as done.

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Once again I am linking up in the Yarn Along at Small Things

Taking the Freezer Plunge

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Okay you guys, I realize the above picture is not a really a beautiful, blog worthy picture… but I think this may have actually changed my life.

I have been looking at Once a Month Mom for a while now, because someone with my interests (ahem, mommy related) is bound to come across them a few times. I really liked the idea of freezer cooking, but I thought their menus were not a good fit for us. Even the “Whole Foods” would require extra tweaking…

This year they added a Paleo menu. WHAT!?

On February 27, I took a little baby step, and did the February Mini Menu which consisted of 10 meals. All of them slowcooker. I was hooked. HOOKED. I rode my high and did the full January Menu on March 3rd. It was amazing. The food is so delicious, the meals that are not slowcooker meals are simple to cook/reheat. All this and I don’t have to chop away for an hour everyday (we eat a lot of veggies)

I apologize for the lack of pictures (although last weeks This Moment was from my large session on the 3rd) but as you can imagine, we were insane. It was the first time I ever did anything that scale (it reminded me of Thanksgiving at my moms house, but I never did that alone) and while it was very enjoyable, it was also busy… and a bit messy. Maybe I can organize enough next time to snap pictures while I cook… maybe.

When will I do it again? My freezer is still rather full. Seriously. I think I have another 2 weeks before I need to do another one. I am eyeing the February Menu

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