Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Very slowly at this point! Our seeds have sprouted but we don't seem to be any closer to getting them planted in containers or a bed. Since I was late in starting my seeds, I'm a bit concerned that by the time the plants get of enough size to transplant, the hot summer sun might be too much for them. Next year I will make it a point to get started earlier and will start my reading now on winter gardening!
Since I've taken the photos above, the Grenoblouse lettuce has taken on a light burgundy color and the potato sprouts have shot up another couple of inches. I need to get out and mound some more dirt around the potato sprouts per Laura's tutorial. Despite our late start, I'm hopeful our little garden will have a very productive summer!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's been five years since we've moved into our house. But looking at the bare walls (if you don't count crayon scribbles) and the mostly undecorated rooms, you would think we were just squatters! As we looked at houses with our realtor, I remember asking myself why so many people waited until they were selling their homes to make changes. Why did they live with their home not quite the way they wanted only to make it better for someone else? We too had a list of things we wanted to do when we moved in. But with the busyness of life, the paneling, the peeling 70s wallpaper and bare, off-white walls, faded into the background. We said we'd get around to it when the money was right or when we had more time.
So what about now? A trip to our outside storage revealed enough unused rollers, tape, plastic sheeting, brushes and primer to at least get us started on prepping the dining room. With a little bit of resourcefulness (and not a lot of money), we can take the first steps in making our home a haven and a reflection of us!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Looks like we have storm clouds brewing on our horizon. Things are a bit uncertain with Dave's job right now. A large part of me just wants to be done with the absolute craziness that surrounds his job. It's held our precious family time and sanity hostage for the last few years. But on the other hand, who wants to be without their largest source of income?
It's a worrisome prospect, but maybe this push out of the nest so to speak, is just what we need to finally raise up and soar like eagles.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
It was a nice consignment store attached to a bridal shop. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Most of the clothing was brand name items; some new other pieces discounted from 20% - 60% off. I found these two pieces from the 60% off clearance rack.
The pants are size 0 GAP modern fit with flared legs. Being short and small, it is such a joy when I can find items I can wear right off the rack without any alterations! They fit great in the waist and are just the right length. I love wearing flared legs with my high heels!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
1 Corinthians 10:13
When you flee the office midday with Red Hot Chili Peppers blaring on the radio. You find your way to the nearest health food store, grab up a box of organic mini chocolate chip cookies (and a kombucha) and indulge in a bit of chocolate therapy in the car. A sad but true account of my day at work LOL!
But it's good to know, that even when I feel like I'm at my breaking point, I have the blessed assurance that I haven't been given anymore than what I can bear.
This simple dish is adapted from a Kraft recipe. It makes a hearty dinner pasta salad and also works well as a side. We're enjoying this dish quite a bit right now as it makes good use of the tomatoes and cucumbers from our local farmer's market.
Organic whole wheat pasta
1 -2 tomatoes (local, organically grown), diced
1 - 2 cucumbers (local, organically grown), sliced
1/2 - 1 c diced red onion
Homemade Italian dressing (I used the recipe from Passionate Homemaking)
Feta cheese, crumbled
Cook pasta according to package directions. Dice tomatoes and red onion; peel and slice cucumbers. After the pasta is done, drain and rinse. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour.
This post is apart of the Nourishing Gourmet's Simple & Nourishing Carnival
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
One of my favorite buys at our local farmer's market are good ole' NC sweet potatoes! They're inexpensive, can be prepared in a variety of ways and are quite nutritious.
Here's how I get the most out of our sweet potatoes. From a side at dinner time, to a delicious, moist muffin for breakfast!
For dinner you'll need:
Sweet potatoes - 2 to 4 depending on potato and family size
1 -2 tbsp butter (I use Kerrygold)
cinnamon, to taste
Place peeled and sliced sweet potatoes in a pan, and fill with enough water to just about cover the potatoes. Top with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook on medium until potatoes are tender, adding more water as needed. Serve potatoes as a side with dinner, reserving 1 to 1-1/2 c mashed sweet potato for next morning.
The night before, mix 1-1/2c whole wheat flour and 1-1/2 c water in a bowl and add 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Allow to soak overnight.
To the soaked flour and water add
3 tbsp Kerrygold butter, melted
1/4 c organic sucanat
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg (local & pastured)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 - 1-1/2 c mashed sweet potato
additional cinnamon, to taste
Combine ingredients in a bowl and fill greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Did you know - the sweet potato is the Official State Vegetable of North Carolina :)
Monday, May 4, 2009
Maybe when the mood hits me, I'll give it another coat of black paint. But for now, I'm enjoying this newly found treasure!
Southern Hospitality - Thrifty Treasures
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The kids are so excited to get outside this morning, they've forgotten all about breakfast and have their anxious little faces pressed tightly against the sun room glass doors. Off to enjoy the warm weather and adventures in the backyard :)