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Our Little Girl’s 5th Birthday

birthday crownThis past weekend was our little girl’s 5th birthday. We woke up in the morning and there was a solid foot of snow on the ground, we were snowed in. We really try with our kid’s birthdays to have it be more about memories than stuff. We let them choose what the meals are for the whole day and if it is possible, what to do that day. Even though we couldn’t go anywhere, it ended up being a great day, with lots of fun and snuggles. After donning her birthday crown we ate bacon, cheddar scones from the recipe in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, which were absolutely fantastic. They will definitely be made again, and again. We had plenty of hot chocolate and Christmas music, after all it was snowing. little crocheting handsThis year for her birthday gift, we put together a sewing basket filled with all the goodies necessary to start crocheting. I found a neat old sewing basket at an antique shop last month and had fun picking out pink and cream cotton yarn, several crochet hooks in colours she would love and Kids Learn to Crochet by Lucinda Guy. This book is fantastic, and it really hold’s her attention. Incidentally, it is also really helpful for me as I am just learning how to crochet as well.learn to crochetThere was lots of playing in the snow, making snowmen and snow angels, plenty of black forest gateaux, and lots of snuggling with her new crochet hook and yarn. She mastered the slip knot and was thrilled to complete a chain of 23 stitches with just a teeny bit of help. Five years ago I held a tiny baby girl in my arms just seconds after she was born. My how time flies, and now she has grown into a beautiful, funny, imaginative, loving, creative 5 year old. We are so grateful to have her and look ahead to many years of love and laughter. Happy Birthday little one!

books, crochet, family, food, sewing • Monday, October 12th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

The Home Creamery and Landscaping with Fruit

The Home Creamery These are two books that I am really excited about. I’ve already been making my own yogurt for about a year and a half, and we made butter once, but I have been interested in making different kinds of dairy products for a while now. The Home Creamery is fantastic and has all the info I need to try sour cream, creme fraiche, mozerella, kefir, cottage cheese and many more. I think it’s a good beginner’s look into making your own dairy products. The second half of the book is full of recipes that use all of the different kinds of cheeses and milks. I’m really excited about getting my kids involved and trying these out. I can only imagine how good a pizza would be with made from scratch dough, homemade sauce, tomatoes right off the vine, basil from out of the pot, and homemade mozzarella. Landscaping with Fruit Landscaping With Fruit is another book I’m loving. This year I took the plunge and got four fruit bushes, three currants and a raspberry bush. Granted, they are teeny and the currants aren’t even producing fruit yet, but I happily dream about the day when we can walk out into the garden and collect baskets of berries, or pick pears, or apples, or peaches off of trees. This book is beautiful to look at and has given me quite a few ideas to use when planting more fruit.

books, food, gardening • Monday, September 14th, 2009 • 2 Comments »

Usborne Spotter’s Guides

Usborne Spotter's Guides I’ve always loved Usborne and DK books as the way they are done works well for readers and non-readers. There are so many pictures that my kids that can’t quite read yet are happy to sit and look at them for quite a while. My oldest son, when he first started to really read, was also happy to look at them as he was not intimidated by the short little blurbs. I’ve been drooling over these Usborne Spotter’s Guides for a while now and was thrilled when my mom handed me a big stack of them when she returned from her trip to England. They were a gift from a good friend of ours. As a homeschooling mama, I love these kinds of gifts. These books are fantastic, and they are small enough to throw in a backpack for when we go to the lake or the park. They are colourful and filled with tons of information, not to mention internet links. We love them and my kids have been pouring over them since the day we got them. They are a great addition to our nature section on the bookshelf. I am thankful for such a thoughtful and generous gift.

books, homeschooling, nature • Thursday, September 10th, 2009 • 4 Comments »