Clementine Curd

Before Christmas we received a gift of clementines from family traveling in California. They were indeed the best clementines I have ever tasted and after eating clementine after clementine I knew I needed to do something with that last couple of dozen before they started turning.

I have to say, I’ve never been a massive fan of lemon curd, I like the idea, I think it just had too much of a tangy taste for my personal preference, so when I found this recipe for clementine curd I was very excited as I thought the extra sweetness would be perfect.

I made up a double batch, leaving out the zest (just another odd preference of mine) and was so thrilled with the result that I made up another double batch the next day with the last of the clementines. The next day we had clementine curd over waffles topped with whipped cream for a treat. It was declared the best waffle ever by the children, me too.

I chilled the remaining jars of curd overnight in the fridge and they are now in the freezer waiting for a dreary February day to come out and cheer our tastebuds. So if you have a handful of clementines waiting around, I would highly recommend that you try this out, it is oh so worth it.

We had a nice big snow yesterday and the kids were able to play out for a couple of hours. I can’t tell you how nice it is to live in a place where it is still bearable to be out in the winter. In Wyoming in the winter it was regularly -20 freezing and just way too windy to play out. Here the kids can get bundled up and play for hours in the snow, for which I am very thankful, and they are too.

food, gifts • Friday, January 13th, 2012 • 3 Comments »

Sprout

One of the things I made for Christmas for the girls was this sweet dress. It’s Sprout, and it’s adorable. A dress fully lined in flannel which was surprisingly easy to make. Granted as I was making two dresses, which was in effect four dresses it took a bit of time, but it was not complicated at all.

The girls love the dress, it’s oh so comfy, it’s only a shame I wouldn’t look so good in a flannel lined dress. I love that there are pockets, a sweet hood, and it’s warm enough to pair with tights even on the coldest days.

I made the girls sizes but added length in the arms and hem in order to make them wearable longer, though the babe is already at the end of the size four arms even though she’s only three, she’s a tall one. I did need to buy two patterns as the size gap between my girls hits right between the patterns, but that’s ok as the regular Sprout is size 0-5 and the Big Sprout is size 6-10 so I will get plenty of mileage out of them, this would be completely adorable on a wee one.

Looks like we’re in for a snowstorm tonight, the kids are thrilled, so I better run and get some laundry done in case we lose power, which oddly enough seems to happen a lot here and not usually when it’s bad weather. Take care and have a great day!

sewing • Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 • 2 Comments »

New Year, New Name

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s a new year, to be filled with lots of new adventures and I’m excited to be back.  Now that we’re by the sea here in Maine, I’ve switched the blog from the prairie girl to the girl by the sea.  All of the old posts are here now and anyone going to theprairiegirl will be automatically forwarded here.  I do recommend subscribing to the new RSS as I’m not sure if the old one will work for the new site.  Let me know if there are any problems and I’ll try to sort them out.

Every January the kids get new calendars, and this year we got a set of Sarah Jane Studios calendar cards for the girls.  We will swap out the cards each month, and enjoy the new beautiful illustrations.

I’m glad to be back and look forward to a whole new year with you all.

home • Monday, January 9th, 2012 • 6 Comments »

Pesto

This summer has been a bit lacking in routine as we are still familiarizing ourselves with our new home. It has been so much fun, and I am trying to squeeze in a few preparations for the coming winter. I can feel just a tiny hint of autumn in the mornings and evenings when there is a slight nip in the air. Several weeks ago we went blueberry picking, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have so many farms etc. close that we can go and harvest our own food, even if it isn’t from our own back yard. The day turned out hotter than we thought it would be, but we did manage to pick 23 pounds of blueberries. We all had a wonderful time, even the babe is now an expert blueberry picker. I got all of them in the freezer, freezing them on cooking sheets, before storing them in bags so that they wouldn’t freeze into one giant lump. Now we have plenty of blueberries to use in muffins, and pancakes, and any other way we can think of. This last week I took advantage of a good deal on basil to spend some time with our 8 year old who loves to cook. We made 5 batches of pesto, minus the cheese, and froze them for some scrumptious still feels like summer meals in the middle of the cold Maine winter. We moved here in time to pick our own strawberries, but I wasn’t set up enough in the house to make jam with them, and I hadn’t ever had success making jam, the high altitude in Wyoming caused me many problems, so I just gave up after a while. We have however been stashing small handfuls of blackberries from the brambles out back in the freezer so that when we have enough we will have a go at making some jam. We’re almost there, the kids can’t wait, and neither can I. Next up apples, yay, though I can’t say I’m looking forward to all that peeling, my least favourite kitchen job.

family, food • Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 • 7 Comments »

The Sea

I still have to keep pinching myself when it dawns on me that this is our new home. I never imagined that we would be able to live by the sea, it is such a dream come true. The amazing scenery, the fresh air, the tremendous amount of vegetation, it’s all just so wonderful. The kids love going to the beach and I love visiting all of them that are fairly close, and some farther afield as well. Splashing in the water, searching through the rocks for sea treasures, even the sandy mess in the car is something I wouldn’t trade at all, not to mention all of the fantastic fish and shellfish straight out of the water. We have been doing more than just sightseeing, but mostly we have been trying to get a lay of the land so to speak and check everything out while it’s summertime. I’ll fill you in on some of our other adventures soon, but for now, just more scenery.

family, home, nature • Monday, August 8th, 2011 • 5 Comments »

Berries, Berries, and more Berries

The area behind our house is wooded and has been left to take over itself. I was absolutely delighted to find these all right in our own back yard, and so were the kids. I must say that they are teeny tiny, a feast for a fairy, but the children have had fun picking those that are ripe and I love the fact that we now live in a place where things grow on their own. There aren’t enough ripe at one time to do anything with other than snack, but that’ll work just fine.

gardening, nature • Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 • 5 Comments »

Sea Dogs and Ice Cream

Nothin’ says summertime more than baseball and ice cream. We are loving our new home, couldn’t be happier, and going to games at Hadlock Field to watch the Sea Dogs play is one of our favourite ways to spend a nice summer evening. I hope you all are having a great summer, do you have a favourite summer sport?

family, food, home • Monday, August 1st, 2011 • 3 Comments »

Changes

It has been far too long since I’ve blogged, but life got a little bit crazy and we have made some big changes. I’ll make a long story fairly short, so here goes. Hubby had been working from home for about a year and we were talking about where we would want to be if we could be anywhere. We aren’t tied to a job or a school because of homeschooling and our kids are growing up fast. We were both disastisfied with the area with lived in for several reasons. Honestly, the reason we went to Maine was to make our final decision, and enjoy a family vacation which we hadn’t had in a long time. We fell in love and decided to up roots and plant them somewhere new. When we got back from our trip Hubby had to fly to Boston for a conference and then out to California to meet up with his team. We were going to start looking for housing when he got back, but we had no idea that things would happen so quickly. We applied for a rental home and were thrilled to get it within the week, the only thing was it was available immediately. Rather than miss out, we finished packing quickly and off we went. Since we arrived we just keep falling more in love with Maine. We live in a gorgeous area, just a short drive from the water and every day we grow more sure of our decision to move. Most days the kids and I are at the beach, it is so amazing to be so close to the water, their energetic little bodies slowly wearing themselves out in the waves and sand. So, apologies for the long absence, and I really appreciate your concerned e-mails. We are all just fine, brilliant in fact. I should be around a lot more now that we have gotten settled in a bit. I look forward to exploring our new home and sharing it with you.

family, home, nature, travelling • Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 • 12 Comments »

Christmas in March

Well, slightly belated Christmas in March. Last month got a little crazy with all of us coming down with the flu the week before we were supposed to leave on our trip, and then the trip, and then getting back and trying to get everything back to normal, so I’m just now posting this project. It’s the Wottle Bottle Cover. I have been wanting to work on knitting hot water bottle covers for a while and when I found this pattern I got really excited. I love this, it’s simple, classy, and depending on the colours and pocket, it is perfect for anyone with a water bottle that needs cozying up. So this water bottle cover will be tucked away until next Christmas, one down, four to go. I used the magic loop method and it was so easy, so if you are in need of a water bottle cover, give it a go. Here is this project on my ravelry page. Edited to add: The ravelry link isn’t working properly so here is a link to the wottle bottle cover page, enjoy!

Christmas, family, gifts, home, knitting • Monday, April 18th, 2011 • 14 Comments »

Ugh

Sorry I missed stopping by this week. I was in bed with the flu about a half an hour after I posted last. Then each day one child got sick, so it has gone through everyone now and we are all recuperating. Of course half of the children got sick at night, so I am struggling a little with some sleep deprivation, but at least the worst is over. Today is the 25th, my normal Christmas post, but unfortunately I am running behind as this entire week was lost to illness, so I will post on that soon. Now to scramble and get last minute laundry done and pack. Hope you all are doing well. I will try to pop in at the beginning of next week and share some of our travels.

family • Friday, March 25th, 2011 • 8 Comments »