Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Her cake of choice is similar to most years. Ella loves her chocolate. Cocoa whipped cream and pink and brown sprinkles decorate the top. The little white ones are bones which were requested months ago. She loves dogs almost as much as they love her!
Happy Birthday! We love you Ella Bella!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Everyone loves raspberries at our house. Our modest patch is providing good snacking for everyone - not just the early bird (i.e. Max). We will be picking some more from a local patch because I have many recipes in need of cups and cups.....stay tuned!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sometimes we get to chicken-sit, a job we all love dearly. It's fun to interact with them, feed them watermelon and hunt for eggs. Of course, the best part is the eggs. There is nothing quite like a farm fresh egg.
Someday I'd like to have chickens of my own but for now, chicken sitting is great practice!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In talking with friends, we all seem to wonder how to instill a good work ethic in our children. We wonder if leading by example will really work in the long run. Hopefully, Henry's will to work and desire to accomplish a task will continue and lead him into a successful life. I think it will and I am so proud.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Henry decided to go with an orange "popsible". Everyone needed a popsicle...
...even Furry Murray. These are the dog days of summer - aren't they?
Monday, June 22, 2009
In May 1998 our house was featured in Better Homes and Gardens, in an article called "Putting on a Fresh Face". The concept was how much an addition, or in this case a porch, can change the look of a home. We didn't own the house then but we like to think the house looks better having morphed into our home.
While home ownership is an never ending, uphill battle our years in the yellow house have been worth it. I plan to snap a picture on the first day of each season, just to document how it changes and remind me to appreciate the yellow house that is our home.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
It's never too early to hone the skills of the young to take over the job. The bonus is hanging out with one of your biggest fans!
Happy Father's Day!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Last Saturday, post-sleepover pancakes and bacon were on the menu. Where did we purchase such beautiful bacon? Funny you should ask because we didn't BUY it we MADE it!
Meaty and flavorful with just enough smoke. As you may have already guessed - it was DELICIOUS!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Into the freezer for about 30 minutes....
Ready to scoop...
Into the mouths of happy kids!
Is it officially summer now?
I think the birthday cake shot is as important as the birthday cake. This year Max choose Lemon Cream Pie. An excellent choice for an excellent kid. Party on, Max.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Way cooler than anything on 88. Don't you think?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I think everyone has a favorite teacher for whom they have unwavering loyalty. Mine was Mrs. Averill. Mr. Hodge is Max's Mrs. Averill. From the first day Mr. Hodge just "got" Max. He appreciates him, understands his foibles and always inspires him. This was his first year in his own classroom so his fresh perspective and dedication created great energy for the kids. I don't know if Ella or Henry will someday be taught by Mr. Hodge but I do know that he has had a tremendous impact on Max.
Isn't that the best gift a teacher can give?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Every summer my grandparents would load the grandkids into the Delta 88 and take us to experience living history. We went to Arthur for Amish life,
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
If I was more camera savvy I'd have taken a video of this because in this case, the accompanying audio would be worth at least a thousand words.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I was able to purchase a pork belly from a local hog farmer. This whole belly weighed about 7 1/2 pounds. Each side is rubbed with pure maple syrup then th spices are pressed onto the pork.
Now it's time fore curing - it's tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and set on a tray in the fridge. Every other day the pork is turned to ensure evening curing. On the sixth day it's rinsed and left to air dry in the fridge overnight.