Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + How to Freeze Herbs }

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Here we are, week 13 of CSA season and now two things abound in my fridge: Italian flat leaf parsley (pictured above) and zucchini. But who's complaining? Not me. Today I'll share my week 13 box and how I'm going to freeze my three bunches of flat leaf parsley.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{ Chocolate Chip Cookies }

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We all have our own chocolate chip cookie recipes and today I'm going to share mine, a variation on the recipe my mother has always made. Now, if you have 24 hours or more to spare before eating your cookies I highly recommend the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, they are to die for. But typically if I'm making cookies, it's because I need a sweet fix and I need it now - not in 24 hours.

Friday, August 26, 2011

{ Sand in the City }

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If you're looking for some inexpensive family fun this weekend head down to Sand in the City, a local fundraiser for the Hands On Children's Museum here in Olympia. Sand in the City brings the beach downtown. Today teams of sand sculptors are creating sand sculptures for a great cause and tomorrow and Sunday you can vote on your favorite sculpture for a good cause; votes are taken in the form of $1 bills should you choose to vote. Tomorrow, you can also watch master sand sculptors do their work.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{ Play Purse & Puppy - A Semi-homemade Gift }

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I had the pleasure of making a 2nd birthday gift for my dear friend's little girl a couple of weeks ago. I knew that I wanted to make something, but I wasn't sure what. I searched through my pinned ideas for kid gifts, but nothing I had pinned was quite right. So then I turned to what my daughters love, and what they love the most are bags, purses, babies and stuffed animals. One of Phoebe's favorites is Frenchy and the purse she came in:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + How to Freeze Green Beans }

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Week 12 of CSA Season and all I have to say is holy beets, carrots and zucchinis Batman. Wow! I don't remember getting so many of these particular vegetables last year. I have to make a plan on how to eat them all since they keep coming, and coming. I really don't mean to complain, they are beautiful and delicious I 'm just not quite sure how to eat them all before they go bad.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{ All Things Fabric }

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People keep having babies and those babies keep growing up and having birthdays, so I keep needing to make gifts. To make gifts I need fabric... fun fabric. I know, I have plenty of dad's old work shirts to refashion into to lots of things but sometimes a girl just needs to splurge and get some fun fabric and with all of the new little babies being born at church I have the perfect excuse.

Monday, August 22, 2011

{ Daddy Bread }

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We had a great weekend camping, unfortunately I forgot my camera. I always seem to forget my camera when we go camping, I forgot it on Phoebe's first camping trip too. Oh well, what can you do? So instead of sharing our fun weekend with you, I'll share the yummy Daddy Bread (that's what we call our homemade whole wheat bread because daddy normally makes it) we made this morning. So here we go, daddy's recipe and all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

{ Printables }


Printables. What is more simple than using something that's already made, just push print and you have a useful and aesthetically pleasing product. Here are some of the printables I've found online:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{ Simple and Time Saving Gift Ideas }


(The rules of K.I.S. Week: every post will be as simple as I can make it about simple solutions to everyday life situations. I will have minimal pictures in the posts as well to keep with the K.I.S. theme. Even the titles are simple!)

Today I'm going to share with you some ways that I K.I.S. with gifts. These are ideas that I find thoughtful, but time saving for me the gift giver.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

{ Baking Soda }


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(K.I.S. Week: every post will be as simple as I can make it about simple solutions to everyday life situations. I will have minimal pictures in the posts as well to keep with the K.I.S. theme. Even the titles are simple!)

To kick off my K.I.S. Week series I thought I'd talk about my favorite solution to so many household problems, baking soda. It doesn't get much simpler than that. I mean, it is what it is: sodium bicarbonate. No additives, no other ingredients, pure, plain and simple and it does so many things. Here's my running list:

Monday, August 15, 2011

{ K.I.S. Week }



Keep It Simple. That's what I'm trying to do this week. That's what I need to do this week. I don't know about you guys, but I am busy and overwhelmed. We have not been home more than 5 days a week for the last 4 weeks and that means lots of packing and unpacking for a family of four plus the normal never ending tasks of keeping the house picked up, the fridge stocked, laundry clean, snacks and meals made and then hopefully a moment for me.

Friday, August 12, 2011

{ Veggie and Cheese Frittata }



A few weeks ago I wrote a post, { What's for Brunch? }. In that post I linked you to a recipe for mini-veggie frittatas from Parent magazine; I also said that we would be varying it to make an adult version. Well we did, and it's so easy and yummy that I thought I'd share our grown-up Veggie and Cheese Frittata. As always, cooking is an art so feel free to use this recipe as a starting place and explore with what's in your fridge and pantry; the only requirements for a frittata are eggs and the cooking method, so let's get started!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

{ Family Fun in Lincoln City, OR }



In case you didn't notice that I was gone last week, I was. The family took a beach break. We headed down to Lincoln City, OR and when you head to the Oregon Coast you always plan for rain and cold; even in August. Thankfully God decided to bless us with some beautiful weather. It was only windy the first two days and the sun came out everyday! Now don't get me wrong, the ocean water was still ice numbingly cold but we were able to wear shorts and short sleeves while playing in the sand every afternoon.

Today I'll give you a little photo tour of the beach we played on in Lincoln City and then I'll share a couple of fun family activities for vacationing on the Central Oregon Coast. Let's get going!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{ Beet Pear Soup + Your Weekly Peek }

I know just what you've been dying to see: pictures of my vegetables! What can I say? They're gorgeous aren't they? Well not so much this week, but they really do put store bought produce to shame. I kind of lament in the fall when CSA season is over. But not to fear, it's only week 10 of a 22 week season; there are plenty more farm fresh vegetables to come. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{ One of My Guilty Pleasures: The Outlander Book Series }

Okay, so if you haven't realized it yet this post should definitely give it away, I am a big dork. But hey, maybe you are too and just maybe that's why you like me. I don't know, just sayin'. Anyway, I want to share my favorite "beach" read with you today.

Monday, August 8, 2011

{ Flannel Strip Blanket - A Handmade Baby Gift }


Welcome back! I hope that you had a great weekend. We had a great vacation down to Lincoln City, OR last week and a nice weekend but I'll share more of that later. First I want to share what I was working on before we took off for vacation, the adorable Flannel Strip Blanket pictured above.

Monday, August 1, 2011

{ Beach Break }



Thanks for checking in, but I'm checking out for some family time. I'll be back next week with some new posts. In the mean time, kick back, relax and enjoy the summer; we are.
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