bits from our week & a love list…..

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

bits from our week & a love list.....

The big girl had rehearsal every evening this week. Opening performance is tonight, followed by two more over the weekend. I know she is looking forward to everything slowing down a bit after this weekend. I think we all are….

Monday Joe took the big boy to register for college. He's attending a local community college. This teenage+highschool+coming+of+age stuff is easy for some kids and harder for others. He falls in the latter category. It's been an act of love and patience to sit back and let him figure things out. He went from not wanting to attend college at all to wanting to attend a very expensive university far away to deciding community college one town over was a good fit. Yes, he is responsible for his own tuition…. we're here to support and feed and cheer him on, but that's it. He came home from registration and told me had decided on an engineering transfer program. I told him that was so wonderful, that I was glad he was focused on something. He asked me why I let him think general studies was a good idea beforehand. I told him I never thought it was a good idea, but sometimes someone else needed to tell him that…. you know, someone other than your mama. That got a laugh. It's baby steps I tell you…. one little thing at a time.

Other than that. I have a gardening post in the works to share with you. I've been working out there a little most every day and if a few seeds would sprout up I would sure feel a lot more successful. Ahem. Patience… yes, I know.

 

Here's a list of random lovely things::

 

This is what my garden looks like in my head. I'll get there…..

We made lentil tacos this week & they were amazing. (didn't even use the peppers & onions, just the seasoning and lentils. easy + so good.)

Chickpeas and mustard greens. Yes please. (make a double batch of chickpeas & add them to salads!)

One of my favorite egg meals. So good……

How cute is this?

Looking at dehydrators. Thinking of this one. (hello sticker shock, right?) Does anyone have a favorite one they love? I'm all ears.

 

Happy weekending folks. And happy mama's day to all of you women who have nurtured another soul. Human one, furry one, feathered one…. It's hard work for sure.

xo,

s

  

28 thoughts on “bits from our week & a love list…..

  1. Yes, sometimes it takes someone other than mama to tell our babies, and that is a hard thing for me to accept.
    You linked to the dehydrator I want, but yeah, that price has held me off.
    Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy Mother’s Day.

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  2. congratulations, Sam! can’t believe it!
    good luck tonite, jade!
    the garden looks beautiful! how are the bees?!
    miss you all. we need to catch up soon.
    xo, a

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  3. Your garden is looking wonderful! I have that dehydrator and love it, well worth it. Love that skirt, super cute! Happy weekend and happy mother’s day to you.

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  4. I have that dehydrator and LOVE it. Make sure you get the timer on it…I don’t think all models have it so double check. Also, order the fruit leather sheets. They don’t come with them. 🙂

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  5. I thought maybe you did….. You'll have to let me know how much you use it. I think I want it, but only if it's going to b on the counter drying stuff all summer!

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  6. That is what the basement is for 🙂 And we only eat at the island in the kitchen, so our dining room is hugely underused. I mostly use the table for projects. If I ever build a house I'll skip the dining room and just do an eat in kitchen…. it's where we all end up!

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  7. I have a smaller nesco brand dehydrator. (It’s in the $50 range) I love it and it’s perfect for our little family. I wanted to be sure if use it before I invested in a big one!! Although I only have my husband and I and two little ones so I’m sure you’d get your money’s worth with a large one. Mine also has the option to buy and add more trays to build it up which I like. I also second getting one with a timer. Makes it a lot easier. You should definitely get one so that you could start sharing lovely recipes with us all!! And congrats on your graduate! Great job Mama.
    Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  8. We’ve got a LEM Dehydrator.
    http://www.amazon.com/LEM-Products-Dehydrator-Digital-Timer/dp/B004VLKT3W/ref=sr_1_15?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1399737717&sr=1-15
    They are running $199 on Amazon. Not sure where my hubby got it, but it was $150 then.
    It works well and I do like the timer option.
    They are huge. I keep it on the floor. In fact, for awhile (when I wasn’t drying stuff) it ended up as a small table with my homeschool crate on top. 😉
    I like how much it holds and I just line the trays with parchment when I do fruit leather.

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  9. Dining room: I wouldn’t skip it so fast Mama…. you have a college boy…. and 3 more behind him… Try to sit all of them at the counter + new significant others! You’re going to want a bigger dining room soon… just sayin’ I’m predicting Mother-In-Law status in under 10 yrs + maybe grandmother? Yikes…

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  10. Love the visual garden… nice!~ What’s Jade doing? College- Your patience is out-of-this-world. So impressed… What a wise old soul you are. ❤
    Happy Mama's Day to you, dear friend. ❤

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  11. ~PS When I was a kid, my mom make fruit leather in the oven and smoked salmon in a Little Chief smoker… you should try the oven thing first, not as energy efficient I’m sure, but another gizmo…

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  12. if you need some encouragement regarding gardening successes, look again at those beautiful tomato starts of yours! WOW! they put mine to shame. I was good about starting alliums early, but waited a bit long for the tomatoes and they’re still just about 4 or 5 inches tall. now to see if I am that patient or if I’ll just buy some starts this year…..
    love your photos, thanks for sharing!

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  13. She plays the violin too! Oh my goodness what your girl cannot do. You house must have such wonderful sounds coming from it everyday.
    Such wonderful bits of your life thank you for sharing them!

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  14. My little girl is just learning to play the violin (piano player is my big girl). They get their musical talent from their dad…. I am just a grateful listener 🙂

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  15. Sprouts are finally popping up! I'm so excited. The tomatoes are crazy, right? I'm hoping to plant them next week. They are huge. I hope they keep doing so well. AND I wish you were local because I've got about 9 extras that could use a good home 🙂

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  16. You are probably right….. this house is pretty fantastic to throw a big shindig in. Joe had 30+ coworkers here and it wasn't even that crazy! I could be the "G" word in under five years…. which sort of makes me want to pass out. We'll have to make a bet if I make it to 40 before I gain that status. Just for fun….. oh my!

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  17. Hi Stephanie… I have the large excaliber and love it. We did a little reno in our kitchen to make a closet and put the dehydrator in there. It is nice to have it off the counter. Some of my favourites are sliced tomotoes, pears and kale chips. A couple fun things I like making are soup flavourings. I dehydrate vegetable soup ingredients and powder the results in the vitamix. Then in the winter I can make an easy cup of soup by adding a spoon of soup mix and a spoon of miso to a cup of hot water. In the fall, when canning tomatoes, I dry the peelings and powder them. Then I use it like tomato paste to thicken. Herbs dry very nice too.
    For the use I get out of my deydrator, I think it is worth the price. You could look at the 5-tray model, but what’s four more trays. Good luck in your decision.
    Thanks for your recipes! I made more of your sandwich bread today. It is so easy and yummy. The recipe is a tad too big for my pans so I now make about 10 buns as well from the extra dough.
    PS. We met at Squam and I took the tools class with you. I bought a skirt from your table. My daughter loves it and has been wearing it through these years.

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  18. Oh my goodness. I think you've convinced me. What an incredible wealth of ideas in here! I *really* love the soup idea! Squam…. are you from Canada? Do I remember that correctly? I'm so glad you've been hanging out since then…. that is really just the sweetest 🙂 I do hope to return to Squam in 2015. It is still one of my most favorite trips ever!

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