Monday, July 28, 2014

The Itch to Stitch: Dress 7




Dress one: Here.
Dress two: Here.
Dress three: Here
Dress four: Here.
Dress five: Here.
Dress six: Here.


Remember how I promised a dress a month for an entire year?  Well, two days ago, I forgot.  But, I'm proud to say I finished *just in time*.

This is an Oliver & S pattern again. I was going to try to do 12 different patterns, but I opted to do this one again because the one I made before has been our go-to dress. No sunburned shoulders, no pants needed, one piece and she's good to go.  Everytime my husband dresses Audra, if it's clean, he puts her in it. (Which I love.) Only I was reminded as I got going how Oliver &S have fantastic clothes but make everything way too complex in the pattern.  Certainly not a good choice for a last minute dress. 

Didn't get it done in time for pictures with sweet girl, but at least it's done. I made it in blue because of that blonde hair and those blue eyes, so she's sure to look mighty cute.

She just turned 2 and I think I have officially made her 14 dresses total in her life so far, not to mention coat, skirts, pajamas, dolls, toys etc.  I wanted to take advantage of giving her mama mades as much as possible before she became too big to refuse.  I tell you, I am having the time of my life creating for my little girl. Pin It

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zucchini Sausage Cheesey Pasta

Here's a random experiment that turned out oh-so-good.  Decided to record so I don't forget what I did for next year...particularly when I'm in panic mode with a gazillion zucchini and summer squash.



Zucchini Sausage Cheesey Pasta

1/2 box elbow macaroni, cooked
1 small onion, diced
1 lb ground turkey sausage
1 T butter
1 small zucchini, diced
1 small summer squash, diced

3 T butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

1/4 cup green onions
1 T fresh chopped oregano
Salt/pepper
Shredded parm cheese

1) Cook macaroni according to package directions.
2)Sautee onion, add turkey sausage. Cook until done. Remove from pan, set aside in big bowl.
3) In same pan, melt butter. Sautee summer squash and zucchini until done. Add to sausage mix. Add pasta.
4) Prepare sauce in sauce pan.  Melt butter, whisk in flour. Whisk in milk. Heat over medium/low until just barely boiling. Add cheese. When cheese is melted, place all contents in big bowl.
5) Add green onions and oregano, salt and pepper.
6) Serve hot or bake until heated through.
7) Top with parm cheese.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chicken love.

There's a lot of chicken love around these parts, even now that these birds are no longer in the house and their adolescent look is a bit awkward.  It's quite a life these chicks live, I tell you.  I bet chickens who get the most hugs are likely the best layers anyway.











 

 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

1-2-3

It's the 1-2-3 of summer living. Pick fresh. Meals homemade. (Pull sleepyheads out of bed). Gone in seconds.  Love summer eating.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Color.

Some color.
 A blank slate in the form of upcycled packing paper, tacked to the barn.
 And a budding artist.
 Creating tractors during rest time is the perfect way to rest. Especially if a special stuffed animal is dressed for the occasion and back carried..
 Happy kid.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thrifted. Berry kids.

1) Thrifted

 1) Tevas for my son. A brand new game.  A flip top jar, gallon size (perfect for storing yogurt) and a whole bunch of lace incase a certain bride needs some for last minute wedding d├ęcor.  $10.00
 LL Bean Goretex boots (!!!), a mixing bowl, a brand new thermos (love for bringing hot food to work!) two books, two brand new packs of construction paper and a Lands End coat for me. $10.00

To all you readers who have not thrifted, I totally encourage you to give it a whirl! 

And just for fun, my strawberry pickers. (Or more accurately, my strawberry eaters.)


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fresh Air Fun

Just this month, our family took a little Fresh Air Kid.  What is fresh air?  I'll do a little copy and paste from freshair.org.  "Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities."

When I was a child, before my mom got sick, we hosted a girl.  The town that I grew up in hosted a bunch of kids every summer. I remember playing with annual friends at the beach as a kid.

I didn't realize that I could do this program in Maine.  When I found out we could, I knew it was for me, particularly when my husband said "sure" straight away.  We have the perfect place for a city mouse to experience the country mouse lifestyle.  At least that was my hope.

To be honest, all the conversations I've had about this program haven't ended up positive and that makes me sad. There's nothing but positives about this program in my eyes. I debated on whether or not to share anything, but, I did share a little with some friends. And that little bit of sharing resulted in 3, yes THREE, families who have already signed up online. That's not all, another few have sent me messages asking for further information, as they are potentially considering. So, I decided to share our experience in hopes that perhaps one more person/family may consider helping out.  Perhaps by hosting, financially or even prayers...however you see fit if it's in your heart.

So I share, although I will not share all.  For it's not my story to share. It's his.  And although we love him dearly, he has a family who loves him in NYC.  His face isn't ours to share with you. It's theirs.  I can promise you that we have oodles of pictures with his big toothless grin. Pictures that your heart would melt at if you saw.  Regardless, we are so incredibly grateful to provide him with an experience that we all felt was wonderful. And he will always hold a special place in our heart. 

Having him here was marvelous, truly marvelous. This was his first time to the country and watching him experience it was heart warming. We will indeed be opening our home to more children (later this summer, perhaps?).  My heart has plenty of room for more love, I'm hopeful we can keep offering our home and unconditional love. From this point forward, I think the pictures tell the story of the experience. I hope your heart is as full as mine looking at them. <3  Although we did all this fun stuff, his favorite part of the week was making bread.  Oh, little boy, next year when we return, we will make all the bread you want. <3










 










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