Friday, June 29, 2018

30 Days of Summer: Berries

Hello Friends ~

Well life took over but finally here to share more in the 30 Days of Summer posts. I had started one earlier in the week related to fun summer treats - which I will share in the future.  But today I wanted to share about berries. Strawberries in particular for this post....but berries are a true favorite for me in general this time of year. I love that they come in season along with many other wonderful summer fruits.  

My grandparents had a beautiful home on a lake with acres of land when I was growing up. My Grandma lived there for many years after my Grandpa died too. And they always had tons of raspberry bushes. I have such wonderful memories of picking raspberries every summer when I was a kid. And my Gram always made homemade jam and desserts with them. I would say they are my favorite berry for that reason. But in 2nd place are strawberries. The truly wonderful wild ones or from a farm where you can pick them- where they are smaller and nothing like the ones from the grocery store. They are sweet as candy and make the best jam and desserts too!




I didn't hand pick these, but picked them up from a farm that brought bushels of them to the city










So what did do with these beauties? Well I had to make some easy refrigerator jam and a pie of course!  ;)  












That night I had made hashbrown crust breakfast pizza and so we of course had some toast with homemade jam to go along with it!  I shared the recipes for all of these dishes on my instagram and I'll share them all here: 









Hope you enjoy!! I'm sharing this Jean of Sonotorganized blog and Rebecca of Rebecca's Hearth and Home blog for 


here and here.









Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hi Friends ~ 

I hope this Monday is finding you well rested and enjoying some sunshine today. ;) We had a nice weekend here. Lots of soccer. Watched more World Cup with hubby and kiddos. Also, Annie played in a local soccer tourney and her team won the championship! Annie even had a goal in one of the games! My Dad and step Mom were able to come watch some of the games too. Their final game yesterday was SO cold though. It was an early game at 7:30AM and it was only 47 degrees outside with the hardest whipping winds. Bbrrr!! But worth it to see them win the championship. One of her soccer games at the same field last week it was 85 with hot sun and no breeze. Welcome to weather in the northwoods. Lol Here's a pic of the Girls wearing their championship t-shirts they got after the game. The front had the name of the tourney and the back said Champs '18. I was in the parking lot already so I got a pic of the front of their shirts while other Mom's were getting a shot of their backs. ;) Annie was pretty proud and happy. 



Now on to the week ahead - 

















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

50's to low 60's today - so a little chilly. Gray and cloudy right now. Low 60's tomorrow but then up into the 80's the rest of the week and some chances of rain by the end of the week.















ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

A piece of banana bread (I baked yesterday) and a cup of coffee with amaretto cream
















RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to Enya radio as I was doing some yoga this morning. I've have often been starting my day with some yoga along with my prayer time. I've also been adding a little bit of yoga into my workout time. Harder than it seems! Great for toning for sure













AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Watching the trees sway in the wind. Pretty breezy again today. 














AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Pretty clean and tidy from the weekend. Annie slept over with her cousins last night - maybe that's why it's so peaceful and clean right now. Lol  I finished up dishes that were left from baking and making dinner last night. Since it was chilly yesterday I took advantage and spent some kitchen time. 














ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Another busy one ahead. Lots of errands need to be run. Groceries this week too. Ruby has a vet appointment. Annie has lots of soccer (practices and travel game). I have my volunteer time and visit MIL and bring meal to FIL. A few other potential appointments too. 








 









CURRENTLY READING:



Still reading this and loving it














ON THE TV TODAY:

  America's Got Talent, American Pickers, Cooking shows, Next Food Network Star, some Billions we still haven't watched, Deadliest Catch, Bear Grylls, Great British Bake Off



 















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftover Italian parmesan chicken dinner from last night


TUESDAY: monte cristo roll-ups, fruit, summer salad


WEDNESDAY: hashbrown breakfast pizza topped with sausage, veggies & cheese


THURSDAY: easy night - soccer



FRIDAY: grill or out to eat?















SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED 


I love a lot of British shows and their humor.  Miranda is a British comedy series that starred Miranda Hart (who played Chummy in Call the Midwife). I have watched all of the episodes on YouTube and loved every one and often laughed until I was in tears! You can find the first episode of the first season here.


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WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Scrapbook catch up. More Etsy things. Other projects I'll share in the future. Here is a recent canvas I completed that ended up being French themed. 






I had this vintage Paris postcard that I wanted to use. I liked it against this pretty floral paper, that I left the edges torn as I liked that look. I also like the vintage looking tag with a quote by Victor Hugo.  I have been collecting vintage and several  other kinds of pins that I like to use in projects. So I used one on this sweet little 8x10 canvas - that can be removable and worn. I am also creating other canvases that will be decorated with papers or mixed media and have a spot to clip a photo or a recipe. All in different themes or looks. 

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


Some new summer recipes I want to try that I will share in a post tomorrow when I link up with Jean and Rebecca for 30 days of summer. See my previous post about that and please join in! Such a fun and easy link up and would love to know some of your summer favorites. I hope to link up at least once or twice each week ;) 












TIP OF THE WEEK:




I like to use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Dryer sheets have so many chemicals on them which then get into our clothes which our skin sucks up. Yuck.  I use these dryer balls with a little lavender essential oil or tea tree oil on them. Just throw 5 or 6 in your dryer and that's it. When I'm taking out the laundry to fold I will often throw the balls into a little basket next to the dryer. Sprinkle on more oil drops and throw them in and the throw in the next load of clothes. I think they cut down on static even better than the dryer sheets anyways. And I can reuse the over and over and over again. I have been using these same ones for months now. There are instructions how to freshen them again if needed. 

Also, I realized I never really shared about our laundry room redo and will do a little post on that soon. ;) 








FROM THE CAMERA:
summer walks with Ruby



butterfly on daisies



first fire of the season under a little summer moon



Ruby being zen by the fire 





Until my Mom brought her dog over. She's a little younger and more hyper than Ruby. Lol



beautiful peonies in the park on one of our walks



PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.