warm, beautiful summer. ~Hans Christian Anderson
After dinner swim…
This girl cracks me up. This is the funny face you get if you ask for a smile…
Maybe some peek-a-boo?
I made BBQ Pizza with Chicken, Bacon and Cilantro. We used our own crust recipe. I omitted both the cumin and the maple syrup from the sauce and switched out the apple butter for pumpkin puree. It was very good. I think it may be even better with the apple butter: motivation for putting up extra jars this autumn.
Mairi Rose has been all about popsicles this summer. This left me scrambling for some sort of popsicle mold. I could not bring myself to buy the plastic ones. These stainless steel ones look great. But when you add up the per person price for as many people as we have? Eeek. Steep. Finally, I spent $10 on a set of made-in-Spain tempered juice glasses. We fill them up, pop in a spoon which we already have, freeze and voila! A couple minutes on the counter and they pop out perfectly. The ones I got are actually a little big for this purpose, which of course everyone is seriously thrilled by.
I had a conversation years ago with a friend who was trying to build an ecologically sound, healthy house. He was talking about how in the name of recycling and conserving resources you could go out and buy an incredible artisan crafted sink made of say, reclaimed copper for thousands of dollars. Or you could go to your local salvage shop and get a previously owned sink for $30. I often try to think in those terms. There isn’t always a simple, less splashy and obvious solution, but often times there is.
I’m reading The Secret Garden to the younger children. I used to read it aloud ever year, but it’s now been several years since I have. Long enough that they don’t remember it. The older two, of course, could probably tell you the story inside and out!
The world….I don’t know what to say. It always seems almost vulgar to post about quiet, sweet everyday life in the face of so much suffering. To say my thoughts and prayers are with those who are in pain seems both trite and obvious. Like most people, I don’t have any answers.
Edited to add dress details because a couple of people asked.