Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday








This stomach bug has continued to work its way through many of us with Nolan in bed today.

A couple of days ago Sarah and Abe needle felted some butterflies.  
Abe told me the lighter colored one is a swallowtail and the darker orange one a monarch.

I crocheted Emmy a little fox basket for her Easter morning treats.

The morning egg hunt is now over.  Mike hides about four eggs per child.  They each have their own color and they are each filled with coins.  He works very hard to find hiding spots to match each child's seeking abilities and often hides them in spots that might relate to that specific child, such as one of Abby's eggs in the flour.

With most of us in various stages of recovery we are home today and I am making spinach bacon quiche for our main meal.  It is actually relaxing and peaceful here.  I am looking forward to getting out a little bit and seeing if I can get my muscles going again by cleaning out the chicken coop.

There is talk of going fishing.  Worms were collected last night.  Surely the water is still cold and running too fast, but that won't stop them from trying.

Wishing you a happy Easter and a beautiful spring day.
-Tonya

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last Week











 

Although I didn't get around to blogging last week, both Isaac and I did take some pictures.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knitting and Reading and Blogging Again


I thought joining in with Ginny's yarn along would be a good way to get blogging again.

Life is just so busy right now - working outside (yeah finally a day reaching nearly 70 on Monday, but back to a few inches of snow this morning), addressing wedding invitations with pen and ink, keeping up with some simple home school lessons, getting over a 24 hour bug (oh - this was the worst thing I have ever experienced and would rather give birth than go through this any day), Sarah's 10th birthday last Thursday, lots of extra visitors for meals, and more.

So as far as knitting goes, I have knit a little Kina sweater.  
Details:
Little Kina (free pattern)
Size 8 needles
DK weight wool yarn from Peace Fleece that I hand dyed last summer
I cast on 54 stitches.

The next one  I am working on was cast on size 7 needles with DK weight yarn from Peace Fleece.  I cast on 70 stitches to start and adjusted everything accordingly in the pattern.
If you want a simple pattern this is it!

I found White Goats and Black Bees by Donald Grant at our little library.  It was written in 1974 and is about a year in the life of two Americans (former journalists) who bought a farm in Ireland.  I am really enjoying it.

What are you reading and knitting?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Around Here Lately

The three oldest making pancakes on Sunday morning.

Emmy...

A chicken in the windowsill outside.

 Sarah made a nature table.

Abraham sun bathing on the chicken coop.

Madeline getting some sun.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Feeding Our Families :: April



Oh I am so happy to be here in this new month - April - sharing with all of the other inspiring women a little bit more about how we feed our families.

Since last month there have been two new additions to our regular food offerings.  

The first is the abundance of eggs, including one little green egg every other day from our little duck.

Here is my favorite simple and quick egg recipe that I cut out of the Burlington Free Press last April and have made many, many times since.

Impossible Spring Quiche
A couple of anything you fancy for filling:  Such as scallions, ham, goat cheese, spinach, etc...
1/4 c melted butter
1 c. milk
3 eggs (I actually use 5 - 6)
1/2 c. flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
pepper to taste
(I also add various seasonings depending on my mood.)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 and lightly butter a 9" pie plate.  Slice and chop your fillings and scatter evenly in the prepared pie plate.  (Sometimes I just slice cheese and put on bottom of pan and serve with a salad or grilled veggies.)
2.  Whisk melted butter, milk and eggs, baking powder and salt.  Season with seasonings.
3.  Pour batter over fillings and bake 30 minutes.


The other new addition to my food routines is making butter.  I am in the process of working reversing my tooth decay that has been going on for nearly 15 years or longer perhaps, following the findings and research of Weston Price.  So one of the important things to do is to eat butter from pasture raised cows.  Of course this time of the year it is nearly impossible unless we had our own cow and made and froze butter all spring/summer/fall.  But we don't.  So the next best thing for me to do is buy cream from Butterworks Farm which happens to be located just miles from our home.   While the cows are certainly not out on pasture yet, they are at least not fed grains and the hay/silage they eat is from organic, mineral rich soils. (at least that is the what the farm is always working towards).  

Making butter is fun and actually quite fast in small batches.  The picture above shows the butter I made next to a piece of store bought butter.  


Please visit the others joining in ~

Renee, from Heirloom Seasons.
Melody, from Bespoke
Jules, from A Little Crafty Nest
Taisa, from Small Wonders
Sarah, from Our Island Home
Mel from Our Ash Grove
Heather, from Shivaya Naturals

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Good Life






(Pictures courtesy of Isaac)

Yesterday was one of those days where all was well.

The sky was blue, the air warm, the snow melting.

For the most part I think our family lives a pretty idealistic life.  I mean we get along for the most part, truly love one another and usually enjoy being around  each other.   We have a cozy house (yes it needs tons of work, some of it very important like a roof in really bad shape), a business that allows us to be together and thus far has modestly supported us, at least our true needs and a little extra. 

Sometimes as I bask in the glow of my family, the deep love I feel, I wonder if I am being selfish.  I can't help but think of the children that don't even have a pillow to lay their head down at night or may not have received one hug all day.

I then find myself wondering some more if the good life can't be too good.  Is it ok to be insulated, to be safe, to be well fed when so many are not?  I don't think we should not have shelter or food or live without love - no - I don't mean that at all.  But I keep praying if God wants something more from me, something more from our family, if we might have some more to give if only for the one reason that we are capable of doing so.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Morning

Leftover eggs and bread rising


 Boggle still on the table from the night before


 Beautiful bright sunshine


 Abby cooking


Me talking with my Dad


Isaac being Isaac, making steam I guess.  I like the little log holders Mike stacked on the mantle to dry.

Life is back to being very ordinary but I still have what we went through last week with Mike fresh in my head and I am taking every opportunity to enjoy the moments like cranking up the classic rock on the way to the library today.