In the Garden

Right Now

August 11, 2011

We are returning from a beautiful trip back to the east coast, where we took the boys on a tour of Washington DC. What an experience to see their eyes light up at the White House, the Capitol, the memorials and museums. With everything going on, with all the political strife, the name calling, and the general depressing news, it was great to see the world through the eyes of a 7 and 5 year old. There was so much possibility and promise, and we need more of that in these days ahead.

We arrived home to our garden overflowing, and that end of summer joy that comes from so many days toiling in the dirt. I love this time of year, when the sun takes on a lingering golden hue, when that slight chill creeps in at twilight, when the harvest has come and the fruits and vegetables are stacked on the kitchen counter. There is a moment every day when I can feel the shift in the earth becoming stronger, where that depth of summer heat is letting go, and making way for cooler seasons ahead.

These are the days when we barely come indoors between sun up and sun down. When our feet dangle in the water and all of our meals are taken creek side. It is the time that I want to freeze, or find a way to bottle so that my kids will always remember how much fun we had. Oh how I wish we could. For now we will just have to enjoy each moment, and savor these days outdoors.

The giveaway for The Rhythm of Family will end at midnight MST, and I will post the winner on the bottom of the original post.

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Coming Back

July 28, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

I really never meant to be gone from this space for so long. I was just taking a few days to finish up a project, to get everything completed so that I could return to our normal rhythm, but days turned into weeks, and here I am wondering where the time went.

I have been working on a special project that I am excited to share with you in the coming months, and besides the three little ones, it has taken up most of my summer time fun. One of the best parts of the project is that there has been lots and lots of cooking involved, and many recipes developed.

One of our favorites has become a simple herbal popcorn that is fast, easy and perfect for summer movie or star watching. The popcorn can be made with any herb combination that sounds good, and then topped off with a spice/salt blend. It is a bit addicting, and I make a large amount just to have a bit left the next day with my lunch or a snack.

Herbed Popcorn


15 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried rosemary
Kosher salt
Pepper

Melt the butter and remove from heat. Add the herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over the popcorn. Toss gently to incorporate and serve.

I wish you all a beautiful weekend (how is is August already??) and I will be back in this space on Monday.

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