Monday, November 26, 2018

Family 80s Workout Halloween Costume

Family costumes are the best!
We have so much fun deciding on a family costume theme every year, and trying to pull it together to make it happen. And I'm all about minimum effort and cost, so this was a pretty easy family Halloween costume to pull together--

80s workout dynamos!

Favorite things about this picture:
My 2-year-old Richard Simmons
My husband's awesome 80s 'stache
My crazy huge earings
My 3 girls rocking their side-ponytails
Our turkey in the background. :) 

80's workout was a fun theme--great memories with this family costume

Monday, October 1, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sunny green bouquet

One of my favorite aspects of my vegetable garden has been all the cut flowers I have added over the years. It has been nice to always have fresh flowers in the house when they are in bloom and they add some much color and beauty to the garden itself.

Here I have a bouquet of sunflowers, green zinnias, and dill.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Herb collectors

These pictures are precious to me. 
These pictures are moments I hope I never forget--memories of sweet children collecting and sorting herbs for their play.

These girls have been collecting herbs quite a lot this summer--they collect them to build dresses for fairies, to be medicine cats (Hello Warrior Cat books) and heal their clan, to take to "market" to sell, to make witches brew...

We have spent many a sweet morning out in the garden harvesting, weeding, frolicing about--letting our imaginations run wild and hearts fill with nature.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

White-banded rocks

I've always loved rocks.
Even as an adult, I have a nice collection of white-banded rocks on my dining room table. 
Gneiss? Migmatite? I don't know what they are, but I love them. :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tapping Box Elder Trees

The day that I found out that I'd be dead before any Sugar Maples I planted would be big enough to tap and get syrup was a sad day for me.
 How wonderful would it be to get your own maple syrup!!!

Well, a few years later we learned that Boxelder trees, which are oh-so-plentiful here in Southeast Idaho, are acutally "Boxelder Maples" and can be tapped for syrup! Yay! 

Apparently the flavor of Boxelder Maple syrup is a little more butterscotch-like. Sounds good to me! 
My mom has a lot of Boxelders in her yard, so we are giving it a go! We bought spiles, food-grade tubing and glass jugs to put the sap in. 

It was quite the fun day for the kids; they loved tasting the sap that came out of the spiles. Although, don't tell them, but it tasted just like water. :) 


Quite the little adventure for us!!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

First Attempt: Goat Milk Soap!

We have been happily enjoying our baby goats for several months now--so long in fact that they don't look so much like babies any more!

Here is the post from when they were born, but now they are not a whole lot smaller than their mothers.


I've said it before, but goats are just the sweetest, most gentle animals I've ever been around. Truly, there is no better pet for kids! (haha, no pun intended!)
Pretty much every morning I head outside with my girls and milk the goats while they collect eggs, feed and water all the other animals. We finally had enough extra goat milk that we decided to try making some goat milk soap. 

We used the recipe from DIY Natural, and so far it seems to have worked just great! We are still waiting for the pH to balance out and for the soap to be usable, but the recipe was simple, easy to follow and by all accounts has worked well so far. 

  I can hardly wait to try the soap out and see how it feels!