Monday, October 14, 2019

Foggy sunrise

What a beautiful morning. Fog has a way of softening things and creating quite the enchanting atmosphere. :) 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Pumpkin harvest 2019

 This year, with our dear little one on the way, I knew I didn't want to do a lot of canning this fall, so instead of loading the garden up, I planted loads of pumpkins! They are easy to take care of, you don't have to weed around them, and oh so fun in the fall!


My kids are hosting a pumpkin sale this upcoming weekend and plan to make pumpkin cookies and the whole sha-bang. :)

Pumpkins are so fun because of the variety, and I firmly believe in the adage "variety is the spice of life." 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Pizza oven, step 4: Feast!

So, our pizza oven isn't really complete--we plan on dressing up the outside of it a bit with some stucco and the like--BUT it is totally functional, so we couldn't resist firing it up with some family this weekend. It worked like a charm--pizza was delicious and easy to prepare. And FAST. 

Once the oven reached the blistering 900 degrees, my husband swept the coals to the exterior and made a clean cooking surface in the middle.

Then, in went the pizzas! This was actually our last pizza to go in. 

Yum! so delicious. Seriously cooked in under 2 minutes. We are experimenting with dough recipes and such--I'll let you know what we settle on. :) 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fall Mantel

Nothing like a sunflower bouquet at that lovely time of year when summer is ending and fall beginning.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pizza oven, step 3: oven construction

After the foundation was laid, and the base supports constructed, actual work on the oven could commence!


My husband ordered this kit from Amazon. It is a Cuore Pizza Oven, and they have a super-great website all about pizza ovens. 

Construction went smoothly. The oven form was pieced together and the ceramic insulating blanket laid. I took some shots of my husband inserting the chimney piece (not part of the kit but necessary).

Also, the cement counter tops are all made--we made them in 4' x 4' sections. My husband built two forms out of melamine and poured the counter top cement into them. As they dry we are lifting them into place!

This oven is getting close.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pizza Oven, Step 2, base supports placed

Work continues on the pizza oven. After laying the foundation, the base for the actual oven and counters were made out of cinder blocks.  

Our little guy thinks the highlight of life at the moment is "working on the pizza oven with Dad." He regularly talks about how they are "construction workers." I love it and that the kids can be kids.

Monday, September 23, 2019


Ready for a mess?
A FUN mess?


My kids love to make what they affectionately call "Ooblek." 
Ever read Dr. Seuess's Barthalomew and the Ooblek? Well, that's where the name comes from. 

So easy too--way easier than slime. 

You just mix cornstarch and water--add a little food dye if you are feeling fancy. :) 

1 part water
2 parts cornstarch
food dye

Easy peasy. 

And yes, it is messy, but it also cleans up pretty easily. 
If you want to get all science-y with it, you can talk about how it is an amorphous solid. Or let them vary the ratios of water to cornstarch. 

Have a fun afternoon with your ooblek. :)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Plum Harvest

Our plum tree is LOADED this year. 
Plums are great because they are so easy to grow and so disease-resistant. 

They are also beautiful on the tree--little gems hidden in the leaves. 

I thought my daughter looked so sweet sitting under the branches, picking plums. The branches were so loaded that they made a great little canopy under the tree--perfect for a sweet child to nest under. ;) 

I hope you find something beautiful in its simplicity today. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Lovin' me some September garden time!

Nothing like a walk through the garden this time of year.

One of my most favorite things to plant is amaranth. It's so dramatic and beautiful.
I have loads of it this year going all around the edge of the garden. I couldn't help but take lots of pictures. :)