Seedlings

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It’s the weekend!  Hoping that these seedlings can get some more of this sun this weekend.  We will be putting the pumpkins, arugula and a couple of the flower varieties in the ground.  The weather looks good for this weekend but it looks like we will be back to rain for most of next week so I think I will let everything else stay inside for a while longer. This week, I planted Sweet Pea flowers on the fence between the pool and the garden.  I have been so inspired by Floret flower farm over the past year and as I mentioned, we will be incorporating a lot of flowers for cutting into our garden.  I think that it is going to be really fun for the girls because as much as they like our veggies, they are infinitely more interested in having flowers in their bedrooms.  I have absolutely no idea if the Sweet Peas (or anything else) will flourish but I am following all of Floret’s advice and crossing my fingers that we have a wall of flowers this spring.  We have 15 different kinds of cut flowers seeded right now and we are also going to try and grow Dahlias this year.  Dahlias are tricky in Massachusetts because you should dig the bulbs up for the winter, which obviously adds more work, and some people have warned me that the bulbs get eaten by moles and chipmunks.  But we’ll see.  As I said to my Dad this week, the benefit of this being a hobby is that if something doesn’t work out, it’s not like I am a farmer depending on income.  I planted the Sweet Peas in a garden that has barely been cleaned out.  I was literally raking leaves and then digging the holes on Wednesday evening – in the rain.  I was waiting to get them in the ground but they were getting really “leggy” and then I read that Sweet Peas should be planted as soon as the ground is workable so after I finished work, I just planted them. This weekend, the goal is to get that garden cleaned up and prepped for pumpkins and we need to build a few more beds.

Over the winter I took lots of photos that I intended to blog about but never did.  But after this dreary week, when I saw this photo of these lemon cookies we made, they brightened my day and I just had to post them.  They were so, so good.  As usual, I didn’t put the cookies back into the fridge to firm up after we cut the rings so they don’t look as pretty as they should. But if you like lemon and have the patience to make lemon curd (you could always buy it, too!), these are worth it.  Our whole family loved them.  We got the recipe from Sweet Paul.  Go here to get the recipe and see what they should look like. xo

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Summer Solstice

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Summer has officially started at our house.  The girls got out of school Friday and we had a great weekend swimming, gardening, crafting and relaxing.  They both had great years and I am so proud of them. I hope they can really soak up the summer and recharge.  The garden is all planted. Finally.  We decided to hold off on building the raised beds this year because we needed to get the plants in the ground and we just didn’t have the time.  That’s OK.  I’m really happy with how everything looks and it always feels good be on top of the weeds – no matter how short-lived that might be. 🙂

We have three huge rhubarb plants in our yard.  I need to figure out some more rhubarb recipes because YUM.  This pie was gone in no time.  Everyone loves it.  For the past two years I have used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  In her improved version, she uses tapioca but I use 1/4 of cornstarch and don’t find it too runny at all.  It’s perfectly sweet and tart.

I am almost done with my Beach Tank.  I attempted to do the KAL  and didn’t make the Memorial Day deadline but I am committed to having it for the 4th of July.  Never have I ever enjoyed  knitting something as much as this.  The yarns she recommended are just so soft and squishy.  I used Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton and Shibui Knits Staccato.  Details can be found on my Ravelry page.  I can’t wait to finish this up and wear it.

Finally, this washed stack from my stash is destined to become skirts for me and the girls. More on that soon. xo