Thursday, February 21, 2013

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

A Friday ritual. A single photo- no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 

If you are inspired, please leave your "moment".

Joining Amanda of Soulemama

What We're Learning This Week: Part 2

:: What We're Learning This Week: Part 2 ::

Day 2: "Oo" Week

Reading Time with Alphabet Bag (objects that begin with the letter of the week)

Painting an Ocean Mural 

Rice Table using measuring spoons and cups, tongs, and small dinosaurs

Montessori at Home Activities

If you have noticed we do not have a room in our home that is designated for school but we usually set up at our dining room table. Space is limited right now but we have hopes that in the future ( and a bigger home) we will have the space. Also, I don't do home school every day just three days a week because my girl is still little and I want to keep things light and fun. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yarn Along

:: Yarn Along:: 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

I got completely sidetracked this past weekend with a project that showed up in my inbox. A cozy nook throw from Lion Brand. Lo and behold I threw caution to the wind and started this throw. It is an easy knit and I really love the natural color with the splash of red.  Sadly, that meant that my shawl is barely started. I had more finished but I realized that I skipped a row and that meant undoing all my work. I took a deep breath and undid my work. My husband sat there in awe that I didn't cry about it but I am such a perfectionist that it would bother me more that it was wrong. So- I started over! 

I am still reading my Lenten books and I finish The Uninvited Guests. Honestly, I can't even tell you what that book was about. When I finished the last page I sat there feeling kind of silly. Did I miss the point completely? Or was it so late and I so tired that my brain just stopped working? Bah! I am starting a new book, The Bird Sisters and leafing through a Jamie Oliver cookbook. 

What are you knitting? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What We're Learning This Week

:: What We're Learning This Week ::

This week is brought to you by the letter: Oo 

Day 1: Learning about the letter Oo. 

Rice Table 

Story about Owls and an owl craft

We took a mini break last week from school to just enjoy and adjust to the beginning of Lent and Valentine's Day. This week we are back at it. We are on Week "Oo". It is hard to believe that we are more than half way done the year of the Alphabet. Miss E is really coming into her own and I can see  progress every day. The most important thing is that she is having fun and playing. It is hard to believe but it is almost time to start thinking about what I want to do next year. Any suggestions for homeschool programs or curriculum? I have a few ideas but I am not set on any one thing yet. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

in my kitchen

:: in my kitchen ::

Our long weekend has afforded me the luxury of spending a little more time than usual in the kitchen. Since we gave up desserts for Lent I haven't been doing much baking but I think this week the girls will need a little something sweet. It will be a real test for me. ( I have a terrible sweet tooth) But this weekend we were making all kinds of great things...

Goat Cheese, Mushroom, and Onion Tart 


Orange Candle: Courtesy of my e-course Apothecary Circle 

Herbal Tinctures: Rosemary, Lavender, and Comfrey 

A recipe to share: Mango Salsa

1 ripe Mango (peeled, pitted, and diced) 
1 jalapeno (seeded, ribbed, and minced)
1/2 onion chopped 
1/2 cucumber (peeled, seeded, and diced)
Juice of one or two limes (depending on your taste)
1 TBSP. chopped cilantro ( or more if you desire) 
Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and allow them to marinate for at least an hour. We served this with crusted Tilapia. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013


:: Weekends ::

Our dog depicts how our weekend....

* the essential pizza and movie night 
* sleep in Saturday morning and blueberry muffins
* making herbal tinctures 
* making breads 
* quiet Saturday afternoons 
* Daddy's and little girls working on a project together for mama
* special candlelight steak dinners for everyone
* Movie night with my hubby (Skyfall) 
* blustery cold Sunday morning  
* Our oldest gal asking in the middle of Church ( and very loudly) "Where is God?" Oy! 
* Sunday afternoon  of sewing 
*Downton Abbey Series 3 Finale 

Joining up with The Habit of Being