Saturday, June 27, 2015

Snapshots Into My Life

What I am seeing through my lens this week.

We have a yummy cupcake shop in Toledo called Cake In A Cup. I picked up a few and they were so good!!

Luna lives such a charmed life. There are times when I wish I could sleep and run around and have fun all day. But someone has to pay the bills.

My mom and I are a part of a CSA and we picked up our first bag of locally grown vegetables. Everything looked great and I can't wait to see what else pops up over the summer months.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strawberries Everywhere

My mom and I went strawberry picking on Saturday. We have a local farm that has a pick your own section and we were able to stock up. Whittaker's Berry Farm was such a nice place to pick. Even with all the rain we had, the rows were covered in straw and everyone was so nice and helpful. I would definitely go back again next year.

The plants were loaded with strawberries so it didn't take long to fill up our boxes. We were given boxes to use. My mom used one box and I opted for two. Can't say that I will do that again.

I may have overdone the picking. I ended up with around 20 pounds. It was hard to stop picking because there were always more yummy looking strawberries.

I spent the rest of the day in the kitchen making all things strawberry. I did make these wonderful looking Strawberry Swirl Pound Cakes. These are both packed away in my freezer. I also made two batches of freezer jam. It is so easy to make and so yummy! I use the directions in the Sure Jell package.

Luna does not like when I ignore her all day, so she tries to make sure I don't forget her. She often stands between me and the counter when I am cooking or baking.

Even at the end of Saturday, I still had an abundance of strawberries. It was a little overwhelming. By mid-afternoon on Sunday, they were all put away. I was so strawberried out that I didn't even keep any out to eat.

Luna and I felt the same at the end of such a busy weekend. I definitely wasn't ready to go back to work on Monday. But I love have a freezer full of summer strawberries!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pinterest Recipes To The Rescue

If you are like me, you have a ton of recipes pinned on various Pinterest boards that you have never tried. But the intention is there because they were pinned after all. I am working on trying to change that. There are some amazing recipes out there and this one that I tried is a keeper - Dr. Pepper Slow Cooker Roast Beef from Add a Pinch.

I really had a craving for a roast of some kind. It had to be super easy and not require a million ingredients that I would have to go out and purchase. And this roast fit that bill. It took all of 30 seconds put together and it made a ton. I even froze some of the leftover meat for later use!

I served the roast some mashed potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts and had a super delicious meal! Definitely give this roast a try!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Backyard Un-Beauty

One day, I hope to have a post titled Backyard Beauty. One day....

That day is not going to come unless I put quite a bit of sweat equity into the backyard I have now. I have a big backyard. It is a great size and of course, Luna loves it. However, it is far from being a relaxing hang out. There are few things that needs to be taken out like the rusted clothes hanger. Every time I mow, I am terrified that I am going to hit my head.

The previous owners of my house were an elderly couple, who I believe kept their yard up while they were physically able. I know they even had a garden for a while. Unfortunately, the remnants of the garden are still visible. I even found some rhubarb growing along the fence this year.

Last spring during my first backyard clean up, I found several barren spots where leaves had sat all winter in addition to the huge barren area on the right side. Late last fall, I discovered why the grass may have stopped growing. Because of the trees in my yard, as well as my neighbors' yards, a thick carpet of fallen leaves covers the ground.

This pile of leaves is all from my backyard. Thankfully, they were out by the curb in time for the city to pick them up.

This year, I am seeing a little bit of growth where there had previously been nothing. I am going to put grass seed down in the fall and probably again next spring. In the meantime, there is plenty of work to do as my yard moves forward to become a backyard beauty.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Learning to Breathe, Pt. 6

Happy June!! I don't know where you live, but in Northwest Ohio, it is cold today. Like, cozy sweatpants, long-sleeve shirt and warm slippers kind of cold. Thankfully, this cooler weather will be short lived! I am not a huge fan of the heat, but some warmer weather would be great.

Do you have big plans for the summer? No big summer vacations are in my calendar for this summer. But I am looking forward to something that will be happening in the next 2 weeks. My new precious niece will be arriving on the scene! No words can truly describe my excitement. My mom and I will be making a trip to Wisconsin in early July to love on her.

In the meantime, I am feverishly working on a baby blanket that I have been very lazy about completing. One thing I really enjoy about knitting is the evidence of something accomplished. It isn't finished just because I knit a row, but there is visible progress.

I don't know if I am really making any progress in learning to breathe. The busyness and monotony of life sometimes takes away the moments of quiet. In those times those moments are needed the most. Hopefully, as the summer really kicks off in full swing, those moments of quiet can really be appreciated and enjoyed.