Friday, June 28, 2013

Spring Pictures Update

Its dark and rainy outside, while I wait for my dry beans to process in the canner; while my kids do their math for the day, yes they are studying math through the summer this year; I will share a few pictures.
Summer has been slow coming here to Downeast Maine. We've just started feeling warm weather about two weeks ago. So even though July is just around the corner, spring was not too long ago here for us.
The first batch of chicks that hatched in April, growing.

Math in front of the woodstove with a crown of coltsfoot flowers (the first flowers of spring) made by her big sister.
Fairy houses made by barefoot kids, excited to finally feel some warmth after a long winter.

The new chicks were introduced to the big chickens, and integrated into the coop quite easily.

Chickens, chickens and more chickens.

I love the color in this photo.

mini kid-sized camp fire made by my nature girl

Chicken lover.

Copywork on a rock
Family target practice with bb guns, bows and arrows and you cant forget water guns.

Mr. and Mrs. Moss
The kids called me outside one afternoon and this is what I found. Nature dress-up? I don't know 
but a good opportunity for some funny pictures of my favorite people.

New glasses
Oatmeal Volcano!!!

Our first successful hatch all on her own! Our bantie, named Lemon, labored for 21 days and it paid off! 6 out of 7 hatched perfectly. She's a wonderful mother too. It is amazing to see her take such care of these tiny motors that zip around peeping constantly.

Now we have 26 chickens.
This one is named Silver.
 Making a cake completely on her own for the first time. She made a lemon cake.
 (don't look at the messy kitchen :) )

Kids in the lupine and a view of our garden in the back round
Dirty clothes,
Dirty fingernails,
Dirty feet and shoes,
Complaining children,
Cranky momma,
Buckets, shovels and poop,
Sore muscles,
Sun headache,
Too many weeds,
Too many deer,
No fence.

And I call this fun year after year.

Planting corn.
More corn.
What helpers I have this year! They are amazing little garden workers, most of the time.

In these pictures the kids are scattering white clover seeds as a green manure crop in between the rows. I did this for a few reasons: so I don't have to weed and to deter the deer from eating what we plant (this may backfire by attracting the deer but I think backwards sometimes).


All planted!!!

The future greenhouse, more work to be done.

My Jamie picking me flowers.


Now, to enjoy summer!

Friday, June 21, 2013

On the Fly Mac N Cheese

This simple recipe was born out of necessity. It was one of those days when we needed something quick and I was scouring the cabinets toward the end of the pay period.
I found pasta shells, some butter, a third of a package of cream cheese and a small piece of cheddar.....etc.  It came out surprisingly well, mild and creamy, similar to Annies shells with white cheddar. Paired up with some greens we picked in our field (more on that soon) it made a great meal.  My kids generally do not like macaroni and cheese, I have two fans out of the four and if I make it they only like it from the box, So I generally do not make it. So this, pleasing the "only-from-the-box-fans" was a huge feat. I'm still not sure if I've actually created something new here (probably not) but it was fun to have this successful simple meal.
Yesterday I repeated my throw together recipe on purpose for lunch. They liked it again.
 So here's the in-exact recipe.
cook and drain a 1 lb box of small shells
return the pasta to the pot and mix in on med low until everything is blended till desired consistency :
1/3 of a bar of cream cheese
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 tbs butter
3 splashes of milk (probably 1/3-1/2 cup) or more to make it more creamy
1 tsp salt or to taste
sprinkle of pepper
and a good shake of Parm cheese is nice. 
Notice all my pretty bouquets, to me nothing is prettier than a handful of wildflowers stuffed in a jar, given by the ones I love.

 Let me know if you try the recipe and how you like it.

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