Friday, June 29, 2012


 Normally have one moment to share from the week that I want to  stop, savor and enjoy.  This week I am breaking the rules a bit and posting more then one.  I haven't had much time for blogging because I am preparing for my musical theatre summer camp starting in a week.  With costumes, scripts, music and choreography taking up most of my living room and my head I will not have much time for blogging. So, for the next couple weeks I will not be posting as often, but I will try and post a few picks from the week when I get the chance. If you are so inspired, please leave a comment for me with your own special moment or moments and check out other memorable moments this morning at soulemama. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

this moment: who's on my shoulder?

This is a special moment from the past week that I want to stop, savor and enjoy.  If you are so inspired, please leave a comment for me with your own special moment and check out other moments this morning at soulemama. 

Give me your best shot at Better in Bulk

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2 week olds ( + coop update)

We are really playing mother hen to these chicks. They are all about 2 weeks old now and enjoying a little play time on the back porch each day since the weather has been so warm.

Jetta and Angel chattin it up!

Sarah snuggled with daddy

gimmy a kiss!


Spent few hours this last weekend working on the coop. Scout was happy to just sit and play with sticks while Pilot and his friend helped John with the measurements. 

And this is me with Angel......I think I am falling in love with these chicks. I guess I am really a farm girl at heart.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jetta's stuffed cheesy squash blossoms for breakfast

One of our favorite summer foods to eat is squash blossoms. We wait for those bright yellow flowers to bloom on our squash plants every year in anticipation of that hot, crunchy, gooey, salty goodness that they create when stuffed and fried and put on a plate. This year my seven year old has become the official squash blossom queen, making them all by herself. I just have to be there to make sure she doesn't pick every blossom off the plant. We still want a few squash too, although I think the flower has beet out the fruit this time. When picking flowers, pick the males and not the females so you still get all the squash on your plants too. You can tell the males by looking at the base of the flower where it attaches to the plant. Instead of a small fruit at they base developing, male flowers will have a long skinny stem. Leave a few male to fertilize the female flowers. Better yet, just take a q-tip and fertilize them yourself  before you cook all the male flowers up for breakfast. 
Jetta's Stuffed Cheesy Squash Blossoms

1. After picking the blossoms, pull out the stamen and make sure no ants are living in the blossom. If so, just relocate them. :) Next, whip up eggs, salt and pepper in one bowl and on a plate put some gluten free flour, salt, and pepper.

2. Fill blossom with cheddar cheese (or your families favorite cheese)

3. Dip in egg bath

4. Dip in flour mixture

5. Place in butter -olive oil mix in hot pan. 

6. Wash hands

7. Fry on medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

7. Serve hot with a sprinkle of sea salt.

8. Enjoy!

9. Share!

this makes me very happy

Monday, June 18, 2012

happy dad, happy day

I am so lucky to be able to spend my life with my best friend. One morning last week over breakfast, John wanted to play a song for me that he said expressed exactly how he felt about me.  Of course, by the end of the song, we were both in tears and embracing each other. Although we know we love each other, sometimes with all the "have to's" in the day of a parent, we forget about "us". I was so touched by the song and feel that it really does express how we feel about each other, so I made a little slide show for John for Father's Day using it. Hope you enjoy and remember to tell your best loved one how you feel about them today. 

We spent Father's Day with friends, family, good food, and good conversation. John did a little work on the coop in the morning. (play time for him!)

A blueberry cake for Dad that Jetta helped me make.

And we got to celebrate the newest Father-to-be in the  family! 

I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day!