Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Baby robins

   The baby robins are finally old enough to leave the nest. This will be the 2nd nest of robin babies that have hatched this summer on our front porch from their little nest nestled among the climbing roses that climb up the side of our porch. Watching them daily from the living room picture window has been such a joy. I will miss them.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Berry Picking

 Today I was happy to discover that our raspberries are finally ripe. :) I noticed when I saw our resident Mama robin happily carrying a juicy ripe red raspberry in her beak to take back to her little feathered babies (pictured below) that currently reside on our front porch hidden among the climbing roses.

 Excited to go and check out the berries we grabbed our bowls and headed out to the berry bushes to go picking. We filled 3 bowls and then headed across the street to my MIL's to pick back raspberries, where we filled 2 more bowls. Then we headed home to make black raspberry cobbler.

   I tried out a new dairy free cobbler recipe since our daughter Gwen is now completely dairy free due to allergies. Unfortunately it didn't turn out too well though (ok, just not great :P), although Gwen absolutely loved it, so I guess it wasn't a total failure. ;) Ella about ate her weight in fresh berries, but I still have enough left to make some raspberry jelly and there are plenty more that should ripen later in the week.                                                

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sun tea & memories

  Today Miss Ella made herbal sun tea using some of the fresh herbs from our garden- chamomile, mint, pineapple mint, & chocolate mint. Not sure how great it will taste but she had so much fun making it who cares. :)

   I love that even at only 5 years old Ella has such a love of plants and gardening. She loves to walk around the yard and identify herbs and flowers in the garden. It reminds me of the time I spent with my Grandmother in her garden as I would follow her around and she would point out various flowers and tell me their names. I am very thankful for that experience and for such a caring, beautiful soul in my life growing up. Every time I smell the sweet scent of lily of the valley or see a happy, little blue bachelor button blooming I am reminded of her and of her love for God and nature. :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The first cherry from our cherry tree!

  We finally got our first cherry from our dwarf cherry tree that we planted 3 years ago. Usually the squirrels beat us to them. So this year we finally bought some bird netting. I'm hoping this year we may actually get to taste a peach from our peach tree too for the first time. ;)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My "new" kitchen chairs

Before & after photos of our curbside finds last week:



  It's amazing what you can do with some sandpaper, some spray paint, some time, & some good ventilation. lol