A look back on my favorite parts of the week…
There is just something about June. Memories of my childhood keep flooding my mind as I watch our girls grow and blossom under the summer sun. Grace learned to ride her bike this week and Sawyer is trying her hardest to walk. Our day consists of porch sitting, garden picking, playing in the sprinkler, and of course riding bike. Lots of fresh air, water and sunshine…just what childhood should be, I do believe adults benefit from it as well. Here is a list of some other things that caught my attention this week.
We have been picking strawberries for a few weeks and this week we picked the last of them for the season. So I just had to make strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream. A quick search on pinterest brought me to this Amish Shortcake recipe. It was so good I made it for dinner and then on two more occasions to share with family and friends who came to visit this week. Here is how I tweaked it…I used a glass baking dish and an 8 inch cast iron skillet. We all thought it tasted the best in the skillet plus it makes for a great presentation. I also used coconut oil instead of shortening and of course raw sugar for the white stuff. I will be making it again when peach season arrives. Mmmm so goooood!
We love our local library, especially in summer. I am always that person reading the bulletin board for all the happenings in the community. While we were there this week I learned about a local farm that uses horses for healing and therapy. Their services are free to families struggling with emotional children. I love to here about the good in our community. It is my goal to support local ministries and Green Meadow Farm is one that is on my list.
Sometimes Brook will bring me tokens of his love and appreciation for caring for our three children. Swoon! This week my gift was an old 1981 Reader’s Digest book about traditional American skills. Ha, I said old. That was the year I was born! This book is PACKED full of anything you would ever want to know about homesteading. It even has a tutorial on how to make a coon skin hat. Hmmm… I might have to start on my Christmas gifts.
I learned something new this week that has left me at the kitchen sink more than I wanted to be. I am an avid user of paper plates, as you know, because of our lack of a dishwasher. They are the toilet paper thin ones that just have to decompose quick. I really do not feel bad throwing them away. Then a friend told me they have formaldehyde in them. Well I try my hardest to rid this house of chemical toxins and that means I will be cutting back on my paper plate addiction. I said cut back. I did not say I would never buy them again. Hey, it is a start!