Monday, July 6, 2009

Market Days

I have found way too many things to post about lately! Sometimes I just have no idea what to write, but lately it has been a flood of fun stuff and pictures I love. I hope you all are baring with me. Although I haven't found the inspiration to do menu monday again. lol...

Yesterday was market. It was my last market for a couple weeks as I took the next two weekends off for the kids birthday parties! I brought home lots of great stuff again this week though, including: a 2lb bag of peas, and a bunch of fresh carrots, 2 small cabbages, a bunch of mint, dill, cilantro, parsley, and spinach, 1 lb fresh (FIRST!) tomatoes along with a big yellow one for slicing, 2 lbs cherries, and 1 lb peaches (also first!), 4 bunches of wonderful yellow beats, and 6 small zuchinni. Some of this was bought for the housewarming party we are having tomorrow, and some was bought for us to snack on. All looks AMAZING though! July and August are such fun months to live locally!

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Wild Berries are Ripe Again!

There is nothing quite as nice as eatables that are found fresh and free. :) My kids love finding wild berries on paths we go on (this path was pictured in this post) and eating them. Sometimes it makes other people nervous, but I try to teach them what to eat and what not to eat, right along with how fun it is to find wild food! Really, how much more local can you get?

These pictured are wild Salmonberries. There are two different varieties in Logan's hand below. Remember that Rubus berries are NOT poisonous. None of them. So when you find berries that resemble blackberries or raspberries, you can pick and eat them. They don't have any poisonous varieties. Now this isn't true of other types of berries... so for my kids right now, I still advise all my kids (even Alex) to ask before he eats anything... and if I don't know it, we don't eat it. In fact, we deam it yucky, and say that no one should touch it ever ever ever (the drama is for the berry eating toddler... just in case).

Logan posing for me so I could take a picture of the berries we collected.

And then, instead of eating one by one... he decided to shove the whole handful in his mouth. True toddler style. :)

Happy berry hunting!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More pictures of my pantry shelves

Ok, so now I really really love them. A lot. So funny how something you make, at first, all you can see are the things you did wrong. Is it too big for my space? Did I make it too wide? How do I support it without those ugly screws?

And then, after a couple days of using it and loving it, those things just go away. I don't even see them anymore.

I just see this: