• Farmlife,  Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – September

    We harvested honey recently and it turns out that we had way more that we expected. It was 92 pounds. Oh my word! We were quite unprepared for that much honey, so currently every stock pot I own and a large metal bowl are full of honey… and that is besides the 5 gallon honey bucket that is already full to the brim! No complaints though. We are thankful for the abundance of honey. The summer garden is quickly coming to an end. Here in the gorgeous pacific northwest the leaves are changing color and we are already having to bundle up a bit to keep safe from the cooler…

  • Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – August

    Well if July was crazy busy than August was even worse. But in a good way. So much fun… but oh so little sleep. Once again we hosted several events (hey, we have to take advantage of the sun while it’s here in the beautiful PNW!) Two of those special events were are a birthday party for my wonderful mom and our sweet daughter’s minnie mouse birthday party with friends and family. It was a sea of red, black, white and polka dots. She was beaming from ear to ear. When we moved to this beautiful home with acreage our intent was to host events here as often as we…

  • Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – July

    Good grief was July ever busy! That’s OK, but it certainly did cut into how often I could dedicate time to the blog. Between either co-hosting an event at someone’s home or hosting events at our home, every weekend was taken up. Fortunately the garden was at a place where it needed water, occasional deadheading and some harvesting. Other than that all other projects could wait if necessary. Except for the zucchini. It stops growing for no one. No joke, I picked one that came up to my knee when upright. My knee, people. The chickens got to enjoy that one. In other news, the cut garden is perking up…

  • From My Heart,  Garden,  Summer

    His Faithfulness – Notes From The Garden #2

    I’m trying to be patient waiting for spring. In the meantime I am reminded of the beauty of summer from this short journal entry from September 8th of last year. Enjoy! Great is Thy faithfulness – do you remember this gem of a song? Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! Nestled right in the middle of this classic hymn is a verse that speaks to the wonder of how creation itself reflects his glory.  Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,Sun, moon, and stars in their courses…

  • Farmlife

    Notes from the Garden #1

    I am longing for spring over here. So while I wait oh so patiently for warmer weather, enjoy this journal entry from the end of summer last year. Today was one of those glorious days where warm weather converges with cloudy skies, an off and on drizzle and a slight chill in the air. It provides respite from the hot summer days and hints at fall without completely taking summer off the horizon. My little Miss wanted to harvest strawberries from her own garden for dinner. She took off with her basket and returned not only with several ripe berries, but chives and a large Zuchinni. She was bold picking…

  • Food,  From My Kitchen,  Tablescape

    Red and White Country Tablescape and Blackberries with Overnight Oats

    Saturday night my little love asked what we were going to do before heading out for church the next morning. Since our property is just starting to produce a bounty of ripe blackberries we decided to go berry pickin’ as a family in the morning.  After she headed off to bed I decided to set the table all cute in red and white gingham and surprise her. She loves fancy tables and dinner parties. This little breakfast would be enjoyed by just the 3 of us, but it’s important to do fun little things with just family as well. The tablesettings were simple but oh so farmy and cute! Red…

  • Farmlife,  Uncategorized

    Zucchini… Good Grief! What will I do with it all!

    The weather has finally shifted here in the Pacific Northwest and it’s been ideal for ripening the summer crops. We had a wet and cold start to the summer. The last few days have been unbearably hot for me, but the garden has been very happy! Our view is very clouded by the smoke from BC. Our prayers go out to those who have been affected and those who continue to aid in the efforts to end this.  Here is a picture of the yummy food harvested this evening. From left to right: Yellow “Cheddar” cauliflower, zucchini, kohlrabi, small pepper, 1 cherry tomato, green beans, yellow summer squash, Walla Walla onion, huge turnip,…

  • Mom Life

    Beach Musings

    We were at the beach on the pacific coast. The winds blew hard enough to need my ears covered, but light enough to be out in a long sleeve tee and rolled up jeans. No heavy jackets were needed that day. Little girl was running in and out  of the water with no care for whether or not she was soaked or sandy. Her squeals filled the air as she hopped from tide pool to tide pool and then ran into the shallow waves that lapped the glittering sand. The sun was not close to setting and yet there was this glorious feeling of the softness that the evening rays…

  • Uncategorized

    Why Is Summer So Hard To Decorate For?

    Picture me standing up in the middle of a group and solemnly saying, “Hi, my name is Emily. And I decorate my home for every season. I am known to decorate more heavily for some seasons, and I am not ashamed of it. But I struggle with decorating for the summer months.” And this is where all of you that belong to the same support group that struggles with summer home decor say, “Hi Emily.” and we have punch and cookies while commiserating.  My home is my playground, so I am always getting some harebrained idea and moving decor and furniture around. But after the cute spring decor goes into the bin…