Saturday, April 18, 2015

what i want my children to know #8

be a life long learner and dreamer.  maintain your curiosity.  read. learn. do. share.  if nothing else, i hope your dad and i have shown you how to follow your dreams and teach yourselves how to reach always for the next step on your horizon.  dreaming and learning + trial and error = ultimate fulfillment.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pigs and Dogs at Play--Video Clip


Emerson is now spending almost all of his outdoor time out by the barn.  He hangs out and steadfastly waits until he can have several minutes of unbridled play with his new porcine friends.  I can not wait to see how they interact as Mabel and Penelope grow!

{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment that I want to pause, savor and remember.

This week a brief word.  Wishing my bright, smart, witty, creative, beautiful girl a happy 14th birthday!

Linking with SouleMama

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cooking Inspirations

What are your top cooking resources?  Epicurious is running a search right now for the top ten cookbook recipes of all time.  I am a sucker for cookbooks, cooking centric blogs, food television and I love the flipboard recipe e-zine.  Since the tastebuds began by picking a chef to emulate each month, and then grew into kicking up regional and themed cuisines as well, I thought it would be fun to look back at what cookbooks I reach for over and over.  My favorites ebb and flow as I discover new books.  A few staples are:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child  (of course!)

Fields of Greens, Annie Somerville

The Art of Simple Food, Alice Waters

The Barefoot Contessa

Jamie at Home, Jaimie Oliver

Culinary Concertos, Long Beach Symphony Association (comfort food recipes that I grew up with)

Where do you draw cooking inspiration?  What are your tried and true cookbooks or resources??

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

what i want my children to know #7

always keep your child like sense of wonder.  there is so much magic around you, allow yourself to find joy in it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

what i want my children to know #6

simple is not boring.  embrace the simple in this fast paced culture in which we live.  you may find that time passes you by far too quickly, and the simplest things are the most memorable.

Monday, April 13, 2015

what i want my children to know #5

actions speak louder than words.  do not take someones words simply at face value, observe them, see if they walk the talk, that will tell you volumes about what kind of person they are.  be sure that your own actions reflect and affirm the beliefs that you so passionately believe.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Meet Mabel & Penelope

Meet the latest additions to the farm!  After a few weeks of diligent prep work and barn transformation, these two gilts (Berkshire & Duroc)  now call our little farm their home.  As they are named, they will be somewhat permanent.   They will grow into piggy mamas who's offspring will be both pasture raised show pigs and bacon.  As they met just today they became fast friends instead of rivals, I think that is a great sign!  More soon!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Gloom of Growth

The first of the spring thunderstorms have come and gone.  The steely sky and steady rain  is a different kind of gray than what you grow accustomed to during the winter.  It is the gloom of growth.  The dark wet tree trunks are blooming with moss, raindrops are dripping luxuriously off of branches full of buds, the birds are singing, and as each rain filled hour passed, the grass greened more and more.  Today with crystal clear skies, sixty degree temperatures, and hundreds of frogs serenading us from the water filled ditches, you can just feel spring stretching her arms before us.

what i want my children to know #4

listen to your inner voice.  you know right from wrong and have a very strong moral compass.  there will be temptations that challenge you, but i know that if you stay true to yourself you will thrive.

inspired by kamana at capturing joy everyday


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