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Katie @ Life With The Crew
Pennsylvania
Trying to manage to keep life simple and happy in a crooked, old, pet-filled farmhouse with an idea crazy dreamer for a husband!
Interests: Making good food from organic ingredients, living simply, running (not too fast), dreaming of traveling, sewing without patterns, photographing pretty things, and knitting with natural fibers. Oh, and cleaning up after my busy and curious little babe!
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Other than an afternoon thunderstorm, this is the first rainy day that we've had since we've been up here in Maine. Although the perfect sunny Summer days down by the water are our favorite kind of day, one like this - flannel shirt cool with a constant dripping sound on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Life With The Crew
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I hope you have as much fun this Summer weekend as this little bonnet clad babe had washing and hanging the laundry at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. And now for some blueberry picking. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Life With The Crew
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My mystery shrub. I don't know what it is, but it is beautiful. I had it for a couple of years in the shade and it struggled, but since the cherry tree came down last year, it has received a lot more light and it really took off. This is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~a yard full of natural joys. (The chipmunks, rabbits, and groundhogs are not included in that sentiment today.) ~a lovely evening by the lake (pond) with friends and a happy little babe in the water. ~a blooming bush full of big blue hydrangea blossoms. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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They only last a day, but the bees love them and they are beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Things making me happy... ~Elderflower blossoms, foraged from the side of the road by my husband. We left enough flowers to harvest berries later, but I wanted some flowers for tea. Thank you Hon. ~Returning home to a freezer and fridge full of good food and a lovely bouquet of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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I've been absent for two weeks from this blog and up until yesterday I didn't think that I would ever come back. Two weeks ago my Dad died and now that I am back to my altered reality, sharing in this space, to people that I will never meet, seemed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Life With The Crew
Well, I'm not going to be much help Cindy! I am not a recipe kinda gal, so it really is whatever I have on hand, and I don't have any set amounts. For the most recent batch, I used about 5 carrot tops, 5 garlic scapes, a handful of sage leaves, a couple of baby kale leaves, and a small chunk of pecorino cheese. About a teaspoon of salt and then olive oil until it is runny. If I had walnuts, I would have added about 1/2 cup. The scapes make it pretty garlicky. When I haven't had those, I use whatever fresh herbs I have: sage, chives, oregano. Every batch is different, but that is what I like best - it really tastes of the freshness of the season. Poppy likes picking everything for it, but not eating it. More for me!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on This Moment - Carrot Love at Life With The Crew
Thank you Lauren.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Just Eight at Life With The Crew
Some are more demanding than others about asking for that love. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Just Eight at Life With The Crew
Thank you CJ. And enjoy hugging your new little furry guy!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Just Eight at Life With The Crew
Hope you're settling into your new home.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2017 on Thankful Tuesday - 6.13.17 at Life With The Crew
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Snacking on rainbows* for her, feathery green tops for pesto for me. Love all around. Simple joys. *The burgundy colored carrots are Purple Dragon from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Under the dark skin is a bright orangey yellow interior. They are amazing! Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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The original pet cemetery had been converted into the little babe's dog-free play area, so we were standing under the hot sun in the weedy corner of the back garden, just inside the property line. My husband was digging up clay and rocks, our cat Anini was lying there on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~a reprieve from the chaos of the past couple of weeks. For some reason, things have been a bit calmer around here. The rain has stopped and Summer temps have kicked in. The cat with cancer is responding to the steroid and while we know... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Life With The Crew
There might be some chocolate and wine involved...but I indulge while standing up - cooking, folding laundry, and being at my daugther's beck and call. ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2017 on I've Been... at Life With The Crew
Thank you CJ. I remind myself that I am lucky that it is just "little things" that I am dealing with - my family is healthy and we live in a safe place. But also, stress is stress, I have to balance the feelings associated with guilty "me time" with getting everything accomplished in the day AND staying sane. Thanks for sharing kind words.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2017 on I've Been... at Life With The Crew
Back, but on no regular schedule. Squeezed in between tantrums and rainy days.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2017 on I've Been... at Life With The Crew
Christina - I'm having my allotted 15 minutes of computer time while eating breakfast, and your comment just came through. Your point about encouraging our kids to express themselves and giving them free reign to do that - and having that backfire somewhat - hits right at what I'm dealing with. Before having my own child, I observed the children of an Amish family that we are friends with. The children were quiet, well mannered, did what their parents asked IMMEDIATELY without any sign of (outward) complaint, and generally seemed like good kids. It was such the opposite of behavior that I see in typical American children. I declared that that was how I wanted my children to act if I ever had any. Well, when that day actually arrived and after I had spent more time with the Amish family, I can to change my opinion. Their culture is a subservient one - God is on top, then church, then parents, and children must obey all. I have wondered if the children feel stifled and how they would be if given the chance to speak their opinions about things. Perhaps like mine - a 4 1/2 year old who acts like an adult in somethings, but like you said, lacks the self control! I know there is a fine line/balance to it, and I feel like I have missed it and now all is out of control. I don't know how mothers of multiple children, like yourself, keep sane. More power to you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2017 on I've Been... at Life With The Crew
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~not blogging. ~weeding, planting, and defending the garden from marauders. The groundhog has breached the defenses. ~getting very frustrated with a slow and dysfunctional computer, but then realizing that it really isn't important. ~encouraging my sick cat to eat as much as she can. A mass was found in her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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The little babe and I desperately needed a dose of nature. It was a bad morning with both of us yelling and I needed OUT. So I did what I've found is a quick fix for us - packed up a snack, water, and said we're going on an adventure.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Life With The Crew
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Today I am thankful for... ~time spent with family and friends. ~greens from the garden. I thinned the carrot patch and forgot that I had planted red and purple as well as the regular. I can't wait to see these red carrots full size! There tops were whizzed up with... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Life With The Crew
We have Craigslist here, which I'm assuming is like Freecycle, but so may people don't want the "hassle" or to take responsibility for their actions, so they just chuck it into the trash and forget it. The thing with pets is that 9 is okay when they are all healthy, but then multiple sick pets makes me feel very out of control!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2017 on More Trees, Less Trash at Life With The Crew
Thanks CJ - it is nice knowing that there are people trying to do their part all over the world - sometimes I feel like I'm just blabbing into space. And the no nap thing? Really tough!!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2017 on More Trees, Less Trash at Life With The Crew