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Sonja - A Tree by The River
Bonney Lake, WA
Wife, homeschool mama, soapmaker, knitter, crafter, chicken shepherd, farmer at heart
Interests: Knitting, gardening, soapmaking, crafting, following Jesus, reading, farming, homemaking
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The sweater is looking amazing!! Such a cool thing to be so close to every step of the process. Thanks for sharing!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2014 on Spinning Emily at SouleMama
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Just last night, as my hubby and I stood on the porch, looking out over our property, we talked about spring clearly being on its way and imagining all that it will be. Exciting and a touch overwhelmed, but it is ALL joy!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Sugarin' Time at SouleMama
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You look very prepared. Now hear me whisper in you're ear, "You've got this." ☺️
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on lamb watch at SouleMama
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Just started the same thing lost night! Dug out favorite cooking mags and cookbooks to liven up the menu. Decided to try the carrot/tahini soup from Smitten Kitchen, and a few other lighter dishes. I'm craving fresh greens and desperately wishing I had a greenhouse to start them. And thank you for your suggestions!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on in the February kitchen at SouleMama
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What a blessing and grand opportunity to have Peach for a time. And so exciting to look ahead to lambing! I'm reading Barbara Parry's Adventures in Yarn Farming. Love it!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on in the pasture :: comings and goings at SouleMama
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Seems like a perfect post on this auspicious occasion. And that photo? One to treasure, forever.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2014 on thirteen at SouleMama
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Good golly! That's dedication. It looks cozy and beautiful. Stay warm and enjoy that gift of "down" time. It's what I love about winter. Oh! And thank you for sharing the beautiful snow in the new banner. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on blanket knitting at SouleMama
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Yay! The season of living vicariously through your snow posts is here! We get snow on occasion here in Western WA, but nothing we can count on. I dream about New England winters. Magical.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2012 on autumn into winter at SouleMama
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And it dawns on me with this post that you are so dear to my heart because reading your blog is like reading a modern day Little House. Love. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on keep on keeping on at SouleMama
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It seems that with the arrival of fall, my reading and viewing selection has grown a little out of control. These are at the top of that list, but there just doesn't seem to be enough time. Slow and steady will win this race, as long as I don't add... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
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Time to make some more tooth powder! The picture isn't very good, but it shows the basic ingredients required: baking soda, sea salt, xylitol (keep away from dogs! very lethal!), peppermint essential oil and a vessel to keep it in. Though I won't go into the negatives of flouride here,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
Hooray, for knitting season! Our weather is finally turning to that oh-so-inviting knitting season here in WA. I noticed this morning that a couple of my favorite blogs' new posts aren't showing up on Twitter, just so you know. I usually see yours on there. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2012 on knitting along at SouleMama
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We are hard at school these days. With all three kids being teenagers, the load is pretty heavy. They are diligent and make their mama proud. There is an occasional grunt or growl of frustration, but they study hard and are learning great things. We sit together at the dinner... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
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Continuing to find ways to replace some of our favorite packaged items (though few) with homemade versions, I found a great recipe for ranch dressing mix. After some tweeking, I think we're close in flavor to our favorite store-bought package. After mixing the spices together, I noticed that the ingredients... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
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No news on the house, yet. But I've had such fun looking at this color fan from YOLO Colorhouse. Such wonderful colors and with the help of their free color help, I think I've made a few decisions. However, I think we'll keep it secret and do a "reveal" when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
Oh, how I love your "farm" posts! You help keep my fire kindled as we still wait (6 months now) for our little 5-acre homestead, short sale to close. And I'm always thankful for you introducing me to new-to-me music. I seem to live in a cave when it comes to music. Blessed week to you!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on in the pasture at SouleMama
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My photography skills are terrible and one can only do so much with an iPhone and instagram. Thank you! :)
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The changes of the seasons brings new life and a fresh perspective. Fall and winter are such a gift, to be able to reconnect, slowly re-energize. Thank you for reminding us of this! :)
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2012 on settling in at SouleMama
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Sunday was soul-inspiring beautiful. A "shame to ignore it by staying inside" kind of day. So I took myself,sunglasses, a bucket, some hot water and a knitting project out on the deck. Just a short while later, I had a finished, felted project. So fun to see the transformation! Swish,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
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Trying to get back into making more things from scratch, I passed up the bagged potato chips in the store, determined we would make our own. Not a new skill, but certainly one we don't use often enough, considering how easy it is. My youngest son will occasionally make a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
You may notice a change to the blog design. Times are tight and I felt I needed to cut costs where I could. I think this free version Typepad offers is sufficient for now. I have been so pleased with Typepad and hope to get the full version up and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
Happy 36th! They only get better each year. And I'm so impressed that your "water" jars fit in the car cup holder. Mine is always rolling around with the lid on. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2012 on the september shuffle at SouleMama
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Today, I had menu planning idea struck me and it's not even the week for it. It's the simple things, as a homemaker, that can really make your day. At times, our list of 75+ dinner ideas seems boring and dull. Top that with the occasional lack of motivation in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at A Tree by The River Farm & Soaps
With no garden here this year, weeding sounds wonderful! Who ever thought that would happen? If an ocean of land didn't separate us, I'd offer to do it for you, just to get my toes dirty and break a garden sweat, my favorite kind. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2012 on wednesday work at SouleMama
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I'm so curious about trying them roasted! Perhaps I'll find some at the market this week. Any tips or favorite recipe? For other veggies, I toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, sometimes garlic.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2012 on harvesting :: radishes at SouleMama
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