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Interests: I love being a stay at home mom. Alex & I go for walks, visit the library, explore creeks & parks, bake and paint together. I also love sewing- I sew children's clothes to sell in a baby boutique and cloth produce and market bags to sell in a local food store.
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We'll be traveling to Lake Michigan over Father's Day, so we celebrated early this weekend. We got crab legs and shrimp, and had a delicious meal at my parent's house. The boys each gave my dad a special coin and cards they had made, and we baked oatmeal raisin cookies for him. We had ice cream cones for dessert, and realized it was Eli's first time eating a cone. (We asked at the local ice cream store that we love, but their cones have milk in them.) It was a lovely time celebrating two great dads~mine and Nick. I'm so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Happy National Running Day! I celebrated by running with my best running buddy, Alex. We ran 2 miles, stopping along the way of course to admire a huge ant colony in a sidewalk crack, some wildflowers and a pair of robins calling to us from a pine tree. I love running him, and I hope he'll continue to enjoy it for a lifetime. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The organic stand where I get my strawberries at market said this will be the last week for our local berries, so I got another 5 quarts today. I wanted to try a recipe for Strawberry Oat Bars that a friend recommended, and to freeze some. While the bars baked I cut the stems off of 2 quarts and put them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once they're frozen I'll put them in a gallon freezer bag, and they won't stick together. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars: Ingredients: FOR THE STRAWBERRY BARS: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup flour (I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Last year we canned 16 half pints of strawberry honey jam, and it's been gone for a few months. So I decided this year we needed to can more. I've been keeping careful records in my household journal of how much I can each year, and including helpful things like that I used 14 quarts of berries to get 35 half pints of jam. Friday morning I went in to market at 6:30 and got a flat of 8 quarts of strawberries, and we finished up our jam making for the season. It was perfect weather for canning~cool with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I've been spending hours lately planning the boys next year of lessons. We school year round, in Pennsylvania we can start counting school days in July, so that's when Alex will start 3rd grade and Eli pre-K. I got the first 32 weeks planned out, covering traditional Waldorf 3rd grade blocks such as farming and gardening, shelter and housebuilding and First Peoples. The boys will be doing things like visiting the longhouse near us, doing a unit on time & measurement in January and going to the Clock Museum, weaving (on a loom for Alex and between a Y shaped... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We're participating in the Read the World Summer Book Club again, after we enjoyed it so much last summer. Based on the wonderful book "Give Your Child the World" by Jamie Martin, the (virtual) club reads about a country each week. In addition to learning through books, we also find the country on our wall map, try foods from that country, watch videos she provides and read the link about growing up in that country. We started with Africa this week~we read some fun books, tried goats milk after reading "Beatrice's Goat," and made an African groundnut stew for dinner.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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A wonderful mama in our Charlotte Mason homeschooling group started a kids book club for the summer. There are two books for each meeting, a picture book for the younger children and a chapter book for older kids. We read "A Bear Called Paddington," for the meeting yesterday. The boys loved the book, and had fun baking bear shaped cookies to take to share with our friends. My friend Nicole made orange marmalade that we enjoyed on crackers, and another mama brought honey candy. The kids had fun discussing the book and trying the Paddington-inspired treats. Then we walked around... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We invited ourselves to my parents yesterday, and the boys went fishing before dinner. We hiked down to the creek, and Eli was super excited to try out his new little fishing rod. Of course he fell in the water right away, but he was fine and still enthusiastic. We didn't see a single fish, but they still had fun. After fishing it started to rain, so they played games~Nick taught Alex how to play chess, while Eli played and Mom and I made dinner. After dinner they played Uno and dominoes. We had a wonderful visit, I love that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick is tired of hearing about this, so I'm venting to a larger audience. Our house sits back from the road about 200 feet, with a shared driveway, and our garage is down a hill in front of our house. So I do understand that can be challenging for delivery people like the USPS and UPS to find our house...but I'm at my wits end with lost/wrong deliveries. In the relatively short amount of time that we've lived here the neighbors have gotten our mail or it's been lost or delivered to our garage close to 10 times. As Nick... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Every May our library has their biggest book sale of the year, with over 250,000 books. The article in the newspaper about the sale said there were over 100 volunteers to get the sale ready, and they spent 10+ hours unloading and arranging three tractor trailer loads of books. I was one of over 100 people waiting in line for the sale to open at 7 a.m. yesterday morning. It's fun to see the dealers and bookstore buyers there with huge carts full of books, among the homeschool moms scouring the children's' section for good books. I was pleased with... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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My parents gave me a date with their babysitting services for my birthday a few weeks ago. This past weekend Nick and I dropped the boys off at their house on Saturday and headed to Charlestown, Md. for a blue crab lunch by the bay. We ate at the River Shack, an outdoor place where we had a great meal 9 years ago, when I was pregnant with Alex. After our meal we walked around the little town to the bay. It was cloudy and overcast, but still beautiful and fun to watch the sailboats. We had a lovely date... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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It got hot here this week. Alex has enjoyed tracking the temperature on a thermometer hanging (in the shade) on our sunroom. It got up to 94 yesterday! We moved a picnic table over to the other side of the house, since the table on our patio is always in the hot summer sun. We've been loving this shady little nook, and have eaten all of our meals there. We've also done the boys morning lesson, reading and played games outside. We've also been enjoying strawberries from our garden, the boys have been excited to pick about 10 each day.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick invited my parents over yesterday to celebrate Mother's Day. I baked cranberry orange scones, and Nick made roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, asparagus and avocado for us all to enjoy. After breakfast and playing our new favorite card game, Sleeping Queens, we headed out for a family hike. Last year on our Mother's Day hike we saw a beautiful red fox. This year we stood in the trail and watched Baltimore Orioles and Bluebirds swooping in the meadow and woods around us. We also saw a garter snake slithering off the trail into a rotten log. It was the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Nick took off work on Monday, and we headed to the preserve behind my parents house to fish and hike. Mom and I hiked on the trail while the boys fished. They didn't catch anything, but had fun anyway. I love this little bridge over the creek on the way back to my folks house, it's just down from the maple sugaring shack. Mom told Eli that the flowering May Apples are 7 years old, they have to be at least 7 to flower and get the little apple. The whole way through the woods from the trail to their... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I want our front meadow area to be woods, not grass that we have to mow. We planted 10 trees last year, and got another 8 from Go Native Trees in Manheim, a great source for local trees and bushes. Sunday morning we planted the Fraser Fir that was our Christmas tree, PawPaws, Hackberry, Winterberry Holly in the meadow and have Shagbark Hickory and Sweet Bay Magnolia to plant closer to the house. Alex also has about 10 trees to plant from his tree nursery, mostly maple trees, and I have some Elderberry bushes to plant. I love planting trees,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I celebrated my 36th birthday on Saturday with the best present ever, Alex ran his first 5k race with me. It was a perfect day for a run, not too hot & not too cold, and the course went through rolling farmland and ending downhill. We had so much fun! In the car on the way home from the race Alex asked when we can do another one. That made me so happy. Our crew said it needs to be 5 degrees warmer next time, they were chilly waiting for us to finish the race. We celebrated with spaghetti and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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As I've spent the past few days recovering and trying not to mope around the house, I've been so thankful for the beauty around us. This Azalea bush is covered in blossoms, and hiding in those blossoms is a perfect Robin's nest. When we open our bathroom shutters we can see right into the nest. Those Maple trees in a pot also make me smile. Alex's "tree nursery" is back in full swing, he has about 10 trees potted and ready to plant. Life is good. I'm thankful for the beauty in the day. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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My wisdom teeth and cyst removal went well last Friday. The surgeon was pleased that he got the cyst out in one piece, and I'll get the biopsy results back in a couple of weeks. While I was home recovering the boys took on a huge weekend project~with help from my parents dragging branches Saturday morning, their paid handyman guy for 7 hours and our neighbor they got the huge piles of branches from our backyard chipped. (This isn't even half of the pile!) As Nick worked tirelessly on Sunday for 8 hours putting the branches into the chipper my... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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I'm having wisdom teeth surgery tomorrow, and have been preparing this week. I am having general anesthesia, and am pretty terrified of that. It's been 10 years since I've taken Tylenol or any pain reliever, even after natural childbirth I used homeopathic and herbal remedies. I'll have 3 teeth removed~my upper two are partway out, and I have a cyst in my impacted sideways right tooth. The surgeon told me there is a 50% chance I'll develop a cyst in the other tooth, but since I'm "a decade too late for this surgery" (his words) he doesn't want to remove... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We've so enjoyed watching the Mourning Dove in the japonica bush outside our kitchen window. The babies hatched a couple of weeks ago, and the mama dove sits tirelessly, through wind and rain to keep them warm. We've been amused by the dove's sloppy nest building. They're using an old robin's nest, and didn't really add much to it. So now that the baby birds are bigger I've been worried they'll fall out of the nest, it's so small and flat. We found a chapter in a lovely book I recently purchased, "Among the Forest People," on dove's, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We met some friends at Long's Park this morning, where the children all had a great time walking around the pond. We saw turtles, ducks and lots of fish. I loved seeing them "fish" with willow branches: The trees blooming around the pond were beautiful. It was a lovely morning out with my boys and friends. I hope your day is full of sunshine too. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We started a couple beans in a canning jar with a moist paper towel on our kitchen windowsill a couple weeks ago. It's been fun to watch first the roots grow, and now the plant has it's 3rd level of leaves. We've been reading about plants, as we also planted peas and potatoes in our garden this week. "Eggs for the Hunting" by Reg Down was a fabulous chapter book to read leading up to Easter, the boys both loved it. I also found some wonderful vintage books. "All The Year Round" is a set of four books by Francis... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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Wage Peace Wage peace with your breath. Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds. Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields. Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees. Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact. Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud. Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers. Make soup. Play music; memorize the words for thank you in three languages. Learn to knit, and make a hat. Think of chaos as dancing raspberries, imagine grief as the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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The boys and I had fun dyeing crayon resist Easter eggs with natural dyes. After hardboiling the eggs the boys colored on them with crayons while the eggs were still warm. It's so fun to see how the crayon melts and glides on the egg almost like paint. Then we made two batches of dye~ blue using red cabbage and yellow using turmeric. Red cabbage egg dye: Chop one head red cabbage, put in pot with 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Turmeric egg dye: Combine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead
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We had an epic baking day a few Mondays' ago. While kneading our bread, Alex said he wanted to take cooking lessons, or maybe I could host cooking lessons. So while the bread was rising we chopped apples and I showed him how to make an easy apple crisp, which we baked on the woodstove. And since I used the full bread recipe that makes 4 loaves but only have 3 loaf pans we made cinnamon rolls. Delicious! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Adventures On a Suburban Homestead