Zelda’s brother visits Alaska

July 6, 2016 by meg | 0 comments

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canoeing

September 9, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

Untitled we went and it was awesome. the pictures really speak for themselves. couldn’t have asked for a better outing all around. more pictures are here (just scroll to the bottom of the page to see the new ones of our canoeing adventure). UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitled
oh, and a video of zelda rowing the boat with her driftwood oar and singing. sorry for the vertical video, but it was the best i could do without rocking the boat.

how our garden grows – cooking and foraging

August 26, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

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spinach heart

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foraged and home grown salad (except the plums and nuts)

we’ve had a banner summer in the garden.  that combined with the eggs our chickens produce, berry picking and dip netting, our freezer and pantry are filling up with summer’s delights to enjoy until next summer.  it’s been a lot of fun learning more about edible plants and their uses.  i think my current favorite is the nasturtium.  i’ve made so much pesto and still have tons of plants to harvest.  the pesto is good on everything from eggs to pasta.  it’s also a good base to add in other greens.IMGP5381.jpg
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wild blueberries

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preserving wild blueberries in water. i can them in just water and they plump beautifully and are a delicious treat in the winter.

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trailside raspberries and rose hips and serviceberries from our yard

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trailside high bush cranberries

and berries! oh how we love our berries. we’ve picked raspberries, cranberries, serviceberries and blueberries this year. zelda can’t get enough of any kind of berry so to harvest them from the neighborhood and mountains has been a real treat.
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my berry picking assistant so proud of what she’s picked

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our giant fennel which was a gift when it was a seedling. i’ve replanted the roots and its already growing again.

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drying trailside yarrow and herbs from the garden

zelda has also been enthusiastic about the garden and plants, which has been a lot of fun. she knows different plant names and is an avid garden snacker. she really motivates me to learn more about the plants in our yard as well as those we encounter on the trails. she’s so inquisitive about them, which means i need to be ready to know what they are or help her find the answers. one of my favorites i’ve watched her encounter is fireweed. she asked what it was and i said fireweed. i said she could touch it and she said no no mama its hot. i explained it wasn’t hot at all but that it was called fireweed because of its bright pink color. after that before the blooms all faded away whenever she would encounter some she would tentatively approach the plant and ask if it was ok to touch. it was very sweet.
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so i’m sad to see the season coming to a close, but we still have a few gardening surprises like beans to harvest (our first time growing these), beets, onions and leeks to pull and potatoes to dig, which will be fun to do with zelda since we don’t know what we’ll uncover. we’re also having a small gathering on saturday for dinner and our menu plan is to showcase as much of our own produce as possible. i’m excited to see the results as i love cooking and creating from what we’ve produced ourselves. we’ll give you an update on that next week.

making our world go ’round

August 5, 2014 by meg | 0 comments


puddle cycling


we’re back! it’s still summer in most of the country for at least the remainder of august, but here summer is winding down in earnest. it rained yesterday and the forecast certainly suggests more to come. as we start to wind down our summer and get ready for the rainy season where the temps are still nice, but there’s lots of rain and lots of mud, oh and puddles, which we will stomp to our hearts content, i wanted to recap our summer. it’s been a great one. we’ve done all those quintessential summer activities and stayed oh so busy. i’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself and from what i can tell zelda and zach have too. here’s what’s made our world go ’round this summer:
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bicycling for everyone!
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the garden. i’ve never been so in love with my yard and garden. taking the time to get to know it and what’s planted in it a little more this year has really payed off. also, zelda has quite the interest in plants. she can identify a few and it makes this mama so proud. and if you need anything watered, she’s your gal. just a great garden helper.
walk like a duckon top of papa at the top of the passberry picking beautymy campers headed out until tomorrow so i can write my final.summer adventures. we’ve camped, mama’s been mountain biking, papa’s been fishing, we’ve been on road trips, seen friends and enjoyed the farmers’ markets.
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of course, zelda makes our world go round like no other, in fact she’s the center of it most days. what treat to watch her grow and change this summer. she’s is chatting up a storm, using more and more complex concepts and really asserting her independence. i love hearing her earnest “thanks” and her enthusiasm about her birthday next month, which she knows is in september and will tell you at every opportunity.