Tag: summer
June 2014 Outfits

I wish I had some great insights to offer for last month beyond noting that Hannah’s fingerprints are a constant presence on our mirror.

June went fast. Hannah had three weeks off from school before starting the summer program, and now suddenly she goes back on Monday. July 4th has come and gone (and we had a great one, more on that later). The weather went from getting away with long sleeves to straight-up tank top and flip flops weather.

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When peach season fired up last month, Hannah and I made a pilgrimage to the nearby Battleview Orchards to load up.

Read more on Peach Cobbler…

So I’ve been on a total Laurie R. King kick lately, working through audio books of the 7th and 8th Mary Russell novels. I love these books enough that when I get to the end of the series I may very well start over. They are perfectly English in all the best ways, witty mysteries with eccentrics, glorious details, tons of wit (my mentor Dee recommended them when I was in grad school). They are absolutely perfect during the chilly months of the year, but when we had our little cold snap here the past week or two (it dropped into the 60s!) I kind of had a hankering for them.

However, since most of my listening happens in the car with a certain toddler present, she has been voicing her own opinion about what we listen to. Loudly. And her opinion is that it’s too hot for intellectual genre fiction. She wants beach tunes, with the occasional song thrown in just to up her street cred.

These are the songs that keep her from yelling at me in the car, from her Spotify playlist.

Read more on Hannah’s Summer Jams 2013: The Playlist…

Raspberry Muffins. I made these last September (I had to check the date on the photo for that one), just swapping blue for rasp in my favorite muffin recipe. And I’ve been thinking about them all night.

Read more on You Know What’s a Pretty Good Substitute for Blueberry Muffins?…

I loved today. Such a great summer day, and a great unwind after some stressful work times. Tuesday is my last day of work, so I’ve been closing up the library, saying my goodbyes, packing up and hauling home all of my personal work stuff. That has occupied a lot of my thoughts the past week, so today was a really nice respite. At this point I am mentally done and gone, I just need the days to physically end.

Read more on It’s Summer, Alright!…

Other posts on this project: Beach Quilt Do Over, Beach Quilt Pt. 2, Beach Quilt Pt. 3.

The quilting is all finished on this, and I’m putting on the binding right now. Then, I’ll just have to wash this and try it out. Here’s hoping for some nice beach weather tomorrow!

Read more on Beach Quilt Pt. 4…

Other posts on this project: Beach Quilt Do Over.

The pairs of 18.5″ x 2.5″ strips for this quilt have been pressed and turned into sets of 4 strips and laid out so I could arrange the quilt top.

Read more on Beach Quilt Pt. 2…

We had a horrible storm here yesterday. Thunder, lightning, a big pelting hailstorm. A nearby crack of lightning killed my computer. It’s completely fried, along with two other gadgets and the network ports they were attached to in Adam’s technology cave (also known as the laundry room closet). I’m currently posting from our library computer, which I’ve usurped until my new parts get here and Adam can fix my motherboard (I sound like I know what I’m talking about, right?).

Read more on Storms and Sweet Cherry Pie…


Other posts on this topic: Strawberry Week Day One: Strawberry Hand Pies.

Okay, this recipe was the main event of my strawberry mania this year. I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe to make 6 big jars of seriously amazing jam. And it was actually pretty easy and straightforward. I do love canning more and more these days.

I had 12 ounce mason jars instead of 8 ounces, but for some reason I ended up with only 6 jars of jam from the same recipe. I think that’s plenty, though.

Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Jam

5 pints strawberries, hulled
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, strained
1 1/2 (49-g) packages powdered fruit pectin (**this is basically 1.5 boxes of fruit pectin, each little box had 49g in it)
10 1/2 cups sugar

Canning supplies:
Large canning pot (large enough to completely submerge the jars in water–**I use my big stockpot)
Canning tongs
Twelve 8-ounce mason jars with lids and screw-on rings (**I ended up with 6 12-ounce jars, go figure)
Wide-mouth canning funnel
Canning rack to go inside the pot (**I use my pie weights on the bottom of the stockpot)

Read more on Strawberry Week Day Two: Strawberry Jam…

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