Cherry Limeade

is her name…. Doesn’t she scream Summer? She was also super easy!

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Just when you guys thought I had given up sewing! Just kidding.

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I made her to welcome Lentil’s cousin who is due about the same time as Lentil. No, I have not yet made poor Lentil a quilt but she does have a lifetime to enjoy mama made…. this is what I tell myself to ease the guilt.

I will be delivering this to the machine quilter’s house today after our trip to the baby doc. I hope to have it back by next week to bind it and get it in the mail.

I borrowed my inspiration from Oh, Fransson who I think is brilliant but I made several changes along the way. Most of this fabric has been in my stash since the beginning. Pretty impressive, I did not go to the fabric store at all. I decided to make a quilt and wend down to the studio and made one with what I had on hand…imagine that!

Sorry for the crappy photos…at least I am blogging again!

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Summer Saturdays in Wisconsin

Totally rock!

Today my sweet Michael and I got up and went to breakfast at our favorite little spot. It’s called the Wooden Chair and boy it certainly has charm to spare!

The we headed down the side walk to the farmers market to pick up our produce for the week. I know I have blogged before about the virtues of growing your own food or sourcing it locally but really I can’t stress the benefits enough. It is far better for the environment, the local economy and for you plus there is just something so amazing about produce that had the chance to ripen in the field where it grew until the perfect time instead of on a cross country semi where it was picked weeks too early. It tastes better and has more nutrients. I also love the look of pride in the growers faces when they talk to you about what they have to offer this week and what will be ready next week. These people are my neighbors and I love supporting them with my money…and the tomatoes are unbelievable!

I always show up at the market with my own reusable bag, cash (lots of singles) and an open mind. I try to plan my menu around what is available now as opposed to going with a list and perhaps not finding everything.

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Today we got lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, basil, dill and a melon.

We actually grow a lot of this ourselves but due to our short growing season and our lack of a green house our harvest is not yet ready. The farmers at the market have awesome green houses to extend the growing season with…I love driving by the farms checking them out.

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On this week’s menu we have bruscetta (that basil is making my whole kitchen smell divine) Stuffed zucchini boats, a colorful salad to accompany the smoked gouda and artichoke heart risotto I want to make and a jump-start on my yearly pickle making.

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Even Sami approves!

Now I am hungry!

Grrrr

I am slightly annoyed and since I probably shouldn’t vent my frustration to the people annoying me (Must be a good preacher’s wife) I will take it to my blog…where I can just be me (warts, sarcasm and all)

I am getting pretty annoyed with the people who assume that since Michael is home he must have nothing to do. Hello! He works from home and actually has a lot to do. You see, as the teacher, minister and encourager to a lovely congregation of people here in Stevens Point he has lessons to plan, sermons to prepare, people to visit, his prison correspondence and on occasion (like now) a sister in Christ who needs a ride to the Dr. And should he manage to finish all that in a week he does have an extremely long honey do list that currently has very few things checked off, an extremely pregnant wife and a baby due in less than 8 weeks. He also works 20 hours a week at the hospital and has been enjoying his gardening time when he can squeeze it in. (Yikes, when I type it all out, even I feel sorry for him)

Michael likes having people stop by and especially those who have a need for counsel and such. However we have a few who have started popping by every day to shoot the breeze. One individual will stop by and stay for like 2 hours. There is no need that needs to be address, they are just bored or lonely. Michael is far to kind to ever say anything but I can tell the stress is starting to mount up. Plus we have to consider what this will mean when Lentil arrives. We are arranging our schedules so we don’t need to use outside childcare. We do realize this will require much better time management skills then we are currently employing. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!

But don’t worry, I’m not too nice to address the situation…..