Friday, March 21, 2008

He's home!

Michael is home, safe and sound. Praise God!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cloverleaf Rolls for St. Patrick's Day

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4-2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3/4 tsp salt
2 beaten eggs

Mix whole wheat flour & yeast. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt until butter just melts. Add milk mixture and eggs to flour & yeast. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Knead in unbleached flour until smooth and elastic. Let rise until doubled. Divide dough into 72 portions. Shape into balls & place three balls in each greased muffin cup. Let rise until nearly doubled. Brush tops with butter and bake at 375 12-15 minutes.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

sunglasses pouch

I sewed these little envelope style fabric pouches for the girls sunglasses today, using this tissue holder tutorial. I didn't use the exact same dimensions; I just eyeballed it.

I need to take some picture of the girls wearing their sunglasses!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Planting Peas

Today we put the first seeds of the year into the garden: peas, parsley, and radishes. It was also the first time Hannah was able to hold a fistful of seeds and place one into each hole without me directing each step.
Nora was cranky so we weren't able to get the lettuce, spinach, and beets in today. We'll try again tomorrow. I also need to figure out if I have any herbs or flowers that we can plant this early.

We've got rosemary, strawberries, and blueberries going strong. This will be our first year allowing the blueberries to fruit! And there's one parsley plant that overwintered.

I keep trying to convince Michael we need a fence. Notice the neighbor's pool in the background of the second picture? Ok, maybe it's the neighbors who need a fence. I sure could use one for corralling the girls while I'm working in the garden, though. Hannah is finally able to recognize landmarks as boundaries and stay in the backyard, but I'm running after Nora at least every five minutes. And Hannah could play outside by herself if we had a fence.