Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The water was a little cooler then it had been when we were here last, but it was still nice and refreshing. As we were walking back from our trip down the shore, a couple with their adult daughter was walking toward us. They also happened to be sitting near our beach tent where we were camped out for the day. The woman looked at us and said to Clint, "You have a very lovely family, just beautiful. It looks like you're having a great Father's Day." It was very sweet. And, I think it is very true too. We love each other so much- as husband and wife, but also our two boys of course. I'm not sure how people couldn't see or feel our love- it is sort of exploding.
After our time on the shore, we headed back home for grilled burgers and pasta salad. Porter helped me make fresh whipped cream from our raw milk- sweetened a little with maple syrup. Oh- SO good! We topped off our Summer Strawberry Cake with the cream. Perfect.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I made one batch last night and another today. I actually made two different kinds, one with refined white sugar and one with honey and grape juice. I didn't have grape juice in the house and was eager to make a batch, and didn't feel like running to the store. I had everything else on hand, so I went for it. Really easy, really quick to make. The sugar jam recipe I used called for 4 cups of berries and 3 cups of sugar- at least it was better than the 2:4 ratio.
These pictures make jam making with the boys slightly easier then it really was. The pectin and juice was boiling, I was stirring, Rowan started whining and the doorbell was ringing. The only time the doorbell rings is during kitchen activities or when the boys are sleeping.
This is this afternoon's batch, the recipe that called for honey instead of white sugar. Seriously, this one tastes better! It is delicious!
We had the other jam on our toast this morning. It was good. But I'll make this freezer jam from now on. The one with honey. I'll feel better about it when the boys are eating it too.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
We picked strawberries at Krupp's Farm this morning! 17 pounds. The weather was perfect, mild 67 degrees and sunny!
This was "opening day" and there were many families there gathering strawberries. Porter helped find the reddest berries and was great at sampling them.
He learned how a strawberry grows. He spotted the pretty white flowers, the small green berries, pink and red berries too. Then he talked all about how a strawberry becomes a strawberry.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Oh, but he is.
Rowan is just so precious. Our family has so much fun with him. Everything about him just fits in so well. He's relaxed, happy, interested in things- loves birds "ba ba", is noticing helicopters and jets, and points to everything else that he's curious about.
He takes two naps a day- and sleeps in the car too! Rarely does he cry in the car. If he's not sleeping, he's "just looking around" as Porter says.
When he was a little tiny baby, Porter would say, "It's ok Rowan, Porter's right here, it's ok" if he started to cry while we were driving.
Currently, Rowan and Porter are napping together in our bed. Sometimes I wonder if part of the reason Rowan is so content while sleeping and playing around the house is because Porter really is always close by.