Over the moon.

I got a sweet little gift this week.

“Look Mommy! I made you a quilt!”

Paper and pencil, only, but still just as precious as a fabric and stitch version.

And boy was she delighted when I told her we could make a real one.

(And boy was I delighted that she wanted to!)

She picked out the fabrics. (From Bonnie and Camille’s Bliss line for Moda)

I did the pinning with a little help from the boy.

I did the pedal, too. (She can’t reach it).

She guided the fabric, oh so carefully. I loved every minute.

And then, of course, it was naptime, which gave Mommy plenty of time to put the finishing touches on it. (Binding is Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda).

It turned out so cute, I’m tempted to keep it, except for the look on her face when I gave it to her.

Over the moon.

Turns out, that’s how I feel about teaching her, too.



Recipe: Easy Raspberry Freezer Jam

Remember how I said I was going to have too many raspberries? The time has come. In fact, I think there are still some out on the bushes now, probably drying up. Honestly, I picked as many as I could without evaporating. It’s HOT out there.

Anyway, I got a LOT.

And I had just learned how to make freezer jam from a house party my sister threw. It was easy. And yummy.

So easy in fact, that I decided it would be the perfect “activity” for my kids to do.

Turns out making freezer jam utilizes several skills that come quite naturally to three-year-olds.

Mashing things, for example.

Stirring something for only 3 minutes. (Even they have that long of an attention span).

Sneaking tastes on the side.

And smearing it on any piece of bread that will stand still long enough. Even if it is a hot dog bun.

Yum.

And all I had to do was pour it in the jars.

They even put the lids on and took them out to the freezer for me. (This was one of several batches.)

Raspberry Freezer Jam

2 T Ball Realfruit instant pectin

2/3 cups sugar

1 2/3 cups mashed raspberries

Mix the sugar and pectin thoroughly.

Add in the mashed berries.

Stir for 3 minutes.

Put in clean jars.

Put the lid on.

Freeze.

Doesn’t get easier.

 



nine years.

As of today, that’s how long Jacob and I have been married.

We met in junior high, at a track meet where he was the fastest 800m runner I had ever seen. I knew he had a thing for me when I teased him about something and he spit his mouthful of carrots on me. (I know, right?)

In high school, we were the only two sophomores in an AP US history class, so naturally the teacher thought we should study together.

We did.

Then of course, we did that awkward we’re-holding-hands-and-not-dealing-with-anyone-else-but-are-we-really-dating phase. You all know what I’m talking about.

He got spooked. Told me we weren’t dating.

I told him that was dumb.

So we dated. Then during our senior year of high school, we weren’t dating anymore. We graduated, went our separate ways for several years, but kept in (snarky) contact via letters. Yes, real letters. Not email.

When we finally met up again, we were dating within a month, and married within 6. It sounds fast when I put it that way, but really? It had been a long time coming.

As of this spring, I’ve known him more than half my life.

As the years go by, I realize more and more how lucky I am. He’s my sounding-board. My stability. He bends when I am stubborn. Gives when I take. Isn’t afraid to say no. And yes. Encourages my dreams. Makes them possible. Works hard. Doesn’t complain. Humors my crazy.

He even brings me Heath Klondike Ice cream bars when he runs late night errands. (And if that’s not love, what is?)

I love you babe. Happy Anniversary.



Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long: Playing Catch Up (Week 6)

I didn’t get 4 done like I was hoping this week. Only three. But at least that puts me at making positive progress, not getting more behind. At this rate I’ll be caught up by week 11, which is still fine by me.

I’m having fun with these. A LOT of fun.

But.

I’m starting to wonder if I should incorporate some solids in here. Some of these blocks could stand to have a bit more contrast, or perhaps just a showing off of a single print at a time. I wonder, would it look weird to start throwing some solids in now?

I guess I probably should anyway, simply because I’ll run out of my sweet Hope Valley before the end if I don’t. And that would be a disaster of epic proportions.

Or something like that.

Your thoughts?

April’s total blocks made: 7

How many to catch up: 5

 



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