On the Range
August 13 - 19, 2013
- We have had a busy summer and are about to start a busy back-to-school, so I let the girls relax and have less activities this week. Lots of jammies and fort-building, and we set up a tent in the yard to go with their playhouse.
- We are thinking of doing our back-to-school shopping at a local market in Somerville this weekend. Union Square Donuts is coming! Maple bacon donut, here I come.
Milestones & Isms
- Vivi got frustrated while coloring this morning and said "Aw, Cinderella, you're killin' me, girl." I have no idea where she gets it.
- Charlie collects rocks of all shapes and sizes. Some are good finds, others are gravel. She does not discriminate. Yesterday in the car, on the way to blueberry picking, she said "I can't find my wock!"Nate responded "What do you need a wok for? Are you going to make Chinese food?" and she laughed as though he was ridiculous for suggesting so and said "Daddy! I can't make Chinese food, I'm not the man!" (i.e. the man who brings the Chinese food, I guess?)
- This is an interesting NPR Planet Money story about a new charity called GiveDirectly that sends unconditional cash sums to individuals living in impoverished villages in Kenya.
- Here's another NPR story about library funding in different states. We are lucky to have a fantastic interlibrary loan system in MA. I can get practically any book ever published, sometimes within just a few days.
- I love the honesty of this post by a fellow mom blogger. I have felt this way lots of times. "I'm a good mom because I love my kids, not because I'm getting that much right." Amen sister.
- Through the magic of Twitter, I am now informed about what a juggalo is. Lord help us all.
- We have been grilling up a storm over here, using up our summer cuts from the meat CSA. I'll be back later with some family recipes I've been experimenting with.
- I'm in full canning mode. Last weekend was salsa using local heirloom tomatoes. We made two varieties from a food blogger I love. Right now as I type there's a crockpot of blueberry butter in progress.
- Pickling is also in full swing. I'm thinking of doing radishes (taco pickles!) and sauerkraut in a mason jar this week.
- In Communist food news, Nate is planning to make Chairman Mao's favorite pork belly recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out. But one thing is for sure, it will be red.