Sunday, July 31, 2011
Growing up it was Saturday morning pancakes. Here in this day and age its Sunday morning waffles. At least since I got my much dreamed about snazzy waffle maker last Christmas. Waffle morning is now anticipated and much awaited. Most Saturday nights a typical conversation between a three year old, five year old and thirty-two year old (Phil) includes the line "tonight is Saturday night which means tomorrow morning is 'WAFFLE MORNING!" We serve them up many ways: with fruit and whip cream or butter and maple syrup. Occasionally I'll make fruit syrup with various kinds of fruit heated up in maple syrup. One thing is certain, two small members of this family always need waffle faces for breakfast. This particular morning we are enjoying peaches and black raspberries (freshly picked) with a little whip cream. Hope everyone else out there is enjoying a good, peaceful Sunday morning.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I think too often as a parent I have a tendency to want to 'fix' problems for my children. To fix the crying and handle the problem myself because it's faster, easier. (Why I always feel in a hurry is a really good question for another day) But in the three minutes it took to ask what the problem was and help her solve it, we both learned a lesson. I count that as yesterdays small victory. I look for them everyday. Then when I make a mistake I can remind myself that I am human too and there will be another small victory later in the day or tomorrow.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
My Dad got us into fly fishing when we were kids. I've never been 'great' at it but then that really isn't the point is it. There is nothing like standing in moving water in nature with only your thoughts and the birds and burbling water.
My brother Matt lives in China. It's been far too long since his last visit. But finally this past week he joined us for a few days. I figured fishing in the Rockies would provide some clean air to repair his lungs from all that China, city living. (And who could resist those mountains?! Not that I'm trying to convince him to move to Colorado or anything...) We spent the day in the river. This was one of just a few in the area right now that is low enough to fish. We have had record snowmelt and lots of rain. Even here we fished from the bank much of the time. Just before lunch the rain clouds rolled into the valley. Thunder echoed in between the mountains. Eventually the rain clouds opened up and drenched us. It was heavenly. Nothing like spending a day in a river to refresh the soul.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Cameron balloon. I like Cameron balloons because I grew up near their shop in MI.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Having a garden is good for so many reasons. Best of all is that I can't get the girls to stop eating veggies. What is it about picking something out of your own garden? I could buy a never ending supply of vegetables from the grocery and they wouldn't touch half of them. But let them go crazy in the garden and there will be nary a leaf of tatsoi or a carrot left.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
sour cherries at the back of the freezer a couple days ago. Those cherries, all defrosted in the the fridge begged to be used this morning. As the title would suggest I used them to make pancakes. I added some vanilla, a couple tablespoons of honey and a generous helping of cherries to our usual pancake recipe and then made cherry syrup to go on top. The syrup consisted of berries and juice in a pan on the stove with some maple syrup thrown in for sweetness. I've already had two plates but I may go have another. If the kids don't get up soon they may miss out.