Early June Happenings

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The Fagan home is abustle now that school is complete, and the long-awaited summer is underway.  We are taking full advantage of the crisp mornings by getting chores done and out of the way well before eight o’clock, and then we spend our time basking in the balminess of the afternoon warmth, sipping citrus-infused water and reading in the warm sunlight.  Sneak in there time for summer homeschooling sessions, baking some ambrosial honey-infused dishes, and testing out new homemade personal-care items, we have truly been filling those hours of extra daylight the summer so graciously offers  us.

Here are the happenings around here during this first week of June…

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~The peonies are in full bloom, painting our landscaping with breathtaking pink vibrancy.

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~Learning doesn’t stop over the summer months.  The girls and I spend the first hour or two of each day completing a few homeschooling lessons.  My heart melts when my little ones say, “I love summertime when you can be our teacher Mommy.”  Love.

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~I came up with a lovely vegetarian spin to a lip balm recipe I found in Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes.

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~A. MAZE. ING. “Everyday Oat Bread.”  Better watch out Tyler, because I think I have a new love.  The recipe can be found in Amanda Blake Soule’s The Rhythm of Family.

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~Our first attempt at growing hot peppers seems to be working out so far.  Fingers crossed.

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~I’m not quite sure if there is a better combination:  sun, wine and good reads.

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~My girls actually came up with the idea of drinking “fancy water” (as they call it 🙂 ) while we catch some rays outside.

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~A fairy garden in full bloom.  Such a beautiful birthday gift for a four year old little girl.

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~Salad for dinner with greens from our garden, topped with a dandelion vinaigrette.  The vinaigrette recipe can be found in Taproot Magazine Issue 1 :: Soil.

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~It’s strawberry time!  Woohoo!

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~Oh the garden…Always work to be done, but always a place of peace and beauty.

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~And for a snack after all of that energy is expended in the garden:  “Holiday Rounds” from Keeping Bees by Ashley English.  Another great dessert that uses no refined sugar.  Yummy.

What have you been up to lately?  Share a link to your early June happenings in the comment section.

What I’m Into This Week

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Whew.  It has been one of those weeks.  I know you all understand what I’m talking about…One of those weeks where all of a sudden you look at the calendar and realize multiple days have gone by without your noticing.  Yes.  That has been my week.

I think one reason for the craziness is I seem to have had my hand in a bit of everything this week.  So, with that said, here is what I’m into this week…

  • My girls had a few friends over and they made some Valentine’s Day ornaments using the “Salt Dough” recipe from Paula Deen’s My First Cookbook.
  • I just finished reading Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes, and let me tell you, it is a fabulous book!  It gave me a whole new perspective on homemaking as a means of ushering in social change.  Amazing.
  • I also just picked up another book by Shannon Hayes, Long Way On A Little.  It contains great insight into the world of eating closer to the source, and also has a ton of great recipes and project ideas.  Hopefully you will see some of this in action in upcoming posts.
  • It’s not only non-fiction on my reading list this week, I also just started reading Gone Girl for my next book club gathering.  It is a bit on the creepy side, but it is definitely a page-turner.
  • A dear friend of mine just passed along this link to a great homemade fruit snack recipe.  My youngest and I made four batches already this week and they are being gobbled up as fast as we can make them.
  • I started a crocheting project with wool from this farm.  It is working up nicely, and  rest assured there will be a picture of the finished project coming soon.
  • I’ve been perusing this thrift store and this one, and this antique mall lately for some new dishes.  I’ve come home with a lot of cute sweaters…and not so many dishes…ha.
  • My oldest daughter and I are looking forward to making quite a bit of cheese today with our kit from New England Cheesemaking Supply Company.
  • I want to redecorate our main bathroom, and I’ve been looking to make this project as the focal point of the room.
  • And last but certainly not least, I plan to try out two more pie recipes from A Year of Pies, my new favorite cookbook.IMG_0610