Did a lot of work on our backyard today! We planted some pumpkins and carrots and also got a fancy purple tomato cage to keep the tomatoes from falling over. We also planted some perennials: lantanas, salvias and A mystery purple flower that I can’t find the name of. So far we’ve only had a mild slug problem in the garden and I’m hoping the gophers don’t discover all the plants I planted.
So I guess anybody who has a little girl should be prepared for a ton of headbands. I found myself in this predicament and decided I need to find a way to make them more organized. After making this simple do it yourself headband organizer, now my daughter is able to find any have been she wants much more easily. I love that she got to choose the fabric and design and it was something that we already had in our pantry.
We got around to planting the garden today and it was fun. So far we have tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, jalapeños, two kinds of sweet peppers, a zucchini and some herbs. We also have a blueberry plant in a pot. I’m seriously hoping the snails and Caterpillar’s don’t eat it all. Lex and I will be checking it for bugs and she’ll be helping me take care of it. I’m hoping this will be a fun family project for us over the summer! 🐌🐛☀️☀️☀️☀️🌱🌱🌱🌱
So I decided a while ago that I wanted to start making my own heathy snacks to replace packaged foods. This is one of my endeavors to get rid of foods with preservatives and incorporate more whole grains and seeds into mine and my kiddos diets. I have been loving granola bars lately and there is a homemade one at a coffee shop that I go to that is SO good so I was inspired to find my own recipe. I stumbled upon the blog Well Plated and found some great recipes, particularly a healthy Chia Granola Bar recipe that I modified. I love that these are a no bake recipe that can be kept in the freezer. Also, they were very easy to make as well as modify. I doubled the recipe because I’ve been super busy lately and want to have some snacks on hand, but here is a breakdown of what I included in mine:
1 1/3 cup creamy organic peanut butter
2/3 cup raw honey
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup organic black chia seeds
1/2 cup organic millet
1/2 cup organic dried coconut
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup raw organic chopped walnuts
To make, just mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the mixture into a pan and pop in the freezer. I cut mine into small 1″x 1″ squares so they are more like bar cookies.
The recipe is DELICIOUS and I love the combination that I made, however the possibilities are endless. Maybe next time I’ll try almond butter or some dried fruit for a different variety. The millet was the only ingredient that was completely new to me but I love it. It gives a great much needed crunch. These are definitely kiddo friendly and will give me lots of energy when I need something to snack on to keep up with these TWO kiddos 🙂
These past few months have been busy, but now I suddenly have tons of time on my hands after finishing classes for my Masters degree in mid July. At this point, I’m just getting ready for baby boy who could be due any time this month! I’m currently 35 weeks and Lex came right at 37 weeks so I could be getting really close. I’m doing some project planning for the fall and I think I’m going to try and finish my fair isle jacket that I started last year. It’s a Debbie Bliss pattern and it’s coming out beautifully so far. I’m hoping to have it done around Christmas this year. Another long term project that I’m planning is something that I’ve never attempted before: a shawl. I always see beautiful shawl patterns and I’ve only dabbled in lace knitting a little bit so I think this would be a fun challenge for me when I’m staying home with baby boy this fall (we’ll see how much time I have to knit lol). I’m going to make the shawl for my sister and she started this pinterest page to get some inspiration.
As far as baby knitting goes, I’ve finished all of the projects that I really wanted to have done and am currently working on Pepita, by Martina Behm, using a beautiful hand painted merino from Knitpicks. I’m very excited about it so far and am about halfway through the project. I made a hat for the little guy using some scrap sock yarn from a previous project. I did the baby sheep hat colorwork by Melissa Burt and I love the result! It seems like it will be a very warm hat which will be perfect for the winter!
It has become a tradition for me to knit a little stuffed animal for every new baby in our family. I unofficially started it, but I really like the idea of making a special stuffed animal just for new little ones. A few months ago I was brainstorming what to make for little guy and I decided what could be more perfect than an Alpaca! Fortunately, I found an adorable pattern by Rebecca Danger and it came out beautifully. I tied some jingle bells together and stuffed them inside it so that it will sound a little bit like a rattle. He doesn’t look much like an alpaca, but I think he’ll make a great companion for baby boy.
I just found this article in the San Jose Mercury News that has LOTS of great events for the summer. I need to make a point of getting out to more community events and festivals and this article had so much information about local events. I’m thinking Artichoke Festival, Kite Festival and maybe Boogie on the Bayou? All of them look like so much fun!!