spring planting in the backyard

The other morning the boys and I spent some time in the backyard tending to the plants. We trimmed back the herbs in Herb’s Garden, and replanted the rosemary to give it a better position near the drip hose.
IMG_4301We planted some new lemon balm and lemon verbena. We also requested that the local nursery hold a quart-sized lemon grass for us when the next shipment arrives. You may notice a theme, we are selecting plants that are natural mosquito repellents.

IMG_4300On a whim I got a six-pack of starter trailing nasturtiums and we’ve improvised a trellis for them to cascade down: some modified orange juice jugs with plenty of holes for drainage. We also have a pack of nasturtium seeds that the boys and I may attempt to grow as well.
IMG_4302Hopefully everything survived the planting process and I get the drip hooked up so everything is properly watered. Eventually I plan to procure some dill and basil, but it is still too early in the season for that.

Oliver’s 2nd tooth

Oliver lost his second tooth on Friday. It came out at school, while eating popcorn during snack time. Apparently it made snack time very exciting.

11070794_592112845082_5606490445856068972_nMs. Line made sure it got home safely.

10426118_592112840092_5828732176047083325_nThe second tooth that came out with the other bottom tooth.

10922782_592188368732_5813304987235962144_nThe tooth fairy dropped the ball on Friday night, but this evening she came through with a green piece of something — the guy at the store told me what it was, and I have totally forgotten what it was. I think we’re going to need to start a rock collection.

Happy Birthday Gavin, Enjoy the Raspberry Charlotte

Gavin’s birthday is today, which means, for one whole month we are the same age. To celebrate I made a Raspberry Charlotte, because I could.

It was not as complicated as I feared, and I’m saving the recipe in case I need an impressive dessert to share again.

The only thing I would do differently is get a better 8×8 baking pan.
IMG_3500We enjoyed most of it on Sunday, but enough remains for us to enjoy the rest of it this evening.

IMG_3506Happy Birthday Gavin!!

For those with a Cooks Illustrated online subscription: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/8278-raspberry-charlotte

For those without a Cooks Illustrated online subscription, someone has typed out the directions: http://www.treats-sf.com/2015/02/raspberry-charlotte.html

the super easy 1-2-3 skirt

Friday I took the little one to the fabric store to get bias tape to finish another project (a big long-term project, I’ll have a post about it eventually).

While I was there I was distracted and picked up a yard of fabric to make myself a colorful skirt (because I don’t have enough projects, obviously).

The fabric is cotton, with an 8″ band of elastic stretchy stuff along the top (the internet tells me it is called “shirred”), it was on sale (yay!) and it just felt too fun to pass up.

I also found a Simplicity Single Seam Sundress and Instructables on how to make your own shirred fabric which I will keep in mind for later (when I feel more ambitious).

Step 1: Hem/finish bottom
IMG_3483Step 2: sew a seam up the side

IMG_3485Step 3: take a lousy photo of the finished skirt in the mirror, my t-shirt covers the shirring.