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Narnia

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Words & Photography
by Amanda Pahls



...but they can still go to Narnia.

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Learning New Ways

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Words & Photography
by Alyson Morgan



We’re adjusting to a new “normal” and it hasn’t felt easy. On one hand, I want things to feel like they were before, but life is far from it, and our new routines and rhythms haven’t quite fallen into place. Not being able to walk to the coop together, see friends, gather in community, and have time to ourselves...we are spending more time in our living space. Slowly but surely, we are learning new ways.





One thing that I’m getting the hang of is how to incorporate little hands into daily and weekly chores. Things I’d do myself while they were out of the house or at school, we’re doing together. I remembered in Waldorf education the idea that tasks and chores that we find tedious are fun for littles.
One thing that I’m getting the hang of is how to incorporate little hands into daily and weekly chores. Things I’d do myself while they were out of the house or at school, we’re doing together. 
So yesterday I filled our bowl with soapy water and pulled out rags and brushes and we got to work on the kitchen floor. The kiddos had great fun, splashing and scrubbing. Magnolia has been taking a turn at dishes here and there and it’s been helping to lighten the load. It’s a lesson to us that we all need to lend a hand to care and tend for our home.

How are you adjusting to a new “normal”?

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Rhubarb-Strawberry Quick Jam

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Words & Photography
by Carrie Huseman



I don’t know about you, but when things get to be a bit much, taking a few quiet moments to stir a pot, or knead a ball of dough, or tear the leaves from a sprig of herbs brings me back to a place of peace. And so it seems appropriate that I’ve been doing lots of the sort lately.
I don’t know about you, but when things get to be a bit much, taking a few quiet moments to stir a pot, or knead a ball of dough, or tear the leaves from a sprig of herbs brings me back to a place of peace.
With the arrival of spring, I’ve already got jam on my mind and am antsy to get to. It’s a bit early for most kinds, but this rhubarb-strawberry quick jam is always my first of the season and just the thing to make as soon as I can fetch some fresh rhubarb. I’m not sure what this year will hold, but in case you might be lucky enough to come across some in the months ahead and wish to make jam too, I’m noting the recipe here. Hope you are well, friends.

Rhubarb-Strawberry Quick Jam

Ingredients
1 cup (4 oz) chopped rhubarb
1 1/2 heaping cups (8 oz) hulled and chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons pure cane sugar
1 teaspoon loosely packed lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
sea salt, to taste (optional)

Directions
1. Combine the rhubarb and strawberries in a small saucepan.
2. Add the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
3. Add the teeniest bit of salt if you wish, just enough to bring out the sweetness of the fruit.
4. Set the heat to medium-high; cook until the mixture begins to bubble.
5. Reduce the heat a tad to a simmer and let it go until it breaks down and gets jammy, but before it begins to stick to the bottom of the pan.
6. Remove from heat and cool. Store in the fridge and use within a week.

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Activities

Monday, March 30, 2020

Words by Carla Thompson
Photography by Stefanie Keeler



Thinking of activities for our “extended” spring break, especially around the home. Trying to keep a 3 year old entertained, active, and engaged is not an easy job! So far we have watering plants, back yard hangs, doing puzzles, and baking on our list of our activities. We are going to throw a farm day in the middle because mama needs time outside.
Thinking of activities for our “extended” spring break, especially around the home. Trying to keep a 3 year old entertained, active, and engaged is not an easy job!
What are some of your best home activities with your kids?

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Room Plan

Friday, March 27, 2020

Words & Photography
by Jenna Marlar



You wouldn’t believe this...

Here we are knee-deep in designing and brainstorming for three separate bedrooms (and not gonna lie, on this timeline, I felt the pressure!)....and suddenly in one day, within minutes, this glorious room plan just fell into place.
Minutes, like I’m telling you....5 minutes later - my client texts me a picture of this dresser that she saw ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD while she was out jogging. I could not believe it.
1. I saw Levity Tomkinson's story highlighting the divider panels and the nightstand coming up on her vintage sale...and immediately wrote her, “I NEED THOSE, how much?!!” My client had a bed that we couldn’t just buy a standard bed frame and headboard for, so I was specifically looking for a headboard and something really fun that made a statement.

2. Minutes, like I’m telling you....5 minutes later - my client texts me a picture of this dresser that she saw ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD while she was out jogging. I could not believe it. I wrote her back, “OMG, stop!!!” and she said, “Should I go back for it?”

It doesn’t always happen like this but man, when it does you’re thanking the design Gods!!! Happy Friday ya’ll! I hope this story served as a little distraction for all the craziness going on!
 

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