Friday, July 30, 2010
I like that my children eat and enjoy real food.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
We are still cleaning the Patrick County dust out of our tents and camping equipment, but our four days under the trees was a welcome respite from our usual routine. John and Ella camped for the first two nights and then went home to Granny. John wanted to spend most of his time in the Children's Universe, and Ella enjoyed getting her hair braided and her face painted. She did a yoga class and a hooping workshop and is contemplating wearing a bindi on her forehead every day of the third grade. The kids have a tendency to forget that this is a music festival, so I drove them home so that John and I could get out to some shows. Ruby loved Old Crow Medicine Show and finally feel asleep during Levon Helm on Saturday night. I didn't get enough time on the Porch this year but did catch Tift Merritt there and a few minutes of Martha Spencer's impromptu flat footing workshop.
We did catch the Wiyos and the Hackensaw Boys, old favorites, as well as Appalachia Rising and Cristabel and the Jons. John discovered even more Swedish bluegrass, but I'm yet to be convinced. We saw Kat Mills, a mama from our library story hour, open for Levon. Big time stuff there.
We returned home and bought tickets for Bristol Rhythm and Roots,and we are contemplating Shakori Hills. School starts four weeks from yesterday, but I keep reminding myself that summer seems to last well into November here.
We loved fire breathing dragons, fire dancing, and the ever nourishing Veggie Thing.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We'll be back just in time to repack our gear, make the hummus, and head back out to the woods for four days at Floydfest. I'm looking forward to taking the littles to Radiant Yoga.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I still haven't found my balance, but I did make peach ice cream with four children today. I think we have to push back our camping trip a day and take little John to the doctor. He is heading into his fourth day of a fever, and I don't think he is up for climbing any mountains.
My little people have been stuffing their bellies with fresh corn that they picked at a friend's house on monday. Last night we cut if off the cob and put it in burritos with refried black beans, cheddar cheese, red cabbage, fresh tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and chipotle peppers.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I feel like I've lost my balance around here.I'm very tired, and this little guy is sick. I feel like I never have any time to make anything anymore, no time to myself at all. I always have to make sure no one is drowning or putting electronics in the sink. If I'm not doing that I'm making meals and snacks, washing dishes, or picking food up off the floor.
I think I'm ready for school to start.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Blackberry Lemon Ice Cream
In a bowl stir together 2 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 1 tablespoon top shelf vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. (I bet agave nectar would be delicious, maybe a half cup)
Pour into your ice cream maker. When the ice cream is set, add a half a pint of chopped fresh blackberries and the zest of one lemon and continue to process until well mixed. Serve topped with fresh blackberries.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010
We picked Ella up from her last day of farm camp today. I think she has a new respect for the amount of hard labor it takes to care for animals. She rode horses every day, learned about sheep shearing, washed and dyed wool and then spun a bit with a drop spindle. She mucked out a stall, made mosaic out of beans, and learned some Spanish in a cabin out in the woods.