Summer break has ended for me. And it was a good one. What I loved about my summer is that I was able to truly rest and take a break from major responsibility. I was able to play and do things that fill my little heart. Sometimes with all of my to do lists and jam packed schedule, I forget to rest and play. I slept; I read; played and laughed with babies; cooked and baked; learned new crafts; talked for hours with friends; had countless coffee dates with people I love; and threw out my calendar and to do list.
Maybe this is why I looked forward to going back to work. The summer left me rejuvenated and refreshed. I’m ready to tackle another school year!
Favorite summer moments:
Pie pie pie! This summer has been all about pies! It’s been an obsession of mine really. Blueberry, strawberry, blackberry…seriously I need to stop! There are so many other wonderful summer desserts I could make. But, all I want is pie. With a side of Rice Dream of course. 😉
This weekend I will need to breakout of this obsession. In continual celebration of summer, popsicles and tarts are next in the making. Here are some photos of my love affair with pies.
One of my favorite parts about this summer was the 2 weeks that were spent in the sweetest little farm house. Tending the chickens and the veggie garden were my fav.
But most of all, what I loved about our time there, was the simplicity of everything. Things were slower, calmer, and simple. This is exactly what I needed with the crazy busy life I lead. Maybe this is why I’m constantly dreaming about a country life. Away from the busyness, the rushed life, and consumerism. This all drains me.
I dream of the quietness and the sustainable slow paced life. Hopefully one day C and I can run away into the woods and live that life I dream of! If not, every now then we’ll have to escape our crazy busy life just like we did last month. Here are some photos of our time at the farm. A time of respite was needed and had!
So a few weeks ago, C and I went on a day date to Davenport. I seriously love that place. So small, quiet, and quaint. I love that coastal drive. We drove around the town stopping a different places, visited a vintage sale, and drove further down to stop by Swanton Berry Farm. I’ve been craving some fresh strawberries. YUM. With all our bountiful, I made a ton of jam, froze lots for smoothies and made pie, of course.
The coast and the farm. Side by side. Mmmm.
I had to snack on some. Too good.
After we picked our berries, we headed into here. Paid and hung out for a bit. I kept telling C, “See, we could do this. Have a mini farm. Grow our own berries…” Poor husband. That is all he heard from me. Hehe.
Seriously, this place is the cutest.
Once I got home, I began on getting some canning recipes. I have never made jam and I have NEVER canned. (Cute little carrots and green onions sneaking into the jam picture.)
After a very long afternoon. I did it. Strawberry jam was made. Whew! And as much as I stressed about the canning process, it was a success!
We had such fun time. Although, I kept dreaming about the farm and country life. So sweet. Maybe one day?
July has been a full and wonderful month. I’m so grateful that it’s truly been a month of rest, adventure, and fun. The month of July we’ve been living out a of suitcase. From house sitting at super pretty places to different local adventures. And now here we are are. Back to normalcy. Which is good and necessary. Here are a few snapshots from last month.
SF city day dates. Lounging in our quaint little cottage in SD. Brewery dates and catching up with friends. Coffee on porch while bebe naps. Antiquing and farmers market mornings. learning new art: hand embroidery. Beginning new journals. learning another lost art: quilting. s l o w mornings with kale and berry shakes. Crafting and coffee weekly dates with a sweet friend. trying out seasonal brews. traveling with my hubby.