the spinach patch

I am super surprised with how well our spinach is growing! I think it gets some shade during the hottest part of the day, but I’ve also been giving it fertilizer too. I harvest batches of leaves in the mornings, then soak them for a couple minutes in the salad spinner in some cold water and a dash of vinegar. I rinse and spin them a couple times, then let them dry a bit on a paper towel. I measure cupfuls into bags, then keep them in the crisper in the fridge. Our spinach stays much fresher for much longer than the store bought spinach!

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summer headbands

I don’t really like wearing my hair down in the summer. I have such a mass of it, and it gets so hot. So braids and ponytails are my jam. I also really like headbands to keep hair out of my sweaty face while I’m outside. After seeing some cute headbands around, I decided to try to make a couple of my own. These ones are a tied variety, with a bit of elastic. Next I want to try a stretchier fabric! Do you know of any good headband patterns?

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extra chocolate chip cookies

I made some extra cookie dough for the freezer today. I pre-scooped them into cookies so they are ready to go. We sometimes have trouble with frozen cookie dough staying really gooey in the middle, so I tried flattening them a bit, to see if that helps them bake better. We’ll see if it works next time we have a cookie emergency!

chocolate chip cookies

happy weekend

watermelon

My preferred summer meal is always watermelon. With a side of knitting. We have very few plans for the weekend, besides watering the yard, finishing up a bunch of stuffed animals, and eating lots of fruits. Hope you have a sunny one!

finished wedding scrapbook

I think I finally finished our wedding scrapbook! After figuring out how to add all the cards, I just added a few more embellishments and treasures to complete it. Now it has all the little love notes and sentiments from family and friends, as well as tokens from our big day that we’ve been keeping for years.

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I used the scrapbook as a guestbook for our wedding, and our guests wrote little notes on notecards that I added to the book. We have some pretty precious drawings from our younger guests.

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The album is 12×12, but I added some different sized page protectors to accommodate some larger keepsakes, like extra wedding invites. I also just hole punched some things, like our wedding programs, to add them in directly. I count this as a very successful scrapbook project!

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a trip to the farmers market

We went to the farmers market downtown on Saturday morning. We had a very sunny taco and cinnamon roll breakfast, and then wandered around the vegetables. We were pleased to see that our cucumbers rival even the best local farms, and that we could sell the weeds that grow abundantly in our driveway for $2 a bag. We decided our imaginary farmers market stall would also have sage, rosemary, spinach, and loaves of sourdough bread.

We might go back next week just for more of those super cute little onions.

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