First seeds in!


We finally got in the garden this last weekend!! We were so anxious to be planting and I’d go from feeling on top of things, to feeling like I was weeks behind. It felt soooo good to finally be digging in!!

One of the biggest projects we did this weekend, was creating two new garden beds. They are both about 4 feet x 50 feet. One is a somewhat raised bed since the ground below it is very rocky/gravelly. The bed next to it is more of a mounded bed. So exciting to have more garden space! I hope come August I am not completely overwhelmed by it!! (A benefit to sharing the garden with the in-laws though is that we all pitch in to make big work not so big. I love multi-family gardening!)

The boys were great little garden helpers and my hope is that this year will be easier than last year in having them help out. Elias is 4 now and Espen will turn 3 in July. And well the coming baby…they just sleep contentedly all the time, right??!

Speaking of babies… this belly is 35 weeks now and did pretty good with a full day of gardening. I think it helped that the bed I planted was slightly raised and already tilled, so I had it easy. We also are trying a method of planting where you sow your seeds thickly and then plan to thin once the plants come up. Hopefully this method will keep some of the weeds at bay since your plants will fill in most of the bed. Time will tell if it works…

And a final pick of the boys. Garden entertainment! Elias thought of creating a see-saw all by himself with a couple big boards. I hope we have a full summer of garden adventures!

And just to throw some knitting at you… Here is a sweet crown I made for the boys from a free pattern on Ravelry called Circlet. It is adorable! And I cannot imagine it on a little girl…YES I will be making more!!

Makings Update

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Another video blog this week! Videos are just so much more personal and up-close. :) Enjoy!

Granola Recipe. (I forgot to mention that the recipe also has brown sugar and cinnamon in it!)

Crockpot Yogurt.

Daily Bread. (Uses whey from yogurt.)


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Lately I’ve felt like doing a video post. I LOVE watching and listening to podcasts, so thought you might enjoy this method of posting too. Grab some handwork and join me…or get some dishes done while you watch…whatever! Mostly just sharing what is going on in life right now and what I have been working on lately. Take care!

Heart Day


I have been looking forward to Valentine’s Day for weeks now! With the long chilly days of winter, it helps break up the month of February. Plus it is an excuse to do/make fun things!

The boys were rather rowdy the other day so we made a trip to the mailbox to send off our love cards. I made them run the entire way and I think we all felt better after. Including Garbe, the cat, who made the trip with us.
The deer got an earring just for the occasion. {One of my favorite knits!}
I threw some hearts on the burlap bunting I made last year. I think it is perfect to help spruce up the house for the holiday.
I don’t have a ton of decorations for Valentine’s Day, so this adds some good punch. I will be sad to take it down…better think of something good for Spring/Easter to go up next.
This morning we made monster boxes out of an old kleenex box and an egg carton. This is such an easy project and a fun way for the boys to store their v-day wishes. They even added wings and legs to them this year.
And my dear husband showed up at lunch with a bouquet of pine greens he collected on his walk home from work. Totally his style of a Valentine gift! One I may not have appreciated as a newly-wed, but one I cherish now. He is sweet and this says and smells of home.
Loving thoughts to you all on this day!!

Snow Day


Today started with a crazy temp of something like -17. ??!!!? Even a true Midwestern girl can only take so much of this. Thus I decided to call it a snow day–full of makings!
First up is Egg to Penguin by Susan B. Anderson. Elias picked this toy out of one of her books yesterday and was still stuck on it this morning. I gave in and started knitting it. I was rather surprised at how fast it went.


Second up is a project I’ve had on my want-to-make list forever. This is a Wee Wonderfuls pattern called Bunny. I love a wool hand project. The simplicity and beauty of wool… He turned out perfectly sweet. I might have to make more of these to celebrate spring/Easter.


What next? Maybe I should think about the house or supper… Or maybe the kids and I should make toilet roll butterflies…