Tuesday, June 22, 2010


" Okay, he either said, move to the back of the throat, or he wants a root beer float"
~Dory interpreting for the whale in finding Nemo

Every summer our dear friend gathers the children in our community together for the making of root beer. This year was our first year to join in this 30 year long tradition. This delicious elixir is shared by all at our summer solstice gathering.

There was a whole lot of mixing,

and packing of bottles.
Then all we had to do was wait a few days for the root beer to do its thing.
It is timed so it will be ready to consume during the solstice celebration...
It is really quite easy. I am not sure of his official recipe. I normally do not like root beer, but there is something about his recipe that I find quite delicious.
I scouted the internet and found a recipe here. I also found that you can purchase the root beer extract on the Zatarains website.

The children have so much fun doing this, and it gives them so much gratification watching the people of the community sipping on the ice cold root beer.

***Please note the obvious... it is root beer in bottles in the pictures. Recycled Corona bottles are really easy to cap so that is what he uses!!! *****

The festivities continue, after the root beer is crafted, down at the swimming hole on his land. The perfect way to end the day!!

We had so much fun and I am so grateful to our friend for including us and the community in this great tradition!! Happy Summer everybody!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


"Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be."

~Karen Ravn

Well hello there friends!! I did not expect to be away this long. I know I keep saying that..but I really didn't.

School is out!!! I feel so good about this school year with Violet. Our home school cooperative is really working great, and our home study days were productive as well. This year was a success!!

One of my goals this summer is to resume my blogging hobby. I have really missed it. So much so, that when I went to write something, my mind was completely vacant with what to say. A lot has happened over these last months.

This case of writers block sent me onward to the blog-o-sphere to catch up on some of my favorite artsy mama's. I was then flooded with ideas and projects that would be fun to work on over the summer. This was it!!! My next blog post could be a list of all of these wonderful projects. Then my blog friends could join in on the fun if they so chose, or in turn be inspired themselves. So here are some of the things that inspired me:

Rhythm of the Home
:: a great e magazine filled with fun ideas for summer.

Sew a Straight Line :: some fun patterns for skirts. I would like to try my hand at the A line skirt perhaps in a darker color. This buttercup bag is cute too.

JCasa*handmade :: I have been experimenting with cheese and yogurt making a lot lately. This recipe looks like a good one to try.

Lion Brand Yarn :: this is a cute potholder pattern. They have lots of other cute and free knitting patterns to choose from

Sew Serendipity :: While here in Fort Worth I purchased a monique dress pattern from the Cabbage Rose. It is so cute. I love that you can use different fabrics from your fabric stash. This might be a good one to wear to my sister's pre-wedding festivities.

As long as I am making lists...I will include some things that are definitely LONG term goals. Someday I want to go to Mary Jane Butters Pay Dirt Farm School. This dream is coming evermore a reality as I just recently found out my cousin Katie is going to be attending school, oh about 6 miles from her farm. Wahoo!!! I also would love to attend the Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire. Yes, both of these are very far away. This is why they are on my very long term list, but this does not mean that I can not manifest these dreams. Right?

My short term summer goal/dream would be sitting by my freshly weeded and abundant garden, wearing my monique dress after bathing in my outdoor tub (i don't actually have one of these yet but this is a dream right...you should totally check out the link to this photo), nibbling on a yummy batch of broccoli-slaw, sipping a ruby june.

Sounds pretty good huh? Would you like to join me? I hope your summer is filled with plenty of relaxation and inspiration.

Oh yeah. All of the underlined words are links. If one of them looks interesting, all you have to do is click on them and it will take you right to the link.