April 8, 2021

Spring blooms

I smelled our lilac before I saw the blossoms!
This is a pear tree and green leafy thornless blackberry growing by it's base (it wasn't planted there, but they both seem to be growing well, so we'll leave it).
Our plum tree which we planted to provide friut and shade over the sandbox.  Last summer we realized it had black knot fungus and trimmed it back drastically, it was pretty invaded!  So we'll see what happens, if it's okay or more fungus appears.
Our peach tree blossoms up close and from a distance behind my dress, below.  Of course I just washed it and took it out to dry and it starts raining.
Also, I just spotted a tear!  I will mend it.  I've worn it a lot in the year and a half I've had it.
We have a lot of violets and dandelions, too.  The parsley seedlings that were covered in ice last week, with the snow that arrived, is growing well still.  It was 82 F yesterday.  Just 37 F as the high a week ago.  This is Ohio weather!
Every day our 5 year old colors in one day!
What is blooming near you?


March 31, 2021

Back and forth

Seriously, this weather is crazy.  72 F yesterday and high 37 F predicted for tomorrow.  My mom came to watch Olivia's colorguard show for a competition on Sat.  Basically, they are filming their performance and sending it in to the judges, they send back a "score" and commentary.  
We had a frost Monday morning.  My parsley seedlings were in icy dirt, as it had rained the day before.  They came inside and warmed up and will survive.  I have a bunch of other seedlings:  kale, cilantro, carrots, radish, spinach, and marigold, which are growing little by little.
Sale on this jam until April 6th!  I bought some today.  
Our oldest daughter, Hannah, turned in the keys today to the apartment she had rented!  It was a nice place, wood floor, windows that let in the sun, but so much money!
George said "Found chicken leaf!"

March 24, 2021

Shrimp chowder

I always buy a raw shrimp. Usually it is $4.99 for a pound at Aldi in the frozen section.  To make chowder, I saute one chopped onion, carrots, celery and then a bunch of potatoes, add water, bring to boil and cook until tender, then add the raw shrimp, a can of coconut cream, and a tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon.  
You can add curry powder, or omit shrimp, add beans.  Everything is just to taste, using what we have for soup, rarely measuring any ingredient.

March 17, 2021


One of our daughters gives us these, from a juicery where she works!  
I'm selling these bracelets!  $12 for the adult size or $9 for the child size.  I have a venmo account (it's:  mama_marfa, if you're interested) and also accept cash and Paypal.
It's been quite a week.  Slow.  Prayers, prostrations with my little boys is always fun, they thrive on the physical actions.  However, we seem to have another cold, runny noses and temptations to judge who it was who got us sick.  In reality, we need to just boost our immune system, so we can get sick and heal.
Used spirulina powder this morning in my simple has many health benefits that I was just reading about, energy boost, can help prevent cancer as it increases antibody production, anti-inflammatory, and it may be the most nutrient dense food!  
Last week, the boys and I went to the art museum with my mom and one daughter, who didn't have school on Thursday.  The week before, we went with our other daughter.  It was nice to be out and about.  We had discussions about nudity after looking at a beautiful white marble sculpture of Eve.  Lately, I'm feeling there are a lot of things to discuss, as an individual, or society, is it right?  What are we doing?  
Rain these past few days, and happy mini daffofils in our yard.

March 11, 2021

Knitting for spring

Soft pima cotton yarn... and this color my oldest daughter picked out, definitely a spring color.  Our mini daffodils have buds on them.  Also, we harvested about 2 pounds of carrots yesterday!  We were happily surprised they lasted over the winter with all the cold and snow.
Sunshine the past few days!  A hike with George's Godmother, who gave us these delicious Ojai tangerines grown on a farm in California.  They are the BEST we've had!  She shared some with us last year, too, better than store-bought oranges.  
Olivia had a colorguard competition this past Saturday!  We went and cheered her on!!
I started reading The Aviator by Eugene Vodolazkin after reading Gretchen Joanna's review.  It's by the same author who wrote Laurus.  So far, a man wakes up in a hospital bed and has lost his memory.  He is writing stories he remembers, as a five year old having tea with his grandmother, sitting on an embroidered pillow and stirring the tea using a small spoon.  

March 3, 2021

Carving a spoon

After seeing wooden spoon tutorials, like this one, I decided to give it a try... This is from an oak tree that my mom had cut down 6 months ago.  
Pizza from one day last week.  Made with a 2 ingredient pizza crust!  First time I made it was a few weeks ago and we all really liked it. Also, below is a page from a book by Brene Brown that is so good!
Olivia started working at Starbucks 3 weeks ago and gets a pound of coffee FREE each week!  I'm not a big coffee gal, tea is my favorite, so she's been giving these to family + friends.
Celebrated a birthday with my nephew and family last week.  Such singing!

February 24, 2021

Sourdough crepes

I have been baking less loaves of bread, but more tortillas, crumpets, pancakes and crepes.  The recipe below is based off this one from Cultures for Health.  Everyday, you're supposed to use it, or discard some, which I certainly wouldn't do.  If I can't use it daily, or we are headed out of town, it goes in the refrigerator.

Bubbly sourdough starter.  I've been keeping it in a larger jar.  And still make these at least once a week.  They are vegan.

S O U R D O U G H  C R E P E S:

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 T honey or sugar
  • 1/4 c milk (to thin batter, often I omit milk, if my starter is not too thick to begin with)
Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend well (I use my immersion blender).  Heat skillet (mine is 8 inch) to medium and pour batter to just cover bottom of pan, tilt pan to make sure it spreads around evenly.  Let cook about 30 seconds, until edges curl a bit up (so you can get a spatula under) and bubbles appear, then flip and cook 20 seconds, then slide onto a plate.  I like mine with jam and yogurt.  My kids like them rolled up with cream cheese inside. Makes 8 crepes.
P.S.  Don't try to make them perfect, the 1st one is always imperfect, and they are eaten rolled up, so you can hide any torn edges.
My mom shared a story with me this week about the family in France, that helped shelter Jews during the holocaust, and later started making jam.  I've liked this Bonne Mamam before, now even more so.
Less than a week ago a bit more fresh snow.  Last Thursday, the local schools had their 3rd snow day.
I went for a walk last night while one daughter was in dance class. 
We got Legos from my sister!  She had a special person made with freckles and red hair to look just like him!
I finished my sweater!  I've worn it a couple days and it's cozy and fluffy.  However, it's now 60 F and the snow is melting and this wool is too warm.
We planted seeds, in pots so we can bring them indoors if there's a frost.