Right of the bat, let me say “Sorry for the delay.” The last month of school was a bit intense and the last two weeks have been spent trying to put my seriously havoc ridden home back together–a task that has almost been accomplished. Add to that the beautiful weather and the need to get the seeds and plants in the ground and it has been all I could do to keep food in our bellies, let alone actually planning and being smart about it. In fact, during finals week my two oldest children made coffee cake for lunch to have with fruit…twice…because it kept them busy and answered the “What am I going to feed these cridders?” question. Furthermore, in the spirit of true confession, Yesterday…I fed them ice cream and pretzels.
As things slowly come back together though…I can smell bread in the oven, and we can actually walk on the floors in the bedrooms and not on toys and laundry, and my nails still have traces of garden dirt…I feel a sense of supreme bliss, knowing that this summer is going to be fantastic. I will be able to make my menus and enjoy the foods that I will access to at the farmers markets. I will be able to grow some of our own foods and even some medicinal herbs that I am finally taking the time to learn about. And I will be able to share these things with my children…so that they will know that we never stop learning and that we can always learn a new way of doing things. For example: not going out to eat or grabbing sub sandwiches because mom doesn’t feel like cooking at the end of a long hot day but instead–simmering a stew hen all day, shredding the meat, mixing it with BBQ sauce and making a beautiful chicken BBQ salad with a side of fried left over salt potatoes with fennel and chives. It wasn’t hot, it wasn’t hard and best of all it didn’t require extra $$ or time.
Best of all, as things get back into our preferred routine, I will be able to watch my children be children. As we teach them to work the soil, and pull weeds and water plants…we can watch them discover (again!) the wonderful attributes of MUD! It is a simple pleasure…and perhaps a bit devious in nature because there is something so satisfying at hosing them off with the garden hose…but these are the things I hope to make more time for by getting back into the menu, planning routine. So I will pick up where I left off…hope you still plan on reading along and sharing your thoughts as we go. But most of all I hope you enjoy your summer…and maybe even some “mud” of your own.