Monday, July 21, 2014
As usual around here, the weekend started on Friday with a little fun in the kitchen making jam, black currant raspberry jam to be exact. And yes, it is delicious! The afternoon was spent in the yard, time in the garden for me, with my little man close by helping, or off playing in his playspace.
We hit the market Saturday morning, checking in with some of our favourite vendors, and then ran a few other errands before heading home. The afternoon was slow and quiet, hanging out in the backyard, and then moving inside once the rain started. We finished the evening with a family walk, in the rain, Reece running ahead trying to beat the raindrops.
I spent most of Sunday morning preparing for dinner guests, and the afternoon and evening were spent with our friends, celebrating Reece and his little friend, and the completion of their first year of homeschooling.
How was your weekend?
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Congratulations Reece on your first year of homeschooling! Sounds like a delightful weekend Kim.ReplyDelete
Thank you! And yes, it was :)Delete
Sounds like a darn good weekend to me!! Beautiful flowers! First year of homeschool done! How exciting and I'm sure a little bittersweet for Mom. :)ReplyDelete
It was, and thank you, they are from the garden. It is pretty wild to think the first year is done, can't really believe it.Delete
What a lovely week-end... I can't wait to start my canning. We are planning berry picking this week-end. I get my pressure canner early next week. YAY! Also planning on picking up green and yellow beans (our garden yields enough for our meals, but not enough to can) and I've been freezing LOTS of greens!ReplyDelete
Would you share your jam recipes? I would love to try something new this year!
Thank you, it really was. Exciting. I took a look around the garden and I think there is enough green beans for me to start canning the dilly green beans tomorrow...can't wait!Delete
Jam recipes, I use the book Food in Jars, lots of great recipes for jam and so much more. Love it!
we need a bit of rain but none here yet.....supposedly on Wednesday, I just hope the electricity stays. I just got back from my vegetable market and it's like visiting family there. So nice and helpful and the food is fresh :)ReplyDelete
I hope you get some rain Karen. We have had some pretty good rain days here lately, which has been awesome. Isn't the market just awesome!Delete
My weekend always starts on Friday too Kim, I wish the whole world's did. I made jam too. I have never tasted a current before and that is something I need to remedy.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to Reece and his friend for completing a year of homeschool. I can't believe I only have two more years left!
I think it should be law :) The currants are pretty sour, but made into jam with the raspberries, they are so good. First time making that jam and will definitely do it again.Delete
Thank you. And just two more years, that is crazy. It has been one long ride for you, and I am sure it will be sad to see it end, but also kind of exciting too.
So how do black currants and raspberries mix? Is the black currant flavour a bit overpowering or do the raspberries hold their own? We have loads of black currants every year from inherited bushes but none of us are keen on the flavour, I've just today handed over the last of our crop to a jam making friend who does like them. But do you think we might like them mixed with raspberries?ReplyDelete
My intention wasn't actually to mix them, but we were short 2 cup of black currants, so I just added in 2 cups of raspberries. The result is to die for. Favourite jam of the season so far. It definitely has more of a black currant flavour, but it is a nice mix. I say give it a go, we love it!Delete
What a lovely way to spend the weekend! And those flowers are sooo lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks KC, fresh picked from the yard :)Delete
congratulations to Reese on graduating !!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Erica. Not full graduation yet, just finished the first year of kindergarten, now for the second year :)Delete
Seems like a beautiful weekend!ReplyDelete
Indeed it was!Delete
How nice. Home and making jam!ReplyDelete
Have a great week, friend.
You too Cory. xoDelete
Sounds like a truly fabulous weekend, dear friend! xoReplyDelete
It was Shel. So nice to celebrate the kiddos with a nice afternoon and evening. xoDelete
It is always so inspiring reading your words..Just spent few days with my sister and my nephew, and it has been a constant rush: to find something to do with the child, to organize things for him so he won't be bored, to look with anxiety at the sky for the fear of rain that woul have riuned all our porgramm..that's not how I want to rise my children. I want them to slow down and simply be (and even if they get bored sometimes, it is someting useful!)ReplyDelete
That is so nice of you to say, thank you. It is hard to slow down in today's world, it definitely takes a conscious effort and requires a bit a patience with yourself. We are so use to the rushing and the busy, that when we stop and quiet the space around us it can be difficult to take it all in, our mind tends to still be in rush mode. Good luck finding the slow lane.Delete
Those flowers! Sounds like the loveliest of weekends! We spent our Saturday at the farmer's market as well. We have an amazing stone pizza truck and I fully indulged. I have missed this blog world and hearing all of all of the beautiful things you have been up to. XOReplyDelete
Thanks Christina, I love those flowers too. A stone pizza truck, I need to visit your farmer's market :) And we have missed you. Your post yesterday was beautiful and as always brought a few tears to my eyes. xoDelete
Sounds beautiful! Wishing you a great week Kim! <3ReplyDelete
Thanks Tiffany, you too! xoDelete
What a lovely weekend! Congrats to Reece on completing his first year of homeschooling! Those are the weekends that memories are made of.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kathleen. I don't really think he understands the whole concept of being done, as our school days look much like our normal days. But both the mom of the little one I homeschool and myself, understood the importance of the celebration and the milestone reached.Delete
It was wonderful to celebrate with them, and share the afternoon and evening together. Good memories made for sure.
awe, congratulations to your family for this milestone. We are up to our necks trying to decide on what to do for Panda. We are a year and a half away from preschool and it's time to sign up now if we want him to go to the Montessori preschool... Or will he home-school. I just don't know.. If you have a moment I would welcome your insight.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yikes, that is crazy you have to register so soon.Delete
I love chatting homeschooling, shoot me an email or message me on FB, willing to share what I know and how it works for us, as well as answer any questions you have.