Portraits of Us : Week 20

My mom comes to stay with us for a month each year.

She is an inspiration. She is full of joy. She is Granny-extraorinaire.

She encourages us to do exciting things. She is wise and smart and strong. She smiles and laughs and makes us smile and laugh too.

She is creative. She is loving. She is beautiful.

Thank you for coming all this way to be with us, Granny. We love you so much. Our month with you is our favorite month in the whole year.

 

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This week we have…

… cooked tomato jam… and eaten it all up.

… created crowns and necklaces and lots of other lovely things.

… found a kayak at a garage sale and ENJOYED it in the lagoon for hours and hours.

… biked everywhere with Granny.

What a lovely week it’s been.

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To help me cherish every little moment, I post a portrait of us each week. A photo of us doing every-day-little-things that I know I will miss in the years to come. When I’m missing these sweet times, I’ll come back and see that I did cherish them. I did drink them in and I did know how special it all was.

Here’s to these special, happy, days… all of them.

Here are the previous Portraits of Us.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Fairy Garden Feature : Seven

Today’s Fairy Garden feature is PURE DELIGHT!

[NOTE : There are only a few more weeks to enter your garden in the Fairy Garden Contest. Details and links to the contest are below]

Sandi made this garden for the neighborhood kids.

Can you imagine finding it, stumbling upon it, unawares that such magic awaits? Can you imagine the feeling of wonder and enchantment it would bring.

Sandi, THIS garden proves to your neighborhood kids that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

There is something really magical about making a fairy garden. As with most things magic, I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it so. Perhaps it’s a combination of many things . . . working with moss and miniature is always charming. Add creativity, thoughts of fairies and gnomes, a little pixie dust, and you can quite literally get swept up in the enchantment of it all.

If we make a fairy garden with children or grandchildren, the enchantment is intensified. It’s an activity that invites us into their imaginations and offers us a glimpse of what is true for them. It seems to transport us back into our own childhoods to when we, too, believed in fairies and fantastical things.

This is a gift we don’t often get.

Fairy gardens make magic come alive.

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If this Fairy Garden has enchanted you like it has me, please share it with your friends.

And be sure to make a Fairy Garden with your own little ones and enter it into our Fairy Garden Contest. Not only is it incredibly fun to make a miniature garden like this, but there are such AWESOME prizes this year… worth $435!

There are only a few more weeks to enter your Fairy Garden.

Need more inspiration… be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and Entry Form

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

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Check out the amazing PRIZES for this year’s contest (click on the image to see each prize in detail)…

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Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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52 Weeks in Nature : Week 28

We love the weather here in June and July.

The mornings are cool from the misty marine layer that comes in during the night.

By 11am, the mist has burnt off and the days are the best kind of hot… in the 80′s and perfect for the beach.

We’ve been walking around the lagoon before the marine layer has gone, drinking in the coolness before the heat of the day sets in.

Moose goes for a swim and there are always treasures to be found…

 

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Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.

I hope you’ll participate in 52 Weeks in Nature and leave a link to your site in the comments below so that we can all see the beauty you have found. Please don’t feel you need to participate each and every week… when you can is more than enough.

Click HERE to see our previous posts in the 52 Weeks in Nature series.

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

Super Simple Tomato Jam Recipe

At the start of summer, we planted two cherry tomato plants.

Wow… have they produced!!

We have feasted for weeks on gorgeous tasting bursts of summer.

The kids have picked them daily, popping tomatoes into their mouths while they are still warm from the sun.

We have eaten caprese salads, tomato mayo sandwiches, tomato and basil spaghetti, tomato ragu.

And, still, our little tomato plants keep giving us more.

Today, we made tomato jam and, boy, is it yummy!!

Best of all, it is SO easy to make.

 

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Ingredients :

 

*   3 lbs tomatoes

*   1 tsp grated ginger

*   2/3 cup sugar

*   1 tsp lemon juice

*   1/4 tsp salt

 

Method :

 

Dice the tomatoes roughly. I quartered the cherry tomatoes.

Add tomatoes, sugar, ginger, lemon juice and salt to a saucepan.

Bring to the boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until your jam thickens.

That’s it!! How easy is that?!!

We eat our jam on fresh bread and butter – half of it is gone already!!

 

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Yum!!!!

It’s not too sweet.

The tiny amount of ginger compliments the tomato taste so well.

We all agree… this jam is THE BEST.

 

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Thank you, Mother Earth for the daily gifts you give us.

Blessings and magic,

Donni