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July 1, 2016

Happy Friday! June went by like a supernova on steroids, didn't it? I've already made most of my summer standbys - blackberry cobbler, tomato pie, blueberry muffins with blueberries the size of large marbles. I'm going to have to think of new things to make. Oh I'm going to make this breakfast smoothie, from a very cool new-to-me Instagram account. I haven't made a summer bucket list, but as always, my dream of camping that is actually fun looms large on my wish list. I also want to see STARS. Beautiful star gazing is high on my summer wish list. And I want to find a really stellar new something to read - I'm at a loss. If you have something amazing to let me know about, please share.....


Fun things:

Homemade Pocky. You can bet your bottom dollar this will be a summer activity for us.

Sold.

Love love love these photos!

How cute is this little 'Totoro' set?

15 cures for summer boredom.

Loved this post. Oh my word, 6 months until Christmas? Julia and I were discussing this - there are things we want to harvest from our yard to utilize in holiday presents...:)

The cycle of life in a garden.

'Game of Thrones' season 7 predictions.

Raspberry Snitter. (coolest name ever!)

Julia is OBSESSED with this show.


Cool Book of the Week'Alistair Grim's Oddaquaticum' by Gregory Funaro. This is actually the second in a series (the first one you can see here) - that combines steampunk Victorian elements with King Arthur and a search for Avalon, along with an orphan boy and his friend Alistair Grim, an amazing inventor. The story throws mystery, Dickens-esque elements, and faerie magic all into the mix. I'm totallllllllly going to find these for Julia. Best for ages 8-12.

Have a lovely weekend and a Happy 4th of July! We'll be at home making sure our house doesn't serve as a landing ground for the Very Enormous fireworks that our neighborhood likes to set off  30 feet away from our residence. Yay?? I'll be back to see you lovelies next week.

~Melissa




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  2. Little Sis has the Totoro set! It came with a Spirited Away figure or two, as well. She got them for her bday last year, along with her No-Name plush! They're very cute and TINY.

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  3. omg, these lists are starting to cost me. We bought the Totoro boook from last week (which we are LOVING) and now must have the figure set.

    Oh, and I totally start buying Christmas gifts in July. Just purchase stocking stuffers this morning. It's too stressful to try to do it all in December and it helps me to be more thoughtful. Plus, I obviously love buying stuff!

    Tomato pie before August? How was it?

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    1. ha ha I'm so sorry! I feel your pain. And as I sit here before this comment i'm reminding myself AGAIN to get going with the Christmas stuff!

      The tomato pie was good! The tomatoes were good, not great. But it kind of doesn't matter because it's all covered in mayo and biscuit crust and cheese ;)

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  4. Sounds like you're getting summer done properly! Meanwhile, Im just in my house hiding from the heat, lol! Hope you and your family have a good holiday....with no fireworks induced home damage ;)

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    1. we escaped holes in our screens this year! a miracle. our neighborhood looked like a warzone when it was all over.

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  5. More Home Cooking is in the picture!! Such a fan of Laurie Colwin.

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    1. YES!!!! You noticed!!!! Me too, me too. I'm reading her novels this summer!

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  6. Tell us more about your Christmas gift ideas and the things you're hoping to harvest for them?

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    1. Lavender!! I was hoping to make lavender and ground oatmeal and dried milk bath sachets. But my lavender didn't come thru, boo.

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