Sunday, March 28, 2010

Garden season opens!

In case you wondered how we've learned to garden in our oversize yard: think big. Think very big. As my gardening neighbor said when I was rolling my eyes at Tyler's truck purchase: "Kristen, we're not one of those people who garden on postage-stamp-size lots. We don't buy compost in bags."

Nope. We buy compost in 4-cubic-yard truckloads. In case you're wondering, that's about 8,000 pounds, enough to cover a 1,300-square-foot area with a 1-inch-layer of compost. When dumped in your driveway, it makes a pile about 9 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 4 feet high for the neighbors to admire, the kids to play in, and the dog to eat (and then throw up on the family room rug).

Ask me next week if I'll trade it for a condo in San Diego.

Looking cheesy

goat cheese, that is.

gotta start 'em young!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Valentine's Day

February was one long month around here, and I am officially out of wit, so I'm a bit behind in posting.
The past few years we've made Valentine's Day a family celebration as opposed to a romantic one. This year we brought out the chocolate fountain and let everyone make a mess. Anyone know when kids learn to eat neatly?
Charlotte was only interested in dipping, not eating, and we couldn't eat fast enough to keep up with her, which frustrated her no end. Carden's food kept falling off the skewer and getting lost in the chocolate. But everyone had a great time, and I was reminded why we only do this once a year!