Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Eats and A Lentil Salad Recipe!

Happy Friday!  I hope you've had a great week my friends!  I have to say, ours has been pretty fantastic!  It's the very first week that it's really felt like "Summer Vacation" to us, even though we are two weeks in.  The first week, we were away and last week, we had Craft Camp so this week was full of relaxation, catching up with friends, swimming, enjoying the sun and the garden and sleeping in!  The weather has been perfectly Summer-y!  The week started off in the low 90's and got more sticky as it progressed.  That made for perfect swimming weather!  I also love how easy Summer meals are at the end of a long, hot day!  Nothing screams Summer to me than an easy, healthy cold dinner!
 
We mix it up a bit but in general, we have plenty of garden salads, veggies, fruit, hummus, tabouli and lentil salads.  It's just sort of "grab and go" and everybody is filled and satisfied!
One of our favorite sides is Mediterranean Lentil Salad!
1 cup dry brown lentils
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Directions
  • In a saucepan combine lentils, carrots, onion, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until lentils are tender but not mushy.
  • Drain lentils and vegetables and remove bay leaf. Add olive oil, lemon juice, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss to mix and serve at room temperature.
  • This lasts for about a week in the fridge, but we don't usually have it around that long!


  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Strawberries!

     
    I hope you've been having a great Summer so far!  Our 4th of July weather was...eh, pretty rainy thanks to the hurricane that was hitting the East Coast!  Total washout...but luckily, the rest of the weekend was beautiful and warm.  By this past Monday it had finally warmed up enough that the strawberry fields were ready for more picking!  I was a but worried that the fields would be a soggy mess and while there were some soggy strawberries on the ground, we still found plenty of delicious, juicy, tasty strawberries that did not disappoint!  The girls still love to pick - and sample, Sydney's juice covered chin is a dead giveaway we were busy trying out some of the varieties.  They are so hard to resist!  We picked a few pounds so we will have plenty of tasty berries to eat this week and I'm sure they will be gone soon.  I usually strawberry pick a couple of times throughout the season and our season is late this year.  The first round is typically for mostly eating and the second round is for eating and freezing.  I just have to make sure my "helpers" are ready to pick!  Later this week I'm hoping to also go over to another favorite farm that has cherry and raspberry picking!  What a glorious time of year!
     
    I also scored this pretty little Lands End dress for Sydney a yard sale down our street for $1.  It was brand new and I rarely find these kinds of gems but I couldn't resist! 
    Needless to say, Sydney knew just what to wear for strawberry picking.  Good thing the dress was ONLY a $1, it will never be the same!

    Keep Momming

    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
    The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

    I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.
     
    The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.
     
    Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.
     
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Craft Camp, Day 2

    Day Two of Craft Camp was all about the buttons!  Last year, we did a button craft that the girls declared was their very favorite of the week.  This year, I wanted to do something a little different but wanted to ensure we incorporated the same medium.
     
    First, I printed out each of the girl's first initials on cardstock and cut them out.  On the morning of craft camp, each had the choice of background color (pink, blue, green, yellow or purple). Pink was most popular for the littler ones and blue was most definetley the favored choice of the older.  Each was instructed to glue the initial on their cardstock.  Then came the fun part!  Each girl selected a mix of coordinating buttons and they glued them onto thier initials.  Some letters were simpler than others but the results were pretty neat, I just love watching the girls work carefully with determination and confidence.   
    While I was busy framing their projects, the girls enjoyed a fruit salad and passed around silly questions about music...favorite song, favorite dance...and of course a little dance party broke out with tons of giggles! 
    After snack time, we got right back down to work...this time, the girls were given a solid colored button that they stitched in the center of a piece of cardstock.  For a few, this was the first time they had used a needle and thread so it was a little...challenging but a great first experience.  I love the way they help one another out.  Each drew a flower around their flower's button center with ink and highlighted details with marker.  They were finished with a clear frame.  Pretty and easy, they were so excited to share their new creations with their Moms! 
     
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