SUMMER

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a sample meal plan for summer

I regularly have people ask me how I plan our family meals, and also how I include the kids in the kitchen. I've been working on a small upcoming project regarding this topic, which I'll have more on soon, but for now, I thought I'd share…
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for the weekend | an outing to the garden shop

When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope…
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for the weekend | eight watermelon recipes

Today marks the beginning of a new month and a long holiday weekend here. We're packing up again to travel and visit family, and also to find ways to keep cool in this Southern heat. When the weather grows this stifling, it seems our family only…
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saving seeds from the home garden

We didn't plant a spring garden this year, minus a few yukon gold potato plants (which we've already harvested) and a handful of herbs. The spring felt heavy with projects around our home, and I felt the need to let the soil and my management…
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simplifying home | reflecting the seasons

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.  --Charles Dickens While…
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style essential no. 05 | white denim

Earlier in the year, I began a style series exploring pieces from my closet I considered essential--clothing or accessories I go to regularly and tend to build around throughout the year. The goal, I hoped, would help cultivate gratitude for…
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a summer afternoon

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. -- Henry James Last weekend we traveled south to a sweet family wedding near the South Texas coast. With buying and…

simple summer style

We're trying to establish routines again--a bit of play, a bit of house work, a bit of school work, a bit of rest--dividing up hours of sweltering heat. We barely go outside in the middle parts of the day right now--except for yesterday when…