I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Fall Garden

Apparently I am not planting a fall garden this year because I haven't done it yet and I'm past the point for most everything to have time to mature before killing frosts. I may still do some various greens and lettuce, we'll see. I've never had a season in which I've been so "meh" about planting things. I'm typically in a constant state of planning, planting, seed starting, bulb obsession, designing new landscaping projects and so on. I think maybe I OD'd a bit this spring and summer since we completed so much landscaping and it was another long, dry summer. August was cooler but still mostly dry and then September has been so wet and rainy that I think fall will be here with cooler temps and we will have missed out on our last few weeks of summer. Even with the heat, summer is only second to spring in my favorite seasons of the year. I like to be warm and I like to see things growing and vigorous and colorful. I like being outside and swimming and picnics and watermelon. On the other hand my grass looks better than it has since April with all the rain we've had tickling those roots and making it glow a nice dense green.

I am also interested in pursuing a few other hobbies this fall and winter. I started a family herbalist course a year and a half ago and it fell by the wayside with the busy-ness of a new baby and a traveling husband. I'd like to complete it. My 6 year old daughter wants to learn how to sew. I am not the best seamstress myself but I've gotten better over time with my machine. We're starting with some hand sewing projects for kids for her and see if her interests continues. She's also become a little obsessed with treasure hunting so we are going to be ramping up geocaching and visiting historical sites that have active digs. I'm just starting research into this right now but we live in an area that is brimming with historical significance, I'm betting I can find a few things that would thrill her.

This blog has been too quiet. It has always been a quiet blog but I'm hoping to pick up the pace a bit as we have more things to share again. I'll be trying some new bread recipes as the temps cool off and I am also going to be trying my hand at freezer cooking for the first time. I'm a pretty lousy cook and I really have no interest in getting "better" - I like tasty and easy. With that said I am a huge fan of the crock pot and my husband isn't so much. I'm going to be on the hunt for some recipes that are actually really good in a crock pot and do not call for ingredients like Rotel and taco seasoning packets. There's been a little too much junk food in our lives in the last few months and it is time to clean up a bit before the cold seasonal blahs hit.

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