Sunday, February 19, 2017

Food #Crush



February 19: Food #Crush

I love food, but I have a favorite... I love cabbage.  I know, it's not the most glamorous food in the world, but It's what I love.  I like it cooked, coleslawed, rolled, fried, baked... I sound a little like I should be on Forest Gump...


I also think cabbage is beautiful.  When I was a kid, we grew veggies for a roadside sale.  My Dad had a field of cabbage... it seemed like as far as my eye could see. I was in charge as of weeding this field, by hand.  I can't say that I thought they were so beautiful then... but time has helped heal the traumatic field weeding or TFW. I love cutting into this veggie and seeing the curves and fold of this veggie. The thick and thin of the leaves.  Red, green, and purple colors of cabbage is so beautiful.


So here is my favorite way to prepare cabbage... You cut it up into shavings and fry it with butter.  Then you put some homemade, already boiled noodles in with the fry.  Add some pepper and salt and eat it hot. Soooooo good!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Activity #Crush



February 18: Activity #Crush

My Activity #Crush is something I really start to CRAVE in February.  I love having a garden.  I love watching things grow and spending time appreciating the beauty a garden can provide.  The food is always better when it comes from your back yard.  I have a beautiful garden in my suburban home here in Minnesota.  My husband has put in an amazing irrigation system to water the plants.  I painted a bright blue fence around the whole garden to keep out the deer.  We created raised beds from recycled materials.  I love going out there in the morning and seeing the due on the leaves and feeling the sun on my back.  But... it's still winter for another 3 months, so I'll just draw a picture today and dream about the amazing garden that I will grow this year.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Family #Crush



February 17: Family #Crush

Last year I wrote about my blood family.  My kids, husband, parents, sisters, and in-laws.  These are people that are so very important to me and I have been so lucky to be placed with this small tribe in my life. These are the people that I was blessed with.

There are other families in my life as well.  My family #Crush this year is my neighbors.  You never know what you are going to get for neighbors when you move into a new place.  We have been living in our house for about 6 years now.  We hit the lottery with the neighborhood that we live it.

On one side of our home, we have a family who has adult children.  They are a bit younger than my parents but have grandkids so they play the role of 'grandparents-ish' to our kids.  My kids know that they can go to our neighbors and be adored on, get a sweet treat, and learn about life.  They want to help them with their dogs and yard in the summer. They love these friends, these neighbors as much as they do their blood family. My husband and I feel the same way.  We know if there was anything that we needed, we could go to them.  I think they know the same of us.  We are there for them if they need us as well. Below is a picture of our neighbor dogs, my husband, and kids.


On the other side of our house is a slightly younger couple than Tim and I.  They have just welcomed their second child into their home.  We get to relive the baby and toddler stage again with this family.  Their two kids are so dang cute and they know us well.  This sweet little 2-year-old girl calls out for my husband while on her porch... she comes to our front door to play with our kids.  Their parents are amazing friends to us.  Again, we know they have our back and we try to be there for them as well.


On any given weekend in the summer you can find us outside by a bonfire, baby monitor in hand.  In the winter it get's a little harder to connect but we make sure to check in on each other once and awhile.  This found family has cried together but mostly we laugh together. We love each other by choice and location.  I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by great people. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tool #Crush



February 16: Tool #Crush

Last month I posted about the 'Glue Unclogger 2000'. I've got to tell you... I have not had a clogged glue since.  The kids are using this all the time!! ALL the time! This clay tool used as a glue unclogger is by far my favorite tool that I do not have to use any more... The kids use it independently!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illustrator #Crush


February 15: Illustrator #Crush


I found this sweet book at our local library.  It's such a treat to my kids to bring them to the library and let them look around, explore, pick up a book and maybe check it out.  I love it too, I walk through the 'everybody' section and look for inspirational books to base future art lessons on. Orion in the Dark by Emma Yarlett caught my attention.   I'm in love with her style of illustrating.


My guess is Mrs. Yarlett is an avid sketchbook drawer.  I can see glimpses of play in her work.  She must practice all the time. I love the collage and mixed media look.  The drawing and watercolor combinations. I mean really beautiful stuff! I would love to take a lesson from her.  Thanks for making such magical images, Emma!