Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mary Jane Eggs

Before I write down this recipe I need to tell you something.  When you read the ingredients, you're going to think I'm crazy to call this my all-time favorite breakfast.  You're going to see it and think, "There's no way that can be good."  But just trust me on this one.  It's good.  It's more than good...it's amazing.  Everyone loves it, and I know you will, too.  You have to try this.

Mary Jane Eggs
Recipe from Tidewater on the Halfshell

4 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/4 pound butter
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together eggs, flour, and milk.  Melt butter in a 13x9 inch dish.  Add 1/2 tsp melted butter to egg mixture.  Mix, then pour egg mixture into butter in dish.  DO NOT STIR.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.  Immediately after removing from oven, pour blueberries over eggs and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serve immediately. 

Notes:  The butter takes a little while to melt so put it in the pan and then put the pan into the preheating oven so it will be ready when you are.  Believe me, you won't want this to take any longer than it absolutely has to so that there can be as little time as possible between the preparing and the eating.  I never measure the blueberries or the sugar.  Just make sure that all the pools of butter end up with sugar and plenty of blueberries.  Trust me, you'll love it!



P.s.  Is anybody else concerned about the rate at which this summer is flying by?!  Farewell, July.  Until next year!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rickett's Glen...Again!

This past Saturday I awoke early, early and drove two hours north on route 15 to meet a good friend from college. Ashley and I graduated from Bloomsburg University together in 2008, and have kept loosely in touch ever since. She is one of those great friends who you may not see very often, but who you pick right back up with, as if no time at all has gone by. Shortly after arriving, we hopped into her car, made a quick pit stop at Bloomin' Bagels, and made the half hour trek up to Rickett's Glen.


I blogged about our kayaking day trip last year, and oddly enough, we picked (almost) the exact same weekend this year. There were a few scattered drops of rain to start out, but luckily the skies cleared and we had nearly perfect (albeit slightly chilly!) weather. I can't tell you how much I recommend giving kayaking a try. I ended up braving the potential disaster and took my camera along for the ride to take the pictures below. But! I missed capturing the most exciting sight: a rare bald eagle taking flight and soaring over the lake. I don't know about you, but to me, the bald eagle seems more like a symbol than a real, living bird. Even though it was far away, it was a pretty awesome sight.

[I have about a million pictures that look like this, but I love the way the boat looks cutting through the water. In my head, I was singing...I look once more, just around the river bend! Beyond the shore, where the gulls fly free..." Frozen, schmozen. I love Pocahontas.]




[Can't think of a much better way to catch up with a friend!]




After docking our boats (impressively, right on time) we headed ten minutes down the road for a quick hike. The Evergreen Trail is not long, but as its name suggests, it is green. I couldn't stop taking pictures in these beautiful woods. 




[I love this one.]





The start of the trail is marked by a beautiful waterfall and pool. We stuck our feet in and had a quick snack before heading into Benton to check out a few antique stores, and then Bloomsburg for a delicious lunch of fish & chips and soda. It was a great trip, and I'm already looking forward to a return visit. Thanks for hosting, Ashley!

And until next time, Rickett's Glen!

In Case you Missed it (State Park Edition):

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

summertime sIps

I'm back with another sweet and satisfying tea for you to try on these warm July days.  I love enjoying the warm afternoon sun with a delicious and pretty drink by my side.  
Lime Tea
5 cups boiling water
5 tea bags
1 6oz. can frozen limeade
1 cup sugar
5 cups water
fresh lime & fresh mint{if you like}


Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes.  
Remove bags.
Add limeade & sugar.
Stir well.
Add remaining water.
Serve cold.

Monday, July 28, 2014

at the moment

For the last two weeks, I've been solo-parenting while Will was away doing mission work with our church.  And although I'm used to being on my own a few weeks and weekends a year, and although I'm really glad he gets out there to work and serve with the youth, there's nothing like having him home, back with us where we want him to be most of all.  Yesterday I took the kids to Reedville to meet the ferry boat that the mission team was riding back on from their week on Tangier Island (in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay).  They were SO excited to see him and watch the boat come in.  I was glad we decided to make the trip...good decision, good decision. 

In the midst of being here on my own with only a 7- and 3-year-old for company, I made sure to take a little time for myself each day (well, more like late at night) so I could keep my cool.  Here's what I've been enjoying at the moment...

in my basket

  
I've pretty much done zero knitting for the past several months what with all the packing and moving and unpacking and cleaning I've been doing.  But when two of my best friends in the whole world had babies about three weeks apart back in May/June, I decided to get started on some projects.  So although they're still not done, at least something's been started.  They don't need them until it's a little cooler anyway...right?!  Never mind...don't answer that.

at the table




Tommy and I did some kitchen experimenting recently in the form of recipes from my Taproot magazines, a recipe from my favorite SouleMama, and an old favorite.  We tasted Horchata - a refreshing sweetened rice milk, strawberry mint soda, homemade crackers, and the always-popular Mary Jane Eggs, which has shockingly been left out of our food posts here at WeThree thus far. (I plan to remedy that on Thursday so stay tuned.  You definitely don't want to miss this one.)

on my nightstand

I have a pretty big line-up of books waiting on my nightstand and am looking forward to reading/looking through all of them in the next few weeks.  I just finished the top one, "The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted" by Elizabeth Berg late last night.  It's a collection of short stories and although they were all well-written, some of them were too sad for me.  I don't want to read about people dying of cancer or children who feel bullied...I get enough of that in real life.  So anyway, maybe not the best summer read, but not a terrible book either.  I'm about halfway through "The Secret Message of Jesus" by Brian McLaren and still haven't decided what I think of it yet.  Looking forward to reading "A Place in Time" by Wendell Berry (and hopefully one more!) on our vacation next week.

in the mail

It's always a good mail day when Taproot shows up in my mailbox!  This newest issue, SEED, did not disappoint.  Can't wait to get the next one in September.

with the kids








Picnics, popsicles, ice cream, sleep (holding hands! be still my heart), more ice cream and bike riding have been filling our days recently.  It's been really really good.

in the garden
zinnias

tomatoes and basil

tiny sunflowers

herb garden
 My gardening efforts this summer are few and far between and pretty pathetic if I'm being completely honest.  I threw some zinnia seeds in the ground, never expecting anything to come up in our terrible soil that I didn't add anything to, and then what do you know, they're growing!  My tomatoes and basil are doing ok, but as I've mentioned before, the deer are eating my baby tomatoes right off the plants.  Next year there will be a fence.  And perhaps a BB gun.  Just kidding...maybe.  I also dug up a section of soil at the end of our driveway and planted a row of sunflower seeds.  Not all of them have come up, but the 4 or 5 that have are so cute and exciting.  I was really late in planting them so hopefully they'll have a chance to bloom.  And finally, the kids and I planted a few (almost dead) herbs that I'm hoping will come back now that they're out of their constricting pots.  We lined it with stones found around our property and although it badly needs mulch (like everything else), I really like it.  Our first little dedicated garden patch!

in the morning

 Although it wasn't as early or as quiet as I had hoped, I finally got to have my coffee on the porch steps last week.  Complete with banana blueberry muffins and sausage.  Gotta love a breakfast picnic!

That's a little look at what I've been enjoying at the moment.  What are you loving these days

Friday, July 25, 2014

Photo Friday!

What are you up to this weekend? I am excited to be heading a couple of hours north to go kayaking with a friend from college, Ashley! Thanks for reading this week. Have a lovely weekend. xoCarrie

Can you believe that this is the last weekend in July?!  I can't believe how quickly this summer has flown by!  We will be soaking up every last minute of this weekend for sure.  Have a great one!
Dana 

 We've just come back from an unexpected and much appreciated extra several days of visiting with my parents (and a quick visit with the younger WeThree's) in Pennsylvania.  I especially enjoyed the extra time with my mom since we don't get that too often anymore.  But although it's great to be away, it's always nice to be home.  The kids are playing happily this morning, and I'm off to do a mountain of laundry.  Hope you have a great weekend!
-chelsey

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lately

The weeks are flying by at rapid pace around here and in what seems like an impossible time warp, it's already the end of July. And although I'd like to drag the warm days of summer out for as long as possible, I can't say that I'm sad to see the beginning of August as we are only eight days out from our vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine! I have spent the last seven months taking very little time off of work to save my days for this vacation and the fall & winter holidays, so believe me when I say that I'm more than a little ready for some R&R. All that being said, I've still been finding time to appreciate the small moments that comprise the hours of my regular days. Here's a little of what I've been up to lately...

[mantle decor]
I managed to score some white hydrangeas free of charge the other day and was inspired to create this all-white mantle. It might be my favorite look yet. 

[roasted veggie pizza + summer fruits]
Amy's Kitchen came out with this roasted vegetable pizza and it is sooo good. Paired with some cherry tomatoes from my mom's garden and some sweet summer strawberries, it makes for the perfect lazy-man's dinner.

[gold rush]
I mentioned yesterday that I've been really loving gold lately and here is further proof: golden sandals from Target (on sale for $6) and golden studs from J.Crew Outlet (on sale for $9). I may never take those earrings off.

[1:30 AM wake-up call]
For most of my life I've been incredibly lucky when it comes to sleep. But lately (and by lately I mean the last three months) I wake up almost every night between 1:29 and 1:33 AM. To try and ease the ill-effects of sleepless nights, I've been sprinkling this lavender oil on my pillow before bed. It's relaxing and makes me feel hazy (in a good, 2 AM kind of way) and comfortable.

[pool-side]
My boyfriend's apartment complex comes with a pool, so we've spent two afternoons (so far!) lounging with magazines and radio and bottles of cold water. It's the perfect way to spend an almost-too-hot afternoon.

[pool-side reading material]

[Little Buffalo]
And speaking of being pool-side -- this past Tuesday all of WeThree were in town, so I took the afternoon off of work and we spent a few hours at Little Buffalo State Park with the wee ones and our mom! Little Buffalo has a super fun pool and splash pad that is perfect for younger kids. Tommy loved riding the water slides and Annabel & Sommer loved flying through the fountains.



[side-walk chalk]
After getting home from the park we grilled up some cheeseburgers and ate corn-on-the cob & watermelon outside. Tommy helped me make this pretty design on my parents patio while we were waiting for the charcoal to heat up.

[a great impromptu visit!]

[yoga]

I am still on a bit of a yoga kick and have been really been enjoying the benefits of the practice. Brig went with me this past Saturday, and snapped this photo and the one below of the beautiful studio at Simply Well. I can't recommend it enough.

Can you think of a better way to start Saturday morning?

What have you been up to lately??

In Case you Missed it:

Select photographs by my mom and Brigid. Thank you for sharing your photos!