This morning as I write, Natalie is taking her morning nap, swaddled up in the Pack-n-Play, while Nathan has gotten himself stuck in the middle of our antique chairs with broken caning in the middle. He takes the cushion off, and then climbs through the top and can’t get all the way through. I guess we should fix those chairs!
I’m surrounded by crayons littering the floor, books scattered here and there, farm animals under foot, the tractor hitched up to the grain wagon in front of the barn, evidence of yesterday’s play time, the Moby wrap unraveled next to the desk, and my empty coffee cup at my side. Natalie has been sleeping peacefully in her crib for a week now. For some odd reason, Nathan loves to play in it, tossing out all her blankets and stuffed animals. Last night he realized with pride that he can climb into her crib all by himself. He proudly turned and smiled and me after the first few times. I just hope he doesn’t realize he can also get out!!
There is a long list of odd things that Nathan has tried to eat in his nearly two years, and this week we’ll add hand sanitizer to the list. I was nursing and he went off to play, occupying himself by emptying out the diaper bag, where he found the hand sanitizer. He came around the corner of the kitchen, holding the opened container, making a face, shaking his head and saying ‘no.’ It was funny! He didn’t get sick, thank goodness and we tried to combat the effects by eating probiotic rich sauerkraut and yogurt for lunch. The kids both have colds in some form so we’ve been staying home.
Monday morning Nathan and I got busy in the kitchen making hummus and toasting a bunch of coconut. I still have a bin of coconut left from when I made granola for the Farmer’s Market, so we’ve been slowly using it up. I located my stainless steel pan and with the flame on medium-high, we dry toasted the coconut, which browned up nicely and after it cooled was crispy. I tried to use Julia Child flare and flip the coconut in the pan, which was pretty successful and makes me feel very accomplished. First order of business was eating it on ice cream with caramel sauce! This morning I made a quinoa and oats toasted coconut porridge that is made with coconut milk and pear juice. So yummy! I feel like I need a hearty breakfast to keep up my milk production for our growing sweet pea! Then we’ll have some toasted coconut with fruit on some yogurt for an afternoon snack later today.
Saturday Dan and Nathan did chores, and checked on the bees. He put his ear up to the box and could hear them buzzing around, which is a good sign! We haven’t extracted any honey with the hopes that it would help them naturally and successfully survive the winter. Time will tell. The male goats have been separated from the nannies, so hopefully this May we’ll have a new group of kids again!
Sunday night we were invited to Dan’s parents for a Pizza and Pool party to enjoy their new hot tub. It was a great way to end the week and look forward to another, letting the warm water melt away sore muscles while hanging out with family and friends! Nathan joined us and loved every minute of it!
Dan and I spent some time discussing upcoming schedules and expenses after we finished our taxes for 2017. We are very intentional about not being too busy, and we say no to a lot of activities, but we will commit to a few things. Last year we did several sessions of swimming lessons with Nathan, and we decided that if we wait until this fall we can enroll both of the kids in the parent-child class. Natalie would be almost 10 mos. A friend of mine is doing a music class called Sing-n-Sprout that would be really fun for Nathan and we are coordinating with Grandparents to take him to the evening class while Natalie and I head to Re-Fit for a workout at the same time. I’m excited to start!
The cold weather makes me crave hearty, soulful food, so the menu this week includes Shepherd’s Pie with a winter fruit salad, Sundried Tomato Meatloaf with sauteed peas and carrots, baked squash and a spinach salad, our usual Friday night pizza, and for the Saturday night potluck, lasagna. What are your favorite winter meals?
And that’s the news from this toasted-coconut-and-hand-sanitizer week on the farm!