1.29.2011

Come On Let's Go Organic!




Do you eat organic? We try our best. Our children's doctor told us the top 3 organic foods to buy are milk, strawberries, and olive oil. We have used organic milk for about 10 years. Stonyfield Farms is our favorite. We cook with olive oil all of the time, so it makes sense to use one whose olives have not been treated with chemicals. Same with strawberries. Why would I want my kids to gobble up a bowl full of pesticides?

I understand the obvious. Organic=Expensive. But don't worry, just make good choices. Things like root vegetables absorb the most chemicals from the ground, so buy these frequently used veggies organically grown. If you can't afford to go "all" organic, pick and choose. Buy fruits with peels traditionally grown. Buy grass fed beef and all natural chicken when possible.

We watch sales, and try our best to feed our family healthy foods. Don't forget, a small garden patch can yield wonderfully natural products if you make the choice to go chemical free! Start planning for this spring and summer now. Remember, organic doesn't always come from the grocery store shelf. Enjoy!

1.25.2011

There's Just Something About Lilly...










As we brace for yet another snow storm here in Massachusetts, I can't help but dream about spring days/spring clothes/spring temperatures...a girl can dream can't she? I am so tired of bulky coats/boots/hats/gloves/heated seats...ok, maybe not my heated seat.

1.20.2011

Collecting Vintage Treasures

Are you a collector? I am. It's one of my worst habits. I tend to be drawn towards vintage items. I think it's the history. I love things that may have been around when my parents or grandparents were growing up. I love trying to picture who may have played with the toy, or glanced at the time on the clock, or celebrated their child's birthday dinner with a certain set of dishes. I think part of the appeal comes from many hours I have tucked in between homework, lunches, laundry, and smiles, working my way through my parent's family history on Ancestry.com. I have this insatiable appetite to find answers. To fill in the pieces of the puzzle. I've gotten better about collecting...after all, collectors need room...which we don't have. So I keep those that have the most meaning...and then I try to sell others...at little sales in the summer, or on EBay. Each item is so pretty, so though provoking, so ready to tell a story...how can I resist?







1.11.2011

Made Some Yummy Bread....

Made this amazing Cheesy Bread using King Arthur Flour and Cabot's Cheddar. The recipe was on the back of the flour...also on their website. This was my first attempt at bread from scratch...and it was a huge success. Melted cheese throughout!







1.08.2011

Summer vs. Winter Hmmm.....



So are you a summer or a winter person? I am definitely a summer person. I recently took the top photo overlooking our yard from a side window in our foyer. The bottom photo was taken this summer. It looks out over our hydrangeas, and down below to the flower garden and vegetable garden, with the woods beyond. It's funny, you can't even see our lavender plants in the summer photo, but they are visible in the winter photos. The winter photo is also pretty with the snow and grasses...but the flowers are what really make me happy. I miss gardening.

1.03.2011

Fitness Challenge....off to a Slow Start....


Ok, so I need to update on my fitness goal for the new year. I am trying to do 100 miles in the month of January. Off to a slow start. I did 1 mile today. Ok...it's a start. It was kind of rough getting back in the classroom after break. I am so tired that all I want to do is soak my feet, or take a long hot bath...or sit around eating bon bons. I really want to go to bed. But it's 7:13. My kids are still doing homework, the dryer is still tumbling, dishwasher still groaning...outfits aren't out, lunchboxes still closed. Yep...it's a long way off. Keep track of progress at Chasing Davies. Happy 2011.
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