Still a Country Girl

I had to laugh at my little girl this past weekend. We have been doing a lot of yard work getting our garden ready and grass under control and Emma has been a real help. She has gone and got me buckets and helped carry the hose around. But today was the first time she was actually able to be a country girl in the city. It was warm enough it didn’t matter if she got wet and was able to able to run around in just her boots and diaper. She was one happy toddler!

Who wouldn’t love to go back to being a kid again where it is ok to get messy? I know some days I wish I could. She just makes me smile. It’s also nice to be able to give her a little bit of country in our suburban life right now. I grew up in the country and loved my childhood. And Emma actually spent her first year and a half on that same property where my parents have a horse, goats and our chickens. So I wanted to give her that since of good old growing up in an area that is really busy and urban. So here she is getting to be a kid and doing what kids do best.

Leave a comment below if you have a little one in your life who makes you smile. Leave a cute story if you want too! 🙂

Finding Food in Your Backyard

With all this wonderful weather we are having in California, if you are anywhere else it will be there soon, we are having quite the time with our backyard. As I have bugged my husband to mow it, he finally got his newest toy! Believe it or not, it is a manual mower.

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Hubby proudly mowing his lawn 🙂

He did all the research, and fought with a gas mower that we were given, and decided this was the best and most cost effective way to go. I think it is rather sexy to be honest but that is just me 🙂 And as you can see, the front yard could have really used it.

It’s not the conventional thing to do but who is to say that we are conventional?

But there’s more and I am sure you are going to face palm when I say this but we have lettuce growing our back yard! And we didn’t even plant it! Here is Northern California we have this thing called Miner’s Lettuce and it 100% edible. Most people just think it is a weed and mow it down.

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So I did the weird thing and told my husband not to mow this section of grass until the Miner’s Lettuce dies off because we don’t have to pay for letus for our salads while it’s growing. I know I am crazy but it saves me money 🙂

Do you have this wonderful plant in your back yard? If you do, then maybe you give it a chance in the kitchen instead of the mower 🙂