Friday, May 31, 2013

French bread on Friday... from the farm, to the farm table!

good day everyone!

 i am so ready for this weekend!  

it's officially farmer's market season here in the Pacific Northwest!

 Mr D and i are ready for tomorrow.

i get to carry the French market basket that Chrislyn, Jason and the "Grands" 

gave me for Christmas.  Mr D will carry a small cooler to fill with fresh oysters.

rain or shine, they will be on the grill Saturday night!

ohhhh...and we'll open a good bottle of red!

this morning's French bread is sprinkled with a touch of  lavender sugar! 

i have gathered my favorite farm to table inspiration for breakfast!  

 this amazing image led me to this wonderful french blog!

i started a :: farm to table {L}ove:: board on Pinterest!

can you tell that i am excited?  

welcome June!

are you ready to spring into summer?

i am jumping in with both feet and...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday's wrap! the month of May and a care package for Jay!

May is a big month here on 34th street.

it starts off with a birthday that's "in sync" with Cinco de Mayo.

next, we celebrate another b-day on the 12th, (which just happened

to be Mother's Day this year.)   our anniversary is on the 18th, 

and the finale,

Jay's day, and three days off in a row!

:: ici ::

 it's a party or a picnic every weekend!

my sister in law, Carol and her husband Gary decided to

take an impromptu drive to Boise just in time for Jay's birthday.

 we sent a B I R T H D A Y  C A R E  P A C K A G E  with them!

he's the one with the cool shoes! ...very "façonnable"!

you all know that Jay is a SPORTS GUY! in fact...let me brag a little,

( i am his Mom!), he was very recently promoted to Sport's Director at KTVB!

"The Catch" May 26, 1995. R.I.P. Kingdome. Never forget.

Chrislyn and Jason's contribution to the package was two very cool 

Ken Griffey Jr. retro t-shirts that they found at Nordstrom, 


she loves her little brother!

...some precious pics of his niece and nephew.

sweet little dreamer!

you may have guessed that Jay's fave baseball player ever is Ken Griffey Jr. 

i could write a book about the joy and inspiration"The Kid" brought to 

our house. when Jay was 9 years old he read over 50 books in the 

Summer reading program for a chance to meet his baseball home run hero! 

 Mr D and i most likely purchased his last Griffey t-shirt when he was twelve, 

so this was a sweet gesture from his sister and Jason.

( i will let you in on a little secret, Jason bought a t-shirt too!)  

if you were a child that grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the late 

80's and early 90's and loved baseball, you undoubtedly loved 

"The Kid!" 4

without saying anything other than,

"we are sending a C A R E  P A C K A G E to Jay via Aunt Carol

and Gary", it's amazing how bit of a theme evolved!

last month, Antique Farm House featured the metal distressed

numbers above.  i thought that they would look awesome in Jay's

bedroom and ordered a two and a four. they are about 13 inches

tall, substantial and a bit heavy...i am so thankful that we didn't 

have to mail them! thank you Aunt Carol and Gary!

 here's the wrap!

i decided i would try my hand at the little fork pom poms that i have been seeing

all over Blogville!  i used baker's twine!

i smushed them onto a gift tag!

the next gift to go into box was two very cool drapery panels from Hobby Lobby.

 ( have i mentioned how i love that store?)

they were 50% off on a grand opening special! 

perfect, for Jay's bedroom redo!

a little more of a challenge to wrap...

...but it turned out nice!

i tossed in a few keepsakes from his baseball years!

Mr D parted with a selection from the Spring release.

the package was wrapped, loaded, and ready to be



(i hope that your week is running on time. with the holiday, i am still a day
behind! see ya Friday!)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

an ordinary miracle that pulled at my heartstrings...

happy Tuesday!

Mr D and i were out weeding the pea gravel a few weeks ago when 

 i spied this little green gem!

i couldn't toss it in yard waste receptacle. instead, i took

 mon petit cèdre inside to our kitchen window! the baby tree

 has already grown and inch and one half and sprouted two new limbs!

i give it a fresh drink of water every other day. 

i changed the water this morning, and flourished the tiny green the bit of 

Maria's Dutch butcher's twine.  in a couple weeks, i'll take the petit arbre back 

outside to it's birthplace and plant it in a pretty white pot.  

i have been keeping and eye for new sprouted treasures.

perhaps i will have a tiny tree farm on the kitchen sill by Christmas!

(i have always wished to live on a Christmas tree farm.)

the best things in life are gifted to us...


Monday, May 27, 2013

this morning, on the farm table...i remember.

i remember the day she lost her son,

my father's brother, my uncle.


... it was a very rough time.

she wore her gold star, and was the

Seattle chapter's president for years.

she kept a scrap book.

she was so excited when Decoration Day

was changed to Memorial Day and declared

a national holiday, (1971).

every Memorial Day, the Gold Star Mothers lay a

 wreath at the Memorial Plaza in Downtown Seattle.

this is a copy of Grandma's welcome speech in 1977.

...remembering our country's heroes

and those that paved the way before us...