this year i went back to my roots and did some canning, satisfying a longing i've had but not had time for the past several seasons. i cooked up and canned lots of apple butter, the same recipe i grew up eating as a child, the same one my mom gave to me and helped me cook up using apples from the same tree...sometimes nostalgia tastes rich and sweet and is just the right medicine for the heart.
we were SO excited to have violet for a sleep-over this weekend, so i made sure all the work was done and my entire attention could be showered upon her. she was never short of ideas for fun projects or possible adventures.
including making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, half with 'brown' chocolate, and half with 'the white kind'. this three year old knows her way around a mixing bowl and she had fun stirring the batter with papa.
we ran and romped along the river's edge, our pockets filling with favorite rocks. every time she found one she liked she'd say "here meeema, it's for you" and i would give her mine. we saw an eagle soar above us two times.
In the morning i tried out a recipe heather gave me for banana pancakes - so delicious, i must post the recipe - and we topped them with fresh apple butter...yumm!
we sat in the sun and had a tea party on the porch with ovaltine "tea" and bits of cookies
we set up our houses and button tree under a now big pine tree, that walter and i planted years ago and christened "heather", after violet's mother (there is also a tree named marissa, walter, and katie, too). we played under those fragrant boughs with 2 dolls and a pony, waiting for the forest fairies to make their appearance and discover their new homes.
i haven't played this much in a very long time, life feels sweet.