Letting go…

I do love the Frozen song, “Let It Go,” and by the way, Rebecca does a pretty amazing version. But no, that’s not what this is about. At least, not directly.

I am learning to let go. It’s hard. When we made the decision to educate our children at home, it became- and still is- pretty all-consuming. With 8-10 hours on most days directly or indirectly tied to school, I have had to let some things go.

One of those is dinner.

I used to pride myself on daily making from-scratch, balanced, wholesome dinners for my family. But I simply don’t have the hours required for that every day anymore. Don’t worry, we haven’t resorted to convenience foods (I’m too budget- and health-conscious for that 🙂 .) We still sit down and eat together every evening, but often it’s leftovers, or a simpler version of dinner. Ben can make some amazing dishes and is super-helpful to take over at dinnertime now, but he’s an on-the-fly cook, making it up as he goes along and not planning ahead or worrying about a well-rounded meal.

And last night (gasp!), I was on a long blogging streak so Ben took charge of “dinner” and served us all fresh cookies, warm from the oven. Nice. Well, it is Christmas break. I guess we can call that the excuse.

I haven’t given up making whole-grain breads from scratch. That’s important to me, and I can squeeze it in a few times a week. And I still make dinner some nights.

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In fact, one night I helped Ryan multi-task making dinner AND Christmas cookies!

But, at least for now, daily, complicated cooking from scratch isn’t the top priority. If that’s the hardest thing I have to let go, I’m pretty sure I’ll be just fine.

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock.

 

Sunnybrook Farm produces (Summer and Fall 2015)

From those beautiful February days of planting, we did have some production at Sunnybrook Farm.

Ryan was a terrific steward over his precious pepper plants and harIMG_20151125_202333528vested a horde of jalapenosIMG_20151107_112929302!

We turned them into jalapeno poppers, dip, soup, and froze them to use all year.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Moapa squash seeds, a local cultivar that I use like pumpkin, also gave us an abundant harvest.

Rebecca won a “carving” contest at Halloween with her Mr. Moapa.

Mr. Moapa squash

 

 

At Thanksgiving, Ryan was a trooper cleaning out all the seeds and goop so I could turn Moapa squash into pumpkin streusel squares (yum!) and a side dish.

 

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And, of course, not pictured here is the often-overwhelming zucchini harvest. I think we had so much that it wasn’t fun anymore, so no pictures. 🙂 We also enjoyed some delectable tomatoes, but they never last long enough.

It’s always a joy- and a bit surprising- when we have gardening success!! We’d like to think we are somewhat self-reliant, though we still have a long way to go…

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock.

School at Sunnybrook Farm (February 2015)

Rebecca and Gunner at Sunnybrook Farm

House Upon a Rock is built on… well… rocks. Quite literally. So while we have 4+acres, it’s not worth much for growing things. However, our dear neighbors just down the road were smart enough to choose farmland instead of a rock quarry. And they are so good to us that they invited us this year to garden with them at what we fondly call Sunnybrook Farm (in honor of Rebecca, if you’re not familiar). These friends have irrigation water, tractor, green thumbs… everything we don’t. And they have Gunner, a sweet old dog that reminds us of our beloved, departed labs. He and my Rebecca are buddies. Ryan is, too, but I think he was busy chasing cows instead of cuddling at the time of this picture.

The good thing about Logandale (well, one of the good things) is February. Beautiful, sunny days perfect for planting a garden while everyone else is still under snow. So that’s what we did for hands-on science during those early, first days of home school. We tilled and planted and tended and weeded. And learned about the life cycle of plants. And enjoyed being outside in the winter sunshine.

We are- and try to be- House Upon a Rock!

(though we’re glad we have friends with better soil 🙂 )