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sifted

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I periodically share some of my favorite internet discoveries in my sifted series. My February collection is listed below. Enjoy!

: : The girls and I have been appreciating more reading time together indoors during this colder, rainy weather (with the addition of our rare few snow days). Some of my/our favorite books to read together include G is for Goat and Mommies Say Shh! I love the illustrations by Patricia Polacco.

: : Though I am not a cauliflower fan, I tried this vegan Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo recipe and loved it! The sauce is creamy and delicious. I used my vegetable broth seasoning recipe for the 3 cups of vegetable broth in the ingredients.

: : Our interest in homesteading and sustainable living has us excited about the 2014 Sustainable Preparedness Expo in Portland May 18th. I hope to attend and learn from all the workshops and training sessions available!

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precipitation

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Much has been on my mind lately. Thoughts about the new year, about the alterations to our life this last year precipitated. Contemplating where we are headed and where I want this year to take us. Growth and withering – everything traces back to gardening here.

I apologize if I sound vague. I can’t quite share all of these thoughts, plans and prayers pouring out. Hopefully you will see some of them develop here on the blog. Meanwhile, I am preparing a photography project I am excited about sharing in the coming months. Until then, keep on growing!

waiting and breathing

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It has been a long (and fast) few weeks since our world changed. Brian has been working in the city while the girls and I stay on the coast and wait for the closing on our Portland home. The weekdays are often hectic and lonely as I manage things here by myself. My camera has been out of order for several weeks, causing a steady stream of Instagrams as I continue my habit of freezing a few of these moments, to remember and cherish as the days rush on.

Despite my reservations with gardening after we found out about the move, we have managed to gain a fair amount of our fruits and veg of the season from its bounty. Potatoes, salad greens, kale, radishes, cilantro, strawberries, salmonberries, and onions have all been gathered, while the carrots, blueberries, raspberries, sugar peas and garlic continue to thrive and promise a delicious harvest.

All this change was unexpected, and in the opposite direction we were anticipating (I guess that full-on farm/homestead will have to wait a bit longer), but as all the doors flew open, we decided to step through. Moving forward. Waiting and breathing.

new pathways

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The past week has brought about significant changes here. The pathways are leading us 2 1/2 hours away, to Portland Oregon. There has been a hurried activity of finishing projects, packing, and figuring out a plan for the next month. The gardening has sadly halted (although I hope to resume wherever we end up landing). The chickens have found new homes. Our lives are about to change, hopefully for the better. Stay tuned as we pack up and discover our next homestead/fixer!