Painting and Week 2 of the CSA.

The heat! Ah! It has been in the NINETIES for the past two days, and while I welcome the gorgeous weather in the mornings and evenings, the afternoons have been brutal. I actually got a message from my favorite farm advising me to buy up whatever strawberries I could, because there was a good chance the heat would shorten the strawberry season. I did not hesitate to haul home six overflowing quarts, three of which are safely bagged on the door of the freezer 🙂

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Of course, we didn’t let the high temps get us down. On Tuesday James and Emily finished painting the cornhole game- with a little help from Jack and Carolyn! Here are some highlights:

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Our amazing friend and champion babysitter, who is taking Jack and Carolyn to the zoo while I am away in a few weeks! 😀 We love Megan!

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Feet first!

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There was a LOT of rinsing going on.

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Hands!

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And then it was Jack’s turn…

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They ended up looking super cute, although Carolyn’s prints are so, so smudged. I think, all things considered, we got the best that we could expect, and for me that’s enough 🙂

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Jack and Carolyn, an the unforgettable summer of 2013 🙂

We did make it over to the library on Wednesday, which has become something of a port in the storm for me since classes ended. I just need some kind of structure to my weeks, and having events like that to count on and look forward to are hugely beneficial.

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Still, we’re all going a bit stir-crazy, especially with the intense heat.

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It’ll be nice in a few days, when it cools down and we can get out to the park!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Friday post without a CSA rundown! Yesterday I ran a bunch of errands with the kids and Emily, including the CSA pickup. I think that James and Emily will probably be doing the pickup the week that I’m away, and I wanted to show them what to expect and how it worked!

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Carolyn likes to come with me into the barn because that’s where the cats hang out, but Jack really just wants to get in on the sandbox action 🙂   IMG_2569

sunbabies 🙂

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The full count: romaine, spinach, chard, red leaf lettuce, arugula, spring mix, bok choy, broccoli rabe, radishes, spicy hot oregano, and chives! Yum!

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Just look at those gorgeous colors! We’ve already put these guys to work- pickled and over tempeh banh mi:

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Yum!

Last night we made pina coladas with fresh pineapple and young coconuts. They were outrageous, but the fresh flavors totally masked the rum, so everyone was feeling pretty good by the end of the night.

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Tonight it’s off to Joy’s for the first Hoot of the season! Here’s to SUMMER! 🙂

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