Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Weekend Recap - Spring has Sprung!

Spring (weather) is finally here!  Here is what happened on our homestead this past weekend:

After countless coupons being sent my way, I finally caved and decided to try out Hello Fresh.  Actually, it was Jason who convinced me to take the plunge.  We ended up getting a pretty damn good deal for two weeks of delivery - 6 total meals - and we had our first box delivered on Friday.


I made two of the meals over the weekend - both were quite delicious!  I love that it's giving me new ideas and it's three less days that I have to figure out what to make for dinner :)


    

We were both surprised at the portions we were given - they were larger than we expected.  My only complaint is all the waste that comes with the packaging.  So much plastic packaging :(  But, we will recycle what we can.  Looking forward to our next delivery in a couple of weeks!

Saturday morning, Jason took Redmond to swim lessons and Ashlyn and I baked up some chocolate chip cookies.  This is my go-to recipe.  The cookies always turn out chewy and delicious!


After lunch, Jason headed out and tilled up the garden!  

    

While he was tilling, I made an afternoon pot of coffee and sat down with a cookie and did a little garden planning :)


After the garden and our afternoon coffee, we finalized where our beehive was going to go, then Jason tilled that up as well.

    

    

While Jason was busy with getting ready for the bees, I cleaned up the brooder for our baby chicks in the garage.  We had been using puppy pads for the first couple of weeks.  Once we ran out, it was time to switch to pine shavings.  Jason also added a small roosting bar which the babies have seemed to be enjoying.


And, since they don't get much attention these days, I snapped a picture of our two remaining big girls - Libby Mae and Fork :)


Saturday night we had some friends over and had the first bonfire of the season.  We threw horseshoes, had some drinks, watched our kids play, and stayed up way past our bedtime.  It was a great night!





Sunday was a beautiful day!  It was sunny and the sky was blue.  Doesn't get much better than that!  Jason got back to work outside.  First thing he did was build a garden box.  He used extra dirt from the bee area to fill it in.  Soon, that box will be full of strawberry plants!!

       

After that was finished, he put up the fence around where the beehive will go.  It looks great!  All that's left to do is get the hive and a few flowering bushes in there.  Oh, and the bees ;)  They should be arriving in about a month!

    

The spring weather had me craving one of my favorite summer salads so I whipped up my Caprese Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes for lunch.  So. Good.


After lunch, Jason took the kids to a local park for awhile.  I stayed back and did laundry. Lots and lots of laundry.  So. Much. Laundry.

The friends we had over the night before had been given a tree to plant for Earth Day.  They knew that if anyone was willing to plant a tree, it was us!  So, Sunday afternoon that's what we did.  It's the tiniest Norway Spruce I've ever seen :)



And that, my friends, was our weekend.  We are so excited for all of the spring/summer weekends to come!!

~ Sara :)


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