A berry good day

Solstice Berry Farm

We had a lovely adventure the other weekend, spending a morning at the Solstice Berry Farm (only a 30min drive from our house).

Rows of saskatoon berries

We spent about two hours among these rows of Saskatoon berries. They have an incredible crop this year, so finding ripe berries to pick was easy-peasy. It just took a while to collect enough (Saskatoon berries are smaller than I thought).

Sam at Solstice Berry Farm

Sam at Solstice Berry Farm 2

The sun was shining, the canola fields were glowing, storm clouds were building and our little Sammy was teething. It was one of those good days that require a lot of extra patience in order to enjoy.

Solstice Berry Farm 2

Solstice Berry Farm 3

I’d never picked Saskatoon berries before, but we’ll definitely head out again. So tasty.

Saskatoon berries

Once we got home, we got down to work. Hubby fired up the dehydrator, and I put together a Saskatoon & Rhubarb pie (which I promptly froze) and baked Saskatoon berry muffins (recipe from here).

Saskatoon Berry Muffins

Button-spiration

Oh how I wish we were having more hot sun this summer! I know I shouldn’t complain about rain on the prairies, but it has just been such a wet spring & summer so far. I could count on one hand the number of “hot” days we’ve had. That’s just sad. So here’s a little cheery button project to wear once the sun decides to come out and stay. Make as many pairs of these simple flip flops as you like, in a rainbow of colours! Super inexpensive project. All you need are a pair of cheap flip flops, a bit of scrap fabric, a hot glue gun, a bit of thread, and buttons (duh). The full tutorial can be found here.

Button flip flops

Green things

How about a little tour of our veggie garden? I can’t take any credit for this. My hubby is the green thumb and mastermind behind it all. I lend a hand where I can (plant some seeds here & there, weed a bit, mostly protect plants from a very curious baby boy). I do get to enjoy the benefits of all this, though. Tasty salads, caramelized radishes, roasted broccoli, lots of fresh green onions. Looking forward to the peas (my favourite), beans, tomatoes, oh and the squash! Here’s hoping the hail holds off.

Raised veggie beds
Raised veggie beds with our new mulch

Veggie garden greens

Radishes
Yummy radishes
Lettuce greens
Tasty lettuce greens
Chard
Pretty chard
Chive
Tickly chive (Sam likes the feel of it)
Pea blossoms
Gorgeous pea blossoms
Dill
Growing our own dill this year for pickling
Mint
Mint patch (struggling a bit)
Broccoli
Broccoli (we've gotten to enjoy lots of it this year)
Sam in the garden
My little garden helper

Four fab finds

Summer time means ice cream time. Although, truth be told, I enjoy ice cream even in the dead of winter (it doesn’t melt as quickly). Here’s some fun finds to help you enjoy your treat time, even after it’s all gone:

1. Three ice creams print by Heather Future (fellow Calgarian)
2. Lace doily wooden ice cream spoons by Red Elephant
3. Mini parfait glass from Little Cleo at Home (fellow Etsy Alberta teamie)
4. Waffle cone felt ice cream by Milk Fly

Three ice creams print
1. Three ice creams print by Heather Future

wooden spoons
2. Lace doily wooden ice cream spoons by Red Elephant

Vintage parfait glasses
3. Mini parfait glass from Little Cleo at Home (fellow Etsy Alberta teamie)

Felt ice cream
4. Waffle cone felt ice cream by Milk Fly

One Moment

(One moment in a busy week, captured in a photograph. Time to slow down, reflect, give thanks, and enjoy.)

Baby crochetCrochet
Leisure
Crafting
Granny square
Relaxation
Books
Crochet hook
Yarn
Hobbies
Projects
One person
Baby boy
Lower half
Bare feet
Summer
*Finally a bit of craft time to save my sanity*

One Moment

(One moment in a busy week, captured in a photograph. Time to slow down, reflect, give thanks, and enjoy.)

Iris
Blooming
Pretty
Gardens
Purple
White
Summer
Sunshine
Growth
Gardening
Flowerbeds
Backyards
Several
Outdoors
Nobody
*Enjoying all the vibrant colours of summer before hail demolishes it*

One Moment

(One moment in a busy week, captured in a photograph. Time to slow down, reflect, give thanks, and enjoy.)

Pedicure
Toenails
Bare feet
Flip flops
Summer
Nail polish
Indulgence
Vanity
Pretty
Relaxation
Rejuvenating
Floral pattern
One person
Detail
Women
*A much needed little break*