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A Week In Mommyland (Week 27)

9 Jul

It was a holiday week which means that I spent most of it confused as to what day it was.



I haven’t been sleeping very well lately, or at least not as well as I had been. How do I know? My Fitbit lets me know. Just another reason I love that little thing.

The blue line is when I was asleep and the pink stripes are the times I was awake.

And everyone wonders why I take Tylenol PM nearly every night.



Despite my lack of sleep I’m still running. I’m still trying to get back up to the eight, nine and ten mile runs but I think I might have to wait until the weather cools.

I decided to test my 5K speed and she how I was doing since I have a race coming up in a week. My time was MUCH slower than the last 5K race I ran and I can only attribute that to the heat and smothering humidity.



This week was the potato harvest on The Mommyland Farm. We didn’t get as many as last year but we’re looking into planting them again for a fall harvest.

What should I make first?



It wasn’t just the 4th of July here, it was also four years since I started this blog.

If you follow along on the Mommyland Facebook page, you might have seen that I am starting to have some Kitchen Adventures. This week I made my own Nutella (more on that later) and I also made this Strawberry Shortcake from SCRATCH. I even made the whipped cream myself.

It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world, I think it has a certain rustic charm though. It was tasty and eventually I will write a post about it and what I will change for next time.

After a variety of meat on the grill we enjoyed that cake…It didn’t last long.



Friday we took advantage of one of the most amazing things in this world…Parent’s Night Out. It’s a FREE program at the Y that allows us to drop the kids off for three hours and go enjoy an evening out. Yes, I said FREE (to full family members).

While the kids had fun playing and swimming, Bill and I went out to eat and played in town.

We made it an evening of local treats. First we stopped at Paradocx Vineyards for a bottle of wine to have with dinner. Then after we dropped off the kids we went to Portabello’s for dinner. OMG, talk about AMAZING!!! Everything was fresh and soooooo tasty. I enjoyed 14 ounces of the second best steak I’ve EVER had. If you ever find yourself in Kennett Square you need to have a meal there.

After dinner we wandered across the street to The Mushroom Cap for a little shopping. We picked up some fresh mushrooms to make with dinner Saturday night. Downstairs from The Mushroom Cap is this new little toy store called The Growing Tree. If you’re looking for anything Melissa & Doug this is the store for you.

After a little shopping we made our way to Flickerwood Wine Cellars. That is where I had the yummy concoction you see above. Wine slushie anyone? YES PLEASE!!!

Friday night was marvelous!



Saturday was a good day to spend a little time pool side. I try to keep my pale ass in the shade as much as possible. We get there as soon at the pool opens so I can have my shady spot.

The boys love splashing around. Cameron can swim on his own so he finds some school friends and goes to swim with them. Logan is perfectly happy sitting on the steps on the middle pool playing with a toy.

There’s something for all of us.



The crazy weather continues around here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sky like that before, I was ready for a house to drop out of it.

Somehow we’ve gotten stuck in this weather pattern of daily storms. Not a fan.

There you have it…My week. How was your week? Did you do anything fun for the holiday?


The Mommyland Farm (Volume 23)

31 May

Since spring took it’s sweet old time getting here we were a little late with getting our crops in the ground. Everything has been in for a few weeks now and things are coming a long nicely.

I’m so excited to eat some fresh veggies right off the plants again this summer.


The Mommyland Farm

So what’s new?

This year we were able to use our compost to fill some of the beds. The stuff had a certain aroma that I wasn’t quite fond of but Bill assures me is really healthy.

We decided not to do eggplants this year since they never get big enough for humans to eat before the animals get to them. It’s fine with me, I’m not a big eggplant fan anyway.

Instead of the eggplants we are doing strawberries. Who doesn’t like strawberries?!?

We switched the potatoes and the carrots around mostly because the one bed had more soil than the other.

We have added an irrigation system! With the new system we hope to use less water and be more efficient with watering the plants. Each bed has two of the little sprinklers. Now instead of watering the entire area in and around the garden just the plants will get the water they need.


One of the irrigation heads

No new security measures have been taken except that we sprinkle what I call death around the entire garden to help keep the critters away. The stuff smells so God awful that it makes me gag but it’s supposed to deter the animals from coming around. To be honest, I think it’s only kind of working. The things in the back two beds (peas and cucumbers) are being attacked by the furry “friends”. Maybe it’s time to fix the hole that someone dug under the fence back there.

How’s it going?

Besides the aforementioned nibbling of the peas and cucumbers things are coming along nicely. The tomato plants are getting bigger by the day and the carrots that never made it last year are going strong.

We’ve got a few flowers here and there which of course is a sign of food to come.

This year’s Mommyland Farm will include: peas, cucumbers, strawberries, grape tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, red peppers, yellow peppers, green peppers, potatoes, and carrots.

Off The Farm we have set up a small, potted herb garden on the front porch. Last year the squirrels got to all my herbs and we had nothing. This year we have basil, cilantro, parsley, and oregano. 



OK, now my tummy is growling just thinking about all the goodness we’re going to have this summer.

Do you have a garden? What will you be growing this summer?

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