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Summer has a way about her. She takes her time to arrive and then leaves in a hurry with days full of sunshine, sandy feet, sun-kissed cheeks, and baskets full of berries in her wake. Short and sweet she is, this summer in New England. The school year is right around the corner and I just want to soak in every last blessed minute of our structureless days.

Tomorrow we leave for a two week road trip of the southern variety, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas here we come! By the time we return the days will already be shorter, the nights cooler, and the sweaters a plenty. It feels necessary to pause for moment and note all the good stuff from our summer days, so far.

-we’ve listened to music in the park with friends while the kids ran wild and free.

-laid in bed and, almost nightly, watched fireflies put on the most spectacular light show.

-frequented the farmer’s market and roadside farm stands, enjoying the serious bounty of the season. Salads and veggies for all!

-dipped our feet into ocean, sound, lake, and pool.

-picked strawberries and blueberries at our local farm and discovered wild raspberries in our
own backyard.

-made jam with said berries (recipes below), as well as pie, crisp, and then just ate them plain as they came, by the handful.

-traveled to beaches both near and far, new and old to us, and explored their shores.

-taught childbirth classes to empowered women ready to take on birth and parenthood.

-made a pitcher of iced tea daily.

-knit, a lot, and finished my first real sweater.

-had summer BBQs that leave your fingers sticky, your heart warm and your belly full.

-laid in the grass while my littlest sleeps marveling at the sunlight on the maple leaves.

These quickly fleeting summer day have been so good.

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Summer Jam- Two Ways


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Blueberry Lemon Jam
Adapted from Against All Grain

6 cups blueberries
1 cup raw honey (you can use more or less depending on the tartness of your berries)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoon lemon zest

-Bring berries, honey, lemon juice, and zest to a boil over medium heat.
-Boil on low until thickened, about 20 minutes.
-(optional) Allow jam to cool and, using a food processor, pulse until smooth.
-Bring back to a boil and ladle into sterilized jars, top with sterilized lid and screw on ring.
-Process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
-Remove from water and let cool. Make sure you hear the “pop” of the lid as the jars start to cool, that means it’s sealed properly.
-Enjoy within 1 year.

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Raspberry Plum Vanilla Jam
Adapted from Completely Delicious

1 lb raspberries
3 lbs plums, sliced and pits removed (leave skins on)
3 cups dehydrated cane juice
1/2 raw honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 vanilla bean

-Bring raspberries, plums, sugar, honey, lemon juice, and vanilla bean to a boil over medium heat.
-Boil on low until thickened, about 30 minutes or longer depending on desired consistency.
-Ladle into sterilized jars, top with sterilized lid and screw on ring.
-Process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
-Remove from water and let cool. Make sure you hear the “pop” of the lid as the jars start to cool, that means it’s sealed properly.
-Enjoy within 1 year.

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Friends, I made a dress. A dress for myself. It’s something I’ve never done before and it felt so good. A month or so ago I came across a couple yards of fabric at a tag sale and I thought, “Oh that would make the loveliest summer dress!”

A quick search on the computer and I found my new favorite site for women’s sewing patterns Deer and Doe. They are based out of France so their website is in…well, French, but you can click a button and voila! it translates the text to English. Thank goodness for technology, otherwise I’d probably still be trying to figure out how to read French! Anyway, I ordered the Centauree dress pattern and it was such fun to sew up. I used these tutorials which were a huge help, being the visual learner that I am. I will note that I made the size they specified based on my measurements and I did need to alter it quite a bit, it was nearly two sizes too big. It wasn’t difficult to do, if you happen to find yourself in the same predicament.

Overall I am so pleased with how it turned out, light, cool, and fitting in all the right places. I plan to wear as much as I can to soak up the rest of these quickly fleeting summer days.

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