I think I finally have things moved over here from our old site and am even getting some widgets and things added. I’m going to try to get back into regular blogging now that the dust has settled. Here’s a bit of an update on things here, in as few words as possible….
1. Rehearsals for the Wilder Pageant are starting soon, and most of our family is once again in it. Daryl is the mayor and Reverend Alden again, Jack and Alex play boys in the mayor’s family, Victoria is back in it and is Mrs. Hansen (the Ingalls Family buys their sod house from Mr. and Mrs. Hansen) and little Fiona is in it for the first time ever, at age three! I’m so excited for another family member to be taking part. My little Annalee (aka Rhiannon Lee, who now goes by Rhia) was four years old when she started, so many years ago. 🙂 Fiona is playing Lucy Bedal. It should be great fun.
2. We just got back from another trip to St. Augustine. This was our second time renting a condo on the beach in the oldest city in America. We love it there, and we can stay in that beautiful two-bedroom Florida condo for less than we could stay for a week in a motel in Sioux Falls, thanks to visiting off-season (May is when kids are still in school and past winter months when people pay more to visit) and knowing how to get good rates. I will always happily do without satellite TV and x-boxes, shop at thrift stores, cook from scratch and otherwise pinch pennies to be able to afford for travel to be part of our family life.
3. We’re back to foraging now that the weather is nice. Daryl and the older girls harvested easily 50 pounds of wild asparagus over the past month, along with loads and loads of ramps (a delicacy that bring as much as $15 a pound in some parts of the country) and some stinging nettles (they taste like spinach when cooked and are incredibly high in some nutrients — and no, they don’t sting you once they’re wilted, dried, blended or boiled!). Asparagus season is winding down but lots of other goodies are coming into their own, including cattails next in our sights (they’re delicious with butter and salt). Also coming soon or still going strong: mulberries, raspberries, purslane, lamb’s quarters, dandelions (dandelion honey is a favorite here), milkweed pods (absolutely delicious battered and fried when they are still small) and loads more. You can check out my Wild Edibles board on Pinterest if you want to start foraging with your kids. I can’t recommend it enough for everything from nature studies to life skills to just a source of delicious (organic) foods you can’t get anywhere else. This started out as a homeschool summer project for us three years ago and now wild foods are a substantial part of our “groceries” for half the year. Otherwise, a hundred other things are going on, as always…. I’ll try to start popping in to share more and also go back to sharing lots of fun resources I come across. It’s nice to be back!