solstice / garden tour

I'm a June baby, born right around the summer solstice. I don't buy into astrology (especially not horoscopes - God controls our lives, not the "universe"!), but I have noticed a trend that we cancers/midsummer babies tend to be emotive little beings. I feel ev-er-y-thing. when I get into a funk of being too introspective (happens a lot), a walk in the garden almost always helps. that's what I did on solstice morning, fully knowing I would be most likely be late for work (don't be like me, kids!).

  who doesn't love zinnias? & that's okra in the background.

who doesn't love zinnias? & that's okra in the background.

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 the watermelons! I'm most excited about these guys. the plants are covered in fruit.

the watermelons! I'm most excited about these guys. the plants are covered in fruit.

 sweet potatoes - which I could eat my weight in. hoping they grow well.

sweet potatoes - which I could eat my weight in. hoping they grow well.

 a lone volunteer purple bean.

a lone volunteer purple bean.

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 wild + messy but beautiful.

wild + messy but beautiful.

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 rose of sharon is on her last leg, but boy is she beautiful.

rose of sharon is on her last leg, but boy is she beautiful.

I am so thankful for His creation & the beauty that comes with it! I often wonder how heaven is better than earth, as the earth is already so lovely. grateful.

blessings,

Clare

p.s. bear with me as I get in the groove of this whole blogging thing. still stumped as to when & what I should post.

green quiche + the easiest pie crust ever

I am no chef, folks. in fact, I barely cook at all (something I'm working on, though- I want to be more helpful to my mother when it comes to making meals & also would like to be a good cook for my future family). BUT, there are a few recipes in my arsenal that I make pretty regularly. one of them being quiche.

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oh, quiche, how I love thee. it's delicious and super simple + quick to make. it's one of those meals you make when you're drowning in eggs. not exactly something that is happening during this time of year, but I do find the occasional who-knows-how-old clutch that I need to use right away. & quiche does the job. I make two which uses up about 16 eggs.

I gave this one to my grandparents - that's why it's in the aluminum pan ;)

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winging it is my style when it comes to quiche.

I'm not a huge fan of greens - go ahead, judge me - so I like to blend them up with my eggs. I do ham or bacon, cheese, caramelized onions (MY FAV), & a splash of milk on top before I slide it in the oven. don't forget the salt + pepper! no recipe needed.

the real reason I'm posting this is to share the easiest & possibly yummiest pie crust ever. I'm sure the butter-laden crusts are super delicious & flaky, but frankly, I'm too lazy & too intimidated to roll it out. this one just mixes together & then you can smoosh it into your pie pan & shape the pretty li'l edge.

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super easy pie crust / makes one.

-1  1/2 cups flour

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 cup oil

-1/4 cup water

mix up the ingredients & form in the pie pan. voila!

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let me know if you make it & if you like it! thanks for reading my amateur writing. hoping to find my rhythm in this whole blogging thing soon.

blessings, Clare.

hey there

for a long long time (like three years) I've debated on what my first blog post would be. for whatever reason, there's a lot of pressure attached to that. but I've come to a point that it's better to have an imperfect, ramble-y first post than no blog at all. so here we are! 

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I've gone back & forth A LOT on whether or not I really wanted to start a blog. there's a big part of me that just wants to separate myself from modern technology & get back to the way things were. I often feel like time spent on/for the internet (i.e. The Black Hole), is time wasted. there is already so much information out there, why would I add any more?

well, for one I'm a creative. I'm always observing life/art (they're the same thing if you really think about it) & feel the need to share & replicate that beauty. whether it be an aspect of nature noticed during morning chores, a beautiful scene from a movie, certain words compiled together that tug at my soul, or a wordless song that somehow brings a tear to my eye. while this is a decent reason, it didn't outweigh the feeling of wasting my time on something that would not last.

but I had an epiphany today. I realized that the one thing that would make spending my time on something that appears fruitless, would be to shine His light. what is the point of this if I'm not doing it to glorify God? what's the point of anything if I'm not doing it glorify God? so. while my aim with this blog is to share my experiences + my interests + my (he)art, my main goal is to share the Gospel.

at the beginning of each year, I create a farm video reminiscing over the previous year. I figure 2017's belongs in this post, as a sort of introduction. it'll give you a look into what we do around here. & soon enough I'll be sharing why we do it.

thank you guys for listening! I can't wait to begin this journey.

warmly,

Clare