picnic

When Inspiration Strikes

Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. friends out there! Is anyone doing anything special today? We’re having a picnic at our house with family this afternoon and I can’t wait! 

In preparation for our little gathering, I found myself at the grocery store in search of pork ribs to barbecue. First, I had to pass the produce and inspiration struck. 

Strawberries and rhubarb

Whoever put the strawberries and rhubarb together in the produce area of the store is smart!

Jimmy has been asking me to bake a strawberry rhubarb pie for a few weeks now, and what better time to make it than when we’re having guests over to enjoy it with us 🙂

Strawberry rhubarb pie fillingStrawberry rhubarb pie

Pies are definitely a bit of work to put together, but so rewarding when they’re finished.

We’ve been having some hot, dry days here in Pittsburgh, so we’ve been keeping a close eye on our garden and watering it as needed. I don’t think we watered the garden more than twice last year, but this year it seems like we could water it twice a day.

Sadie helped me pick some zucchini and squash. We are patiently awaiting the arrival of the cucumbers. Can’t wait to make pickles

Zucchini and yellow squash from vegetable gardenToddler eating squash from garden

Sadie and Niva spent some time cuddling in the yard yesterday and it was too sweet. These two seem to be best buds and partners in crime.

Yesterday I let Sadie play with my washi tape collection so I could get some housework done and she shared it with Niva… who chewed a few rolls. I was totally okay with sacrificing some washi tape so I could get a bit done, lol. 

Toddler laying with Siberian Husky in grass

Alright, off to bake those pork ribs for our picnic! 

What are you up to today?

Do you like strawberry rhubarb pie?

Spring Fun To-Do List

Spring is in full swing and I am loving it! I created a little spring to-do list of fun things I’d like to do this season.

Go on a picnic

Jimmy and I have a wonderful little park in our neighborhood. I’d love to pack up a meal and hang out at the park one afternoon or evening!

Visit the zoo

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but Jimmy is creating a zip line for the Pittsburgh Zoo! He creates some pretty cool things at work each day, and I really want to go on the zip line he’s working on once it’s done.

Paint something

I’ve been wanting to restore an old bookshelf Jimmy and I have in our living room. I’ve literally had paint all ready to go for this project for over a year. What am I doing?! I need to do this! I’d also like to paint our office.

Donate clothing

I have some clothes all ready to be donated. I just need to stop by the donation center and drop them off!

Practice photography

I’m hoping to get out on a nearby trail during golden hour and practice my nature photography. The trail near our house is so lush, and has some streams and ponds near it that I really want to capture.

What do you want to do during this season?