Spring Snow Surprise!

Spring Snow Surprise!

The spring birds are arriving daily here in the hilltowns of Massachusetts in April and this morning they awoke to a snowcapped roof – Brrrrrrr!

I’m so very glad they have a cozy spot to settle into for this momentary silly weather pattern sent by Mother Nature! 

For more New England BIRD adventures visit P.L.A.Y. Birds to read stories and engage in curious and creative activities designed for the whole family.

The bird story book begins HERE.

Mother Nature surprised us all with a stack of spring snow on the already blooming tulips in our flower garden.

Thankfully our seedlings weathered the storm indoors in both our home and in the community greenhouse so we are still on track for cucumbers and other delights in our veggie garden.

More P.L.A.Y. family gardening inspiration HERE.

Family Gardening #15: Bonus – Purple Sauerkraut!

Growing Purple Cabbages = Make Great Homemade Sauerkraut!

My husband grew purple cabbages this year and treated himself to the purchase of a new crock so that he could make his own sauerkraut for years to come.

After cutting, shredding, salting, and stuffing the crock full he had to wait for over 8 weeks before the product was ready to compliment our family meals.

During the waiting period he stored the crock full of cabbage in our cellar on a tray and whenever I passed by it to do the laundry I could hear the funny “burbling” sounds and see a purplish liquid gathering around the bottom. It truly seemed like a mysterious science experiment in progress!

He often had to feed it more water (he’s still not sure why) and is working on fine tuning the process for next year including a focus on what cabbages to grow.

All-in-all it was a great P.L.A.Y. garden project and the family is happily consuming the results.


GREAT JOB HUBBY!

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Thanks for stocking our shelves with “Oh my, homemade goodness”!


More P.L.A.Y. garden series past posts and early Spring 2021 beginnings HERE!


Beautiful purple cabbages in progress – July 2020

Summer #29 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. August treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

“Looks Like gathered Raffia Ribbon “

Bonus pom-pom-ish

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase Here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Summer #27 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. August treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

White on White + Where’s the Web?”

Bonus  Special Spider

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase Here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Summer #26 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. August treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

“Profoundly Passionate Pink in Every Petal”

Bonus – Slightly Pleated

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase Here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Summer #25 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. August treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

“A Pinwheel of Petals + Center Circled by Stars “

BonusGolden Yellow

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase Here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Family Gardening #13: Foraging and Full on Harvesting!


P.L.A.Y. in Place Projects


Beautiful and plentiful blackberries foraged by the quart daily by my son out in the meadows and the warm summer sun.

Bonus berry pie, made by my son and me, with both blackberries and strawberries and a dollop of coconut cream. Yummy!


Yay for continued berry-licious abundance!



Yay for green thumbs!


The harvest is coming in and we have quite a variety: summer squash, zucchini, sweet peppers, hot peppers, cabbages, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, fresh flowers, and oodles of CUCUMBERS!

What do you do with oodles of cucumbers?

  1. Daily Fresh Juicing
  2. Refrigerator Pickles
  3. Canning Pickles
  4. Freeze Slices for future juicing
  5. Eat them fresh by the fist full
  6. Experiment: Dehydrate after tossing in vinegar and salt for a fun “chip” treat.
  7. SHARE with your friends, neighbors, and community

How about YOU? How’s it growing?


Butterfly garden bonus blooms!


Hope your garden spaces are staying green and rainbow colors AND your family continues to stay engaged with harvesting the garden veggie goodies!


Notes:

  • This series will continue to follow the seasons and growing patterns according to living here in a Zone 5 northern New England climate and you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
  • The specific gardening needs you have can simply be answered using your favorite search engine online seeking DIY instructions as well as library eBooks and audiobooks (especially as we are all asked to continue to P.L.A.Y. in Place at the time of this posting).
  • P.L.A.Y. is here to encourage you and your family on your gardening journey simply by posting some of our experiences as inspiration and basic prompts to growing food and flowers.

More P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan Family Gardening HERE


This P.L.A.Y. series is for everyone! Pass it on!

  • If you are new to gardening this series is designed to encourage you and your family to take small steps towards growing foods and flowers of any kind and any amount.
  • If you’ve tinkered with gardening in the past and things didn’t always work out this series is here to encourage you to try again AND do it as a family focusing on each individuals strengths to help it all come together.
  • This series will offer up suggestions for basic leaping off points where you and your family can begin and choose to deep dive or keep it simple in the world of gardening.
  • Most of all this series will be a source of encouragement and hopefully an inspiration to simply get in the dirt (aka garden) and P.L.A.Y. and the rest will “bee what it will bee”.

Simply BEE!

Family Gardening #12: Beautiful Blooms + Berries


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan


Beautiful blooms in the butterfly garden continue to share their colors, textures, and patterns and attract amazing winged wonders as summer unfolds.

Daily we have birds, butterflies, bees, and even bunnies entering this beautiful flower filled space that we get to watch from our bedroom windows as well as walk in while soaking up the sunshine.

All that work and dedication to getting the soil prepared, putting plants in the ground, and consistently watering and weeding is really paying off as the garden thrives.


Yay for berry-licious abundance!

Yay for green thumb generosity!


Our neighbor shared their raspberry bushes with our community as oodles of berries ripened all at once!

Wow did those raspberries make a difference in the strawberry rhubarb pie we shared over the holiday weekend. Yummy!

We are now freezing the rest and intend to share more of these treats by making another pie in the middle of winter to serve up with a nice hot cup of tea at one of our routine community meetings.

Oh how sweet it is to savor summer the whole year through!


How about YOU? How’s it growing?


Zucchini in progress!

Hope your garden spaces are staying green and your family continues to stay engaged as the best is yet to come as the harvesting of garden veggie goodies begins!


Notes:

  • This series will continue to follow the seasons and growing patterns according to living here in a Zone 5 northern New England climate and you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
  • The specific gardening needs you have can simply be answered using your favorite search engine online seeking DIY instructions as well as library eBooks and audiobooks (especially as we are all asked to continue to P.L.A.Y. in Place at the time of this posting).
  • P.L.A.Y. is here to encourage you and your family on your gardening journey simply by posting some of our experiences as inspiration and basic prompts to growing food and flowers.

More P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan Family Gardening HERE


This P.L.A.Y. series is for everyone! Pass it on!

  • If you are new to gardening this series is designed to encourage you and your family to take small steps towards growing foods and flowers of any kind and any amount.
  • If you’ve tinkered with gardening in the past and things didn’t always work out this series is here to encourage you to try again AND do it as a family focusing on each individuals strengths to help it all come together.
  • This series will offer up suggestions for basic leaping off points where you and your family can begin and choose to deep dive or keep it simple in the world of gardening.
  • Most of all this series will be a source of encouragement and hopefully an inspiration to simply get in the dirt (aka garden) and P.L.A.Y. and the rest will “bee what it will bee”.

Simply BEE!

Family Gardening #10: Foraging + Farm Fun


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan


YUMMY!!!

Pick-your-own strawberry season!


You’ve Got Options!


Your family has so many options in addition to trying to grow your own fruits, veggies, and flowers in your home spaces.

There are plenty of local farms that would love for your family to participate in purchasing veggies or pick-your-own berries as a great outdoor fresh air activity. My hubby just picked 10 lbs of strawberries this morning at a local farm and we treated ourselves to making homemade biscuits and coconut cream to pair with them. Yumalicious!

And even nearer to home there may be many options for you to safely forage for “free” foods simply by using reliable resources like the one above to identify what is OK and edible versus not OK. If in doubt don’t! Check and double check! Safety First!

These strawberries were fun to forage on a hot day in our meadow as the sunshine ripened berries, although tiny, were so full of flavor and very much treasured.

Recently my son found these chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms and easily gathered many pounds in just a few days from one source. He fried it up in our wok and most of the family has been enjoying it all week in sandwiches and stir-fry and the rest easily goes in the freezer (already cooked).


 P.L.A.Y. Check In – How Are Things Growing?


Do you have any foods or flowers that are attracting your attention or perhaps the attention of local bugs, birds, or 4-legged critters?

We are enjoying the challenge of trying to keep up with eating our lettuce greens and our dark kale greens that all are currently coming in abundance. Thankfully we can freeze the dark greens to use in soups and smoothies so we’ve placed an emphasis on the salad green eating.

My daughter’s butterfly garden is blooming quite nicely with a variety of flowers and colors and plenty of winged visitors!


Hope your garden spaces are greening up!


Notes:

  • This series will continue to follow the seasons and growing patterns according to living here in a Zone 5 northern New England climate and you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
  • The specific gardening needs you have can simply be answered using your favorite search engine online seeking DIY instructions as well as library eBooks and audiobooks (especially as we are all asked to continue to P.L.A.Y. in Place at the time of this posting).
  • P.L.A.Y. is here to encourage you and your family on your gardening journey simply by posting some of our experiences as inspiration and basic prompts to growing food and flowers.

More P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan Family Gardening HERE


This P.L.A.Y. series is for everyone! Pass it on!

  • If you are new to gardening this series is designed to encourage you and your family to take small steps towards growing foods and flowers of any kind and any amount.
  • If you’ve tinkered with gardening in the past and things didn’t always work out this series is here to encourage you to try again AND do it as a family focusing on each individuals strengths to help it all come together.
  • This series will offer up suggestions for basic leaping off points where you and your family can begin and choose to deep dive or keep it simple in the world of gardening.
  • Most of all this series will be a source of encouragement and hopefully an inspiration to simply get in the dirt (aka garden) and P.L.A.Y. and the rest will “bee what it will bee”.

Simply BEE!

Summer #31 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


Purchase Here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books


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A June treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

Purple or Pink Pokey Pop-ups”

Bonus Purple + Pink + Green

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

❤ ❤ ❤


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!