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Fresh – My word of the week

Life is certainly sent to try us, isn’t it? Yes, one of those weeks. Although it takes with one hand and gives back, in basketfuls, with the other. A couple of blah! moments this week concerning cars and sheds, but also lots of joy-in-the-heart times, that keep the balance. Life is good. On the whole. I do like that caveat. I tell the children that it’s not about the cards you are dealt in life, but how you choose to play them.

So I choose positive. The get-on-and-deal-with-it-all. Weekend plans changed. Opportunities elsewhere.

The rain has definitely brought freshness. The garden is swelling in goodies. First of the garden peas, this week, as well as the cucamelons, from the greenhouse. They are refreshing to eat. A burst of cucumber, with a twist of lime/lemon, when you crunch into one.

I didn’t grow the watermelon, but it does give an idea of the size and likeness to the cucamelons. In Mexico, they call cucamelons, little mouse melons. It’s just how they look.

Also been cooking with courgette. Courgettes are so easy to grow. They give and they give, but I’ve really struggled to find recipes that the whole family will eat. This weekend, I made courgette fritters, which always goes down well. Next day, I tried a courgette and pesto pasta sauce also. Clean plates all round. Always a good test of a successful recipe, and good to have another option. My mission to find the collection of best courgette dishes continues. I feel encouraged.

It might have helped that I made the pasta from scratch too, to go with the sauce. I love making pasta, but it is time consuming. I find the trick, to good pasta, is to run the pasta through the machine on the lowest setting a few times. Folding and turning each time, until it’s smooth. Don’t rush it. Anyway, the meal went down well.

(good job as I have more courgettes lined up and ready to eat)

Finished Youngest’s bedroom, this week, and he’s moved everything back in. Fresh and light. It’s looking more like his room now, than it does in the photo above. He’s kept the floor uncluttered, by storing everything away. I still have soft furnishings to do, which means I have sewing time to look forward to.

Middle teen has finished making her quilt. She started it a few years ago. I’ll write more about it another time, because it certainly deserves it. (edited: quilt write up is here) Folded up in the photo, so it gives no indication of the size. It is a generous lap quilt.

Also had a visit from grandparents. Rain held off, so I could give them the garden tour.

Another week gone of the holidays. Over half way now, which always seems strange when the US and Scotland have already gone back. Planning to make the most of the time left. It goes too fast.

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the week linky. I’m going with the word “fresh”.

Word of the Week linky

14 Responses to Fresh – My word of the week

  • Kim Carberry says:

    So sorry you have has some blah moments this week!
    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cucamelon before. They sound delicious! It sounds like you’ve been cooking up some really great meals. I love the sound of the courgette fritters.
    The bedroom looks fab and the quilt is gorgeous! x

  • Laurie says:

    Wow! You even make your own pasta? That sounds so good. I have never heard of cucamelon or courgettes before. I am going to have to Google both of them. Those fresh peas look delicious. If only I could have dinner at your house! 🙂

    • Craft Mother says:

      Courgette is the same as zucchini. Cucamelons are a new one for me too. The peas were delicious. Haven’t grown as many this year, so it is thin pickings at the moment!

  • Omg the quilt is stunning I love the colours. And teens rooms looks fab. we keep thinking we need to do Joes room but he is so untidy I loath to do it! I totally agree with you positivity always wins, there is almost always a bright side.I love the Cucamelsons they look so cool I need to try those.

    • Craft Mother says:

      Thank you! She’s pleased with her quilt and Youngest loves his new room and is keeping it remarkably tidy. I suspect cucamelons are going to be everywhere before long. Easy to grow.

  • Elizabeth says:

    We all the the difficult and the peaceful in our weeks! I can relate! what a lovely quilt! I bet you will a lot of fun doing the soft furnishings! those little melons are so small! I’ve never made homemade pasta, but surely it would be very delicious! it’s always encouraging when we have a recipe we find that we just love! I hope you have a peaceful weekend!

    • Craft Mother says:

      Got to take the good with the bad. Plenty to bring a smile this week though. Pasta is easy to make, but takes time. I’m grateful that the family are open minded with my courgette recipe experiments!

  • Kate Holmes says:

    Lovely positive post. If those images don’t convince people to eat healthily I don’t know what will! #MMBC

  • Fresh is a lovely word for your week, covering all different aspects of it. I love the look of those cucamelons – it makes me want to try growing them. Always good to have clean plates when trying new recipes too and I love the sound of courgette and pesto pasta. Youngest’s bedroom looks great. Well done to your middle teen on finishing her quilt – it looks amazing 🙂 #WotW

  • Anne Sweet says:

    It’s always good to look on the positive side no matter how difficult life is sometimes. I guess if life throughs you lemons you can always go and grow cucamelons (Which I’ve never heard of but they sound lovely!) I tried making my own past a few years back, it’s so much nicer when it’s fresh. Problem is, with seven of us I found it extremely time consuming. I wouldn’t have the energy now and my pasta machine has probably gone rusty in the back of the cupboard. I’ll go and read your quilt post now…and your boy’s room looks lovely and fresh. Thanks for linking to #wotw xx

  • The last few weeks for me have been very much struggling to find the positives – I think this is a perfect word of the week for me too!

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