Silas is four!

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All photos by Lori Elizabeth

We don’t typically have big birthday parties, but this year Silas’ birthday fell on Memorial Day, so it seemed like a good idea, and it was!  We all had such a good time, and I think Silas felt pretty special having such a large crowd sing him “Happy Birthday.”  It’s funny because my older boys, even at a young age, hated having “Happy Birthday” sung to them, and would crawl under the table.  Silas had too much help (Beatrix!) blowing out his candles the first time, and insisted on having them re-lit for another go. But then, before he would blow them out, he asked that we all sing to him one more time.

Despite having about fifty people at our house, I hardly had any clean-up to do afterwards because I have the sweetest most helpful friends.  I thought early on that I wouldn’t have pictures from the celebration, because I really just wanted to hang out and not worry about carrying my camera around.  My friend Lori, as she so often does, did a beautiful job taking on that role for me.  I’m so grateful to have her photos to document the day.

It was a very good fourth birthday for Silas.  But goodness, how can that baby be four, already?

p.s.  Ya’ll just let me know if you want me to do a tutorial on how to beautifully frost a cake… (hee hee).

 

Shawl + Strawberries

+ little boys + flowers

All good things.

I finished up my Gotland shawl, got it blocked, and will now tuck it away until I figure out who needs it (Beatrix says that she does, but I’m not sure.)  It turned out a little smaller than I expected, but is still very pretty.  The pattern is called the Lonely Tree Shawl and it was a very quick, fun knit.  The Gotland yarn was great to work with, unlike any other yarn I’ve used.  It has a luster that is just lovely, and a really nice drape.

It’s strawberry time at our house and I’ve been making these yummy strawberry shortbread bars.  I started with this recipe, subbed butter for shortening, and omitted all the sugar, subbing maybe 1/4 cup of maple syrup, maybe not even that much.  I have made them with a couple of different gluten free mixes rather than regular flour and then added the oats just as called for.  For the filling I use strawberry chia jam, which is surprisingly very good.  The recipe is from The Grain-Free Family Table.  Lightly mash 10 oz fresh strawberries with 1 Tablespoon honey.  Let sit for about ten minutes then add 2 1/2 Tablespoons chia seed + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.  Chill for at least 30 minutes.  Use this jam instead of the applesauce called for in the recipe for the bars.

My kids were skeptical about whether or not these would be edible considering that I only used a little maple syrup rather than the cup of sugar the bars call for, but then I couldn’t keep them out of them.  I really like them too!