How much fun can a little guy have if a little guy could have fun...

We went to Green Bay to visit my folks this weekend and I took very few pictures without Henry in them.  He's at such a delightful age right now.  It brings me so much joy to see the world through his eyes.

In Henry's world every body of water is made just for him to play in,

doggie friends are always sweet and loving,

each new experience is an adventure to behold,

everybody wants to hold him and give him attention,

kiddie rides are the coolest thing ever,

ferris wheels aren't scary at all (he's singing to himself right here),

and everyone wants to read him a story if he'll sit still long enough. 

Reading all of that, reminds me again that I have to soak it all up now.  Someday he might not think that the carousel operator has the coolest job in the world.

I love the carnival (most of the time)

Saturday we had a babysitter date night so we could go to the Riverfest carnival. 
It made me feel like a teenager least for awhile. 

The first ride was this one--a hang glider type ride called the Cliff Hanger. 
It was a lot of fun and we actually rode it twice.

Then we rode the Tornado.

There was no upside-down or loopdiloops or dangling in the air. But there was lots and lots (and lots) of spinning. This photo was taken at the beginning of the ride. Later we both felt very ill and kind of old.  But, a boy in another pod threw up on his older sister, so maybe we aren't that old.

So, we took a break in the park and just watched the sky for awhile.

After that, we were brave enough for a cold beverage and the ferris wheel. 
(No funnel cake on this date.)

There was a great view of the Rock River at the top of the ride.

So, all in all, it was a pretty adventurous date.  But there was no way we were going to ride this one.


July Bee Block

I had so much fun sewing this wonky house block for Muriël for our Sew Buzzy Bee. The measurements are odd, the angles are odd, and I mostly just winged it. I learned so much out of this experience, and I only had to rip out two seams along the way. Next time I'll have to plan ahead for a little counter-clockwise movement to balance out the block, but I'm pretty proud of this one for a first house block ever.

Here are some detail close ups.

I hope you are having a fun and creative weekend!

Rhubarb (kind of) Pie

This week I harvested the last of the rhubarb for the year.  I already made a pie at the beginning of the season, froze a few bags of chopped rhubarb for winter pies, and made rhubarb sauce (heavenly over vanilla bean ice cream).  So, it was time for the last rhubarb custard pie of the season.  I made it crustless--because I was too lazy to deal with the making one and I don't really need the calories of more flour and butter.  It turned out pretty well, so I thought I'd share the recipe here.

Rhubarb Custard Pie Filling:
source: a classic cookbook in my moms kitchen (Betty Crocker? Better Homes and Gardens? I really can't remember)  

Chop 4 cups of fresh rhubarb

Mix the following in a bowl:
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
3 beaten eggs

Stir in the rhubarb, pour into a glass pie plate (buttered if you are skipping the crust).  Dot mixture with 2 Tablespoons of butter.  Bake at 400˚ for 50 minutes.

Serve in a bowl while still warm and then tell me if you miss the crust.
You might just be a pie crust kind of person.  That's okay.  This recipe is very delicious with a lattice top, too.

Let me know if you try it! 

June's Quilting Bee

I used to make quilts.  In fact, I've made nine of them, but the last one I finished was in 2004.  I didn't know anyone else my age that quilted, and I mostly made it up as I went along.   I ended up with quilts that didn't always stand the test of time and finished products that I wasn't always happy with.

Well, this year I've been really inspired by the craft blogging world and all of the opportunities to participate with other crafters around the country and around the world.  I've read and learned so much from knitting blogs, mommy crafting blogs and now I'm enamored with quilting blogs.  I put up this link about quilting bees in the sidebar awhile ago. About a week after that, I finally got up the courage to join a quilting bee, Sew Buzzy.  June was led by Kristen in Oregon and she wanted wonky stars made from 1930's reproduction fabrics.

These were the fabrics sent to me in the mail.

And here is the block I made to send back.

I made an extra little block to send to her, too.
So, every month for the next twelve months (excluding December), I'll be posting another block for the group.  July's block is for Muriël in the Netherlands.  We are making wonky houses for a neighborhood quilt.  I'm looking through my fabric stash for cute animals to peek out from the windows and the tree.  I'm really looking forward to learning a lot from these ladies and I hope to share a little with you.

First Birthday!!

I'm three and a half weeks late in posting first birthday photos.  In my defense, I had 10 house guests during that time, a triathlon, and a vacation across the country.  So, I've caught my breath, and now I'm ready to sit down and sort through the five dozen pictures I took to pick out a few.

And a birthday post wouldn't be complete without some birthday crafting.  Presenting the hungry-gator-eating-a-number-one bib:

and the birthday bunting.

The second photo is a close up of the fabric choices.  We'll hang this up every June, so I wanted to pick some fun colors and prints that he might like in the future, too.