oh hey, friday | in-laws & strawberry shortcake

Well hey there.

It's already Friday again. And it's almost June. And I have a few things to talk about.

1. The in-laws came to visit. Now before you go and get it in your head that all in-laws are exactly like the stereotype, let me assure you, mine are not. They are completely wonderful. While they were here, my father-in-law installed a new toilet in the guest bathroom, fixed a leaky shower, and put in a new faucet at my kitchen sink. (little known fact: new faucet + dishwashing = housewife heaven) My mother-in-law took charge of dinner one night, sat and chatted with me for hours, and brought me a bag full of all kinds of goodies for my birthday including this gem of a book. Ah, she knows me so well.

I sure do miss living close to them, but we get them all to ourselves when they come to visit so that almost makes up for it.

2. I finally planted my garden! A few of my tomato plants totally pooped out as soon as I put them in the ground, but other than that the rest of my plant babies are happy and growing fast. (so far no sign of rockchuck trespassing... I'll keep you posted...)


3. Lavender. Do you love lavender? I love lavender. The smell, the color, EVERYTHING. My neighbor has several large bushes in her yard and she offered to let me cut as much of it as I wanted. Of course, I couldn't refuse. Now it's hanging in my laundry room to dry and I'm coming up with all the excuses I can just to go in there and smell it. Have you ever made anything with dried lavender? I'd love to hear about it!

P.S. Once upon a time my mom and her sister had a little lavender farm called Sierra Lavender. They really are just all kinds of cute. I can't get over it.

4. Hold on to your hats because I've been brainstorming. If you know me, you know that it's a messy process. VERY messy. And I like to be secretive about it. But since you're here, I'll give you a little hint. I've been working on a few new products to add to The Little Homeplace shop! Any guesses??? They should make their appearance within the next week or two, so be on the lookout!

5. (warning: sentimental moment) Tomorrow I turn 21. Every year since forever ago my mama has gotten out the vintage teacups and served up homemade strawberry shortcake for my birthday breakfast. This year will be a little different since Mom's kitchen is almost 800 miles away. Some might think it's silly to hold onto those little traditions, but I don't. Those simple things are what make the fondest memories. And for me they bring such a sweet, maybe sometimes even bittersweet, sense of home and family to me wherever I am. So, if you need me tomorrow morning, you will find me busy in the kitchen getting out my prettiest teacups and making strawberry shortcake.