"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Organized For Summer

Side Door Mud Area
 I don't have a proper mud room in my house but we do have a side door through which the muddy people are encouraged to enter: from there it's a short flight of stairs down to the laundry room.  The muddy people usually do as they please, though I am the exception to that rule.  I use the side door when I'm in and out of the garden.
I also like to sort of set it up according to season.  As summer approaches I've hauled out the red gingham picnic cloth and napkins, the fly net, the old picnic basket and my market bags.
Red and yellow: side door colour story.
 I have a dust pan and brush at the ready, there's something about summer that sentences a homemaker to constantly brushing dirt up off the floor.  Well there's no mystery to it, it's the in-and-out between garden and house.
 When The Rascals were little I kept an old laundry tub of soapy water next to the garden door.  Of course they usually ended up turning the tub of water into a habitat for their plastic animals, or using it to fill their water guns!
A dust pan and brush hanging from a bit of that green twine.
 If June is the introductory month to our short summer it is also a month hectic with end-of-year school activities.  My older daughter has her high school graduation tonight, then there are the field trips, retreats and exams.
Last week we had a school carnival for the littlest rascal which meant we wouldn't be home until 7:30.  I prepared the dinner ahead of time so that we could arrive home and I only had to run for the bottle of sauvignon blanc, dinner was ready to set out on the table.

Hectic June evening?  Here's your dinner:
Sauteed kale.

Salmon roasted with olive oil and parsley.

Roasted vegetables: asparagus, cherry tomatoes, fennel.
I added some fresh bread and butter to the table and it was done.  My oven has a delay start timer which is genius, do you have one of those?
Tonight we're having a late dinner out to celebrate our daughter's high school grad, I still haven't figured out what to wear.  The important thing is my daughter has her dress ready, it's this one.
She's wearing it with gold shoes and a gold bracelet.

How's your June looking, hectic?
xoxDani

38 comments:

  1. Dinner looks delicious...
    love that straw bag ~ a perfect market tote if ever I saw one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hostess everyone compliments that straw bag, it's from France! It was only 5 euros I should have bought more, mine has holes at the bottom now.

      Delete
  2. What a lovely dinner to come home to!! Delayed timers and crock-pots are this working woman's dearest friends! Your daughter will look wonderful! I had the same problem deciding what to wear to my son's graduation last month...the weather can be all over the place! His exercises lasted three hours in the end!! It started out with a full mass, then an hour (horrifying!) of speeches, etc...when he made his way across the stage and raised his pumped fist, it was all worth it! Have a lovely evening!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca, 3 hours! That is way too long. The grads had mass this morning so hopefully we'll be spared the long ceremony, we've got dinner reservations to get to. It is a big graduating class though so I'm a bit nervous.

      Delete
  3. I love this idea of a mud room, we don't have them but definitely need them. Ah fishes, I just cannot put their naked flesh in my mouth, though tuna and mayo on a baked potato will always receive a rapturous reception - must be canned though, none of that fancy stuff.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tabs you really don't like the fancy stuff! I should have thought mud rooms were invented in Scotland, you definitely need them.

      Delete
  4. Your dinner looks delicious!

    Congratulations to your daughter, and to you and Mr. BP. What are her plans for next year?

    I love your not a mud room, it is totally charming, as is the story about the soapy water.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Abby that soapy water is such a good memory, they are little for such a short cute time.
      Our daughter is studying Classics at University and living at home. She'll be learning Greek and Latin and studying plenty of philosophy, history, art history. She can't wait, she's a real academic. She's going on scholarship which was a very pleasant surprise!

      Delete
    2. There was a little one at my work today - maybe a bit less than two? - and it was such a bright spot in the day.

      Your daughter is taking after her mother with her interest in Classics! It's nice that she is excited, and how nice about the scholarship. And you get to have her home.

      Delete
    3. Abby I'm so happy she'll be home, it's hard enough with my son living away from home and he really wanted to go (and needed to, rebel-with-no-cause etc!)

      Delete
  5. Love the dress - she does like Anthro, doesn't she? And looks fabulous in it to boot!

    I do not have a mudroom either and Barry uses the laundry room as a mudroom, but the family room is in between and he makes a wretched mess of the carpet in there! I undress right out on the deck - take off the boots, anything mucky etc. Barry should take a page from my book!

    We have a fairly hectic month - we are having a grad party for the hopeful graduate on Sunday night, Monday night is prom, Thursday is graduation, the next Sunday I have signed up from an all-day yoga/creativity course, I need to be ready for my first book club meeting, the 26th Barry is hosting a retirement party for me and then the next week, we have dad's burial then our trip. Lord! I need a drink! Where is the sauvignon blanc?

    Your dinner looks great! No salmon for me (not for Tab reasons, but allergy reasons) and I am embarrassed to say I have never used the delay timer! I am vowing to do so this week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WMM that dress is stunning on her. I'll tell her you like it! That Barry, I'm always telling MrBP he just needs to stop and ask himself, what would Dani do? Then he should proceed... Barry needs to do same and let's chant his new mantra: WWWD? (what would wendy do?)
      You do need that sauv blanc. Try the delay timer, it is very pleasing!

      Delete
  6. Congrats to your grad. Please make that exact meal when I come to visit...looks great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the good wishes Blue Booby and you'll get that meal AND cake too.

      Delete
  7. Hi Dani, your dinner looks delicious - yes, we have a delay timer but I haven't used it on this oven yet. We don't have a mudroom, just access to the kitchen through the sliding patio doors.

    Have a lovely time at the grad - your daughter's dress is beautiful, I'm sure you'll all have a smashing time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Patricia, Thanks very much! My muddy people come in through the french doors into the dining room, it's not very tidy!

      Delete
  8. Whatever you wear, don't forget the tissues-- bound to be one of those touching slide shows of the grads,gets everyone weeping. Congratulations to you and your dear daughter.

    Our grad event and launching of the grad are both over so I feel rest of the month is for gardening etc. We have a wedding this weekend of a lovely widow to a chap she met on the internet. A third of couples now meet this way! She is my age and I'm so happy for her.

    I have a mud area in the kitchen with pegs for coats, wooden cubbies for shoes, gloves, the paper recycle bin, a copper tray for boots. It's a lifesaver as mudseason lasts for 2 months. Love your idea of picnic readiness.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lane your mud area sounds excellent. Perfect for an expert gardener!
      They met on the internet, well I'll be. I hope the wedding goes well and that your friend is happy in her new life!

      Delete
  9. Congratulations to your daughter!! It's a milestone for them, and you. I haven't used an oven timer. I'm sure I have one, I just never knew to look for it!! Thanks.
    I love your mud room. I've never had a proper one, but need one. The dogs get pretty muddy and it would be nice to have a cleanup spot for them.
    My sautéed Kale is bitter. What do you cook yours with to make it tasty?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jennifer, I saute my kale in butter and I add salt quite liberally, I think it needs it to break up that bitterness. I've learned to love kale but really I think it needs the butter too, that adds some sweetness to it.
      Dogs + a mudroom+ good combo!

      Delete
    2. I'll give it another try with the butter. I've been using olive oil and it's just not very tasty. I found my oven timer! Thanks.

      Delete
  10. What a milestone graduation from high school is! Have a wonderful evening.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The muddy people- Dani BP you are too clever! I need to remember that one. Unfortunately, we only have an easily accessible front door- and the previous owners of my house tiled our foyer in white marble style porcelain. It NEVER looks clean. The dinner looks delightful, and your daughter's dress is a beautiful color. HS graduation is a big event.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Knityarns your white tile foyer must keep you looking for the perfect mop! If you find one let me know.

      Delete
  12. Congratulations!!! A major event for her and for you! You have curated your wardrobe so cleverly, whatever you wear, you will look perfect. Perfect. Enjoy! The thought of graduation - coming in 10 short years - makes me teary already. I am turning into a crybaby in my old age.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mommydearest it was difficult to hold the tears last night when my daughter's name was called I have to say, it went really well and I wore an old navy JCrew dress from 2007 that was perfect. Thank you!

      Delete
  13. Congratulations to your daughter! High school grad is such a major event. Your daughter's dress is beautiful, I am sure she will look lovely. I wish I had a mud room - since the grandparents installed a sandbox in our backyard, the kids trek in an enormous amount of sand, even though I try to brush it all off before they come inside. The dinner looks delicious - I know I have a timer on my oven, I just need to figure out how to use it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Louise you must have sand all over the house. You almost need a vacuum at the back door for that, but I bet they love it and find it lots of fun. Thank you!

      Delete
  14. Oh Dani what a special night.Any chance we could see a picture? Isn't it wonderful that she'll be living at home. A pot of soup on the stove will get her through midterms in the fall.Our youngest is still home going in to his 3rd year and it's been wonderful. Three done and one to go. Mind you he's looking at another 5 years.
    I'm sure she'll be thankful this evening for everything you do to make a happy home. Such a good Mom!



    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Marsha! I do have some pics but I have strict instructions to keep them off the blog. Well I can show you what I wore anyway as it's old and there is no link to it anywhere. We had a great night thank you very much.

      Delete
  15. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However
    I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don't know why I can't join it.
    Is there anybody else having similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond?
    Thanks!!

    My web-site: Chaussure De Foot Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  16. A mud room sounds like a great idea! I'd like a boot room too!
    Your dinner looks delicious - I love asparagus and salmon.
    Congratulations to your eldest female rascal! Very cool that she'll be studying Classics!
    One of my very good friends is a fairly well-known Classics/Ancient History Academic who makes TV docos - so there is certainly a career path for Classicists!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ruth she's really looking forward to Uni. Interesting, tv docs! Good to know there is something for the academics out there. Thanks Ruth.

      Delete
  17. Congratulations to the lovely grad and her parents! I really want to peep at the dress, so I'll come back to this post and try the link when I get home, right now it's taking me to a sale at Anthro's European site. Hm, could that be a coded message?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fred oh I'll check the link but yes you might be getting a message!
      Thank you.

      Delete
  18. Hi Dani,
    Sorry it took me some time to catch up. I also noticed that the comment I let yesterday on your previous post has not been registered...
    June here is not as hectic as school only end mid-July...
    Congratulations to your daughter and to you!
    I have a delay starter on my oven but never dare to use it! I am always worry something might happen and I would come back with the house burned to the ground...
    I don't have a mud room neither and we can only access our garden via our kitchen. Which of course leads to some cleaning issues that I have not yet been able to solve...
    I hope you had a fantastic evening and I wish you a fabulous weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Steph, I'll check that post! I'm having some issues with the comments on posts because of the incredible amount of anon spam stuff being left, I don't get notices for older posts and the spam filters are not working very well.
      I don't like to have the oven or dryer on if I'm not home either, I worry about that. Usually I'll use it if someone is home and then ask them to keep an eye on it. Even kids can do that!
      I hope you have a great weekend too, thank you!

      Delete