What do YOU do with rainy days?

I’ve actually accomplished things today!
Hannah at A Handmade Childhood talked about a shelf she has that she stores ‘things to do’ on–like her handmade soap. I ALSO have that shelf, things that I want to try, I’m going to get done, I plan to accomplish. It’s a big & full shelf, more of a shed really.

Anyway, I took this kit off an actual shelf in my kitchen where it’s been holding it’s place for over 2 years & got to it. With an extra gallon of fresh raw milk to spare, it was time. The kit is great, you can make mozerella or ricotta. I went with ricotta so we can have calzones for dinner, an old favorite of mine. Well, making cheese led to making bread (from the whey).

from milk to curds & whey. 
Irish Feather Bread (recipe uses whey & came in the kit)

We also ran errands, like getting 2 bee suits (as we’ve got a mad hive to deal with) & a queen (for the mad hive), visited the bank & stopped by the mall to mail packages & to partake of a snack. Now the girls nap & I boast about the glory a rainy day brings.

I must also note how proud I am of Naomi who has taken up puzzling in recent weeks. She sat at the counter & finished a small frame-less puzzle I found thrifting yesterday while I made the cheese & bread. She’s only become really interested in the past few months. I LOVE puzzles & have spent hours of my life hunched over a table getting them done. Recently I did another one that I found at a thrift store & it really grabbed her attention…anyway, if you’ve forgotten how much fun puzzles can be, pull one out! (used ones are great because you just never know if you’ll have all the pieces!)
& birds gotta eat–even in the rain 😉

note: painting the chicken coop is in the ‘shed’ mentioned above!

don’t forget the giveaway!


  • Melissa Posted May 17, 2010 8:35 pm

    Wow– so much better than my rainy day, although hopefully ours will get to end with a ballgame tonight.

  • Safe Home Happy Mom Posted May 17, 2010 10:36 pm

    Thats some real good talent, the puzzles. On rainy days, my daughter and I drink tea and cuddle. If my husband is home, its even more fun.

  • naqahdahnellie Posted May 17, 2010 11:36 pm

    Oh, your rainy day was way cooler than ours! Though we did have a play date this morning with friends, which was great. Otherwise we just ran errands and acted pathetic. 😛

    I miss puzzles! I forgot about them! Gee thanks. There's NO WAY I could find a place to put a puzzle where Kieran wouldn't take all of the pieces and eat them. 🙂

  • T @ Poppy Place Posted May 17, 2010 11:39 pm

    I miss puzzles on rainy days. T. 🙂

  • Joy Posted May 17, 2010 11:53 pm

    Looks like a wonderful day. Elizabeth was working on a rather large puzzle this weekend too, and Finn has been doing a 42 pc puzzle himself lately. There are proud mamas of puzzling kids all over the place today. The bread looks amazing! I really want to make cheese too! I've been thinking of ordering a kit. ya know…for my spare time. 😉

  • Joy Posted May 17, 2010 11:54 pm

    PS. Did you see that I mentioned (and linked to) you on Saturday's post. 🙂

  • school house oils Posted May 18, 2010 12:41 am

    Anelle, I re-did a lot of that puzzle! melissa, you're awesome. t, hope you can get a chance! joy, you're awesome. safe home, yes–it's all better with dad!

  • Naturalearthfarm Posted May 18, 2010 6:49 pm

    I also just love watching our two year old put free standing puzzles together now too.
    What a wonderful day! I like your chicken coop.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  • school house oils Posted May 19, 2010 12:27 am

    Thanks Tonya! & your 2 year old is advanced! Naomi hasn't showed much interest until now…

  • cabin + cub Posted May 19, 2010 4:23 pm

    Oh yum.. fresh cheese AND bread. You were productive! I like to craft on rainy days… or curl up with a good book. 😉

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