The rain has returned.  After two solid weeks of glorious sun, it feels comforting and familiar to hear the pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof as I work, to smell the damp air, and to notice the plants taking in needed moisture.  I won’t lie and say that I’m not ready for summer, because I do adore my Oregon summers.  But somehow this rain feels welcome and fresh.

Our daily rhythm shifted greatly with all of the sun. We moved outdoors.  All day long.  Pausing for food breaks, or work breaks, or shade breaks, but mostly we just played outside all around the property. Brian put the finishing touches on a little playhouse, to which we added some log tables and chairs, and now have a neighborhood ice cream shop and lemonade stand!

I’ve been dishing up my own treats this week.  Last summer we had to use up a gift card and splurged on this. It has rocked my little popsicle-making world!  I usually whip up a fruit and yogurt smoothie, and then pour it into the popsicle forms for some instant fun.

Today, I’m beginning Heather’s 30 Day Vegan course, and in preparation, I made her Raw Vegan Chocolate Torte recipe, here.  Made with soaked cashews, raw cacao, a bit of our own honey, it was like a little slice of frozen heaven. I can just imagine all of the variations on this pie that I will be dreaming up this summer – mint chocolate, blueberry lavender, fresh raspberry.  Yum.

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