Friday Wrap

Hello and happy Friday! Sing with me, “Schoooool’s out. For. Summer.” The calendar might claim that June 21st is the first day of summer, but as soon as the final bell rings on the final day of school, which was on Monday for us, it’s officially summertime in the Andersen house. And this family hits the pool faster than you can say “cannonball” – no matter what the temperature.

pool time

It happened to be only 65 degrees on this day, and yes, we were the only ones swimming. #wearepartfish

In addition to swimming, this momma found time to dig up a few goodies to share this week. Check out my five faves:

{ONE} Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton


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If you’re looking for a book that will crack open your heart and make you feel like your messy life is actually quite beautiful, then Carry On, Warrior is for you.

My SIL posted on Facebook that she downloaded this on Audible and found herself both laughing and crying while listening to this book on a walk. It was more of a PSA, really, for anyone who may have witnessed her emotional state. I was intrigued, and also in search of my next read, so I decided to download both Audible and this exact book. The next thing I knew, I was sitting poolside with tears pouring onto my towel and feeling thankful my SIL had shared her experience. This book is courageous, humble, funny and loving. The author makes you feel like you can be all of these things, as well. Truly a gift.

{TWO} Herb Markers

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Look at these adorable herb markers for the garden! Doesn’t this look like a fun crafternoon project? Just gather some rocks, white acrylic ink, a small paintbrush and go to town.

{THREE} Creative Classes

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If you have a hunkering to start a new hobby this summer, check out creativebug for hundreds of tutorials. No exaggeration. And there’s super basic stuff, too, like how to thread a machine. I just might take up sewing after all!

{FOUR} Preserving Your Herbs

preserving herbs

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I love this time of year when all of my herbs are thriving and jiving in the garden. Everything is so fresh and delicious, I just want to freeze time. The closest I can get is freezing the herbs. I guess that works, too. I like preserving them in fresh olive oil. This reduces some of the “burn” that herbs can get in the freezer. Since most recipes call for oil, you serve two ingredients with one little cube.

{FIVE} Mojito Time!


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Speaking of fresh herbs…I have a rather large patch of mint growing in my yard. While some might see an obnoxious, invasive plant, I see the makings of many mojitos. Here’s a delicious recipe for you to enjoy.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend, my friends!