Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Happened to July?!

We celebrated the 4th, and now July's over! 
What happened?!!!

If I spoke German, I'd say: "Kinder, Kuche, Kirche "-- along with a few other odds and ends!

Grandsons - lots of quality time during the summer - birthday parties, church camp delivery & pickup, day camp pickup and then afternoons here, sick days, even a Graduation! 

I didn't purposely make this out of focus but decided to use it for that reason.

Our youngest grandson graduated from Pre-School! Kindergarten, here we come!!!  No more little babies - sigh.

Our church camp - about 1-1/2 hours away - the lake in the distance had almost dried up during the past few years of drought, so everyone's very happy about the rain from the two Tropical Storms earlier this summer. I think the nearer water is part of a lagoon they were using to bring water in from a nearby river. So happy to see water there again!

Yummy Oreo Cake! Wish I could bake one like that!

Too hot for much cooking here, but have done a bit from time to time, of course. We do like to eat!  Also working on clearing out things we no longer need. Gave away pressure canner and then decided I don't need my pressure cooker any more either. Who knows what will go next?

Better Than Anything Cake! 
Not quite finished! Looked better with the toppings!
Yes, it did have another name - I checked the recipes - same thing! 

We help some friends who prepare the Wednesday night dinner at church about once a month by helping set up, serve, and clean up. Another friend and I usually make the desserts, a good way to try out recipes.  Made this cake a few weeks ago, and then made 3 pies today for tomorrow night.  Didn't want to bake so they're all in the refrigerator: Key Lime, Grasshopper Mint, and Peanut Butter. After  mixing them all up, licking the beaters and cleaning out the bowls I'm not sure I'll actually want to eat any of them tomorrow night! I wonder what my friend's making?

Molasses Crinkles Cookies for a special gift

I covered the box with some of my newest Graphics 45 paper  -  "ABC Primer" - since this was for a school principal who's moving to a different school I thought she might like the box. We know she loves these cookies! The paper is obviously very "old-fashioned" looking and certainly doesn't reflect the diversity in our schools today, but I think anyone looking at it would realize that it's supposed to be from a long time ago.

Lots more activities during July, of course! My shredder has been one of my best friends as I go through paper, paper, paper. Oh, my!

Hard to believer the summer's almost over! But more fun to come!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!!!

Independence Day
July 4

One of our TV stations is showing some of Andy Griffith's own favorites of his shows, so we're watching before going over to some friends' house to celebrate.  Rest in Peace, Andy.

Love these beautiful tags from a few years ago!  

Red, White, and Blue Tag Swap
Jessica Rodarte, Hostess
June 2009

Mary Ann - Andrea
Olenka - The Chateau of Remnants

Sandra - Jenny
SueSue - Bianca - Missy

Sherry - Jessica
Junkgirl - Jane

Molly - Kimberly
Fran - Casabellachic

I'm taking Broccoli Salad and a Victoria Sponge Cake filled with whipped cream, blueberries, and raspberries to our friends.  Meant to try the Victoria cake recipe for the Queen's Jubilee, but didn't get to it then so this seemed like a good time. Must take a picture when I get it put together!

Happy Fourth of July!