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!


  1. Hi Jane,
    Sounds like you have been enJOYing a great Summer!
    Your grandson is a cutie! I love those little guy graduations.
    hugs & JOY,

  2. Jane, Love the covered box! I'm sure your friend will enjoy the decorated box and the contents!! Isn't summer fun? So many activities!

    XXOO chris

  3. My my you had a very busy July. Sounds like lots of family time and making memories. August is here and I adore August. Sunshine Summer Smiles to you dear...

  4. Are you using that paper for shredded packaging? You know that I love that paper!

    I'm just going to have to make that cake this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. Hello Jane,

    Thanks so much for visiting me!


  6. Wait, where is the recipe for the cake!? I see Heath candy bar pieces there, I might need to try that cake!

  7. shhhhh...don't tell my summers all most over...it makes me sad! But then I think of sweet fall and I am happy again. Hugs to you.

  8. Time moves faster the older you get that is the problem!! I should know. Love those sweets but boy I'll tell you when I cheat with all our guests here we've had this summer the pounds start on a march in the wrong direction. I see from my measurements I am up a half inch. I need to get myself back on track and have no extras darn it. I love sugar too always have but I know it's not good for me.

  9. Summer has indeed moved swifty by. I for one am thankful. :)