Family Time

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This year has been so busy. This summer, even crazier. Today we decided to have a down day. A day to relax and enjoy our family. Gram came over and we swam half the day away in the pool. We had hot dogs and chips for supper, so easy, followed up with homemade chocolate frosties. After dinner we didn’t want to just sit around the TV so we we decided to play flashlight hide-n-seek in the house. It’s really dark in our house people! The only one with a flashlight is the seeker, and Ripley, the three year old, because he’s scared of the dark. It’s been forever since we played this game but it won’t be long before we play again I’m sure. It has been a good day.

Chocolate Frosties

  • 1/2 gallon chocolate milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 8-ounce carton whipped cream

Mix all the ingredients together in an ice cream freezer. If needed, milk may be added up to the fill line. Freeze as usual in your ice cream freezer. Enjoy!

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

We celebrated Josh’s birthday and pound cake is his thing so I made a Sour Cream Pound Cake. This cake is to die for ya’ll!! Seriously, it’s the best pound cake ever! This picture does not do it justice. ( I need to work on my picture taking skills.) It’s tall and rich and it has a crunchy surface, that’s my favorite part.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs (at room temp)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I put every thing out the night before and it does better.

Cream butter and sugar  for about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beat one minute after each. Add 1 cup of the flour with the baking soda mixed in. Then add 1/2 of the sour cream. Beat well, add another 1 cup of the flour, beat again. Add last half of sour cream and last 1 cup of flour. Add vanilla and beat well. Bake in a tube pan for 2 hours at 275*.

If you put the cake in a cold oven and then turn the oven on it comes out higher and it’s better tasting.

Breakfast for Supper

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After a long week, and an extremely long day, what could be better for supper beside breakfast? The simplicity of a quick meal is not to be underrated, plus anything that includes bacon is ok with this girl.

I crave the simple things in life. We get so busy doing “good things” that we fail to move slow enough to enjoy the everyday pleasures. The pleasure of the laughter of your child, the comfort of a good cup of tea with a friend, the contentment of a chocolate chip cookie made by Mom, these are the kind of things that I don’t want to miss out on. You see that laughter means your spending time with a precious child, that cup of tea means you are stealing a moment with a good friend and that cookie means your with your Mom. These are the things that are important,  important enough to slow down and pay attention to.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

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Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine … people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the bluish grass.                                                                                                    Georges Seurat                                                                                                                  

It seems a bit ironic that in 1884 blazing hot summers were a normal part of life but it seems as if they were. I like living where we can enjoy the sunshine most of the year. I could not imagine life any other way.

 

 

HIP, HIP HOORAY FOR AMERICA!

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May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peter Marshall

 

Happy Independence Day!!!

A Little Flower

408608_437754892937452_1464579942_n I don’t have much of a green thumb but this year I’ve managed to keep a few flowers growing. I love when yellows and oranges mix together, they make a beautiful combination. More than that I love the talent that the Lord has blessed my family with. Miss Bethany has become quite the photographer. She captured the beauty of this flower perfectly. The way she views things is truly unique.

 Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.                                                                                             Hans Christian Andersen