July 20, 2012

A New Post...Finally

Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there?

I've been away from my blog for so long that I'm starting to wonder. I stayed up until the wee hours last night uploading photos for this post because every single day, for about two weeks now, I've been telling myself that I need to give my blog some love.

But then you know what happens? I start playing with the kids or eating a cucumber sandwich or doing laundry or making no bake cookies or eating no bake cookies or painting the bathroom and, before I know it, another day has passed. Sigh.

Anyway, I finally managed to pull a few things together and take some photos.

Lucky for me, the temperature was a wee bit cooler yesterday when I was shooting this group of pictures. Holy cow, has it been hot and humid!  It was so wonderful to be outside enjoying the weather. There was a little bit of a breeze too...that's always nice. I enjoyed every minute of it, except for when I almost stepped on a snake. Yeah, that part wasn't so good.

I stopped by my favorite garden center this week and purchased a few pots of English Lavender and after looking at how pretty they were, thought I'd pair one with a few other things for a simple tablesetting. I got out a bottle of lemonade that had been stashed in the cupboard...something that I'd forgotten all about until just the other day. And, of course, I added one of my favorite things to the mix, other than the flowers...fruit.

I could just imagine us sitting here in the dappled sun, chatting about the day's happenings and having something to drink and nibble on. Wouldn't that be nice?

The weather calls for lots of sunshine today and I'm looking forward to fun and time spent visiting with my family. Anyway, I'm hoping that's how it works out...my little girl isn't feeling so well. This is birthday week around here. My mom, dad, father-in-law and brother-in-law all have their b-days, so tonight we're supposed to be having our festivities. Lot's to do, so I'll bid you farewell for now.

Hope you have a great weekend!


July 03, 2012

I Like Cake and Summer and Strawberries

So, here it is July already and, I don't know about you, but I feel like the summer is flying by. Living in Minnesota, I tend to think about that a lot since the season doesn't last too long. Do I mind that it currently feels like I'm living in a furnace and I'm going to melt? Noooo, for me, it's all good.

Except for mosquitoes, I pretty much love everything that summer brings...the smell of fresh cut grass, warm breezes, flip-flops, buzzing bees, flowers and fruit. Ahhh, it's all so wonderful!

I bought something last week that always makes me think of summer...strawberries. Some on plants...some in packages. I like strawberries. And since I also like cake, I made a cake with strawberries.

There's someone else in our family who also really likes cake...or any kind of sweet for that matter. Let me give you a hint...she's little, cute, and very mischievous. Yep, that would be my daughter. I have to tell you, she was sooo excited to eat this particular cake. I think the little strawberries and piles of whipped cream were calling her name.

When I went outside to take my photos, she asked me if I was going to do it down by the road so everyone could see my cake creation :) Ummm, that would be a...no. Then, when I was finished and came back in the house, she had plates already set at the table and was yelling, "Take your places everyone!" It was quite the event apparently.

I'm thinking that I might make that cake again tomorrow for Fourth of July...maybe with blueberries too. It would be the perfect festive color combination. I know one or two people who would be happy about it :)