Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cooking Thursday

I love tomatoes, and this is prime season for them.  I like to eat them fresh, on BLT's, in salads...  but I also have a recipe where they are roasted and are oh, so good!
I make these for lunch for myself and they are really a treat.

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes
Large tomatoes 
Minced garlic or garlic powder
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Oregano, thyme, basil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wrap a rimmed baking sheet with foil and line with parchment paper.
Cut tomatoes into 3/4 inch slices.  Remove seeds and juice. Poke holes in the bottoms of any end pieces.  Drain, cut side down on a paper towel or a few minutes.
Place tomato slices on prepared pan.  Sprinkle with garlic, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar.
Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, until tomatoes are soft, dark and carmelized.
Sprinkle with herbs, allow to sit for a few minutes and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

An afternoon at the lake

One of the members of our small group at church has a cottage on a lake about an hour north of us.  Sunday after church we drove up there and spent the afternoon enjoying the beauty around us, and each others company.

Such a pretty view!

We saw these pretty hydrangeas while we were taking a walk.

 I love the vibrant green of this moss.

Someone had put up several of these arches a long time ago.  This one says "Today is the first day of the rest of your life".

These kids were having a good time on the raft.

My friend Becky had to check out this truck in the play area.

There was time for a boat ride, a few women tried out the paddle boat too.  I'm a land lover - I stayed on shore!

The water lilies look pretty, even when they aren't blooming!

One last view of the lake!  What a nice day.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Country Fair

Do you have a Fair in your area? We have a local fair that I have been going to since I was a kid. I remember going with my parents, walking through the fairgrounds and thinking that my Dad took far too long looking at the animals and tractors, plus it seemed that he knew everyone there and would end up talking!  Us kids were focused on getting to the rides!
Bob and I went to that same Fair on Friday night with Andrew and Heather.  We started in the animal barns.

Such cute bunnies!

This is a bunny!  He's so fluffy that I don't know how he can see to move around.

I enjoy looking at the goats.

This goat was trying to get to know Andrew a little better.

Aren't these ones cute?

Look at that curly hair do!

 The Clydesdale horses are so big, and I think they look pretty majestic.

 How do you like this horses mane?

 This miniature donkey stole the show.  He was so cute!

There are area's where people turn in things for judging.  There were arts and crafts, photos, antiques, fruits and veggies, baked goods...  We found this Olaf made of pumpkins there.  Isn't he cute?

 There was  all sort of machinery there, including this huge combine!  They sure have changed since the days when I was a girl on the farm!

Here's a view of the main part of the fair. - rides and food!  We didn't do the rides, just walked through them.  We didn't get anything to eat either,  We had gone our to eat before and weren't even hungry for elephant ears!
It was a fun way to spend an evening.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blue Skies...

I love to look at the sky!  Blue skies with fluffy white clouds are so pretty, and it seems that we've had a lot of them to admire this summer.  Dark storm clouds are also pretty in their own way.
I'm feeling a little melancholy, with August coming to an end.  It seems summer buzzes by so quickly and before we know it, it's snowing and we have the gray skies of winter hanging over us.
I guess the lesson is to enjoy the warm days, blue skies, sunshine and clouds while we have them, and be thankful that God gave us different seasons to enjoy and appreciate different things!
Hope you all enjoy your weekend, rain or shine!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cooking Thursday

August is coming to an end, but I'm hoping we still have some nice, warm days ahead of us. If we do, I have a great dessert that is perfect for hot days. It only has a few ingredients and is so easy to throw together. It looks pretty and tastes great!

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

2 boxes ice cream sandwiches
12 ounces Cool Whip
2 bags Heath bits

Unwrap one box of ice cream sandwiched and place in a 9x13 pan.  You will have to cut a few in half so the whole pan is filled.  Spread half of the Cool Whip over the ice cream sandwiches, then sprinkle one bag of Heath bits over the Cool Whip.
Repeat layer and place in freezer for several hours or overnight. 

* This fills the pan nearly to the top, and the pieces can be cut thin.  They look pretty with the layers.  It makes a lot though and often if I'm not making it for a group, I half the recipe and make just one layer.  It still tastes good, it's just not so much!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015