Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

August Garden

This is one of my favorite times to enjoy the flowers in our yard. Although some of the blooms are looking a little tired and worn, there are so many flowers and so much color. I also think I appreciate it more, knowing that Fall is right around the corner, and soon the flowers will be done. Here's what happening in our back yard.

Lots of purple and pinks from the phlox.

This is a mystery lily.  Bob didn't plant it - it just showed up!

Most of our lavender is done, but a few stalks are still blooming.

This is Monarda, also known as bee balm.

I love globe thistle!  It's pretty as it starts to open...

And so unusual when it's opened up!

Black eyed Susans are so cheery.

This flower bed is full of blooms, and the birds are happy to stop by.

This is Rose of Sharon.  We have quite a few bushes in various colors.

The purple coneflower...

And the white coneflower are more of my favorites.

Here we are almost at the back of our property.  Bob's got the back yard filled with color!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Annual Chicken BBQ

From the time I was a kid, my family has gone to the Drenthe Chicken BBQ. Drenthe is a small farming community near to where I grew up. It's a great family event, and my Dad has continued to take anyone in the family who's able to attend. This year the whole family made it except Bob who was working, and my niece who was away with a friend.

When we arrived, we were treated to some patriotic music being played by the community band.

Here's where they grill lots and lots of chicken, for lots of hungry people!

 After eating that yummy chicken, there were old cars and tractors to check out.

And lots of cute critters!


Alaina was happy to see all those animals.

It was a fun evening with family and good food!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Share a coke

Coke has been getting a lot of publicity about their bottles with names on them. Lots of people have been looking for their own name or that of a family member.  This couple used them in a different way.  Check it out and see what you think.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cooking Thursday

Here's a recipe I tried last week for red skin potatoes. They're an easy side dish and were very good! For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

Rosemay-Garlic Oven Roasted Redskin Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds baby redskin potatoes, washed and halved
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Stir together the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary.  Add potatoes and toss to coat.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway through.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

She said yes!

Our daughter Heather has been dating a really nice, Christian young man for a while now.  A few weeks ago, he talked with Bob, and asked for our approval for their marriage.  So - we knew a proposal was coming, but didn't know when.
Last week, Heather and Andrew both had vacation, and they scheduled a day trip to Chicago.  They took the train down, early in the morning and came back late at night.  That evening, after supper we had a phone call from Chicago, saying he asked - and of course she said yes!
Heather is a history lover, so one of the places they went was the historical museum. In the last exhibit room, he got down on one knee and proposed.  That was the perfect place for her!

Doesn't that ring look pretty on her hand?

I think the ring is gorgeous!  It has a somewhat vintage look, which again, is perfect for Heather.

I dragged them out into the backyard to take a few pictures.

And I snapped this one when they were goofing around.  They're a great couple, and we are all so happy for them!
Now, let the planning begin!

I have to share a few coincidences about our family and Andrews family.
His name is Andrew, last name is Scott...
Our son is Andrew, middle name is Scott...
He's marrying our Heather, and has a sister named Heather...
My Bob is really a Robert, he has a brother named Robert.
Pretty funny, right?