Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cooking Thursday

My friend Jenny, from I'm Having a Thought Here, recently posted a recipe that sounded like something we would enjoy.  So, I made it last week and it was a hit.  The crust is so yummy! It's like a golden, crispy cookie which is then topped with a mix of chocolate, cream cheese and Cool Whip.  Yes - it's dangerous, you don't want to make it too often!

Jenny's Chocolate Delight

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sliced almonds
Stir ingredients together and pat smooth into 9x13 baking pan (preferably glass).  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust begins to turn golden brown.

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounce tub Cool Whip Extra Creamy
Mix cream cheese and sugar well, then stir in Cool Whip.
Spread this mixture over the cooled crust.

2 small (3-oz) packages instant chocolate pudding*
3 cups milk (not 4 c as called for on pudding box)
8 ounce tub Cool Whip Extra Creamy
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix dry pudding mix with milk and blend.
Pour this over cream cheese mix in pan.
Top this with second tub of Cool Whip and sprinkle mini chips over top.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before eating.

*Jenny used Godiva Chocolate Caramel Pudding mix and said it is delicious.  We don't have that in our area, so I used regular chocolate pudding.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Smiles

God has put so much beauty around us!  I love driving the back roads and seeing His artistry in nature.  Saturday was such a pretty day here, and after I dropped the girls off at home, I took a leisurely drive home.  Here's a few things I saw.

 I grew up on a farm, and still enjoy seeing hay bales and rows of hay.

Our farmers had a very late start here, because it was so wet they couldn't plant.  It's good to see the corn growing!

A field of wildflowers.

 Cat tails!

Queen Ann's lace

Another field of hay, waiting to be baled.

The tiger lilies are prolific this year, and look so pretty lining the roads.

 The Grand River.  Blue sky and water is a perfect summer mix.

Green trees and a dirt road are a great combination.

These are all things that make me smile and thank God for all He surrounds me with.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fun filled night and day!

We had the girls over Friday night and they spent a lot of Saturday with us too.  We were busy doing all sorts of things, so prepare for lots of pictures!

We picked them up after supper and headed home, but made a pit stop at our church.  We have a big area next to the church building that we use for outdoor events, and about a month ago a nice playset was set up for the kids to use.  We thought we would let Alaina and Ruby check it out.

 They were excited to see it!

 Ruby in the play kitchen area.

 Alaina loves to hang upside down.

 Alaina and Bob having a little talk.


Seeing who could get to the bottom the fastest.

 Alaina was walking the side beam, Ruby had to try it too, but wanted Grandpa to help her.

We got home shortly before 8 and I thought the girls would be ready to go inside...

 but they wanted to play on our playset too!

Ruby was checking out the dog next door, who was barking because of all the laughing and squealing going on over here.

Then it was time to come in and clean up.  They had crackers and cheese with Grandpa and we watched Mary Poppins.

Alaina, hanging upside down again - watching a movie that way!

Ruby snuggled up with Bob and her bunny to watch the movie.

They slept good and were up around 8am.
Bob had Saturday off which doesn't happen often, so they were excited to do things with him.

 This little yard cart used to belong to Bob's Dad.  It usually hauls yard waste, but on this day, Bob hooked it up and gave the girls a ride. They had a blast!

Then they had fun riding bikes.  Alaina is on the trike which she can hardly pedal anymore, but they still haul it out.  We have gotten our money out of it - it went through all 3 of our kids, and now both girls and is still going strong.

They got out the squirt guns, and Grandpa and Grandma both got wet!

 Grandpa told Ruby to water the flowers instead of us.  :)

We have a lot of oak trees in our yard, and they frequently have some dead branches that need to come down.  Bob was throwing a rope across them and pulling them down - and the girls were "helping".  Bob made sure they stayed far back so no branches fell on them.

Here's Ruby hauling a branch away.

 taking a little rest!

I had to go to the store and the girls were coming along.  I said we could pick up lunch and bring it back to Grandpa.  He told them, "Just don't get broccoli!"

They thought that was so funny and they wanted to get broccoli and tell him it was his lunch. So, of course we got some to take home.
On the way home, they were planning how they would tell him he had to eat it and have nothing else for lunch.

Here they are laughing over the trick they played on him.

We did a craft project in the afternoon and got them back to their house about 3:30.  We had such a fun time, and the house seemed very quiet when I got home.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cooking Thursday

I was asked to make a fruit salad to bring to work to celebrate our Nurse Aides last week,  I found a new recipe to try and it was so good!  The glaze on the fruit made the whole thing very refreshing.
This one is perfect for a summer potluck!

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Creamy Citrus Glaze

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
3 cups seedless green grapes
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 cups blueberries
2 bananas, sliced (I won't add these again, they got mushy and didn't seem to go well with the rest)
Combine all fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Citrus Glaze:
1/4 cup pulp free orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 of a 3.4 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix (eyeball it)
2 tablespoons Powdered sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice or more to taste
Pour all ingredients into bowl and whisk to combine.  Cover and place in refrigerator.

When ready to serve, drain juices from fruit.  Pour glaze over and stir to combine. The glaze will be thick at first but thins as it combines with the fruit juice.  Serve immediately after mixing as glaze will become runny after a bit.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Unicorn Ice Cream

I saw an episode of the Pioneer Woman recently where she made what she called Mermaid Ice Cream, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to do with the girls, so we tried it out the last time they were over.
They think unicorns are fun, so our version was called Unicorn Ice Cream.

Before they started helping, I beat heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until it was stiff, stirred in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.  Then it was time for the fun part.

We separated the whipped cream mixture into 3 bowls, and then stirred in gel food coloring to make it pink, blue and purple.
Then I took spoonful's of different colors and put them into a plastic sealing container.  The colors were alternated, and when I was done, the girls each shook it a little to help it settle.

Here's Alaina taking a turn at shaking it.

After that, it was time for sprinkles and edible glitter.  They each got to sprinkle some on.

They were a bit heavy handed with the toppings, especially Ruby with the glitter.

It went into the freezer overnight.

The next morning, they were impatient to try it, but Grandma made them wait until mid morning.

 Here's the finished product - colorful and sparkly!

Alaina said it was ok, Ruby loved it.  I had to agree with Alaina.  It was kind of bland, but it was worth it just for the fun factor.

*No unicorns were harmed in the making of this ice cream.

Unicorn/Mermaid Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
neon gel food coloring in blue, pink and purple
Assorted sprinkles and edible glitter

Whip heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff. Gently fold in vanilla and condensed milk.
Separate mixture equally into 3 bowl.  Fold in blue, pink and purple food coloring to reach desired color.
Spoon the different colors of cream mixture into a loaf pan or sealing plastic container.  Spoon in a random pattern, a few spoonful's at a time, then gently shake to level out.
Sprinkle glitter and sprinkles over top and seal.
Place in freezer overnight.
When ready to server, scoop into individual bowls and add extra sprinkles if desired.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Happy Birthday Cheri!

My sister Cheri turned 50 on Friday.  Bob says that make me old - my baby sister is 50.  (I'm the oldest in the family, she's the youngest.  I'm 8 years older than her.)
Anyway, her sweet daughter, who is only 17 wanted to throw her a surprise party, so she planned this whole thing.  Mark took Cheri out for supper and then brought her home to a bunch of people.

 Here we are, just waiting for them to come home.


 Cheri with her cake.  She doesn't look 50!

My sweet Dad and step mom.  I was trying to get a picture of the two of them, and she hates having her picture taken.  Dad thought it was hilarious!

 Lots of people - inside the house...

 and out on the deck.

This is a fun gift I found for her.  On the box it said 1969 was a great year.  Inside was candy that was popular back then - wax lips, pixie sticks, dip'm sticks, wax bottles of juice.  It's fun to reminisce.

Happy Birthday Cheri!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019