Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Fun (and a fortieth celebration,too)!

As Herb was away for his birthday, we celebrated his birthday on Father's Day.

I put him to work making part of his own birthday feast - he grilled brisket and made his most fabulous cole slaw. I contributed fresh salsa, corn-on-the-cob and an apple brown betty.

As a special treat, I served these sodas'
I, of course, loved their vintagey feel.
The guys loved their taste.

As the heat was about to melt the birthday boy, we moved inside for apple brown betty a la mode. And Bishop gave Dad some Pop Rocks because his "pop rocks", get it?

The boys had a blast sampling the pop rocks and chasing them with a bit of soda.

Bishop helped Dad assemble his birthday gift - a new grill.

I see a lot more brisket in our future.
Happy Birthday and Happy Father's Day, Herb!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet Treats

Ahhh...these sweet treats were so yummy, rich and decadent. Sweet treats a.k.a. Cake Bonbons, Cake Truffles, Cake Balls, and, when a stick is inserted into them, Cake Pops.
After losing a silent auction at our church and, thus, losing the opportunity to give the much acclaimed cake truffles a try, Bishop was determined to learn how to make them.
We decided to make them for flag day and to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Army.
Bishop will show you how he made them.

After baking a cake in a 9x13 cake pan and allowing it to cool completely, Bishop crumbled the cake into a large bowl. He found that the cake crumbled most readily if he rubbed his hands together with a bit of cake between them.

After thoroughly stirring in 3/4 of a can of cream cheese frosting, he formed the mixture into balls and placed them in the refrigerator until they became firm.

Meanwhile, he did a bit of cleaning up.

He then melted chocolate...

and dipped each cake ball until well coated.

After letting the chocolate harden, Bishop decorated them and devoured them.
Well...I must admit he had some help devouring them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!

It is the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army ...

and Flag Day!

Welcome to our simple celebration!

A simple recognition of our great nation's
military and our beautiful flag.

After a day of service at our food pantry we went out for pizza
and then came home to the sweet treats that we made yesterday.
(More on those treats later :) )

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands,
one nation under God,
with liberty and justice for all.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Army!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer is Lookin' Pretty Around Our House!!!

Summer is here - the greenery is abounding and the flowers are blooming.

I absolutely love my hydrangeas!
They are one of my most favorite things
about summer!

I look around my yard and..

everything makes me smile!

It brings me such joy!

I just had to bring a bit of summer indoors!

Pentecost Party

"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gifts my Father promised,
which you have heard me speak about.
For John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 1:4

In recognition of the gift of the Holy Spirit
our family is celebrating Pentecost.
To some it is known as Whitsunday and it is traditional
to serve white foods, thus we began our day with white
powdered sugar donuts and plenty of good wholesome white milk
to dunk them into.

On that first day of Pentecost a sound like a mighty wind
filled the home the apostles were in
and tongues of fire appeared and came to rest on them
and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Celebrations of Pentecost are commonly developed around
themes of fire and wind, as was ours.

Our entree was flaming-hot chicken wings.
It was served with 'tongues of fire' veggie plate
and 'the nine fruits of the spirit' fruit salad.
The veggie plate was simply grape tomatoes,
baby carrots and red and yellow bell pepper strips
arranged to resemble flames.
Our fruit salad consisted of apples, pineapple, oranges, banana,
blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, red grapes and kiwi.
I decorated the fruit salad with miniature pinwheels
so as to encourage everyone to make 'a mighty wind.'

For dessert there was cake with the center candle representing Christ, our light.
It was surrounded by twelve smaller candles which represented the apostles
and the tongues of fire that came to rest upon them.
They are surrounded by 'nine fruits of the spirit.'

After the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, during that first Pentecost,
they were able to speak in other tongues. They went to speak to the crowds of
people in Jerusalem and all were able to understand these Galileans.
Peter addressed the crowd, sharing the truth regarding Jesus being the Messiah
and, afterwards, baptized three thousand new believers.
It is considered the birth of the church.

We wished the church a 'happy birthday'
and with 'a mighty wind' Christian blew out the candles.
We dined on cake and ice cream as our joyous celebration
of the church's beginning came to an end.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

For Keegan

Kaiti and Jake were wed.
The ceremony was beautiful!

You were missed much during all the festivities!

All your friends, including the beautiful bride, say hello!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Our summer has began rather quietly. Bishop has been ill today causing us to keep the house dim, cool and quiet. We also cancelled all appointments and eliminated most other activities. Thus, summer has been ushered in with a sense of quietude. Even the weather has been peaceful - clear blue skies, warm with a breeze. It has been a pleasant reprieve. Spring's weather was unpredictable and tumultuous and our schedule was hectic as we wrapped up our school year. And summer's pace will pick up soon enough with camps, vacation bible schools, reading programs, a road trip, and preparation for the school year that is just beginning. Despite Bishop's illness, I am so grateful for this day of quiet - a day to just breathe!