Sunday, June 28, 2015

(Late) Summer Solstice - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~


Last Friday morning, we briefly (like 5 minutes) had the pool to ourselves.  It was wonderful!

Our temps have been in the mid 90's and the skies have been blue.  We are enjoying our summer so far.  How about you?


I am thankful for ~

* a safe mission trip for the teens and chaperones

* 2 teenagers working  (What a weird - but - in - a -good - way feeling at the same time!)

* the Sacrament of Holy Marriage

* another date with my hubs (We schedule them regularly now.)

What I am reading ~

* Rocking the Cradle Catholic (Almost finished)

* 40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate


This book was recommended by the author of Rocking the Cradle Catholic.  Gary explains to the female readers how a man ticks.  Barbara explains to the male readers how a woman ticks.  I'm not sure if I am going to read the entire book, but what I have read has given me deeper perspective into what makes a man act the way he does.

From the school room ~

* Stan the man continues to plug away with Math and English a few days a week...just so he doesn't forget.

*  Miss Ester is doing a good job with her Keyboarding class (a credit for High School).

* Miss Sally has been driving a lot, and  I see her confidence growing more and more.  She is growing more intuitive.


Around our house Denver ~


Miss Sally in action on the mission trip.  The girl has power!

And Miss Ester's crew did yard work and some house cleaning for a widow.  (That would be a crew member with her...I believe from a parish up in WI.)


From the kitchen ~

Plum Cobbler.  Plum delicious!


(Recipe coming soon!)

I am praying for ~

* Christians

* for the repose of the soul of my husband's oldest cousin, Richard, who passed away at 68 this past week

* all those who have asked me to pray for them


I am listening to ~

My washing machine working on a teensy tiny plum stain on my white shirt...my favorite, white shirt.


Coming down the pike this week ~

Well, with two teenagers working, (one working the split shift), things are going to be hairy.

Monday - Doctor appointment for Stan
Tuesday - Archery (last day)
Wednesday - PT for Miss Sally's old knee injury
Thursday - Book Club night
Friday - Miss Sally's hair appointment (she's getting highlights for the first time - ombre style!)
Saturday - July 4th pancake breakfast for neighbors at our house!


A last photo to share ~


Big sisters are good for helping put on sunblock before heading out to the pool :)

~  Patty  ~

Friday, June 26, 2015

What's for Sunday dinner?

I'm posting what we feasted on last Sunday, for Father's Day.  (Partially because it was out of this world amazing, as well as being it's Friday, and I still have no menu planned ;)

We celebrated David in style with ::

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs (recipe here)



Tomato, Basil, and Feta Salad (recipe here)


Tater Tots

Suzy Q Cakes (recipe here)


Wishing you a fantastic weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Homemade Suzy Q's


For Father's Day, my husband requested a homemade Suzy Q cake.  Our kids had no clue what a Suzy Q even was.  We laughed when we reminisced how back in the day only a handful of kids were lucky enough to have them in their sack lunches...and neither of us were part of that elite group.  We coveted those who brought in their beautifully packaged, carcinogen delightfulness!


Because I love my guy to the moon and back, I searched for a recipe and found one here.

Ingredients (Cake) ::

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Ingredients (Filling) ::

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/4 cups marshmallow fluff (1  7 oz container)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions ::

1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, and softened butter.

3.  Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.

4.  Increase speed to high and beat for three minutes until the batter is smooth and increased in volume.

(It reminded me of a chocolate mousse)


5.  Pour the dough into a greased 9 x 13" cake pan.

6.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

7.  While the cake cools, make the filling.

8.  Beat together the butter, confectioners' sugar, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla at high speed until light and fluffy.


9.  Cut the cooled cake into rectangles of desired size.  Then, slice through the middle each rectangle piece into two pieces...



10.  Spread 1-2 tbsp of filling over half of the rectangles and cover with the remaining rectangles.    Sprinkle with powder sugar.


David loved these!

*This recipe yielded 12 separate Suzy Q cakes.

Enjoy!

~ Patty ~

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bye Bye, Nellie.

We recently laid to rest Mabel's pet frog, Nellie.  Nellie would have turned the big 0-4 in September. (I'm sure that is huge in frog years, right??)

She was preceded in death by Percival, her loving, frog- husband and her cousins Bill & Ben.  (Ben's emotional send off from 2010 can be found here.)


Trying to keep things on a happier note, Mabel picked out burial box from the holiday selection.  After a simple prayer, she was buried.  (And Stan was warned not to dig that box up.  Ever.)

Owner  Family &  Friends of the frog were treated to a celebration of life by hitting up Sonic afterward.


Cheers to Nellie!

We will miss you!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blackberry Pie

Our neighbor brought over some freshly, handpicked blackberries a couple of weeks ago.  David told me that he wanted blackberry pie...his fave.  (We've been married 20 years,  that was news to me.)

So I went on all recipes dot com and made this::


Never mind that I was short on berries and never mind that my pie crust isn't pretty, but the end taste?  Oh my word!  It was delicious!!

Ingredients ~

4 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 recipe for pastry 9" double pie crust (or use frozen)
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup white sugar

Directions ~

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.  Combine  3 1/2 cups berries with the sugar and flour.  Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie shell.  Spread the remaining 1/2 cup berries on top of the sweetened berries, and cover with the top crust.  Seal, crimp the edges, and cut vents in the top crust for steam escape.

3.  Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar.

4.  Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Reduce the temp of the oven to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.  Cool on wire rack.

Recipe can be found here. 

Enjoy!

~  Patty ~

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Men in My Life

My hero.  The man who can fix just about anything, including a torn Elsa dress.  I adore this man!  I feel the best when he holds me tightly in his arms.




And this man, one of the best.  He is missed every day.  (If your dad is still alive, hug him tightly!  Never take another's life for granted.) 


Wishing all the dads out there a happy Father's Day!

~  Patty  ~

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