Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Orange Juice Shake

We have a new favorite drink at our house. I occasionally check out Jill Savage's blog and this week she happens to be having a summer recipe contest. This was the recipe of hers that she posted yesterday.

Orange Juice Shake
6oz Frozen OJ Concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
10 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

I know I've seen recipes similar to this in the past but have never taken the time to try them. This one was a huge hit with the kids. After naps I think I may try it with ice cream instead of milk to make it a little thicker and more "shake" like. Perfect for a hot, steamy day!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The rumbles of the morning

I woke up this morning to the tornado siren going off. The actual center of the storm wasn't anywhere near us (it was at the south of the county and we are at the north of the county) but we had some pretty big storms that came through. We spent most of the morning picking up sticks and limbs from it. Anyway, Joe needed to run an errand and it wasn't raining much anymore--just some distant rumblings--so the kids and I went out on the front porch to wave goodbye. After the first couple rumbles, Nathan says "fireworks, there are fireworks!!!" He was very excited and very determined that it was fireworks. He was also somewhat disappointed when he realized mom was actually right and there were no fireworks. A little later we were outside and heard some more rumbles. John with a big grin on his face and his stomach sticking out says: "Wow mom, did you hear my stomach?! It really rumbled!"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

bug hunting

Bug hunting has become my children's favorite pasttime. The same morning that I found the dead baby alligator??? in the backyard, we discovered a green grasshopper hanging out with my strawberry plants. It got away from Nathan's super finger grip and they are trying to track it down. (Yes, I know the picture is dark--I'm still working on getting the right settings...)

the dead baby alligator????

So I was outside last week checking out my vegetable garden. It was early morning, but my definition of "early" has changed this summer--I think it was around 8ish. And, important to note, I hadn't had my coffee yet. I watered my veggies, which are looking great, and then I glanced over by the fence and realized there was a dead baby alligator lying in my backyard. Yep, a dead baby alligator. Yes, I know it didn't make sense to me either, but it certainly looks that way, don't you think? What do you think it is???

the proud moment

"Hey Mommy, look at this" said my youngest daughter last week at around 3:30 in the afternoon. I was in my bedroom trying to wake up from my nap. I turned over and much to my amazement she was standing there holding her 2nd top tooth to fall out in the last month. This one, she proudly proclaimed to me, she had pulled out all by herself. I think the last one was such a traumatic experience that she was determined to pull this one out herself. She could not stop smiling for the next 24 waking hours--and I am not exaggerating.

My hydrangea bush

One of the things I had to say good-bye to last summer were my three very huge and very beautiful hydrangea bushes that were in front of my house. Now after the first year that we lived there Joe was convinced that I had completely killed the bushes when I trimmed, okay slaughtered, them back to their bases. In my defense, they were very overgrown. Anyway, they came back stronger than ever the next spring, so every year they got the heavy duty "trim" treatment. So last fall at our new house I took to trimming our new hydrangea bush and had beautiful results. This is what it looked like when we returned from vacation. Fortunately, I got the picture taken before the rain weighed down the blooms. I am so excited that God blessed me with providing a house with one of my favorite plants.

My new camera

So I got a new camera while we were on vacation but I didn't really figure out how to use it until we got home. I still haven't figured it all out, but I have figured out the "sport setting". This is a shot that shows how awesome I think it is. Check out the water....