Thursday, June 25, 2009

Strawberries

There is nothing on earth like a fresh Michigan strawberry. Yummmy. The girls and I got up early this morning to go to the local u-pick and we brought home 13 pounds. I flash froze 2 large containers, mashed and added sugar to 2 more 2 lb. containers and the rest are hulled and stored in the fridge. Oh, we also made some popsicles in the Tupperware Ice tups and I made a bowl of sorbet for Gabby to munch on. I would love to make some jam but know that I'd be the only one eating it since everyone else is strictly grape for their PBJ's. Oh, a fabulous though just came to me. We WILL be having pancakes with pureed strawberries this weekend. I even have some whip topping! If it wasn't still so blasted hot and humid in my home I'd make some right now.

It's finally been hot but I don't want to destroy the yard with the kids pool this year. I got them a Slip N Slide instead and Natalie loves it to death. She is out there at least 2 times a day on it. I'm sure I'll end up caving and putting the pool up again but I am holding the kids off with the excuse that I need to mow first. That will only work for maybe 1 or 2 more days though.

Tomorrow the girls and I get to make some yummies in prep for my Tastefully Simple party I'm hosting. My goal was to get the consultant to trade parties with me but she had excuses for that. Oh well, at least I can earn some goodies by hosting for her. Maybe, just maybe, she'll be convinced that she needs a few items that I plan to pull out to use for the food. That is my hope anyways.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Is it really summer?

I would have thought by the weather we've had it was only early May. I have not worn shorts 1 time this year yet, other than boxers to bed. The kids have only asked to go in the sprinkler one time, and that only lasted about 5 minutes. Don't get me wrong, I am not wishing for the 90 degree hot and steamy days, but perhaps we could break the 80 degree mark sometime soon.

Good News! Jeff got a call to start a contract gig for Monday. FINALLY we'll get more than MARVIN. I can't wait! It's only for 2 months but it is a start and fingers crossed, maybe they'll be able to extend it or even find a permanent slot for him somewhere there. I'm just glad I can breathe a small sigh and maybe start to pay a few things on time for a change.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

School's Out!

Another school year is behind us. It's kinda bittersweet. I'm glad it is summer break but sad that my little one is growing up, she'll be in 1st grade in September. I'm also going to really miss Gabby's teachers. They were fantastic!!

This week was horribly busy with all the end of the school year activities and with Grandma still being hospitalized. She was supposed to have come home last Sunday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday, and now maybe Monday. We have family coming in from out of state today, earlier than they had planned to come visit this summer. My sister and her family are driving up on Sunday to see her too. Maybe that will perk her up a little to get better. I must admit that she has lived a long and wonderful life for 93 years and we do know that she is ready do be done soon. We were prepared for her passing last year when she got really sick and feel blessed to have gotten more time with her.

Here's to a great summer, now if only the temperature would get with the program and hit 80.