Monday, July 24, 2017

Rocky Mountain High


Do you remember the song "Rocky Mountain High...Colorado",  by John Denver?  Well, that song was playing in my head while on vacation with my youngest son, Kevin,  DIL, Kristen, and granddaughter, Harper, as they whisked me away to the beauty of Colorado!  Oh, what a time we had!  This was our view from our condo's balcony! 

 

Our second morning, we were greeted by this magical rainbow!


 We took the gondola up to the top of the mountain.

 Harper had fun playing in the snow, making a snowman, and throwing snowballs.

 Riding down the hill on her Daddy's lap was such  fun!

 

 We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.


 We made it to the Continental Divide.

 We saw female elk on one of our favorite stops.

 On the way back from the National Park, we stopped at the town of Grand Lake, had lunch and there was a beach, where Harper could play.

 Sapphire Point was a spot that my friend, Joy, told me about.  Little chipmunks were all around, in and out of the rocks, and such fun to see.  There was also a easy hike which we took.

 We even went panning for gold at a nearby mine....no luck, though, in our pans!

 This darling lavender house, with the purple trim, caught my eye, and I immediately thought of  friends, Margie, from Tea In The Valley, and Judith, from Lavender Cottage and Gardening, and had to get a picture. 

 I could move right into this darling, little cottage!

 

Gorgeous, overflowing hanging baskets were everywhere!

 I always take time to stop and smell the flowers, and admire their beauty.

 Speaking of beauty...these two special mother/daughter friends honored me by driving an hour from their homes to meet me for lunch.  I have known sweet Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose, for several years, through blogging, and she paired me up with her dear Mom, Debbie, from, She Graces Her Home In God's Beauty, at her very first teacup/mug exchange, which was four  years ago.  You can really get to "know" friends through their writing and blogging.  However, it was so nice to meet them for real, in person and chat the hours away.  They are as kind,  wonderful, and dear as you would expect. 

Stephanie and Debbie gifted me with these thoughtful gifts.  Thank you, my friends, for your thoughtful gifts. 

Thank you, sweet family, for sharing your vacation with me!  What a fun family you are to be with! These memories will be with me forever, and I am truly grateful.

 

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


Monday, July 10, 2017

My Mom's 88th Birthday and Meeting Michele

 I recently went to Ohio to celebrate my Mom's 88th Birthday.  That's my sister, Amy, on the left with my Mom and I.  We took her to the Morgan House, and had a wonderful lunch. 


Isn't my Mom so cute?  She bought this pretty dress to wear for her birthday lunch, and then before I left for home, she gave it to me!

 Here's a picture of my chicken salad, with a side garden salad with a fresh strawberry dressing.  We each had a pot of tea, and I chose Blackberry Sage, Mom had Apricot, and Amy had Wild Blueberry.

Look who showed up to meet us!!  My friend, Michele, from The Nest at Finch Rest, surprised us!!  I had texted Michele to tell her where we were going, hoping that she could come by.  Michele and I have always wanted to meet in person.  Of course, we already knew each other well from blogging, but meeting in real life was such a treat.  My Mom and sister loved Michele right from the start, and she stayed and had a pot of tea with us.   Michele was too kind and brought my Mom a gift that she had made, with the instructions to open later. 

Here's Mom at home,  opening her gift from Michele.

The gift was a darling pitcher (which my mom collects) with a pretty floral arrangement.  Wasn't that sweet of Michele?  I placed it on my Mom's nightstand.

 My Mom always wants me to make her an angel food cake with her favorite Speedy Meringue Frosting.

Singing Happy Birthday to this sweet lady!  

My Mom and I had a day to spend together because my sister had to work.  I was down in the basement doing some laundry and this quilt and sham set was calling to me.  I brought it up to see if mom would like to change out her quilt on her bed, and she did.  It gave her a pretty summery feel to her room.  The green quilt at the foot of the bed was found down in the basement, too. Yes, it was such fun shopping the house! 

One evening we did the fun tiles that my son, Mike, and I had done this summer with the grands.  My nephew, Shane, joined in for the fun project.  He was so sweet and asked to create one together with his grandma.  the bouquet of flowers behind Shane were a gift from him to his Gram.


Happy 88th Birthday to my beautiful Mom, sitting on her pretty patio.  I was so happy to be able to share her birthday with her!

Now I am off to Breckinridge, CO, to vacation with my youngest son, Kevin, DIL, Kristen, and granddaughter, Harper.  

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


Monday, June 26, 2017

Campfire Cookies


 We were busy at Cooking Camp this week and made Campfire Cookies.  I thought I'd have a little treat with some  ice tea in my late Beloved's camouflage mug, and used my oldest grandson, Connor's,  Fisher Price lantern from when he was little, as some fun decor.

 

 Here are three of the kids busy at decorating.  Yes, it gets messy in my kitchen, but don't those smiling faces look like they're having fun?


 We let Harper decorate some cookies at the little table.

 She's so careful in putting those sprinkles on her cookies, too.

 Here's Riley with his plate.

 Caiden looks quite pleased!

Cissy is ready to take hers home, and enjoy them later.

To go along with our campfire theme, the bigger kids used the wood burning tool, with a safety guard that my son made, and did a great job on their magnets.  The "Too Spicy" was done by my son because little Harper always puts up her hand and says "too spicy" when she doesn't want to eat something that she doesn't like!

 My other two granddaughters, Ella and Avery came over the next night and were able to make some campfire cupcakes.

 They tried their hand at creating some of the tiles that we did the week before, and loved doing that, too.  Ella is clutching her little Amigurumi bear that I crocheted for them, with the requirement that when they look at their them, they remember  that I love them.

Yield: 24

Campfire Cookies

I saw these cookies in a picture and thought how fun they'd be for the kids to make. You can make your own recipes or use store bought. We don't judge!

INGREDIENTS:


  • Sugar Cookies, homemade or slice and bake or pre-formed and baked
  • Vanilla buttercream, homemade or store bought, tinted green
  • Mini Tootsie Rolls, for the logs
  • Malted Milk Balls, crushed for the dirt
  • Gummy Bears, in red, yellow, orange, white, for the flames
  • Mini Pretzel Sticks, for the sticks for the marshmallows
  • Mini marshmallows

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Bake your sugar cookies, and let cool on wire rack.
  2. Tint the buttercream a green color for the grass, and spread on the top of the cookie.
  3. Crush the malted milk balls to be used as dirt, and sprinkle around the outside edge of the cookie.
  4. Place three Tootsie Rolls in a triangle on top to be used as the logs.
  5. Place some of the cut up Gummy Bears in the middle of the "logs" to resemble the flames.
  6. Add a mini marshmallow on the end of three mini pretzel sticks. At this point, you can actually toast them, or just leave them un-toasted. Place them around the logs.
  7. Enjoy your Campfire Cookies!
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