Thursday, July 10, 2008

Last Day of Vacation

Today was the last day of my vacation...sigh! We just stayed home & slept in late & went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast. Tonight I lit all the candles on the porch & read a favorite book while my husband watered the garden until daylight faded. A fire fly landed on the page I was reading, so I decided to just sit back, relax & enjoy the quiet of the night. One of our neighbor's cats was enjoying himself in a patch of cat mint & chasing bugs!

Musing for the day - "The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon." - Psalm 74:16

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Musing for the Day...

"My lover has gone down to his garden,

to the beds of spices,

to browse in the gardens

& to gather lilies. " - Song of Songs 6:2

Key Lime Dip

One of my newest additions for spring/summer is Miss Lily's Key Lime Dip. It is named for my little third cousin in Tennessee. The artwork is a fabulous hand-tinted French Postcard. Doesn't it look delicious? Just perfect for summer.

Even though home-grown strawberries are over,

the shipped ones work just fine to dip into our

Summer Strawberry Dip.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Follow Your Bliss

What bliss to sleep in with no set schedule. To set out with a destination in mind & then detour to pay an unexpected visit on a friend & catch up over dinner. Just a little metal health day. Miles and miles of mountains to refresh the soul.
Musing for the Day...
"Happiness appears to be a state that comes easiest when unsought." - Henry D. Chapin

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Picnic

Fourth of July Picnic – It didn’t rain on our parade today, though we had a back-up plan just in case. I woke up to skies of blue, had tea on the front porch & spent the day in a flurry of activity. Found the neatest old melamine plates at a thrift store to use instead of plastic throw-aways. Friends & family arrived with all sorts of delicious food & spirits. Everyone had a great time & we had way too much food. The girls (And some of the guys too!) loved the Frozen Raspberry Martinis-(my friend Shawn’s idea). We added the Raspberry Vodka for the adults only!

Berry Smoothies *Vodka Optional

2 cups frozen raspberries
2 cups crushed ice or 1 dozen ice cubes
¼ cup sugar
3 cups milk – (I used skim)
Place all ingredients into your blender and liquefy. Pour into martini glasses and whisk in 1 shot Raspberry Vodka. *Top with dollop whipped cream if desired & serve.

Another variation substitute equal amounts, red & black raspberries & blackberries-fresh or frozen & partially thawed. Whisk in one shot Black Current Vodka – mmmmm….

Musing for the day…
“Happiness is not solitary, but social; & so we can never have it without sharing it with others.” – Henry van Dyke

Didn’t the Hydrangeas turn out lovely?