Our Very Favorite Day

I can’t actually tell you why we do it.

Throwing blankets out along the curb on Center Street—days before the Summerfest even begins–

to save OUR spot along the parade route…

as though our lives depended on us keeping our yearly place…

does seem kinda nuts sometimes…

especially when you think…

heck–it’s only a parade…

with the regular horses…

decorated floats…

silly clown cars…

pretty girls…

and smiling babies.

But there seems to be more to this silly thing we do than just the carnival food…

and the lovely men in kilts.

I think it’s the warm, cozy, playing, laughing, eating, gathering family sort of thing, that makes us all feel so happy, so contented…

so very blessed…

that the only appropriate ending to such a day…

would be fireworks.

Peachy Peach Cake

Peaches–don’t they just go along with summer? And if indeed, summer is actually here–then I say we start off with a peachy little ritual called Peachy Peach Cake.

One of these days, perhaps I’ll get out the “Eggplant and You” cookbook—but right now–anything with summer fruit is going to work very nicely…and we’ll get to the veggies later.

Dang…doesn’t that just look…well…peachy?

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Peachy Peach Cake

Ingredients

2 cups white sugar
1 (3 ounce) package peach flavored jello
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs–separated
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup canned or fresh peach puree

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour 9×13 cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry jello until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and peach puree. Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, before cutting. Serve with peach puree and whip cream.

Dude.

Peachy Peach Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package peach flavored jello
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs--separated
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ cup canned or fresh peach puree
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour 9x13 cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry jello until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  4. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk.
  5. Blend in vanilla and peach puree.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Allow cake to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, before cutting.
  9. Serve with peach puree and whip cream.

 

A Smidge of Summer…

left.

After all, there are still…

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toes to squirt…

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lemony drinks in the fridge–sort of…

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roses in the yard…

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floats to pour…

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brave knights in castles…

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marshmallows to toast…

beach

cute guys on the beach…

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new crayons to break

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chocolate zucchini cake to eat I mean, make…

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fair maidens to rescue…

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fresh corn to nibble…

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sweet babies to picnic with…

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and this blue sky to ponder.

Yeah.

I’ll let you know, when we’re ready to come in.

Gathering Summer

There is so much goodness…

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that belongs only to summer…

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that it must be gathered with care…

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and sipped…

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so slowly…

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that not one…

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precious…

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moment…

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slips by…

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unnoticed…

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or unappreciated.

 

 

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Week 24 Food Storage Prompt: 10 lbs. Powdered Milk

The County Fair

We found another one…

a County Fair, that is…

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complete with a cow girl on a horse showing us where to park…

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lovely Elsie and Bossy the cows…

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and sleek, sleepy sheep.

Say that three times really fast…I dare you.

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I found a small smackeral of trimmed wool on the ground and I needed it.

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Baby Chompy wanted to play the rubber duck game…and she won…

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an amazingly cool stuffed wolf.

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We saw a pink tractor…

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and an oddly groomed llama.

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We ate fair food…

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saw blue ribbon vegetables…

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gorgeous quilts…August 16 057

beautiful preserves…

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and amazing artwork.

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Oooooh—slow down summer…

we aren’t finished with you yet.