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Excuses, Excuses

 Who needs an excuse to make something cool and refreshing like sorbet? I don't, but just for kicks and grins I will give you the top five reasons why sorbet was on our dessert menu today:The temperature today, where I live, topped at 92 degrees Fahrenheit... it was H-O-T hot! Hot chocolate just won't do today...an icy treat was in order.My 5 year old is having his tonsils and adenoids taken out next week. He is looking forward to eating ice cream, Popsicles, and now, sorbet, while he recovers. I have been experimenting with various recipes to try that he will be able to eat post-op.It is just seems fancy to say we are having sorbet for dessertWith all the fresh fruits in abundance, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to use them up.The lovely Laura over at Eat Drink Live announced that the theme for this months Hay Hay It's Donna Day is...sorbet! There you have it... the top five reasons why I decided to give sorbet a try today. I have never participated in the Hay Hay It's Donna Day event and since my husband has been raving about the sorbet he gets at one of his favorite New York City restaurants, I decided to surprise him and make some at home. I knew that a lot of people participating in the event would be making sorbets out of the fresh fruits of the season...strawberries, raspberries, etc. As much as I love summertime fruit, I know how much my husband loves apples so I thought he would most enjoy an apple sorbet.  Apple just seemed too plain … [Continue reading]


Jacob and his friend Caden were playing in his room today. I think they were playing Rescue Heroes or something. Peeking in on them I heard Caden say something to the fact that "God is in charge"...a common thing they heard at Vacation Bible School a few weeks ago. Then, to respond, Jacob said "God is in charge, but he can't do it all which is why he made Presidents. The President of the United States is in charge when God is busy."  Oh my....isn't it funny the way their minds work? … [Continue reading]

Blueberries Get Their Day to Shine

 First of all, let me get some of the vacation details out of the way. Our vacation was really nice, minus all the bonding time we had in the car. I love my family, but 40 hours in the car reverses the love we developed for each other from the first 20 hours of bonding. I do not need to do a road trip like this anytime soon! With that being said, if you want to check out some of the highlights from our trip, visit my family blog and you will get a short blurb along with a cute little slideshow of photos. I did have an insane impulse while we were gone and had my back length hair cut off to my ears. I love the change and it was a fun, impulsive thing to do while we were gone. As far as the food highlights, because you know I am all about the food, there were many. In Chicago - my sister-in-law's enchiladas, some wonderful cinnamon sugar bakery bread, Bacon Bit pizza from Monical's and ice cream from Oberweis Dairy. In Pennsylvania... the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches from Southside Steaks and the most delicious custard/Italian Ice creation from Rita's Ice Cones top the list. I'd love to get my hands on that recipe. In Iowa, the adorable food my sister-in-law made for the summer birthday parties were a hit as well!Now...on to the fourth of July.When you think of July 4th in America, what kind of desserts do you think of? Desserts featuring red, white and blue most likely is the first thing that pops into your head. First you have your tasty red, white, and blue flag shaped … [Continue reading]

Summer Vacation

We are back and we survived our summer vacation. The highlights? There were a lot of them! Spending time with my brother and his family in Illinois was a ton of fun. My sister-in-law runs a very nice at home daycare, and so the kids were in heaven with all the toys and things to do. While we were there we went to the Friendship Festival parade and carnival, which was really a lot of fun. After a few days with my brother and his family, we went on into Chicago and spent some time with my good friend Melissa and her family. It was so nice to catch up and for the kids to get the chance to play together. We had a lovely visit. After Chicago we drove to Pittsburgh, PA...home of Nick's sister. I really like Pittsburgh a lot. I love the downtown area with all the bridges and old architecture. While we were there we ate at some great places and did some fun activities. We went to the Pittsburgh, PA Children's museum one day and the zoo the next. I also got my hair completely chopped off. It has taken some getting used to, but I really like it. It is shorter than I have ever had it as an adult. (You can see a photo of the new me in the slide show). The last leg of our trip was spent in Iowa at my in-laws farm. We had a lot of fun with family, celebrating birthday's, camping out, playing on the farm equipment, swimming, etc. The kids were great in the car, especially considering that our total travel time was around 40 hours, with one very long 14 hour leg. We are glad to be home … [Continue reading]

Raspberry Cheesecake Shakes

Written for Paper Palate on the Well Fed NetworkWhen looking at cooking magazines that only come out quarterly, I expect to be able to immediately tell what season we are in by looking at the cover of the magazine. For summer, I want bright photographs full of fresh ingredients, cool treats and quick dinner ideas. Summertime is for playing... the last thing I want to do is spend the entire evening in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. We just returned from our family vacation (which I will write about soon...still recovering from the car ride!), and since we were stuck in the car for 40 hours total, I got tempted more than once at our stops by magazines being sold. One magazine that I have noticed before but never picked up is a special interest publication of Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine is simply titled Eat with a tag line of easy family food. The summer 2007 edition promised recipes for "good food fast" and the tempting photograph of the fruit waffle bowl on the front cover is what sealed the deal. I bought the magazine for $4.99 and set out to see what Eat magazine was all about.The first thing I noticed about Eat magazine is that the featured cooks in the magazine are very much like me. Busy moms trying to put good food on the table every night for our family, without spending a lot of time doing it. The recipes were very straightforward...Eat magazine is not for the gourmet cook but is for the person who wants simple and delicious solutions at … [Continue reading]