Thursday, June 28, 2012


A pillow and a blanket make a hammock
much more enjoyable. 
The blanket is not for is much better to use a blanket in a hammock to lie upon.

I chose to enjoy my hammock a few Sundays ago on a beautiful summer evening.
The weather was perfect to relax and do a little reading.

I vowed to return to this hammock more often...
it has not had much use since my husband hung it for me.
However, the temperatures in the Big Woods have climbed each day, until we have found ourselves in the middle of a heat wave with temps reaching 100.
This is not the best hammock relaxing weather.
I can't help but think about the Soup Nazi on Jerry Seinfield, "No soup for you."
"No hammock relaxing for you."

Oh yeah...and the book in the picture is now overdue at our public library.
I can't seem to get in the reading mode these days.
Maybe when the weather cools off.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Flea Market

I am really enjoying my "finds" from the
Dog Days Flea Market.
We went there on Memorial Day. 
I purchased this chalkboard for my kitchen.

Here is a closer look.
My family has enjoyed this chalkboard...we've had lots of fun with what to write on it.

I bought this second chalkboard for my daughter's room.  I love the turquoise color of the frame.

 My favorite purchase is this CorningWare tray.
I used it tonight to hold my grilled cheeseburgers.
It was perfect for that.
I can wash it in the dishwasher or put it in the oven.
We always go to Dog Days on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


My Sewing Sister goes to Minnesota every summer to visit her precious Grandchildren.
This year, she has stayed longer...because, she has gained a new granddaughter!!!

My Sewing Sister does more than sew.
She raises beautiful flowers and always has a nice garden.

When she is away, I am the lucky one who gets to pick the flowers and gather the produce.
There were enough gladiolus to make two bouquets.

I think they are just beautiful!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Yard Sale in the Corn Field

Yesterday, my sisters and I finished up a 3 day Yard Sale in the Big Woods.
(We missed you Sewing Sister.)
We held our sale in the field that is in front of our house, right next to our favorite swing.

It was a great "country" yard sale.
There is just something about a yard sale that you have to drive a ways to get to...

There is just something about a yard sale by the corn field.
There are things you can buy at a "country" yard sale that you would never find in the city.

I know one thing for sure.
This Yard Sale completely wore our dogs out.
They spent 3 days running from the house to the field and barking at every other car.
They had never seen so many visitors in the Big Woods.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Strawberries and Peaches Dessert

If you're looking for a light and delicious summertime dessert, this is it!!!
We call this "Maria's Stuff" at my house, because this recipe came from a dear teaching friend of mine whose name is Maria.

You will need:
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 angel food cake
12 ounces cool whip
1 can peaches
fresh strawberries

Prepare the pudding mix following the directions on the package using 3 cups of milk.

Break half of the angel food cake into pieces and place in a decorative bowl.

Cover the cake with half of the prepared pudding.

Top this layer with one third of the cool whip.

Drain the juice from the peaches and lay the peaches in a layer on top of the cool whip.
(Sorry I lost this picture.)

Top the peaches with another layer of cake, pudding, and cool whip.

Slice the strawberries and form a layer on top of the cool whip.

Add the last layer of cool whip and garnish with a couple of whole strawberries.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This recipe can be prepared with low calorie and fat free ingredients!!!

Sometimes I make this in a decorative pedestal bowl that is tall and narrow.  I try to place the strawberries and peaches close to the edges so that the layers show.
This is a pretty dessert for showers and special occasions.


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