I can tell summer activities have consumed me.  Between yard work here at the house and the cabin as well as kitchen duty, the summer is flying by and I haven’t kept up on my blogging.   In my last post I think I included a picture of one of my pots that I was planting.  Well, here it is a month later.  It has survived 4 hail storms, some high winds and some unseasonal cold temps but is thriving.  I like having the pictures…it comes in handy when deciding what to plant next spring.  Above is the pot the end of May, and here it is now. 

This is one of my favorite views of my back yard.  It is  taken from a spot I often sit and relax after a day of gardening.  I have to remind myself to take in the beauty of all the lush plantings at this time of the year.  I have a tendency to just work in the garden and not leisurely enjoy the garden.


My grandson and son-in-law are big fans of the Star Wars franchise.  Taylor spotted this project at Michaels and wanted to get it for his dad for Fathers Day, knowing his grandma would be able to make the magic happen.  He took over the first step of the project, reading all the instructions first and then tracing and cutting out every piece of all ten characters and assembled them in layers ready for me to stitch.  I then had my work cut out for me and a week later they were all finished.  I was amazed at how interested both he and Ella were in watching me stitch and assemble the figures.  Ella stitched for hours yesterday on the felt scraps I cut into simple shapes. She sat right beside me while I finished the last character.  At the age of 5, she is very capable and patient and seemed to love doing it….very sweet.


This weekend, I baked a batch of old-fashioned goodness…Snickerdoodles.  I made half the batch with the customary cinnamon and sugar coating and half with just sugar.  The cookies are always yummy as is, but I also use them as a base for individual fruit pizzas. I use the cookies without the cinnamon for the little fruit pizzas.   At the cabin, I can have the toppings including the cream cheese mixture, glaze and cookies ready to go for everyone to make their own desserts.  Fruits that work well for toppings included raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, bananas and strawberries.  For a quicker version, use spreadable cream cheese.  The strawberry flavored version is very good.