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I feel like these next few weeks are crammed with the last of summers festivities. It’s September- summer is coming to a close- the morning temperatures around here don’t feel too summer-ish anymore. So yes, there are still camping trips and outdoor parties to plan and get ready for. I’m excited.
Excited to pack up my tent and sleeping bag. I do like camping. Especially camping breakfast. That might just be my favourite part. Boiled Potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon… all of which are fried in bacon grease. And coffee. In the early morning when you climb out of your warm sleeping bag to find that the campfire is just being built and the expected warmth is still non-existent – the smell of coffee is like heaven.
I’m excited to have a few more bonfires in the back yard, bake a few more summer pies, finish a few more summer projects. I think I will like September. Even if it feels crammed full of other things to get done on top of the everyday.

Today has felt productive. I canned green beans from our garden, started a pot of soup simmering for dinner, and I just pulled these baguettes out of the oven.

I want to break one open and eat it while it’s warm. Self control. I really should wait until dinner. [See, I’m already getting in the mood for fall. Soup and bread for dinner tonight!] These baguettes make me think of the time Bell came to visit. That was almost a year ago now. We made these baguettes together then. They’ve turned out amazing every time I’ve made them. But everything always taste just that much better when you get to enjoy them with a friend.
Missing you mon bell.

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Summer dinner party.

Last week we had a formal-ish dinner party. Our guests of honor were Per Steinar and his wife Randi, who were here visiting from Norway.  It was amazing meeting relatives from another part of the world. I’m so glad I was able to meet them this summer. We shared old family pictures and stories, and it was a wonderful chance to bring a bunch of the branches of our family tree together.

I enjoyed this summer dinner party so much. Everything about it made me smile. The hanging lights, the boys in ties,  the laughter and chatter of the guests, the table settings, trying to get each course plated and out in a timely fashion- It was all fun.

The boys did an amazing job serving the courses and beverages. And they all looked so sharp and handsome.

The menu-
A choice of sparkling lemonade or sparkling raspberry lemonade.
Baby greens topped with balsamic vinaigrette, fresh raspberries, and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Steamed green beans served alongside Chicken Waikiki and rice.
For dessert- Dark chocolate molten lava cake with a dollop of whipped cream, garnished with a mint leaf.

Thankfully there was plenty of food so all the kitchen help and servers got a taste of ‘dinner’ between plating and serving courses.

And we were able to play some cards on the deck ‘after hours.’

I greatly enjoyed the hanging lights and candles that were scattered all along the edges of the deck.

I wish we could have dinner parties every summer weekend. It was that gorgeous.
Many thanks to Chelsea and Stephanie for all their help in the kitchen! Thank you Michael, Micah, and James for the wonderful job you did serving!

I have leftover heavy whipping cream to use up. I think I should have people over and feed them something with whipping cream in it.

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Good Fun: part two.

Here is part two of my time with Grace…

Tuesday:


The oven had bread in it all morning but we had to bake cupcakes for a party in the evening. We seriously made them right before we got in the car to go. It was so close. They tasted delicious though.

Wednesday Night:


We made little cream puffs…


with amazing chocolate cream filling.
We whipped cream (by hand) and folded it into chocolate pudding.
What a good filling.


Yes, I ate so many of them.
(and I even balanced them on my tongue. You should try that, it’s not easy.)

Thursday Morning:

The last meal (a.k.a. – Breakfast ).

I think Grace and I will always make these when we are together.
These Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls…
man oh man they are the best thing ever.


Breakfast has never been better.
They were the perfect thing with a cinnamon latte for our departure breakfast.
The grand finale to such a wonderful time.

There was much more too. We did some sewing. We watched the entire Little Dorrit mini series in two sittings. Those were some late nights but totally worth it. We drank tea. Brisk, Balanced, and Inspiring tea actually. Knitting happened. There was this one mexican potluck…

So many new memories for Grace and I to add to our collection.
I’m so thankful to have her as a friend. I love the fact that we can talk about the things that we both love. Like new bunt pans and butter.
Thank you, Grace, for always being there for me.

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Good Fun: part one.

I have a lot of pictures from my vacation to show you.
So. Hang on, here we go!


We spent a lot of our time in this kitchen.
Grace and I made food. So much food.

Sunday Dinner.
What does “Sunday dinner” bring to mind?
Something hearty that screams comfort?


Chicken Potpie.
Yes, one of my favourites
They turned out amazing.  Grace and I were both afraid we wouldn’t get dinner on the table until 9:00 or so. But of course we did not play it safe and just roast the chicken. We decided to shred it, throw it into a simmering stew, top it with pastry, and bake it. Amazingly (and thankfully) we had dinner ready right on time. I still don’t know how we pulled that one off.

Monday Dinner.


We made hand tossed rosemary pizza crusts. Lots of them.


Yes, those are grill marks. Pre-grilled and ready to load up with toppings.


On the table and ready to eat. Oh yum, they were so good.

Monday Night.
Homemade Marshmallows+ Homemade Graham Crackers+ a bonfire= A Good Time.


Grace cutting the marshmallows.
(Our graham crackers are baking in the oven.)


Don’t they look so fun? Really they are rather simple to bake. The recipe really should be on here… someday.


They roasted up so very nice. We couldn’t get a good smore picture in the dark. Let me just tell you, they were delightful.

To be continued…
(Good Fun:part two.)

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Summer Doings.

It has been over 90° these days. Yes, really warm. I’m enjoying it for the most part.
Turning the oven on in this heat though… no. Not so enjoyable. But all those fresh summer fruits are just waiting to be baked in a tart, right?

What do we do?
Let’s take it outside.

Mom and I baked a tart.
In the toaster oven.
On the front porch.

We didn’t have to heat up the house. It worked great.

You should try it tomorrow. All you need is a toaster oven, an outlet, and summer berries and fruit. Yummo!

Right now though, I’m off to enjoy my crackers, gouda, and brie.

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It’s Friday, August 6th. (I still am amazed it is August already.)
Happy Summer.
I have my laundry going today.
I am drinking tea.
And I am frustrated with my lack of musical skills. But, I am still trying. Still trying indeed. I will play this song well… someday.

     This song sounds so happy on the piano. The lyrics are angry though. Bummer. I don’t know how to play any happy songs on the piano, just sad and angry… why is that? I think I need to change that.
     There are public pianos randomly placed in downtown Everett. I really want to dress up and bring my vintage red suitcase to the piano at the train station and play ‘Almost Lover.’ I think that would be amazing fun. We’ll see if I actually do it. If I do, you’ll hear about it for sure!

Tim has recovered from cerebral malaria. (see previous post.) I am rejoicing. God has done an amazing thing. There were balloons blown up, welcome home banners painted, flags made- I am so happy he is home with his family.
Thank You Lord.

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Twenty-four.

Tonight I am baking a vanilla cake and making lemon buttercream frosting.
Tomorrow I am going to be assembling them together to create a summer birthday cake. I have visions of  this delicious cloud-like masterpiece that will melt in my mouth after all my efforts are expelled.
Yes, I know, I have high hopes.

My sister, Alyssa, is turning twenty-four tomorrow.
She loves lemon.
I love her.
There will be lemon tomorrow.

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