Thursday, June 27, 2019

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Hello Friends! 

Here I am blogging a 3rd time this week. Can you believe it? Lol 




When we were at the cabin my Dad and step Mom were at last weekend I made this crisp for all of us. It was so yummy and a great hit! I used this recipe by Ina Garten I'll post below. 



We had it warm with ice cream and it was summer in a dish. Enjoy! 😋 

  • 4 cups fresh rhubarb, 1-inch diced (4 to 5 stalks)
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved, if large
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (see note for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal, such as McCann’s (see note for gluten-free)
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
For the fruit, toss the rhubarb, strawberries, ¾ cup granulated sugar, and the orange zest together in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice and then mix it into the fruit. Pour the mixture into an 8 × 11-inch baking dish and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
For the topping, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, salt, and oatmeal. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter and mix until the dry ingredients are moist and the mixture is in crumbles. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit, covering it completely, and bake for 1 hour, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.
Note: To make this recipe gluten-free, substitute 1 cup Cup4Cup all-purpose gluten-free flour for the 1 cup all-purpose flour and use gluten-free oatmeal, such as Bob's Red Mill, for the quick-cooking oatmeal.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday Wonder

FOR THE LOVE OF FAIRIES































































































Besides fairies - Annie's garden outside her window is coming in nicely. We also had a painted turtle come lay her eggs and found the shells today:

















Monday, June 24, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday





Hi Friends!

Mondays have just been my busy days for some reason. Lol So I was gone since this AM and I'm finally sitting down to do this post quickly before I get to work on dinner. I hope you had a lovely weekend and are having a great start to your week. 😊 

This past weekend we spent about an hour or so out of town at a cabin that my Dad and step Mom have been staying at for the month of June. We did belated Father's Day with my Dad and my Brother and SIL came too. We did pontoon rides, kids swam, played lots of indoor and outdoor games, ate fun foods and had a ball. Now on to a busy week ahead...




















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:





































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING


yogurt, watermelon, vanilla iced coffee




















RIGHT NOW I AM:

watching the evening news, doing my calendar while working on this




















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Overcast all day - rained this AM but not this afternoon

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE



Pretty tidy since my son had been working nearly full time this summer and Annie and I were gone all day. I need to load a few dishes. 



















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Annie's volleyball and hockey camp practices, groceries, errands, Annie helping my Mom for her summer job, my hospice volunteering, cleaning and getting ready for Aaron's little grad party this weekend (he didn't want a party but I talked him into agreeing to a small gathering at our house with more immediate family, some family friends and some of his friends)




 
















CURRENTLY READING

Lots of magazines right now

















ON THE TV TODAY:

The Spanish Princess, Bachelorette,  America's Got Talent, Best Baker in America, Big Brother, Amazing Race, HGTV shows, cooking shows 






 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  clean out the fridge


TUESDAY: tacos


WEDNESDAY: seared salmon with spicy sesame sauce, rice & bok choy (BA meal)


THURSDAY: Seared pork chops with BBQ sauce, mashed sweet potatoes & sauteed zucchini (BA meal)



FRIDAY: pick up a pizza  🍕  


**For Aaron's grad gathering planning on serving: slow cooker shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches, build your own subs, a big pasta salad, fruit plate, veggie tray, chips, lemon water, raspberry lemonade, iced tea, sodas, cupcakes, rice krispie bars, various cookies

















WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

hopefully a fun announcement to make about this next month - stay tuned! I will also share some peeks of the album I made for my cousin's wedding last weekend. I'm planning to do a post tomorrow sharing my fairy flower pots around my yard 🧚‍♀️ 💜 

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


I made a delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp for this last weekend and I will share that this week 😋 















TIP OF THE WEEK:

















FROM THE CAMERA



The cabin we stayed in had such cute bedrooms. I stayed in a room myself and kiddos had bunk room



Got to finally do belated Father's Day with my PapaBear and give him his gifts ❤️ 



The cabin had a nice big porch with lots of seating and my step-Mom's relatives lived in the house across the street on the lake side







They invited us over to their place for a pontoon ride -so we brought over lots of goodies and rode all around their beautiful lake, looking at different homes and cabins, visiting and munching 




The next day they put up a volleyball net and we played that and ladder ball, bocce ball, and corn hole 😊 


My Bro and SIL brought their fishing poles and fished off of their dock and caught a couple little bass. Annie supervised 😉 




PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello and Happy Monday Friends!

Sorry I'm getting to this post so late today. I was busy around here this morning and then went running around right away with my daughter, her friend and my Mom. We went to lunch and some errands and then had a big reason for running which I will share in later in this post. 

It was a busy and wonderful weekend here. We traveled to the Cities for my cousin's wedding. It was extra special because my cousin had never been married before and she's older than I am. They are such a happy couple and I'm thrilled for them! Plus, it was a fun time to catch up with relatives too (my Mom's side of the family) We also went to my bestie's daughter's graduation party late last week. They are like family they're such close friends and my son even thought they were his aunt and uncle and cousins when he was younger. Lol Then last night my FIL and Ad were over to celebrate Father's Day with some pizza and goodies. So it's been busy days here. 

I hope you had a great weekend too and that your week has been starting right! 




















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:



































ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING


a caramel roll we picked up on our way home from the trip 

If you've ever been a little north of the Twin Cities - in Hinkley MN you have to stop at Tobies and get caramel rolls, donuts, homemade bread etc SO Good! I also grabbed some  cardamom bread and jalapeno cheddar english muffins




















RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to Annie and her friend in her room laughing about something and listening to music 





















AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

It was overcast and cloudy all day - and sprinkled a little bit. But now tonight the sun has been peeking out here and there

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE



Well here is something new around the house and the big reason we went running around today:

Annie picked out her parakeets



And we brought them home and let them take their time getting out of their boxes and getting used to their new home



So meet Ollie (green) and Max (blue) They seem to be getting to know each other pretty well now😉 



















ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Groceries, Annie follow up ortho appt, Annie hockey and volleyball camp practices, hospice volunteer time, home projects, errands for things coming up this weekend




 
















CURRENTLY READING

I promise I will get back to reading soon! 

















ON THE TV TODAY:

The Spanish Princess, Bachelorette,  America's Got Talent, cooking shows, I think Big Brother starts, still have movies taped






 













ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY:  jalapeno cheddar english muffin turkey sandwiches, chips, veg & dip


TUESDAY: cardamom french toast, bacon, fruit


WEDNESDAY: crispy zucchini & radish bao sandwiches, cucumber-tomato salad (BA meal)


THURSDAY: kung pao chicken with snow peas & sweet peppers



FRIDAY: out for dinner















WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

scrapbooking things, spring cleaning projects, back to Etsy things

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


???















TIP OF THE WEEK:


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Up-cycling a squeeze ketchup bottle ❤️ 














FROM THE CAMERA
At graduation party for one of Aaron's besties (my bestie's daughter)



All dressed up for the wedding (Aaron's GF Helaina came for the weekend too)






My bro and SIL 💜 













With some of my whacky cousins. On that side they're almost all older than I am and love to tease and give me a hard time 😂 



more cousins



my mom with siblings and cousin



the sisters



the sisters and remaining brother (2 of my uncles have died)



fun time in the hotel pool for Annie with a fellow cousin





PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:




I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.