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Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Mi casita, mi ranchito

I am rebloggging my own post from last year.  

This is one of my favorite wall hangings that I’ve sewn and it’s almost time for our County fair, which comes in early October and hopefully I’ll get inspired by it to make something to enter again.

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These are my four senoritas that were so much fun to dress and accessorize.  I entered this wall hanging into our district fair about 4 years ago, and I was so surprised when I won a first place ribbon and won a monetary amount of $7.00.  No, not very much but I didn’t care, I had a first place ribbon!

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I have it hanging in our front room.

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The sombrero was fun to make as well.♥♥♥♥

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taffy

Sweet taffy.


I’m trying hard not to be sad.  Summer is ending, autumn is in the air and the days grow shorter.

The grandkids are going back to school and they’re all a year older.  The oldest, 12, sounds like a 16 year old, our only granddaughter is getting more beautiful, the middle child, 9, is anxious to get to the double digits.  He’ll be 10 in September.  The youngest  will be a 1st grader and no longer needs to be picked up from school.  Life will go on.

Our summer was a whirlwind of activities.

Pre-summer we took the grandkids to Sacramento and they had lots of fun being together.  The train museum is a must if you visit.

Then we had a girls only weekend, my granddaughter, my youngest daughter, and myself.  We drove tho Morro Bay and were welcomed with some beautiful weather.  It was fun and relaxing.

The beach was littered with sand dollars and tiny little crabs hiding under the sand.


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My cactus pear.


water vase

Our youngest daughter got engaged last January on her birthday celebration.  We are all happy and excited that soon there will be a wedding.

We’ve decided on the venue, now we’re working on the centerpieces ourselves to save a little money.

Some supplies have been bought.

supplies

more flowers

And we thought we might need some bling.

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Excited and eager we started to design, and came up with this.  Deciding that we would fill the vases with water and submersible lights.

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Needing more vases, we went to Walmart in search of more.  On our way to pay we saw some lanterns which made us think about changing our minds.

So to make a long story short, we bought the vases, returned the vases and decided on the lanterns.

gray lantern

white lanterns

White and gray lanterns will be used and will be filled with the purple-blue flowers.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board to come up with a little floral piece to go in the lanterns.

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cactus bloom

Morning cactus bloom.


peaches mixed

Back in late May and early June our peach tree gave us plenty of fruit.  Although small in size they were pretty good.

I prepared some for the freezer, hoping to use them at a later date, which I finally was able to do.

First I made a smoothie for our grandson and hubby, who were hard at work in our yard last week.  I figured they would enjoy a cold drink early in the morning.

If you recall my smoothie recipe from my post https://laflor5233.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/ I added strawberries, but this time I added some frozen peaches and it turned out very refreshing.

I also found a peach cobbler recipe on allrecipes.com, which I plan on using from now on.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler:

8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced.–I used about 6 or 7 cups of my peaches.

1/4 cup  white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg—I didn’t have any, so left it out.

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp cornstarch

1 cup flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces.

1/4 cup boiling water

Mix together 3 tbs white sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon for the topping

Preheat oven to 425 ℉

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice. and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend in butter with finger tips or pastry blender, until mixture resembles course meal.  Stir in water until just combined.

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Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them.  Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

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I didn’t put all the sugar and cinnamon topping on because I felt it would be sweet enough and I was right.♥️❤️♥️♥️



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