Friday, September 14, 2012

Good Ol' Fashioned Corn Roast

The first week of September we had our first visit from our new Circuit Overseer.  Very nice, he and his wife both.  On Saturday afternoon we had a corn roast to welcome them and also an excuse to taste all the homemade cooking from our congregation.  So the deal was each family had to bring a different topping for the corn.  So many different ways to eat your corn on the cob!

So here were some of the ways:

the favorite standby, butter with salt

Mexican chili and lime powder - this was very yum and we will soon be heading to Detroit with a certain someone to get some of this deliciousness of our own

creamy guacamole

mayonnaise - still sceptical about this one, I didn't try it but others said it was yummy

parmesan cheese

and we made a cream cheese topping with cerrano and jalepeƱo peppers, green onions, and lime.  This was very delicious.  A. doesn't like corn on the cob (I know - she is crazy) so she ate it with chips.

Oh, and one sister used the corn to make a corn relish/salsa dip.  So, so good.  I now have that recipe in my stash.

It was a fun day.  Boys threw the football for a little bit, everyone chatted, some played scrabble, ladder ball of course was present, kids played on the playground, then the wind was just too much and everyone called it a day.

My boys
Cameron and C.O.

Mr. GQ Under Armour model. (You're Welcome!)
Me and C.O.'s wife
Part of the gang.  Trying to stay as close as they can to the heat source. :)

The Scrabble Game

Enjoying the Teeter-Totter

My Crazy Three

Friday, September 7, 2012

It's Salsa Time!

I still think it is pretty dern awesome that whenever I am in the mood for salsa, I can walk out back and come in with a bowl that looks like this:

 and end up with something that looks like this:

Yum!  I actually had to add a few more ingredients to my bowl 'o goodies up there.  Thanks to our tomatoes not really wanting to produce this year.  But thank goodness for Aunt's that grow an abundance but do not eat them.  Because then I get this:

She gave me this lovely little bag of tomatoes and two more boxes.  Whew - we definitely shouldn't run out of tomato juice or salsa this winter.  Welll tomato juice anyway, salsa seems to disappear as soon as I make it.  Let's see if any of it actually gets stored away.

I also had to go get cilantro from the store.  This makes me very sad because once you have had fresh cilantro, everything else just tastes kinda bland.  But the salsa is yummy and a nice way to end the day.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Like Diamonds on Eyelashes!

Ever see dew drops on dandelions?  Neither have I, until today.  I spent the morning outside, just me and the dewdrops.  Good thing I had my macro lens in my pocket.  You don't notice the little dewdrops on the dandelions until you get VERY close.  So beautiful.  Looks like tiny diamonds on eyelashes.

I love this time of year, the dew in the morning makes everything sparkle.

Monday, September 3, 2012


For us here in Michigan, today is the last official day of summer.  School starts tomorrow.  It has been an interesting summer.  Plans got rearranged, focus changed, lots of different emotions ran through our little family.  We lost loved ones, said goodbye to good friends, welcomed new furry family members, accomplished goals, made new goals for the coming year.  All in all it has been a great summer, and it is always sad to say goodbye to such a great season.  So today is for reflecting on all of that, saying goodbyes in our hearts since we can't say them in person, and trying to make peace with things we can't really control.

Fall is quickly coming and it is my most favorite time of year.  Some of the trees are already rimmed with reds and golds.  It is going to be a gorgeous fall.  I promise to update you all with lots of pictures.

Here is Gilbert.  Our roadside rescue of sorts.  Long story for another day.  But he is very cute and we love him so much already.