Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recipe of the Month - Baked Peach Oatmeal

Baked Peach Oatmeal

3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
6 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt 
2 cups milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large peaches, sliced and skinned
(or one large can of peaches, drained)

Mix oil, flax meal, sugar and eggs in large bowl.
Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla.
Add most of the fruit, mixing gently - reserve some fruit for the top of the oatmeal.
Pour into a greased 9x13 (or equivalent) baking dish.
Arrange reserved fruit on top.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

You can use any other fruit you like.
Blueberries, apples, cherries...

Glossary for July

joy: feeling the wind in your hair on a hot day.

fashion model: striped dress. striped boots. headband.
puddle. street-side.

generosity: giving licks of your giant ice cream cone...before it melts.

entertainment: Giada on a Saturday morning.

conquering: climbing the playground by yourself for the first time.

gardening: enjoying the lavender, oregano and nasturtiums we grow.

ticked-off: finding a baby bunny in the garden and declaring it devastatingly adorable.
can't kill it or even scare it away.

giving in: gathering on the deck nightly to watch mama rabbit nurse her babies.
in. the. garden.

hot: t-ball games on Saturday afternoon.

pride: watching your daughter, the only girl on the team, hit the t-ball further than any of the other kids.
and then make sure her hair still looks cute.

pretty: Evie.

breakfast: baked peach oatmeal.

desire: what you're feeling right now.
you want that recipe.

obliging: how I feel...
I'll give it to you.

friendship: knowing that it's okay if you and your buddy weigh down the kiddie picnic table, you accept him anyway.

blindingly white: my legs rarely exposed to the light of day because of...

nursing school: time-sucker and total insanity inducer.

letting go: saying goodbye to Mr. B's dad until we see him again in heaven.

July: living well and fully despite the curve-balls, saddness and unexpected turns of life.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Is he still a baby?

...because he's looking suspiciously like a toddler and I'm not sure if I'm okay with that.

I mean, what is all this strawberry-eating and ball-kicking and speaking-in-full sentences business?
He's such a dude.
I love dudes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Recipe of the Month: Lavender Lemonade

The perfect (perfect, perfect, you hear me?) summertime drink is lavender lemonade.

Here's what you need...

for the simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lavender buds (less if you're using dried)
lavender from my gorgeous plant

for the lemonade:
8 cups water
juice of two lemons
(or more, depending on your taste) 
a bit of lemon pulp if you like that

Here's how you do it...

Boil the sugar and water for a couple of minutes - stirring continuously.

Add lavender buds, remove from heat and cover.
Let the lavender steep for 15 minutes.

 Combine lemon juice and water.
Strain the syrup so the lavender is removed.
Pour all of the lavender syrup into the lemonade.
Add ice.

Pour generously into cute tumblers.
(Cute tumblers not optional.)

Enjoy in the sun.

Linking up with Casey @ The Weigand's

Monday, July 4, 2011

The 4th - My Way

My kind of RED

credit: daniel farmer

My kind of WHITE

credit: polly wreford

My kind of BLUE
credit: sunday suppers

My kind of OOHH + AHH
credit: rune guneriussen

Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red, White and {lots of} Blue

In honor of the Land of the Free...

navy nails + some sparkle

baby in blue...his white doggie

in the sweet peas and white gladiolas

blue soppy swim-clothes drying

unfortunate old blue countertops/tile and a sweet, soft baby

red awning

backyard blueberry picking

blue eyes

Celebrate with love.