Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, John!

The last of the summer birthdays is John's.  He wants nothing fussy, nothing themed and nothing wrapped: cash is fine!  Every year for his birthday, we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant.  Nothing makes him happier than a HUGE plate of Nachos Mexicanos.

He especially likes the sombrero.  But truly, he'll wear anything if you promise 
him dessert!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Amelia Island

V A C A T I O N !

After several summers of educational trips, the children just wanted to go to the beach.
"No museums, Mom!"
So our summer vacation was at Amelia Island.  We had a great time, stayed in a great condo and to John's delight, ate a lot of great seafood.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish...

Happy Birthday, Julia!

I think that I mentioned that we do birthdays the
entire month of July.  This year, Julia wanted a
fish party.  The inspiration for this party
came from Celebrate Magazine. This was our twist on their very cute ideas.

We invited a few very sweet friends...

Baked a cake...

Got together a few snacks...

made Blue Lagoon punch

and  had a great time in the pool.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.
I love fireworks, HEAT (this is Georgia),
barbeque, swimming, being at the lake.
I love, love, love patriotic music.
I love parades, the American flag
and watching kids with sparklers!

It looked like rain all afternoon (though very little actually fell),
so we brought the party inside.
This menu was planned with John in mind.
There was herb grilled chicken,
Texas Caviar with red, white and blue corn chips,
creamed corn, peas and cornbread,
fresh tomatoes, tea, lemonade and cupcakes for dessert.
We ate early, so that John could leave to go to a friend's house...
to eat... and spend the night!

The Best Southern Cornbread recipe is
found in Between the Hedges cookbook - and it is, well, the best!

Cupcakes are (shhh) from a mix.  I add vanilla pudding, 1 cup of canola oil,
1 1/4 cups of water, 4 eggs and John is sure
that they're home made.

Texas Caviar from Celebrate magazine.

I hope that your Independence Day celebration was happy, tasty
and restful.  I'm thankful for our soldiers stationed all over
the world, who worked today, so that I could play.

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance
 between freedom "to" and freedom "from." 
~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade

For you were called to freedom, brothers.
 Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh,
 but through love serve one another.
   Galatians 5:13