July was a busy month. And a stressful month. And a sad month.
I spent some time at the lake with this cutie. This is his "monster" imitation. I must say he is the cutest monster I have ever seen. Don't you agree?
I went to the Farmer's Market. The colors and smells at the local market are always amazing.
I also said goodbye to an old and dear friend. Thumper had been a part of my life for thirteen years. It is sad to say that sometimes you take for granted the moments and times you have with your loved ones. I was able to shower my sweet one with love before she left me. If you are reading this- give your family and loved ones a hug and kiss. Be kind to others and count every moment as a blessing.
I have been taking it easy on the Jeni's. I think my Jeni's consumption might be personally responsible for the button strain on my pants today. I will tell you that this new flavor I tried- coffee- was out of this world amazing. I think that I find a new favorite flavor every time I go there.
Nature has a way of calming me. And spending time at the Lake house as amazing. There was no beach in the plans for me this summer. Instead, I was surrounded by nature and silence. Peace for the soul.
I also made The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler. I have made this several times before. This time I did tinker with the recipe some. I did reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. Instead of a full cup- I used about a 1/4 cup less. I also did not sprinkle more sugar on top. AND..... I used a mix of blackberries and raspberries. AMAZING. Please go here and try out the recipe for yourself. A note to all you fake cobblers out there with a pie crust masquerading as "cobbler" - this is a REAL cobbler.
As usual, my photos are lacking. But this cobbler was amazing and I did not even darken my plate with ice cream. This cobbler is tasty enough to stand alone. But, if ice cream and cobbler is your thing- knock yourself out because it will be fabulous!
I leave you all with a quote that I found and loved. It is a grainy image and I apologize for that, but it fits in with my I phone pictures. I dedicate this quote to my friends- an amazing group of people who have always been there for me.
I hope that August brings cooler weather, rain, and peace to me this year. I hope that everyone had a great July. Drop me a note and let me know what you were up to.