Monday, August 6, 2012

Bittersweet July

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.



  1. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your furbaby.
    Peace and quiet sounds wonderful right now :)
    That cobbler looks wonderful and I love Ree too!
    Unfortunately I do not get Food Network, so I have yet to see her show, but she rocks none the less!
    I LOVE your quote. It suits me to a tee.
    Nice to meet ya.
    X's & O's

  2. those blackberries look so good!

    Hope you had a good day! Stop by and say hi :)

  3. So sorry for your loss. I know the feeling with losing mine a year ago. Time really does heal, and hopefully you can find another animal to give some loving to when the time is right. Hugs!

    And thank you so much for linking up today! So glad to have you join in the link party :) Have a lovely day girl!

  4. Hi! I saw you on the link up! Love your blog!
    Hope you had a good day! Stop by and say hi :)

  5. i love going to farmers markets and looking at all the colors too! plus everything is so yummy

    stopping by from the wonderful wednesday link up!