Monday, June 18, 2012

A Delightful Dessert


My friend Erin (who I definitely don't get to see as often as I'd like!) sent me this recipe for Blueberry Delight a year ago during blueberry season.  I never got around to making it...until now. 
 Oh. My. Word. 

It is sort of the cousin of that layered Strawberry Pretzel Dessert - but better. Dusty enjoyed it as his Father's Day treat. Thank you Erin!  

Blueberry Delight: 

CRUST
Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish liberally and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup chopped pecans 
Mix these ingredients thoroughly and press into the 9 x 13 casserole.  

CHEESECAKE LAYER
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 beaten eggs 
2 tsp. lemon or lime juice
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat these together until smooth, then pour over the crust.  Bake crust and cheesecake layer for 20 minutes.  Let cool completely.

BLUEBERRY LAYER
While the crust and cheese layer are baking, stir together the following ingredients in a medium saucepan: 
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3 Tbs. cornstarch
2 cups blueberries
Cook over medium heat until the mixture has thickened to the consistency to pie filling, then let cool completely.  

Pour blueberry mixture over cooled cream cheese layer, then top with 1 large tub of whipped topping. Refrigerate to let it "marinate".  Then watch it disappear!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blueberry Bounty

I love life in a small town.  
Only here can you go pick blueberries at a farm that has a table set up near the road with some ziploc bags and a coffee can for you to put your money in.  
A sort of blueberry honor system, if you will.


They are perfect right now!





The girls picked for a little while but quickly decided it was too hot and hung out in the shade sampling blueberries.


Surprisingly, it was Charlie who really got in on the action! He got right to work picking and would actually put SOME of them in the bag.  The others ended up in his tummy. He ate his weight in blueberries!   




Whew! Hard work! 




We came away with two gallons of delicious blueberries.  We've already frozen some and Libby and I made a very yummy dessert tonight.  

I love that we can drive three miles from our house and be in rural farmland like this but also be able to drive five miles in the other direction and be at an Ann Taylor Loft.  Truly, the best of both worlds!


Up next...a couple of blueberry recipes!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

10 on 10 {June}

Ten photos taken on the tenth of the month...

A wait for waffles.


Off to church!


Daddy's lunch.


Little boy with a big gulp.


So happy to have him home after four days away.


Droopy petunias after the rain.


Go, monkey, go!


Playing "walkie talkie" with Annie. This consists of making her fairies 
"walk and talk".  


T-R-O-U-B-L-E.


The Tonys are on!


Friday, June 8, 2012

It's June?

I seemed to be on a blog roll in May and now it is the eighth of June and I'm just now getting back to my little corner of the web!  Our summer break is in full swing and we've enjoyed our "non-routine".  I'm loving more jammie time, lunch on the deck and time with my little peeps.




Charlie has a new found love of coloring!  I thought he was too young, but he adores it just like his big sister.


Since last I blogged Charlie had his 15 month check-up.  He did great, but a week after his vaccinations  he ran some fever for a couple days and was the definition of fussy.  Pitiful.




Annie also had a couple sicky days but is now doing fine.  While at Charlie's check I talked with our doctor about her regression with potty training.  As in, she is now refusing to go on the potty at all.  He directed me to a couple different websites, but they seemed to all say the same things.  Things that are not working for us. 


Thank goodness for Resolve carpet cleaner.  I'm seriously getting grey hairs over this!  I think it's a combination of her strong will and my scattered brain.  I may have to ship the other two kids off and just commit to working with her. Has anyone tried the "Potty Train in Three Days" guide?  I'm about to take that route if things don't improve. I know that God cares about even issues such as these, so I'm just praying for patience and wisdom for both Annie and myself!  


We packed up and were out of town for almost a whole week!  We got to spend a few days in Atlanta over the weekend.   The kids loved being at my parent's house and raiding their costume closet.  




Evenings were wild and crazy...



It was so good to see some of our favorite people too. 

Sweet Cousin Taylor brought her little brood over to play at Mom and Dad's house.  I got to snuggle and sniff the head of her new little five month old bundle!  I didn't get a pic of her because I was chasing my own monkeys but she's a doll just like her Mama!





C and P...just four months apart!


Playing picnic...


That afternoon I took the girls out and we visited the Roswell Founder's Hall where our wedding was held almost nine years ago.  



We peeked in the windows and I showed Libby and Annie the fireplace we stood in front of during our ceremony.  Libby was facinated and immediately started telling me of her own wedding plans one day :)

On Saturday we got to visit my sweet college roommate and her family at their new house, which is just down the road from my parents!  Jen has done more in the six weeks that they have been there than the three years we've been in our home! It is gorgeous as are her precious kiddos.  We think Charlie was quite smitten with MG and her kisses...



Jen made us a lovely lunch.  Check out her cool banquette seating!



If only some of these favorite people could live down the road from MY house!

Sunday was special.  We visited my sister's church and watched as she was BAPTIZED! Words can't describe how incredibly proud I am of Melanie.  What a blessing it was to witness her publicly profess Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.  


I'm so thankful that my girls can look up to Mel. What a beautiful example she is to them...a funny and smart aunt who loves the Lord!  

From Atlanta we made the trek down to Orange Beach to meet up with my in-laws for a few days.  Since their house in north Alabama is still under construction, we all got to enjoy the sand and sun at Grams and Poppa's beach condo.




Unfortunately, the ocean was a stinky 
seaweed-y mess, so we stuck mostly to the pool.  











A pool nap!


This big girl can't get enough of the water.  I think she must have gills.




We had fun but these kiddos are all still in the "all hands on deck" stage when it comes to vacations.  Applying sunscreen, packing snacks and gathering beach/pool gear times three is exhausting. We are years away from lounging with a book poolside...but that's ok.