Friday, July 31, 2009

show us your life- bridal party

Kelly's Korner is hosting a fun blog hop called Show Us Your Life. Last week we shared our wedding dresses and this week we are sharing our bridal party and flowers. This is so much fun to pull out old pictures and share memories!

I got married Febuary, 1990... almost 20 years ago!

This first picture is of my bridesmaids~ my sister-in-law Patty, my cousin Cindy, me, my sister and maid of honor, Kim; and my friend from high school Jenny.

This next picture is of the groomsmen and ushers~ friends Larry, Duane, Best Man Russ, Pete, friends Lee, Mark, and (now) brother-in-law Chris.

And of us all together~

Pete and I lighting the unity candle~

It was fun to go through these old photos...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

17 pounds of blueberries

Last Saturday, Drew and I picked 17 pounds of blueberries. So, what did we do with all these beautiful berries you ask?

I started by washing, drying and freezing 10+ quarts of blueberries. These are so great to have all winter long for blueberry pancakes and other baking~

And I made some blueberry muffins. This is a Barefoot Contessa recipe and it is so good!

Then I made a blueberry pie. I so love blueberry pie and this turned out absolutely perfect.

And a blueberry coffee cake. This is a Paula Deen recipe and is the first time I have made it- and judging from my family's response- I will definatetly be making this again!

But probably my favorite thing to do with blueberries is to sprinkle them on a big bowl of Cheerios's~

Here is my
Blueberry Pie Recipe:

4 cups fresh blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

2 Tablespoons butter

favorite pie crust recipe

Prepare pastry for 9 inch pie. Mix sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon and stir in blueberries. Pour into pastry lined pie plate. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dot with butter. Cover with pastry and cut slits into it. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 45o degrees for 10 minutes and then reduce temperature to 350 degrees for an additional 50 minutes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

my Grandma's hands

Wednesday's Walk Down Memory Lane

Come for a walk with me down Memory Lane!
And if you have a "Memory Lane" post, head on over to Scottsville to join in on the fun!

Last week I did a blog hop post sharing my wedding dress. In that post I also shared a bridal doll that my Grandma had made for me for my wedding. She was not able to make it to my wedding because of health problems- but I remember feeling so blessed that something she had made for me was part of my wedding.

This first picture is a picture I had taken a while ago of some of the things my Grandma made for me over the years~ on top was the bridal doll. Then there is the multi color pastel blanket she crocheted for me as a baby, the creme colored she made for Jake and the yellow one she made for Tyler.

The other day I was looking for something in my cedar chest and found these little kitchen towels that she also crocheted. I remember her making these all the time. My mom gave these towels to me as a Christmas present the year my Grandma had passed away in 1999.

I am so happy to have these things that my Grandma made with her own hands~ what precious memories.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ice cream truck

There is not maybe another sound that defines summer quite like the sound of chimes of the ice cream truck.

The other day, we were in the house and Drew took off saying "Ice cream truck! I'm outa here!" with some money clutched in his fist. He didn't even take the time to ask for money- he used his own - most likely he thought that would slow him down too much- smart kid!!! =0)

Oh- these simple things of summer---bring so much pleasure! (I think the sun may have been in his eyes =0)

Celebrating the small things at Tuesday Unwrapped.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Smiling Pelican Bakeshop

After our Saturday morning of blueberry picking we headed to a cute little bakery in downtown Maiden Rock, WI.

This is a charming little town with some cute shops and beautiful flower gardens! We stopped at the Smiling Pelican Bakeshop~

The bakery had breads, pies, muffins and cookies~

and the flower gardens surrounding the bakery were absolutely amazing~

Drew and his cousins~

A little garden shed~

and a little whimsy~

Sunday, July 26, 2009

blueberry picking

A few weeks ago was strawberry picking time. I spent days canning jam and making other strawberry goodies.

Well, yesterday was blueberry picking time. Drew and I left our house bright and early and picked up my Mom. We met my sister and 2 of her kids at Rush River Produce, a beautiful blueberry farm in Maiden Rock, WI.

Drew picking berries~

My Mom~

My nephew and niece~


(I lost a lot of great pictures that I took with my DSLR due to memory card problems but luckily I had my point and shoot with me. Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of my sister or any better ones at the blueberry field.)

Drew holding one of our two boxes~

The grounds of this farm are just so beautiful and I had so much fun just walking around and taking pictures of the scenery, the gardens and the flowers!

We spent close to 4 hours picking blueberries and came home with over 17 pounds of the beautiful blue berries! This is the 2nd summer in a row that I have gone out to this farm and I am already looking forward to next summer's blueberry season.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

last week of soccer

Tyler's soccer team played in the Schwan's USA Cup Soccer Tournament this week. This is a great tournament that is played at the National Sports Complex in Blaine, MN. This tournament is huge- it attracts teams from all over the world with some really good competition. The tournament program boasts '16,000 athletes on more than 1000 teams from more than 20 countries come together to participate in the sport of soccer.' It is a fun tournament with opening and closing ceremonies, pin trading and meeting people from all over the world.

Here are some pictures from the week~