Friday, August 1, 2014

July Has Been A Marathon Of Fun

Hello Folks!
I'm sitting here, catching my breath, after a fun-FILLED month of July.
We were blessed with lots of company, a family reunion, a special birthday, a wedding celebration, and bits of every day summer fun.

So here's a lil' recap of our adventures:
(you might want to go refill your coffee- LOTS of pictures)
 We started our month celebrating this cute couple.
My grandparents have been married 65 years.
It was an honor and a blessing to witness the renewal of their vows.
 What a beautiful example of commitment.

 It was so fun connecting with all my aunts, uncles and cousins.
I drove this go-cart as a kid.
 So neat to now watch my girls drive it and tow the littles.

The girls finished up their horse lessons.

 We're going to have to figure out a way 
to continue this dream for Clara.

Of course we squeezed in a few fun floats on the river.

 I absolutely LOVE being on the water-
especially surrounded with people I love.

 We were blessed by a visit from Josh's brother and family.

 Floats on the river, hiking, sliding down a mountain . . .
We packed in a lot of fun during their time here.
 We look forward to these visits so much.

This girl 
 celebrated her 9th birthday.
I tried to convince her to stay 8, but she wasn't going for it.

 I love birthdays.
Such a great opportunity to remind someone you love just how much you love them.

We finished up this month with a sweet visit from my parents.

Such a great month.

We have a few more weeks of a packed calendar and then a few weeks of slower days before school begins.

I love summer!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 on 10: July

I'm joining in on the fun over at A Bit Of Sunshine .
10 pictures in 10 hours
embracing the beauty in your day.

Here's a glimpse into our day:

 A little early morning watering

My mother-in-law is the best.
The best.
She called to see if I needed any help this morning.
So we spent some time weeding. 

Addy had a little run in with a swing set over the weekend.
We were just about to say so long to her stitches.
This is her 'tough-girl' look.

 This frappe has become an afternoon habit of mine

 Kait spent some time at volleyball camp this week.
She's a great coach for her lil' sisters.

 Nothin' like an evening bon fire

 Feeding my thirsty garden

Maggie likes to think Jinja is her dog.

 A little more volleyball practice
I love summer evenings to play as a family.

Sister love
Kait reads American Girl books to Maggie every night before bed .

I am so incredibly blessed.

It was a beautiful day indeed.

I love the simple joys of summer!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Embracing The Gift Of Each Day

Lately, I  find myself choosing 
to embrace the simple joys of each day. 
I say 'choosing' because quite honestly, it's been a wee bit crazy around here.
Josh has been working '8 days a week' and I have had a few deadlines weighing on my shoulders.
But amidst the chaos life can bring, I want each day 
to be a day FULL of simple joys.  
Each day is a gift and I want to treat it as such.

So here's a few ways we've been embracing the simple joys:

This girl

Oh this precious girl

Has been baking up a storm

And she can make THE MOST delicious scone.

 These two lil' monkey's are taking horse lessons.

 Oh the JOY of a dream coming true.

And last weekend we escaped to the mountains again for a sweet few days of camping.

 Even though it was another rainy weekend,
God never disappoints with the beauty of His creation.

 Camping brings its own simple joys.

 Endless hours of rock throwing
(I'm afraid Clara has gotten her form from me)

 Stick boat races

 Painting rocks

And time to take goofy family photos.
 These pictures make me smile out loud.

So completely blessed
I hope you're able to embrace and fully enjoy the simple moments of each day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Apple Pie Pockets

It's no secret that I love to bake.

One of  my favorite treats to make is pie.
There's just something so comforting in making pie crust.

A fun twist on traditional pie is 

Pie Pockets!
I love making these in the summer because it seems we are always on the go.
They are a great treat to make for picnics, lake days, and even for camping!
My hard working hubbie has a crazy work week coming up, 
so I wanted to send a little love in his lunch each day.
Apple pie is his ultimate fave!

My favorite and no fail pie crust recipe is Ina Garten's- you can find her recipe here.
It's the best.
And the easiest.

I also roughly use Ina's apple pie filling recipe.  
You can find that recipe here.
(I leave out the zest, orange juice, and allspice- just a personal preference)

Here's how I  make the yummy pie pockets:

First make your crust and let it chill in the fridge while you prep the filling. 

Then roll out your crust fairly thin and use a small bowl or lid to trace your circles.
(or you can be crazy and just eyeball it)

Next  transfer your circle of dough to a prepared baking sheet (I prefer using parchment paper) and coat the edge with an egg wash- this will serve as the glue.
(egg wash- one egg white with 2 Tbsp. of water)
Then fill half your circle with the apple deliciousness.

Be sure to recruit a cute helper for this part.

After folding over the other half of dough, pinch the edges closed and use a fork to seal the edge.
 Be sure to poke a few holes in the top- or else your delicious filling with spurt out the seams.
(learned that lesson my first go around)
Once you have all your pockets prepared, brush the outsides with the egg wash and sprinkle generously with sugar.
This makes the crust nice and shiny with a delicious and delicate crunch.

Then bake them in a 400 degree oven for 45-60 minutes.

Oh these are so delicious!
And I love their rustic appearance.
(that's another way of saying I am not a perfectionist when it comes to assembly)

They go along perfectly with your coffee in the morning too!

I hope you get a chance to try theses tasty treats!