Summer is certainly in full swing! Had planned to blog and visit everyone a lot sooner but have not had much time for the computer. Today is dress rehearsal for Kathleen's dance recital this afternoon so I thought I'd try to take a few minutes and catch up :-)
These are a couple pictures of the girls on their last day of school. I take them here by this door to see how much they have grown over the years. :-)
Here is Skippy trying to push through the fence watching the girls go to the bus stop in the morning.
These are the yellow flowers that have bloomed on our butterfly bushes out front.
We have been participating in the reading program at the library and one morning I captured this shot of Elvis hanging out with Hayley while she was reading. :-)
"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading" --B.F. Skinner
So our next experience was taking the girls to their first major league ball game and it happened to be our home town versus the area we have moved to! I haven't been to a ball game since I was a teenager and going back to my roots was pretty exciting. So even though I'm not a baseball fan I had to support my home town and that in itself was exciting! So Kathleen was born where we currently live and wanted to support our home team here so Jerry got on board and did the same. Hayley was born in NC but wanted to support my home town (and Jerry's) so she wore the clothes/outfit to do so. Of course everything had to match and be just so! LOL She wasn't happy I made her wear her tennis shoes because they didn't match, but since she had smashed up her toe the day before I insisted. ;-)
So how is everyone doing that is committing to healthier eating and exercise with me? I haven't updated lately but we are staying on track. One of the ways I make this easier for myself and my family is to be prepared. When buying fruits and veggies I prepare them when I get them home and make them easily accessible in the fridge. It's much easier for the girls to grab and stay with healthy choices when it's easily accessible.
Bananas and oranges too!
But being summer we do make cookies occasionally and we usually send them to Jerry's work. However I have been using wheat flour instead of white and you really can't taste a big difference. :-)
These sugar cookies are awesome and we make a glaze for the top. I may have shared this recipe before but for those of you that may not have seen it here it is again :-)
1 cup butter softened
3/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
food coloring (optional)
1) In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or until easy to handle.
2) On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-8 mins. or until lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool
3) In a small bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, extract, salt, and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. add food coloring if desired. Frost cookies, decorate and enjoy!!!
Hope you are all enjoying your summer! Looking forward to visiting and catching up with what you have all been doing :-)