Today I am taking some time to get a new post on and visit your blogs I have been missing the updates! It's an incredibly hot day here again so I think the girls and I will hang out inside until this afternoon or evening when it cools. They are playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii and having a blast! Some days just flow best not having a "schedule" and we have run so much this summer a down day is nice :-)
We had a very small birthday celebration for Jerry the other day, just the 4 of us. Turned out so nice spending quality family time together.
Hayley wore her Happy Birthday sunglasses for the special day :-)
Kathleen made a special picture of Jerry's truck because she knew how special it was to him.
We thought he would enjoy a bean bag toss (corn hole) game for his desk at work, lol!
I love Kathleen's smile and laughter in this picture!
Jerry and his mini me, lol. As you know following my family there are silly moments as well...regularly! lol
I did ask for her approval to post it, lol. ;-)
Love this picture too!
Hayley was sure to insist on a picture of me with Jerry too ;-)
Hayley also made the cake for his birthday, a special dark chocolate!
Yes, a little short on candles... but I guess it's sometimes a good thing to celebrate your 5th birthday over again ;-)
Happy birthday Jerry!! We love you!!! From your girls ;-)
We've been getting some fresh zucchini from the Amish markets and friends of ours since we never got our garden started this year. So I made some yummy zucchini bread the other day. Sent some to Jerry's work and kept a loaf for home.
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups zucchini (I chop mine into small pieces)
1 cup walnuts (optional) I usually leave these out Kathleen is not a fan.
Grease and flour two 8x4" pans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together in bowl.
Beat eggs, vanilla, oil, and sugar together in large bowl.
Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in zucchini (and nuts if using) until well combined. Pour batter into pans and bake 40-60 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 20 mins, then remove from pan and cool completely.
Sneak a warm piece and enjoy with a glass of milk! ;-) Enjoy!!!
The goodbye we had this week was saying goodbye to his Nissan truck that has served us well for 14 years.
I happen to catch the tow truck from my window.
I know it's just a truck, but I know what it meant to Jerry and how down he has been about losing it. The insurance company did declare it totaled. :-(
Gone but not forgotten.... all the states we moved to, the places we've been, and the awesome service it provided. The fact that it was paid for was a benefit too.
We did find him another truck. It's a used Ford F150, 2005 with 141,000 miles! But we have heard good things about this truck running forever and the previous owner kept it in excellent condition. It looks brand new. I only have a picture of it on my phone so when I get a good shot I'll post a picture here. Thanks for all your kind words and emails. Some of you I have no way to reach personally, but I want to thank you for reading along and leaving such kind comments. I really appreciate it! I also want to welcome my new followers and encourage you to leave a comment and say hi.
Have a fabulous Tuesday!!!