Sunday, August 28, 2011

More pumpkins

Here is a picture of all of the pumpkins we got from our vines. The vines were about dead, so we went ahead and cut them. The little ones were from the plants we planted, and the big ones were from the volunteer plants - amazing!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


 Claire planted a pumpkin plant in her little garden, and today she picked her first little pumpkin. A little early, but maybe it will ripen. She wants to make a pie. We'll see how that turns out.

Last fall we tossed out our pumpkin, and this summer we were surprised to find this volunteer pumpkin plant growing in the back yard. It has just about taken over the whole yard! The leaves are huge, and it actually has several good-sized pumpkins growing down in there.

Whoopie Pies

We had Whoopie Pies for dessert today. Yum! I've never made them before, but they were easy, fun, and cute as can be!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Our happy dog

Andy thinking about cheese. It always makes him smile!

Silly Squirrel

I snapped these photos one morning of this silly squirrel on our deck feasting on the birds' suet cake.

"Ooh! Num num num num..."
"Ick! De woof of my mouf feows gweesy!"

7-27-11 Happy 11th birthday, Claire!

Claire's 11th birthday was July 27. She and I made her cake together. The theme was tie dye and peace signs. It was our first time to try fondant, and it was really a challenge. You definitely need cutters, not paper patterns! We ended up making a really large two-layer cake, because a friend with a pool was wanting to have a little get-together, and we decided to combine that with Claire's birthday celebration, and we weren't sure how many would be coming.

Trix now has a tie dye look, and they made super-easy decorations! I haven't had Trix since I was a kid - they still taste just the same...
Claire and her friend Rayven


"Okay, Mom - enough pictures!"

A very colorful and yummy spread. We requested a pizza with black olives in the shape of a peace sign, but our pizza people didn't know how to make one. It looked more like a Mercedes logo... oh well...


Mia's gotten more brave about jumping off the diving board without a life jacket - just holding a noodle.
Go, Mia!

Pretty girls.

Claire's main gift was contact lenses (we'll see how THAT goes), but she needed stronger glasses, too. We were able to find frames with...
...what else? Peace signs!