With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 6/27/10 - 7/4/10

Friday, July 2, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday ~ Skipping

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Camera: point and shoot Fuji Fine Pix (when fun trumps lugging a big camera around)
Camera chooses all settings:
Exp 1/200
ISO 400
No flash
Edited in Picnik Focal Zoom
Non-posed... remember how much teenagers loved to be posed!
(I did request they turn and run away from me so I could get that shot too, but request was denied)

Visit Valerie @ Favorite Photo Friday to see more creative Favorite Photos!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Swallowtail Lamp

My husband made this lamp when he was a boy.
His aunt Elsie had a big set-up in her basement where she made and painted ceramics. She had just about every mold available at the time and a kiln to fire ceramic and porcelain pieces.
I suppose there weren't many masculine items for him to choose from, but this piece lent itself to his interest in observing and identifying birds.
It sat in our attic for many years and only recently found a place of purpose and display.
There are many tiny paint rubs and nicks that could easily be touched up, but I prefer to enjoy it in it's worn state. Now our grandkids enjoy Pop-Pop's workmanship in one of the bedrooms they use while visiting.
Joining Cindy @t Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!


Jamie and her family spent last week in Ocean City, New Jersey with her in-laws.
Erin, AJ and Jared are there this week.
Abbey is staying a few days with them too.
John and I are not beach lovers (or even beach likers, for that matter).
But, our high 90 degree days with high humidity broke with beautiful temps, low humidity and gentle breezes and I knew it would be just perfect at the shore.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sour Cream Coffee Cake ~ Barefoot Bloggers Pick

Here is the second June Barefoot Bloggers recipe to be posted by today. It's from
Gwenn of Cooking in Pajamas

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

And this green creature is beautiful to Jared.
He and Pop-Pop caught tadpoles this spring and put them into our little pond.
This little guy is the only one to survive.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scalloped Tomatoes

Barefoot Blogger, Josie of Pink Parsley Catering

has chosen Scalloped Tomatoes

You wouldn't think something with so few ingredients would have so much flavor!
Great as a summer side dish although I would enjoy it as an entree.

Scalloped Tomatoes
2009, Ina Garten, Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: Farm Stand Food


  • Good olive oil
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch diced) bread from a French boule, crusts removed
  • 16 plum tomatoes, cut 1/2-inch dice (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12 inch) saute pan over medium heat. Add the bread cubes and stir to coat with the oil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cubes are evenly browned.

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. When the bread cubes are done, add the tomato mixture and continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the basil.

Pour the tomato mixture into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly. Serve hot or warm.

Joining Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Hydrangea Blooms

Can you believe all of these different color blooms came from one bush?
I could have made mosaic after mosaic with such pretty blossoms!
It amazes me that they change color as they grow larger and open into such magnificent bouquets.

Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!
She has purple happening too!



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