Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beautiful Kentucky

(Grand-daughters make a good reason for an afternoon nap.)

Last night I got to see the fireflies putting on their light show and then later in the night the sky lit up with an incredible show of lightning.  The lightening was almost like watching fireworks - amazing.  I tried to take pictures but I think my camera is dying : - (

Today I made banana cupcakes that seem to be a "keeper" here in Kentucky too and tonight we will have chicken enchiladas.

I love to cook for my family and it is really nice when they love to eat it .

Our grandkids have grown up so much in the time since we last visited.  Tristan Dallas has become very savvy in discussing politics and I think would be great on a debate team.  Amber Michelle is the little happy bug in the family - always with something happy to say.  Ava Dorothy continues to keep the family on their toes with her charm and the curls she inherited from her daddy.

We are so enjoying being in beautiful Kentucky and having this special time with our kids and grand-kids.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Easy Peezy Ice-Cream

(Side note) No jokes about Mom hitting the bottle, it is actually my homemade vanilla.

After reading about making homemade ice-cream on various blogs and seeing Cuisinarts at a good price at Costco I took the plunge.  Oh my, in 30 minutes from start to finish you can have yummy soft freeze ice-cream.  

My first try was using the recipe below for Fresh Raspberry Ice-Cream.  I made it for Taralynn's birthday party Saturday and it was so good.  It is ready in less than 30 minutes.  Great basic vanilla recipe (minus the raspberries) and you can add what you like instead of the berries.

Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
half a capful of vanilla
In a small bowl, mash the raspberries with a spoonful or two of the sugar with a fork. In another bowl, stir together the creams and milk, sugar and vanilla. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. When it gets thick and is frozen but still soft, pour in the raspberry puree. Let it go until it’s swirly, or wait longer until the whole mixture is pale pink.
Serve immediately or if you want it firmer, transfer to a container or bowl and put it in the freezer until firm. 
Linking up with Lisa at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
Try making some homemade ice-cream.  Your family will love you for it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

There Is A Point To My Blurry Pics

We celebrated Taralynn's 4th birthday Saturday.  Of course I took lots of pictures but as I scrolled through them tonight I came to a quick conclusion.  There were more blurry pictures taken than good clear ones. 

 This caused me to ponder about how quickly children move through life.  They never sit or stand still that is why it is hard to snap a clear picture of them.  

Life happens quickly and I am reminded that we must take advantage of every minute as we guide and direct these precious little lives into their futures.

The "guys" modeling their new tee-shirts from Alaska.

Finally I got her to slow down long enough for a quick pose.  

Happy Happy Birthday Taralynn Love Crossman (TLC#3)  
Your Mémère and Pépère love you lots and lots!