Sunday, July 31, 2011

7-31-2011 Zucchini Bread

Zucchini and Summer Squash in our garden
are growing faster than we can pick them
so it's time to break out
my mother-in-law's 'Zucchini Bread' recipe!

1 c. oil
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Add & beat in:
3+1/2 c. flour
1+1/2 tsp. baking soda
1+1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. grated summer squash
1 c. nuts (I used black walnuts)

Pour batter into 2 greased & floured metal loaf/bread pans

Bake in an oven preheated to 350*F
for 55-65 minutes until done.
(I use glass loaf/bread pans and 335*F for 65 min.)
Remove from oven and let cool in loaf/bread pan
for 10 minutes before dumping loaf
onto a cooling rack.

7-30-2011 BIX7

15,000 runners participated in today's 
BIX7 race here in the QC...
who were then joined by
20,000 bicycle riders
who spent the past week
riding across the state of Iowa
in the RAGBRAI event!
DH & I did not run the BIX7 this year
but have in years past.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

7-28-2011 Harry Potter

DH & I went to see the new and final
Harry Potter movie...
Deathly Hallows-Part 2.
I liked the ending
even tho HP dies in the movie.

7-27-2011 Spanish Tapas

Chef Monika Cooking Class tonight...
Spanish Tapas...and Sangosa!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

7-26-2011 My BFF

came to mind 
when I saw this ...
and happy birthday to her daughter today!!!

7-24-2011 Seventeen Failed Attempts upload my slideshow of photos
from our son's wedding...
but my stubbornness prevailed!!! last!!!  :*)

Monday, July 25, 2011

7-23-2011 A New Daughter-in-Law!

Danced at my son's wedding today.  :*)

Friday, July 22, 2011

7-22-2011 3D

DD & DH & I 
attended "Martinis at the IMAX
last night...
the movie was
"Born to be Wild-3D"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

7-21-2011 Bicycles

7-20-2011 Stargazer

Saw this beautiful (real) Stargazer Lily
sitting all by itself
on a shelf at the salon today...
got my gray roots touch up 
for my son's wedding this coming weekend!
(I know... I'm vain!)

7-19-2011 Christmas in July

Today I'm blocking
the 2 purple Christmas stockings 
that I just finished knitting.
(for the Fair Isle Knitting Class-see July 3 & 6, 2011 posts)


Monday, July 18, 2011

7-18-2011 Japanese Beetle Invasion everything in sight
and leave these skeletons!!

...a JB trap in our neighbor's yard...

...dead JBs litter the ground 
in our Sevin/5-dusted garden.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

7-17-2011 Old and New

in the church parking lot this morning...
a 1929 Model A Ford
next to a new Ford.

It's hot!!!

7-16-2011 AWOL

my cat going AWOL...

7-15-2011 A Rainbow Lunch

Thursday, July 14, 2011

7-14-2011 Amigurumi Monster Baby

One left the house yesterday...
and another one appeared today!

7-13-2011 Dinner from Dirt

Today's pickin's from our garden.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

7-12-2011 Unexpected Company

Our black kitty, Barucha
was just chillin' ....
sleeping in the shade this morning ...
when she got some unexpected company!
~her Nemesis, Patches!!!

Barucha successfully defended her territory
and chased Patches back to his home.

7-11-2011 Parker came to Visit

This is Parker.
She and Nick came to visit us yesterday.
It was so great to see them!

After they left, our kitty Barucha
was like 'Baby Bear' in the children's story
"Goldilocks and The Three Bears"

...she could tell that someone had been sleeping in her bed!

7-10-2011 Simple Fare

After all the fabulous gourmet food we had this weekend 
at the Chestnut Street Inn B&B,
it's back home to "simple fare"...
Taboule salad with steams garden fresh veggies.

7-9-2011 Chestnut Street Inn

DH took me to the Chestnut Street Inn B&B
in Sheffiled, IL
to celebrate my birthday this year!
Innkeepers Jeff & Chef Monika 
were having a 'Gourmet' weekend...
a 7 course dinner with wine pairings for each course!
The meal was the best we've eaten... E V E R !!!!
Afterwards, we spent the night in the elegant 'Rosewood Room"

and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast the next morning
before driving back home.
Thanks, dear husband
for my best birthday EVER!!!
And thanks, Jeff and Chef Monika
for sharing your home and culinary talents with us!
We look forward to our next stay with you in November!

Friday, July 8, 2011

7-8-2011 Why is it???

Why is it
that a cat
can make any surface 
look comfortable?

Why is it
that every movie I rent
is the worst movie ever?!?!?
Don't waste your time or money on this one!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

7-7-2011 Knooking

Knitting with a crochet hook...
something new to try!

7-6-2011 Smell-O-Vision

Burned a batch of popcorn on the stove...
you can imagine what the house smells like right now!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

7-4-2011 Happy 4th of July!!!

Thank you 
to all the service men and women
who fight to keep us free!

7-3-2011 So much yarn...

... so little time!!!

This lady who sat next to me in knitting class yesterday
sticks her tongue out when she knits.
We tease her about that.
She is concentrating so hard 
that she doesn't realize that she's doing it.

7-2-2011 Buffalo

Drove by this herd of buffalo today...
in Iowa.

6-30-2011 JBs

JBs arrive in QC...
Japanese Beetles have decided
there's some good eating
in our garden.
DH broke down 
and doused the garden
with Seven.