Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Easy Peasy Summer Squash Pot Pie

The past couple of summers, I've had no squash.  It has been depressing.  I just love summer squash.  Fortunately, in January my blogging friend, The Texan, emailed to let me know I should plant my squash with radishes to prevent those destructive squash bugs that have caused me so much garden misery the past couple of years.  Do you know what?  It worked!  And now I have the happy dilemma of summer squash everywhere!  My mom suggested I try my aunt's summer squash pie recipe.  She told me the basics (not having a copy of her recipe) and I came up with my own version. 

2 summer squash, cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 tbsp. butter
1 12 ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 can cream of celery soup
2 refrigerated pie crusts
Salt and pepper, to taste

Steam mixed veggies in the microwave, as directed.  Cook squash and onion in butter on medium heat until tender.  Mix squash, veggies, and cream of celery soup. Put one of the pie crusts in a pie pan and prick a couple of times with a fork.  Pour squash mixture into crust.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Layer second crust on top.  Bake at 425* for 18 minutes. 

This was really easy to pull together, and very tasty.  I'm going to try to make a few for the freezer.  After all, I have twelve more summer squash to use up....

Just a note to my regular readers - I will be posting on Thursday instead of Friday this week, so be sure to stop by tomorrow if you have time! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Fourth of July

For the Fourth of July we decided to head to a balloon festival in Lexington, on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute.  It kind of ended up being the balloon festival that wasn't, because the day was too windy and they couldn't put up the balloons.  Nevertheless, there was some fun to be had.  The festival was on the parade grounds, and the surrounding architecture seemed like castles to the boys.  We have been studying the Middle Ages and the Renaissance all summer, so it's no wonder they imagined castles.

The boys were decked out in fun gear.  The twins decided to wear superhero capes, Pierce was wearing "spy gear" and all three boys had some festive glasses given to them by one of Pierce's previous teachers.

The glasses were really funny.

The highlight of the day was meeting Ginny, from Let Your Let Shine blog.  We have been blogging friends for ages.  Ginny takes the most amazing moon and sunset pictures around.  She and her husband, Phil, delighted the boys.  Pierce enjoyed a chess game with Phil and was amazed by his magic tricks.  The boys were kind of wild that day, but luckily Ginny and Phil didn't seem to mind.
We stayed until after dark to watch the fireworks show, which did not disappoint.
It was a fun outing, and much better than our July 4th activities the past couple of years.
Perhaps, we'll be back for more next year, and the balloons will get to go up.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sculptures at the Library

Recently I was driving by a library, and noticed they had some neat sculptures outside.  I was working at the time, but later I made it a point to drive back and walk through them.

The are so serene.

Love this quote.
As someone who loves reading and libraries, I couldn't resist these sculptures.
I'm glad I took a few minutes to go back and see them.
Readers, is there some sort of landmark you've been meaning to go check out?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Speedy Summer

This is a picture I took of the boys at Highland Park. 
Summer is going much too fast. 
In just a few weeks, it'll be time for back to school.
The boys completed three reading programs this summer.
Now we get to reap the rewards - free ice creams, hamburgers, water park tickets, baseball games and the transportation museum.
I doubt we'll get all that done in the next few weeks.
Especially since Pierce has robotics camp still, and the twins have Knight in Shining Armor Camp.
But we can try!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mocha Mini Trifles Recipe with International Delight Iced Coffee #IDelight

~~It's deep summer and the perfect time for light chilled desserts. This creamy trifle is a cross between tiramisu and a bread pudding. It comes together easily, is kid-approved, and is perfect for sharing delight with friends on a lazy vacation morning at the beach.


1 cup milk
1 cup International Delight mocha iced coffee
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
8 oz. frozen whipped topping (thawed)
1 package Ladyfingers*
2 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup boiling water
squirt whipped cream (optional)
sprinkles or toffee chips (optional)

Mix the pudding with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup International Delight mocha iced coffee for 3 minutes on medium. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix boiling water with coffee granules and stir until dissolved, then pour over the ladyfingers. Set aside. Once pudding is prepared (it will not set up completely) fold pudding in gently with thawed frozen whipped topping. In mini trifle dishes or mugs, layer ladyfingers and pudding mixture. Chill in the fridge for an hour. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

*Ladyfingers can be found in the bakery of your grocery store. They are not in stock all the time at my grocery, and I often have to ask for them from the baker. Sometimes, I will buy extra when I see them and freeze a package. If you cannot locate ladyfingers, you could substitute small chunks of sponge cake.

Paul and I really enjoy the International Delight iced coffee flavors. I especially love it as a early drink after I've been outside feeding the horses in the early morning humidity. I've also discovered that they are perfect for mixing into recipes and bringing new flavors to your creations. Like them on Facebook for other inspiring recipe creations.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lions in the Park

While killing some extra time recently, I took the boys to see an interesting lion fountain in a Roanoke park.

Pierce was particularly intrigued by where the water was going and how it flowed.
Pierce always wants to know how everything works.
The twins, on the other hand, just wanted to know if they could climb in.
Even though it was a hot day, the answer to their question was no.
Poor Cort and Reid.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fit for Fairies

When downtown I often drive by a couple of hippies who have created a marvelous but tiny garden in the roots of an old tree.  I always enjoy seeing what they've created. 
Little herbs are tucked into crevices.
Painted rocks, and rock gatherings, are arranged in patterns.

The tree itself boasts a number of paintings with added decorative leaves.

Now all it needs are for the fairies to come.
Readers, don't you just love stumbling upon folk art in the community?