Is your June off to a good start? I typically look forward to June. Well, I look forward to all the summer months but, in June, the crazy humidity usually has not settled in like a blanket yet…and the pace is just how I like it. Not (winter) slow but not overwhelming. Although I most often do one of these posts towards the end of the month, I thought I would mix it up and start off the month with some gratitude as well as what I have been doing and/or cooking of late.
DOING. We are still on the hunt for the perfect paint color. Yes, we have time but it actually is rather fun looking/pondering/pinning all the colors. We are also making good progress on our “change all the doorknobs” project. We are putting on new oiled bronze ones…and, boy oh boy, the difference one little doorknob can make! We are pleased with that project. We have also been tweaking a couple of our flowerbeds as well. Obviously, we are not quick decision-makers as we have also been wondering about the garden center…on multiple occasions looking for just the perfect combination of plants and shrubs. I think we enjoy the process as much as the project. Ah, and one final project. We want to add a pendant light over our kitchen island. I’m not one hundred percent on this one (just not sure it is going to look right) but there are a couple of trips to Home Depot in our future. Or ten trips.
This month is VBS month at church. That is one thing I am NOT doing. Truthfully, that was something (a ministry even) that was for a different season of my life. It wasn’t exactly easy to say no…but I am really glad I did. I am (very slowly) learning that I do not need to do every single thing “that I’ve always done” and/or be involved in every ministry opportunity. It is a good lesson learned.
One other thing I don’t think I will be doing this month is going to our nearby lavender farm. Have you ever been to one? It really is beautiful…and this is the season. The blueberry season also starts soon. We have a nearby blueberry farm and it opens this weekend. Pick your own. Now that might make it on the agenda!!
COOKING. I’ve noticed that we have been eating out a bit more than usual – somewhat slipping into old habits. I think we just enjoy it more during the summer months. We don’t eat out a lot but it is the only reason I have for not cooking terribly much. I did make these cookies for a recent fellowship – and they were a hit. A perfect combination of oatmeal, chocolate, and a little something extra. This recipe includes nuts but I made mine without – just in case. If they were all for me….definitely nuts!! As I was googling for the recipe I used, I came across this edition. Not the recipe I used but looks very similar…and who knew, this cookie was yummy enough for the White House:)
Also, on Monday, I mentioned a need for a hash brown recipe. My blog friend, Jen, suggested looking for a Cracker Barrel Copycat recipe – which I did. There were several and I sorta combined them (tweaking here or there) so cannot really give credit, but here are a few to try (this one or this one). I had planned to make these last night so I could give you my two cents, but that didn’t happen. Tonight..for sure. I will let you know –
GIVING THANKS. I am thankful for fun friends. Friends who share common interests…and like to shop for me as much as for themselves. Ha! A friend was away visiting her family last week and while out shopping found the perfect decorating tray that I have been searching for. She texted a picture and asked, “Should I pick it up?” I didn’t see it for a bit and responded an hour or so later. But after I did, she actually made a special trip across town back to the boutique another day and bought it for me. I got it from her today…and love it!
Also thankful for my husband…who said a couple of weeks ago, “We should go away for a couple days.” Actually, we are making plans for a couple of nights away each month of the summer. Places we haven’t been in a while – or maybe something new. What a great idea, my dear!!
Let me know something extra you might be thankful for this week. And, please, let me know what you are cooking. We are always looking for inspiration! Happy Wednesday, friends!! And happiest wishes to another friend – a BFF ever since college – who has a birthday today!! Eat cake, Deb!!