The Flowers of Summer

by Christian Lacdael

Flowers so colourful and bright, In their glory in the sun’s light,

At home amid the summer’s heat,

Giving out a perfume so sweet,

The summer flowers seem perfect,


In near enough every aspect,

So effortlessly they distract,

As one’s attention they attract,

Countless different kinds carve their mark,


Throughout every meadow and park,

There for us to enjoy and pick,

While we waste our days and frolic,

As gifts more poetic than speech,


When lovers and their loves meet,

One of nature’s finer artworks,

Saving scenes from seeming bleak.

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After posting about our great strawberry weekend, I suddenly realized how many ice cream lovers are out in the world. You asked…I answered…here is the recipe.  We used a Cuisinart ice cream maker to create this loveliness.

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 1/8 cups granulated sugar

3 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups chopped strawberries. We froze the berries overnight to keep the juice from bleeding into the ice cream.

1. Mix above ingredients except for the strawberries and pour into ice cream maker.

2. When the mixture begins to thicken, slowly add the strawberries.  Continue to mix until creamy.  Pour into a plastic container and freeze a few more hours if you like a firmer ice cream.   Enjoy!

 

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In Our Little Corner of the World…

…this happened!

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We honored our newest military officers…


…and we honored those who served before them.


We celebrated our nation’s freedom…


…as Blue Angels thundered right over our house!


We gave thanks for all of God’s bounty and blessings…

…and then this happened! It can happen in your house as well…

The Best Ever Shortcake

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening ( I have used butter as well but shortening seems to give the cake a bit more bounce)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.Grease and set aside a shortcake pan (or large muffin pan)

3.Measure  flour, salt, and baking powder into a small bowl and set aside.

4.Cream sugar, shortening, egg and vanilla. I use my kitchen aide
5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix slowly.

6. Add milk slowly to batter. Combine until just smooth.

7. Spoon into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes

8. Cool and remove from pan.

9.Smother cake with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream…you made the effort with the cake, you might as well do the cream right!

10.Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!

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It is that time again!  Spring days turn over to sweet summer-time….Guess what treat we are enjoying!

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Ode to a Strawberry 

By Beth Sycamore


Plump Strawberries.

Ripe Strawberries.

Bright red heart-shaped Strawberries.


Hiding under leafy greens.

Pluck the berry.

In the summer sun.


Pinch the stem.

Have some fun.

Twist the stem.


Almost done.

Put the berry in a cup.

Better yet, just eat it up!


(Or  even better…make ice cream!)

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