20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated

Glorious Saturday

I am stuck home today. The 2009 Kia Rondo had a breakdown. I had to leave it at the mechanic until next week.
The air conditioning compressor went out. On this car, it can not be by passed. I am not sure I would want to – the heat is on here in the central valley, California. 100+ days until October.

My husband had mandatory over time (and we can use the cash for the car repairs) and took the other car.

I spent time outside early this morning cleaning up two flower beds Henrietta clawed and pecked through.
Henrietta looking at me

Here she is looking at me like I am the cause of the problem.

We went to the California State Fair last week. I found out Henrietta is a Blue Gold Duckwing Phoenix.

The fair was fun as always!

Grilled Food State Fair California

Horse Arena Workout California State Fair 2016

Alex and Richard on the Sky Chair ride State Fair 2016

Mural at California State Fair 2016

We celebrated 2 more birthdays this week. Lots of cake and cheesecake too!
Lemon Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Birthday Month

July is the birthday month for us. It used to be April, but as our little family has grown via weddings, July is it.

First birthday of the month is our son-in-law. He turned 25 this year. He did not want a fuss. Our daughter/his new wife decorated the chocolate cake I made.

Alisha Putting on the Candles

Birthday Party for Juan

Here is a photo of Juan (on the left), it is his birthday and Josh (AnaMarie -daughter number 3’s beau).

Juan and Josh Birthday Party

Summer Time Summer Time

Hope this is not trend for the summer.

My husband was sick with a fever this week. It turned out he had a leg infection. He is diabetic so this was treated aggressively. We are home now. He waved and let me take a snap.

Poor Husband

Our daughter with the broken foot will be off work until the middle of July.

Orthopedic Check

Soul Care Seconds

I am participating in Kelly Rae Roberts Soul Care Seconds. This is day one.

I have been doing little things through out this day – Memorial Day.

Holidays are always special in our house, so I do and make and cook. I was able to still carve out some time for my Soul Care.

Here are a few quotes from Kelly Rae about Soul Care – “It really can be about filling our days with tiny micro practices that nourish, strengthen and care for us. It’s about the healing that comes from pausing for a sacred second.”

“…beauty isn’t superficial. It’s the call of our hearts – made visible in our everyday lives.”

” Pausing to notice the beauty is in many ways a prayer of gratitude. We’re showing up, noticing, and pausing for a moment of breath, grace, and thanks.”

I took my cup of coffee out to the backyard early this morning to sit and notice. We filled the bird feeders yesterday and I was hoping to see a bird having it’s breakfast.

Day one of Kelly Rae Roberts Soul Care Seconds.

Soul Care

Cool resource -An Early History of Crenshaw County, Alabama

Cool resource -An Early History of Crenshaw County, Alabama

I can not get the hyper link to work today. Cut and paste -http://genealogytrails.com/ala/crenshaw/history.html


Kids and the Internet! Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cupcakes

Who would have thought my daughter would be such a resource for recipes. Sure on the internet she finds cool make-up, which nail polish brands to skip and lots of “feels”, but lately she has been finding the yummiest sweets and dishes to try out. The latest is Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cupcakes from Julia Graf. These are awesome! We had a good time baking for hours. Yes, baking pumpkin puree from scratch can take awhile. We are in California and opted for baking the pumpkin in the oven like a acorn squash. I put water in the pan in an effort to “steam” it. It worked pretty well. We cooked them at 400 degrees for 50 min, turning them half way through and keeping an eye on them towards the end.

Cutting up the pumpkin is hard work. Pumkin Ginger Cupcake Cutting

Ready to removes the seeds. Pumkin Ginger Cupcake Cut in half

Off to the oven Pumkin Ginger Cupcake ready to cook

All Cooked up. We let them cool a bit before mashing. The rind came right off easily. Pumkin Ginger Cupcake cooked pumpkin

Mashed up with a fork

Pumkin Ginger Cupcake mashed pumpkin

Cutting up crystallized ginger. We did not have the fresh and I was not going to buy it in addition to the crystallized.


This batter was very yummy!

Pumkin Ginger Cupcake batter

Filling the liners 3/4 full. We made a double batch. 28 cupcakes.

Pumkin Ginger Cupcake liners being filled

All done and a quick photo before eating!

Pumkin Ginger Cupcakes 3

or two.

Pumkin Ginger Cupcakes 2

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