Friday, August 29, 2008


Hannah loves to be in the kitchen, whether it is washing dishes or cooking. I found a recipe for Apple Dumplings and was planning to make them for dessert. As soon as I started getting out the dishes and ingredients, she grabbed her little stool and was ready to help. Now these dumplings are so easy even Hannah could make them. All I did was melt the butter and she did the rest. Her favorite part was rolling the apples up.

Of course, a sampling of the juice is necessary.
Here's the recipe.
And the finished dessert, ready to serve. We named them Sinful Apple Dumplings. You'll see why when you read the ingredients.
2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can Mountain Dew
Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, add butter and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir and pour over the apples. Pour half a can of Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan and drink the rest. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream. See I told you it was sinful but they are good!

Monday, August 18, 2008


They came with a backhoe, dump trucks and bulldozers. Two days later, we had a pond. As soon as they got past the gravel, there was layers of clay. This picture was about an hour after they hit the clay. It started filling with water.

Jim was running the big bulldozer and buried the D8 cat in the clay. So with a pull from the skidder and pushing with the backhoe, it finally came out.
After getting the dozer out of the clay, Jim ran one of the dump trucks. Take note of the two in the passenger seat.

All they had to do was say "Please Grandpa can we ride in the truck?"

This was the next morning. The water level is rising.

Here's a shot from the back side of the pond, looking towards the house.

This was six days after the pond was dug. If you look close you can see the white measuring stick in the pond. It was just a couple inches short of 4 feet this morning.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Today is Melissa's birthday. Third born middle child. It was a hot August day and the oats was ready to be combined and I went into labor at 9 a.m. Jim's Dad came to the house to drop off Becky so she could stay with the other two girls while we headed to the hospital. He wanted Jim to help him put the auger up on the oats bin before we left and I had to put my foot down and say "no way", we're going to the hospital. Melissa was born three hours later. A tiny 6 pounds and 17 inches long.
She was a cutie with big eyes.
She was always twisting herself into odd shapes. This was kinda like a pretzel. When you walked into the living room you never knew what shape she'd be in. I know there's a word for this but I can't think of it. Help me out here. Melissa, can you still do this one?

She's also known for her ability to sleep thru almost anything and at any time. Here she is sleeping................

...........and sleeping

Did I mention that she likes to sleep? I tried to find the one her sisters took of her sleeping and they stuck a pickle in her mouth but I couldn't find it.

Happy Birthday Melissa! We love you and miss you.

Monday, August 4, 2008


You know summer is coming to an end when the fair rolls into town. Once its over, school is just around the corner. We went to the fair on Saturday night along with a bunch of the family. First stop was the barns. We have to walk thru and see all the animals, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, bunnies, chickens, did I miss anything? The boys had to pet the little calf.

This was kinda cute for pictures. Taylor, Keegan, Tyler and Alex posed for me.

Hannah liked the bunnies.

Tyler and Alex took a ride in the airplane

Grandma Shirley shared her cheese curds with Hannah

The boys stood on the fence and watched the band in the grandstands.

Becky and Alex. Can you tell he was kinda mad about me taking his picture?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dessert Contest

The day arrived for the Dairy Dessert contest at the fair. This years entry was White Chocolate-Strawberry Tiramisu. We've had a couple trial runs this past week and the panel of judges gave me their suggestions and opinions.
Here's the ingredients needed for the recipe.
And of course the "helpers" came just in time to dip the strawberries. Notice the hands in the bottom right corner. That would be their mother "helping" also.
And here's the final entry. It tasted wonderful! I didn't win a refrigerator this year but it was fun to enter and compete. There were 27 entries this year and the competition was unbelievable. Now to come up with a recipe for next year.............................