No, we’re not having triplets!
But our family size is now up to six people! Baby #4 will be arriving sometime shortly after Christmas or in the early days of the new year!
Can you tell there’s some excited people in our house?
No, we’re not having triplets!
Can you tell there’s some excited people in our house?
This pie. My goodness. I’ve been making it every summer since the boys were born. Every year I can’t wait until the first batch of blueberries to make it. This year, I made it with our very own blueberries picked from our back yard. What a good feeling it is to walk outside to your own three blueberry bushes and pick enough to make a pie!
If you love blueberries and lemon this is a must try. It is essentially a no-bake pie (you just bake the crust for a few minutes) making it a cool and creamy treat–perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Blueberry Lemon Pie
1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.
2. Press evenly in bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake pie crust at 350 for 8 minutes. Cool completely.
3. Beat cheese, milk, and powdered sugar until creamy.
4. Add pudding mix, rind, and juice. Beat until blended.
5. Spread half of mixture into crust.
6. Stir together blueberries and preserves, spread evenly over lemon mixture.
7. Spread remaining lemon mixture over blueberry mixture. Cover and chill 2 hours.
8. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form and spread around out edge of pie forming a decorative border.
*Since I was short on time I bought pre-made graham cracker crusts, baked it, and then made the filling. So easy and a great pie to make on a summer day since you only have to bake the crust and you serve it cold.
I originally found this recipe at the blog, As Seen Through the Eye Of . . .
“You guys are going to make a great team,” Mr. Paul told my soon-to-be-husband, Josh, when he shared the news of our engagement. Mr. Paul was a man we respected and someone we’d both worked for during our days in college.
His remark about our impending marriage stuck with me more than anyone else’s response to our engagement news. It was a complement for the here and now and a challenge for the future. You’re going to make a great team has stuck with me all these years as the way I envisioned my marriage and wanted it to function practically. And the mentality of teamwork has proven to be one of the most important values we’ve experienced the past ten years of marriage.
So it was with excitement that I read my long-time friend and fellow writer’s newest book, Team Us: Marriage Together. I first became acquainted with author, Ashleigh Slater, during my early blogging days way back in 2005 or 2006. Later I worked with her in a more professional capacity writing for her website, Ungrind. And we even got to meet in real life once! So it was with great joy I read her first in-print book!
Team Us is a book from a Christian perspective about building a marriage “team.” It reads very conversationally, like Ashleigh is having a chat with you over coffee. It doesn’t present itself as having all of the answers to the struggles of marriage or knowing “the right” way to do marriage. Instead, it’s more of a chronicle of the Slater’s own marriage and what they’ve learned along the way to help their marriage “team” grow together. It almost reads like a marriage memoir. It is lighthearted and humorous in tone that makes it easy to read, even while also dealing with weightier issues like job loss, depression, and grief.
I think the book’s strength is in dealing with communication within marriage. This shows up through out the book no matter what the topic, whether it’s conflict or parenting. You can tell the Slaters work hard on respectful communication and Ashleigh gives some practical techniques on how to make this happen, like the use of the “communication sandwich,” which is basically sandwiching a criticism between praise and affirmation and giving the person the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming motives and going in for an attack.
One thing that makes the book unique is there are “Ted Says” sections where Ashleigh’s husband, Ted, shares his perspective on a subject or what Ashleigh has shared. Each chapter also ends with discussion questions called “Us Time” to foster reflection for an individual reader or a couple reading it together.
Check out Ashleigh’s website for more information about the book!
I’m giving away one copy! To enter to win, please comment with why you’d like to read Team Us. I’ll choose the winner randomly and announce on Friday, July 11th.
Update: The winner is comment #13, Dani! Please email me through the contact form your full name and address and the book will be sent to you. Congratulations!
This contest is now closed.
Last week we were able to sneak away for a little getaway. Josh was doing two weeks of training for work so we joined him for two of those days at his hotel for a change of scene and a little fun.
The kids had never stayed in a hotel before, so this alone was fun for them. (Well, Sophia did when she was a baby, but that hardly counts.) The first day we spent our entire time at the pool. We almost had it completely to ourselves for most of the day. I even got a lot of reading done while the kids splashed!
My novel of choice was The Language of Flowers. It completely riveted me. I’d heard a lot about it from various blogs and it interested me, as it intertwined with the Victorian’s “language of flowers” into the plot. The language of flowers had always interested me too, and the use of this language throughout the book was captivating, as was the story of the main character, a foster child who ages out of the foster care system and must make a life for herself and confront her past actions and her fears.
After our day of swimming we got dinner at Grilled Cheese & Co. Josh got the Crabby Melt with was loaded with crab claw meat and melted monterey jack cheese. I got a limited special, The Philly, which had thin slices of philly steak with roasted peppers and American and Provolone cheese. Each meal had a side of crunchy sweet potato fries. Total yum. If you’re ever in Catonsville, Maryland, check them out!
Day two took us to Patapsco Valley State Park. We played at the playground, explored some trails, and ate a packed lunch there. The most fun by far was the Swinging Bridge. I discovered one of my sons has a fear of heights when we tried to cross it! The bridge was once used daily by workers to get from their homes on one side of the Patapsco river to work at the Orange Grove Flour Mill on the opposite side. All that’s left of the mill are some ruins. However, while we were checking out the ruins the kids were quite excited to see an CSX train roll by on the tracks that once would have had a stop at the mill, many years ago, to add flour cargo to their freight cars. So often when visiting a historic site I wish I could go back in time–even for an instant–and experience the place in it’s prime. Do you?
The Swinging Bridge at Patapsco Valley State Park
I have learned that May is a busy month. Hence the quietness on this blog for most of the month. May is always a busy month for us, but this year took the prize. Well, maybe not. Last year we were furiously packing to move into this house all of May!
First, today is officially the first day of summer vacation! And we got off to a delightful start with fresh blueberry muffins and a friendly game of sibling baseball in the yard. We finished Classical Conversations (our homeschool group) and had the presentation ceremony. I had my annual homeschool review. May is always busy with finishing up school, co-ops, and prepping for the review. We plan to keep up with reading and math games over the summer, but otherwise, summer fun, here we come!
May is also the month we celebrate three birthdays. The boys turned 7 and are obsessed with Legos and roller blades. I got to enjoy a dinner out at The Vineyard Wine Bar, which serves up deliciously fresh and interesting food every time.
Then there’s the yard. And garden. Our yard is SO much bigger than our last one that it’s a little overwhelming come spring. I enjoy the work and eventually it will get easier each year as we tame it. The previous owners did a lot of landscaping but some of the flower beds kinda went wild before we took over ownership. We’re still identifying plants and learning how to trim bushes and plants we’ve not had before.
My mom moved from the house I grew up and lived in since I was 14 years old. That was a huge job that meant several weekends helping pack and two weekends of moving. But I’m so excited for her to be moved into her new home which will be so much easier for her to maintain!
Josh and I got to go to a Nickel Creek concert that just took my breath away: the energy, the music, the audience bursting into song. It was fabulous in every way! Check out their new album. I’m just so glad they’re back together. Kinda makes up for The Civil Wars splitting up. I also got to attend my first ever book launch for my author-friend Dani Pettrey’s fourth book, Silenced. It was super fun to support her and celebrate her success.
I finished listening to Harry Potter on audiobook. I’m missing the space it took up in my life. I looked forward to dinner prep and clean up because I’d be sucked into the world of Hogworts. In any case, the series totally went beyond my expectations in every way and was the most immensely satisfying series I’ve read in some time.
So that was my May. How was yours?