Posted: 12:03 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017
By Staff Writer
It’s summer time and the livin’ is far from easy! (But it sure is fun!)
Life on the farm has been crazy busy as we spent all of June preparing for my niece Charisa’s wedding this past weekend. We got the place all cleaned up, spiffed up, and shined up.
I made the wedding bouquets, corsages, and boutonnière’s out of a variety of white and blush flowers, and tucked one of Charisa’s grandmother’s earrings into her bridal bouquet. I’m sure Mom was celebrating with us, crying tears of joy in heaven.
They are a beautiful couple, deeply in love, whose self-written vows had everyone in tears. It was heaven having our whole family and close to a few hundred friends at the farm! My brother was one proud papa when he walked his oldest of 4 girls down the aisle.
We rejoiced in their love, ate and toasted the union, and the dancing went well into the night. She and new hubby, Nick MacMath had the “Mac-Dreamy wedding” they wanted and have started their new life as one! What a Mac-Magical day!
Now it’s time to think about a road trip! I’m working hard, preparing shows ahead of time so that I can take my brood and a few (11!) friends on a road trip to Yellowstone.
I put my 13 year old’s, Blessing and Clara, and their pal Kaysie to the task! They picked the park, mapped the route including camp grounds, figured out mileage and the amount we will need to spend on gas, camp ground fees, park passes and food.
When telling my sister, DeAnna, or best friend, DeeDee, of our plans they rolled their eyes and declared “you’re crazy”! A caravan full of sweaty teens is not their idea of a good time! They promptly uninvited themselves from the “fun” and wished us a safe, sane, trip.
But either way, road trips with my family is MY favorite way to vacation! I love to stop and see the sites, take photos of the vistas, and find trinkets in antique stores (my kids HATE when I stop to antique shop!)
We’re gonna cook our meals on a camp stove and shower in the camp’s restrooms and, with luck, have the trip of our life!
Christmas in July | Balsam Hill
Balsam Hill is a wonderful sponsor of mine that does amazing things, both in the way of faux foliage and for charity!
This year they’ve chosen Point Hope as a recipient of their Christmas in July charitable giving campaign. When I post about their incredibly realistic floral arrangements on my public Facebook page, they will donate $ to Point Hope for every Click, Like, and Share the post generates.
They’ve also given generously toward a garden party I put on every year for Point Hope, and are donating some lovely, lovely, floral arrangements to help decorate for the event.
I chose the “Jane” bouquet for the obvious reason that both Balsam Hill’s and my own Janey, are some of the most beautiful blooms in life’s garden.
Be watching for my Facebook post later and be sure to visit Balsam Hill for all your seasonal decor!
I am a self-admitted watermelon addict. I can’t get enough of the stuff! When I was on the 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise last March, one of my favorite things about it was that I could have all the watermelon my heart desired. The buffet was constantly stocked!
So, watermelon is one of my delicious summer indulgences. How ’bout you?
I recently found out that besides being cool and refreshing, sweet and delicious (I already KNEW that!) watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin’s A & C, a good source of vitamin B6, AND contains both lycopene and potassium!
In other words, it’s freaking GOOD FOR ME! This, folks is good news!!! So many of the things I love to eat are health no-no’s; watermelon appears to be a health yes-yes!
Googling about, I also ran into a web site devoted entirely to watermelon. Watermelon.org has recipes, health facts, and a bunch of carving ideas like the ones pictured. If you love watermelon, you’re going to want to visit!
Recipe | Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad
Speaking of summer, and weddings, and watermelon love…
All three came together tastily when sweet niece, Charisa, was married at the farm. Paired with perfectly pulled pork sliders, prepared by Paul (see what I did there?!) this watermelon, feta cheese, and mint salad was sweet, salty, and refreshing! Liven up any summer meal with it!
– 1 small seedless watermelon (about 5-6 cups), cut into 1″ cubes or balled
– juice from 1 lime
– about 1.2 cup fresh mint, chopped
– 3/4 cup feta, broken into large chunks or cut into 1/2″ cubes
– freshly ground black pepper
Cut or ball watermelon into 1″ bites size pieces
Break feta into chunks or cut into 1/2″ cubes
In a large bowl, combine the watermelon and lime juice. Gently fold in the feta, sprinkle with mint, and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper
Serve up some Summer Yum!
Congratulations Charisa & Nick MacMath!
Summertime is in our hands! Along with marshmallow and selfie-sticks, road maps, and park guides. Yogi-Bear here we come with our pic-a-nic baskets! (Do you think Yogi or BooBoo love watermelon like I do-do?)
Stay tuned for the road-side adventures of Delilah and the Kids Karavan Network!
Get out there, make memories and Love Someone!