Friday, June 19, 2015

Five for Friday - my favorites of the week

* Elliot watering the garden and then watering himself, K and me on a particularly hot day. Such fun!
* Me and K and E relaxing on the front porch. Talking, reading, playing. Perfect!
* The finale of Games of Thrones, though I texted a friend that I was cancelling my HBO.
* Cheeseburger Pie.  Quick and easy. Thanks Pillsbury!
* True Detective starts Sunday! (Good thing I didn't cancel HBO).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Looking Forward To...

- Our first road trip of the summer!  We will be off to A Day Out With Thomas in Strasburg, PA.

E's artwork using the Thomas the Train app
- Making last minute lists
- Finishing laundry
- Cleaning house
- Packing the car

We return on Tuesday.  I am so excited to see Elliot's reaction to it all!!! You can see it all on our Instagram at Trish Drake @trishmd.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Recipe Revival - Ice Box Cake

Church rummage sales are excellent for finding a tin box chock full of handwritten, or hand-typed recipes.  I must admit to a feeling of sadness, though, that a box of well-loved recipes would end up in a rummage sale and not passed down through the family.  Or kept on a windowsill or shelf in their own kitchen.  After all, it’s a touch of history.  Who makes jello salads these days???  Or ice box cakes??

Which brings me to today’s recipe revival.  A few weeks ago, Kayla had heard the term ice box cake.  She asked what it was.  I told her that to the best of my knowledge they were refrigerator cakes.  Yep, that’s what I told her.  Then we did a little research on the “net,” and found a bit of history and one of the easiest ice box cake recipes ever at Serious Eats.  Nabisco’s Chocolate Wafer Ice Box Cake which we promptly printed out and then went shopping.


Now, we searched high and low for those chocolate wafers but found none (at three different grocery stores).  We ended up buying a box of Nabisco Mini Vanilla wafers.  They worked just fine.

Kayla made the whipped cream using heavy cream, vanilla and sugar.  She excels at making whipped cream.  It’s so good! 


We brought out the cake after our Holiday (Memorial Day) celebration lunch.
Everyone dug in so fast, I almost didn’t get any photos.  This dessert was rich, and delicious.  You can find the original recipe here (we modified it a bit).


I wasn’t home to take photos of Kayla making this cake.  In fact, I barely got pictures at all, jumping up at the last minute to grab the camera as the cake was being cut.


Monday, June 15, 2015

The Weekend Revisited


* Fried egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast
* Shopping with K and E; Kohl’s for tops, Hot Wheels toy, bra, make-up; Giant Eagle for milk; Dollar Store for [more] Hot Wheels; sponges; dishpans (3)

* Dairy Queen for lunch
* Starbucks for “nightcap”

The Tiger Lilies are opening.  Photo by Kayla
* DIY pedicures and manicures (thanks Kayla!)
* Watering the garden and then watering ourselves


* Hot, hot weekend

* Loads of laundry washed


* An afternoon spent at the Carnegie Science Center
* Sweet sausage for dinner


* Books read

* Games of Thrones finale




Friday, June 12, 2015

Five for Friday - this week's memorable events

From the week beginning June 7, 2015:

1. Spending a day with a few of my favorite family members at the Museum.

2. Playing trains with Elliot.

3. Celebrating Kayla's 17th birthday.

4. Visiting the Art Festival.

5. Tonight begins Season 3 of Orange is the New Black.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Looking Forward To . . .

Season Three of Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 12.  Hooray!  Just in time, too.  With Games of Thrones wrapping up its current season, I’m in need to a new “television fix.”  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My Goal List for June 2015

The typical lightning bolt moves at 224,000 mph, or about 3,700 miles per second.  That feels about the speed of each of my days this year. 

We are in JUNE!  Kayla will be 17!!! 

Woe is me!  
I want to scream, “STOP! THIS RIDE, I want to get off.  
Just for a little while.  
Just long enough to spend hour upon hour sitting with Elliot playing endless games of car crash, and putting the Thomas the Train track back together at least 5 times in a 2 minute period.  Wiping up cracked egg off the kitchen floor (he can open the fridge and has a fascination for breaking eggs).  I want to cuddle him for hours on end, and read to him his favorite storybooks over and over.  I want to sit with Kayla and listen to her excitedly explain to me the different pigments in eye shadows (she’s a pro; I still have no idea what she’s talking about).  I want to spend more time sitting on the front porch with my Mom looking through coupons and LTD catalogs, drinking Pepsi and making lunch.  I want to sit in each of the rooms of my house, and take a good look around, instead of bustling through in search of lost keys, or glasses or even the hair straightener.  I want . . .

This month my goals are to:

-              sit for hours on end with Elliot playing endless games of car crash and putting the train track back together;

-              wipe up cracked egg off the floor;

-              cuddle with both Elliot and Kayla, read books, and learn about eye shadow pigmentation;

-              sit on the front porch with my Mom, drinking Pepsi, looking through catalogs and eating lunch; and

-              sit in each of my rooms and take inventory.

What are your goals for the month of June??

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Weekend Reviewed (in 26 photos or less*)

The weekend was FABULOUS! Warm weather, soft breezes, good company, good food! Lots of laundry washed, rooms getting cleaned, plans being made, books being read.  THE GOOD LIFE!
*I had earmarked at least 26 photos from the weekend, then whittled it down to half.


Before picture of my room. I'm still working on it.


We celebrated Kayla's 17th birthday a few days early


My gift was a reservation at Six Penn Restaurant in town. 


I kept Elliot and Amanda's boys. The mosquitoes are SO bad right now,
we are lighting these citronella candles every evening.


The three boys playing.  We made short videos; they LOVED watching them back.


Sunday, we went to the reading festival in Oakland.
Elliot decorated his own Smiley cookie.


And ate it, too.


Fountain fascination

Next, a visit to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Amidst the dinosaurs

Lots of hands on play


























Thursday, June 4, 2015

Our Summer Bucket List 2015

With the impending arrival of summer (it will officially begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015), I have been feverishly creating lists.  Lists of summer foods to eat (and grow), our summer reading list, a list of must-see summer movies, lists of summer clothes and shoes that need purchased, lists of summer projects for the house, lists of places to visit, packing lists (1st road trip begins the first day of summer), and our summer bucket list of things to do. I love summer and want to fill each non-working hour to the fullest!!!!

While I easily filled pages and pages with fun summer things to do (the “Master List”), when it came time to create the actual bucket list, I carefully chose the following items as being totally doable, within budget and fun for everyone.  My ultimate goal is to fulfill each of the following and then, as time and budget permit, add more from the Master List.  It will be challenging and fun!

Without further ado, this is our Summer Bucket List 2015!


Summer Bucket List 2015

*      Go on a road trip
*      Have a picnic
*      Make smores
*      Go to a festival
*      Go to the farmer’s market
*      Plant a vegetable garden; eat what grows
*      Go to the drive-in
*      Visit the museum (on a rainy day)
*      Visit the zoo (on a sunny day)
*      Watch fireworks (on the 4th)
*      Hike a trail in the woods
*      Go to an amusement park
*      Go miniature golfing
*      Go to a baseball game
*      Take a cruise on the Good Ship Lollipop