Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Too Much to Title!

Can you believe it is August 1st?

Over half of the year is gone!

I was chatting with my Mom the other day . . . We were both of the opinion that Summer has been here for a VERY long time.
We have had warm summer like weather since February or so.
Very unusual for Central Illinois!
I have to say . . . I really like FOUR separate seasons ~ although we are extremely blessed with a HUGE increase in Business.

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I just noticed how dark it is at 8:15 p.m. I can tell we are sneaking up on Fall . . . besides hearing the song of the locust.

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This afternoon, Katelyn and I had a request from Cody . . .
"Could you make some of those balls?"
Of course we can . . .
We can't seem to keep those yummy protein treat balls in the house, so tonight we made a double batch!
There are so many variations to try . . .

The recipe we came up with:

2 cups Quaker Oats
1 regular size jar of peanut butter (or alternatives)
3/4 cup of honey
1 bag of milk chocolate chips (or alternatives)

and then you choose -
add any or all of these in whatever amount you choose:

sun flower seeds 
raisins
dried apricot
dates
walnuts
pecans
etc.

(we actually do not use any type of nut in our home due to Cody's peanut allergy . . . the treats are yummy with the raisins, 
sun flower seeds and apricot)

Mix all ingredients well.
Everything should combine and not be dry. If the mix seems too dry, add a little more honey.

drop from a cookie dough scoop or spoon - 
you can also roll them into balls

I keep them in the fridge . . . covered or in a ziplock bag.

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Katelyn finished up a painting project for my sister Janeie.
In fact, it was two separate paintings.
Take a look:

Alyson's room.

Jenna's room.

Aren't they gorgeous?

Aunt Janeie had the idea and asked Katelyn to paint it.
Katelyn simply went with it . . .
Aunt Janeie said,

"she just slapped some paint here and there 
and this is what she came up with . . . " 


We are thrilled that they love it!

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While I am at it . . .
Here is a Commissioned Drawing Katelyn finished and was picked up today . . .


The photo was taken before it was framed.
It looked incredible!

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and now a song from Tim Hawkins . . .


2 comments:

Leslie said...

The paitnings are beautiful! That girl is so talented.

Sabrina C. said...

A very talented young lady.

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