I've been wanted to make my own pesto for awhile and I knew it wouldn't be difficult ~ it was just a matter of finally getting to it!
Fresh basil ~ smells so wonderful :)
It turned out so delicious! Better than any bottled kind I have bought. Had it for dinner last night with rice noodles & grilled chicken! yum-yum :)


Team Braden 2009

Our friend's young son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a couple of years ago. The JDRF sponsers a walk to raise funds & awareness.

Team Braden 2009:

Mom, Tammy & I joined Team Braden this year:

The kids of Team Braden: (Reagan & Kaylee are in there!)

Suzanne (Braden's mom) & I on the walk:

The man Braden, his grandma, and his mom:

Granola Bars!

I love homemade granola bars! They never taste the same but they are always delicious!!
Oats & sweetened condensed milk:
Stir to coat oats:
Add some dried fruit: mangos, craisins, pineapples
Add some sweets: this time I used candy coated sunflower seends & dark chocolate chips
Pop them into the oven,
And 25 minutes later you have some wonderful granola bars!

Baby doll sling

I found directions here on how to sew a baby doll sling and decided to make one for Kaylee since she has so many "kids" and may need her hands free!
I used princess fabric (how appropriate for the princess!)
"A princess is supposed to keep her tiara on"

Showing front & back fabrics:
After the rings are attached:
Ta da!! Finished product :)
So so easy to make!


Thai Chicken Stir-Fry Salad

For those who want the recipe for the yummy salad that was pictured in my previous post, here it is (thanks Heidi!):


1 (1-inch) piece fresh gingerroot
3/4 cup creamy poppy seed salad dressing
2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 medium cucumber
1 small red bell pepper
1 (6 oz) package fresh baby spinach leaves
1 (12 oz) package broccoli slaw mix

Chicken Mixture:
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil
1/4 cup peanuts
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1. In classic batter bowl, combine salad dressing and garlic. Grate the gingerroot and squeeze the juice into the dressing. Whisk until well blended and set aside.

2. Thinly slice cucumber and bell pepper; cut cucumber slices in half. Place spinach, slaw mix, cucumber and bell pepper into large bowl; refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. For chicken mixture, snip basil and chop peanuts. Cook chicken; cut into bite-size cubes. Add basil, peanuts and chicken to dressing mixture. Toss to coat.

4. To serve, top salad with chicken mixture.

Yield: 8 servings



Yummys at Tammy's Pampered Chef party:
Mini chocolate cups filled with more chocolate and topped with whip cream and citrus zest! yum!!
Super yummy chicken Thai salad with spinach, red peppers, cucumbers, broccoli slaw mix with a creamy poppyseed dressing made even better with fresh ginger & basil....mmm!!
And some pretty (metal?) flowers at her house! ~
Good friends, good times, good eats!


Happy Colors!

Now that fall is coming up upon us I have started to get back into my quilting & sewing projects!
Oh the colors and possibilities are endless! :)
A happy mug to sip hot dark chocolate from on a cool evening........
Organic Gala apples ~ when you bite into one of these it just tastes like fall!!
Some beautiful flowers I found at the store to bring some cheer


Warm up the curling iron, we're going to the FAIR!!

Mom, Tammy & I went to the County Fair ~ met up with Brian & Lisa & the kids!~
We ran into Carmen & the kids so they all went on a ride together! ~
Luke wasn't quite sure what to think of me.................
Super for pretty flower! ~
Brian & Lisa having a fab time! :p ~
Reagan & Kaylee riding on a motorcycle ~ looks like they're having fun! ~
Getting ready to take off on the dragon Roller Coaster!! Hold on!! :)

Horseback Riding

Andrea showing on her spiffy new outfit before her first horseback riding lesson!
Walking Prince to the stable ~
Learning the proper procedure for brushing Prince and how to put on her saddle. (we're so proud of Marie for standing this close to a horse!!) ;-)

Labor Day!

We had planned on a picnic in the park on Labor Day but we got rained out so we had our "picnic" at mom & dad's. I had Andrea with me. Also had Heidi & the boys.
Reagan, Andrea, & Kayle enjoying some tasty goodness!~
Tammy and her heart shaped potato chip. Reagan being a goofball! :) ~ Wyatt & dad playing peek-a-boo!



Tammy & I took the kids bowling........so much fun! :)

Reagan hit some pins, doing his victory cheer:
Kaylee hit some too :)

Let's play catch up!

Some of the *stuff* that's gone on this summer...............
Kaylee's Birthday: making her a Barbie cake
Ta da :)
Went to the Riverhawks game:
Lisa & Donna
The kids got to run the bases after the game:
Fourth of July picnic at Tammy's house. She puts out quite the spread! :)
The neighborhood rabbit. He just runs around the neighborhood. I found him in my backyard munching on my weeds!
We went up to Greenbluff to pick blueberries! yum :)
Tammy & I went and helped Lindi celebrate her #1 birthday!
Tammy & I bought Brian this cookie bouquet for passing his boards :) Here comes Nurse Z!
Went to the county fair.......
and this is the first sign we see:
Lindi checking out Mr. Pig
Some pretty flowers at the fair:
and a praying mantis
Tian bowling in the kid zone: