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Crazy Days of Summer

Can it really be the last day of July?  I will try hard not to panic.  I absolutely love summertime and don’t even want to think about the end.  I just love the warm weather, the open water, all the fruits and vegetables this season bears and, of course, having my two girls at home.  It’s so hard to believe that we are entering its last half.

Like all our past summers,  we have been busy and time has flown by.  Tomorrow will be August 1 and, sadly, we will start to see back-to-school flyers and ads.  (I will try not to write this too loudly in fear of tears from across the table).  We also may spy small gatherings of our Canada Geese in farmers’ fields and parks.  They will soon be “honking”  about their upcoming migratory flight south.

So far, our family has been fortunate enough to have had an amazing summer.  Not only have we had many fabulous weekends at the family cottage, but we have also taken pleasure in a few day trips to local parks and beaches.  We are so lucky to have easy access to so many beautiful rivers and lakes in our area.


Our two girls, ages 14 and 10,  have also chosen to stay active with their sports during the summer. This means I make frequent runs to and from various soccer fields and skating rinks in the city.  Sometimes I am grumbling at the wheel on early mornings, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, I would like to thank you all for being understanding with my lack of consistent blog posts.  I tend to be a little on the spontaneous side and will grab any chance I get for a little fun and activity, especially this time of the year.  After all, we only live once.  Come September, I should have a little more time to myself and, as a result, be more in a routine.

I would love to hear about your summer!  Any adventures?

Happy August everyone!

Our Boo-tiful Day


As I write this, I am trying very hard to ignore my scary kitchen!  The table that I wiped 3 times still feels sticky and I spy pumpkin guts on the ceramic floor.  My cat is feverishly playing with an abandoned pumpkin seed and I see a drool of chocolate on the kitchen cupboard.  The sink is overflowing with dishes, the dishwasher is full to the max, and I don’t have a clean tea towel in the house!

But…today, my family had a wonderful afternoon of pumpkin carving and treat making.  I forgot that with each year, the pumpkin carving takes a bit longer.  The girls’ pumpkins are becoming so detailed – it’s a shame we only admire them one night of the year.  It’s tradition for us to sip away on boo shakes (non dairy this year) while we work meticulously on the features of our pumpkin.  Afterwards, we sit back and admire our work while we munch away on roasted pumpkin seeds.  This year, I added another special treat – Chocolate SunButter Cups.   These candies are easy to prepare and so addictive.  Warning – do not serve these treats on a school night.  I’m not sure what I was thinking!  See here for the recipe…..if you dare! http://www.livingwithout.com/recipes/chocolate_sunbutter_cups-2198-1.html