Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Lemonade Slushy

Its been SO hot lately…

We needed something COOL to drink!



Lemons were on sale!



Don’t you just love the beautiful color of lemons??



They just say SUMMER to me.




Lemons, water, sugar, and ice.

That’s all you need for this refreshing lemonade slushy.




I used 3 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice
1-2 cup(s) of cold water

Put in blender
then pour into chilled glasses.




It is so good!!




You can add more lemons/sugar/water according to your taste.






So refreshing!
So easy!
So quick!





My family loves when I make this.

It lasts about 1 minute.





One good thing about summer,



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May is here…
Flowers are appearing everywhere and summer is just around the corner.

May this month hold abundant blessings for you!




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One wonderful thing about summer is all the sweet fruits we can enjoy…


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While traveling on a country road, we came across the cutest fruit & veggie stand!


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The lady behind the counter was so nice and had the best country accent!
I just wanted to sit and continue talking and getting to know her.
She’s one of those people who makes you feel
as if you’re a friend, not just someone stopping to
buy the beautiful fruit for sale.


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We passed the stand many times during our time off this summer,
and each time there were people there, buying different fruits & veggies.
These were locals who knew the fruit was well worth stopping for.


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You can’t really tell here, but the peaches were huge!  They were the biggest
I’ve ever seen!
And they.  were.  SO.  delicious!!


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We went back to the fruit stand several times during our stay.
We were never disappointed.
We also bought a few other items, but the peaches were my favorite!

I’ve always been skeptical about stopping to buy anything by the side of the road.
I think I’ve only ever bought honey.  But now I know that some stands offer
great local, organic, delicious, and very reasonably-priced bounty from their farms!
I’m sure y’all already knew that… it just took me a while to find out  🙂

Enjoy the fruits & veggies of late, late summer before they’re all gone!

Happy end-of-summer,

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I know I just posted a photo of a horse I met on a little country road…

but I couldn’t wait to share these pictures with you…


My husband and I were on our way to a church picnic…

I had no idea that we would be way out in the country…

But as we drove in, I couldn’t believe my eyes!

There were lots of cows, chickens, and these two beautiful horses!

I immediately took out my camera and began taking pictures.
The cows didn’t like me too much, they actually scared me.
But the horses were very nice and weren’t camera-shy.





If you’re from the city, a day in the country can be literally “a breath of fresh air”.
For me, it’s usually like taking a trip back in time.
A slower pace.
Time to reflect.
No signal… so no cell phone calls.
I can feel the stress begin to fade away.

If you’re with a loved one, or with a friend, it can be so special.
Or even if you’re by yourself, it can be a time for refreshing.
The breeze, the sounds of the outdoors in the background.

There’s something about getting away from the noise and distractions we are used to,
and going outdoors where we can slow down, be quiet, enjoy the ancient art of talking
to one another (instead of texting, or using the social media).





If you get the chance anytime soon,
to go out to the country…
go for it.
Enjoy the quiet, and the scenery.

Happy refreshing!


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One thing I like about Mondays is that I get to go to the Farmers Market!

This Farmers Market is huge!  There are hundreds of vendors and also a very large Flea Market section in the back.  You can find anything here from socks to tomatoes.  It’s like a gigantic outdoor department store!  And so much fun!!  I think my favorite section is the antiques area where you can find lots of interesting items.  However, today I didn’t have time to go back there so I just went straight to the veggies and fruit which was what I came for.


Everything is so fresh.  Lemonade anyone?


The peaches are so sweet and juicy!  I’m thinking..peach cobbler… oh yeah, I’m supposed to be on a diet.
The cherries are one of my favorites so we bought 2 lbs for $2!


There were lots of cherries.  We walk up and down the aisles looking for the best prices and produce.


I couldn’t believe all those radishes for $1!!



If you’ve never had a Florida avocado, I suggest you do.  They are delicious!
And those hot peppers? I like to put them in a bottle with garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. You can use the oil for dressings and the peppers in anything from scrambled eggs to chili.



Watermelon and summer.  Can’t wait to make frozen watermelon treats!  My favorite!
Just blend watermelon, sugar, ice, and a little water.  Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for a couple of hours.  Place 4-5 in a glass and serve with a fork. Use the fork to break up the cubes.
My Dad made these for me when I was a little girl.  I can’t make them as good as he did but close enough.  They are so good when it’s hot outside! Very refreshing! 🙂



Beefsteak tomatoes!  All I can say is, “Wow!”

My husband likes asparagus so we got 2 bunches for $3.

On the way out, I snapped this photo. The peaches were calling me.

Dinner tonight was delicious… nothing like fresh veggies.

Happy marketing, 🙂

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Venice Beach, FL

In Florida, “summer” is so hot, that we prefer going to the beach when the heat is not quite so intense… usually before June and after August.  (At least I do; maybe I should just speak for myself!).

Earlier this year in April, while it was still nice outdoors, we went on a day trip to Venice Beach.

Somehow, the ocean has a therapeutic effect on me.  (God’s creation always does!)
I can sit there for hours, just staring at it.  I guess you could say (like John Denver’s song) it “fills up my senses.”

The sound of the waves seems to relieve any stress I feel.  The wind, the sand, the salty smell, and one of my favorites…the sand pipers chasing the waves only to turn around and run before they get their feet wet.  Sigh.

My daughter and I sat in the shade, talking, laughing, just enjoying one another’s company.  How good it felt to be together and just relax.  We swam for a bit, walked for a while, then came and enjoyed the shade again.

My husband and my son-in-law spent hours looking for shark teeth.

They always love a challenge.

They did find quite a bit.  I was impressed.  They were excited.

Here’s one of the shark teeth they found.  They were very proud.  As well they should be.

We left promising each other that we’d come back real soon.

I can’t wait.

Happy Summer!

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