a glimpse of the 4th …

For those of you who missed it or those who were there … here are some shots from the July 4th Celebration.

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Fran’s Ice Cream Musings

photo by Elaine Tan
photo by Elaine Tan

When we think of long hot summer days, I wonder how many of us rush to the store to stock up on ice cream.  Some of us have ice cream in our freezer all year round, and others seem to think that the summer months is the only times to buy ice cream.

Either way is fine, but let me challenge you NOT to buy any ice creams this summer. That’s right. DON’T buy any ice cream. Now I have your attention don’t I?

You don’t need to buy ice cream. Instead, plunge in to your own ice cream lab and mix lots of wonderful flavors together as you experiment with different concoctions. You will be AMAZED at what wonderful ideas you can come up with and take it from me (someone who has made her own ice creams for several years); the homemade ones are better for you and taste heavenly.

For those of you with smaller kids (Ok, not necessarily smaller, because even my grown kids love to do this) you can turn your experiment in to a new family activity by all going to farmers market together, and choosing fresh fruit, cream and eggs, et voila!

All you need is a little bit of an adventurous spirit, lots of creativity and a wonderful sense of humor. All qualities that the Lord has, and He asks that we follow His example, so we MUST follow in His footsteps if we are to be good, obedient little daughters!

So, rather than giving you any of my own recipes here, I urge you to just break out your ice cream maker if you have one. (I am amazed at how many people have them, but never use them). If you don’t have one, you can find good ones at a very reasonable price in the store. Or, if you are like me who doesn’t own one, you can borrow one. Or just make ice cream by hand with out an ice cream maker. It really is very easy, and fun too.

Next, go online to look up some new and interesting ice cream recipes which use flavors that you may not have tried yet. There are so many ideas out there that you won’t be disappointed. Get away from plain old vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. How about trying to make your own lemon sorbet, or coconut ice cream with coconut milk?

Most ice creams start with either a custard base which is made with milk, cream, eggs and sugar. Other recipes use fresh fruit and cream…whipped together and frozen. Yes, it is just THAT simple!

The Challenge is now on. I DARE you to break out of your normal ice cream mold (ha ha, funny…!) and live a little…on the edge. In fact, you should all come up with your own unique recipe.

I think we should have an evening of homemade ice cream tasting at one of our Heart to Hearts this summer!  – a little like wine tasting but with a difference – no wine…unless you put it in your ice cream of course – now THAT’S a great idea….mmm…sherry ice cream…I’m going back to my lab!

Fran

We need models!!!

Hello ladies!
We’re having a calendar fundraiser and would like the PMS, SAS and MyPOD groups to be the models. You will each take four months and come up with ideas to make each month fun and different. We’d like to use different people in each month and hopefully only use each person once.

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We want as many in the calendar as possible! We’d like to have photography shoot dates scheduled by July 15th and take the pictures by the end of July or first week in August (the fair is the last two weeks of July).

If you’d like to be a model, or have an idea of something fun to do for a particular month, then let the leader of your agegroup know!
PMS is Susan Gaddis
SAS is Julie Marshall
MyPOD is Lori Barrow and Bekah Beatty.

A Cool Blog for Moms

2008 babies
2008 babies
Hi Ladies,

Since I am laid up with a broken foot this summer, I have been spending time researching markets for internet writing. This is needed for me because the paper market for an author is drying up. The combination of a bad economy and a good internet economy provides a new outlet for my writing.

This means that I have been able to explore some great websites and blogs. I found a cool blog called Simple Mom that I thought some of you young moms might enjoy. Plus it has some great articles for those of us still with teens in the house! Let us know what you think of this blog by leaving a comment (comment button below). Enjoy!

PMS Club Explained

Felisa and Fran
Felisa and Fran

Are you feeling the aches and pains of an aging body?

Do you wonder where you left your purse and your mind?

Are your emotions hanging as low as other parts of your anatomy?

Then welcome to the P.M.S. Club!

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” Proverbs 15:30 & 16:24.

The P.M.S. Club was formed by a group of ladies in September 2002 with the purpose of encouraging us older women to remain young at heart no matter what changes in life we might be experiencing. Although we often feel the hormonal imbalances that come with maturity of age, we also know the importance of remaining relevant in a culture that may overlook the wisdom of the aged.

After much thought and deliberation (about 10 minutes) we decided on the symbol of a piercing to show our independence, relevancy, and wisdom. Therefore, the acronym P.M.S. was chosen. It stands for “Pierced Matron’s Society.”

It was the Lord who gave nose rings to His people (see Ezekiel 16:12) and Rebecca is referred to as having a nose ring in Genesis 24:15-47. Therefore, while we reject the spiritual heaviness that often accompanies various types of piercings, we embrace the spiritual beauty and freedom that God had in mind when He adorned His people with such jewelry.

P.M.S. may contain tongue-in-cheek humor, but it is one way of maintaining friendships and a positive attitude when others may be nurturing depression, loneliness, and negativity. Growing older can be fun!

Marilyn, Annie, and Diane
Marilyn, Annie, and Diane

P.M.S. Club Creed:

  • Each of our club members is 45 years old or older.
  • We really don’t care what other people think anymore. As older women we have earned the right to act and dress as we choose.
  • We each have something pierced. (Pierced ears are OK, but must contain a really ugly pair of earrings. Faked piercings are also acceptable.)
  • Nothing serious can be discussed at our meetings. At our age we deserve the right to laugh a lot and exercise our ability to forget the things we choose to forget. It is therefore OK to retell the same jokes at each meeting – we won’t remember them anyway! Each person is encouraged to forget that she has problems.
  • Door prizes will be awarded for the most original “piercing” and the best joke. (Obviously, nothing indecent is acceptable.)
  • Meetings are whenever we choose to have them because we just want to get together with friends and laugh.

Welcome to our PMS Club and stayed tuned to this blog for any upcoming events (our favorite being our Christmas tea in Cambria in December.)

Lava Flow Mocktails

Hi girls,

813360_tropical_beachI loved being in Hawaii and my absolute favorite drink there was a Lava Flow. I finally found a recipe for one in the lastest issue of Cuisine at Home to share with you. Perfect for this hot summer weather! Feel free to experiment and change things to your taste. (Val…I hope you come over to share this with me!)

1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled

2 cups vanilla ice cream

2 ripe bananas, peeled and chopped (2 cups)

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

1 1/2 cups cream of coconut (buy it in the can at Albertson’s)

2 cups ice cubes

Puree strawberries in blender until liquefied (you should have 2 cups pureed strawberries). Set puree aside and rinse blender pitcher.

Puree the ice cream, bananas, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut in blender. Add ice and puree until smooth and creamy.

To serve, divide strawberry puree among 8 glasses, then pour 1 cup ice cream mixture into each glass. Swirl slightly with a swizzle stick or spoon.

Enjoy! –Susan

July Celebration!!!

When:

At 5:00 on Sunday afternoon, July 5th, the ladies of Father’s House will host our annual 4th of July Father’s House Celebration. This is always a fun family time. Proceeds go towards scholarships for our Fall Ladies Retreat. (Note the time change from previous years. It will be cooler at 5:00!)

Featuring:

Hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips, drinks, and desserts!

Dessert contest—all ages and genders may participate.

4th of July Kid’s Parade of Colors (red, white, and blue costumes, bikes, wagons, etc. Be creative!)

Face painting, snow cones, a jump house, slip-and-slide and old fashion games such as a diaper derby, watermelon eating contest, water balloon games, races, and a tug of war through the sprinklers!

Bring:

Your own lawn chairs, shade covers (if you have one), your entry for the Kid’s Parade of Colors if interested, and something for the Dessert Contest, if you choose to enter. Cost: $6.00 for adults and teens, $4.00 for kids (0 to 2 years are free), and the family rate is $25.00 for a single family of 6 or more. (The family rate includes the parents and their own children who are under 18.) Snow cones are also available really cheap! Please buy your tickets in June so we know how much food to provide!

(Please note that taking the poll below does not sign you up, it just gives us an idea of who’s coming.)

Here we are … over at WordPress now!

I hope you all don’t mind the change.  I have my photography site here and the other church sites are here, so this made more sense than Blogspot! 

So … This will be a way to communicate with each of you.  I hope you’ll all sign up to receive updates to the site (click over on the right), either that, or check back often to see what’s going on. 

If you have something you’d like me to post here, just let me know.  If you have comments on anything we post here, feel free!  This is our page and I want everyone to jump in to the fun!

Looking forward to blogging with each of you!

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