For some reason, this summer has seemed to last longer than usual. I guess because I got out of school way earlier than I ever have before. I am definitely not complaining. I just can't believe it is only the second week of July and I still have a whole month of summer left! Yay!
We had a good July fourth, but it was very low key. We just hung out at the BLAZING HOT pool for the day, then we went to Steve's mom's for ribs and chicken. Steve and I came home afterwards and watched the fireworks on TV because Rocky literally goes ballistic whenever he hears fireworks, so we felt like we needed to be home to keep him calm. We gave him a sedative AND had him in his thundershirt and he was still freaking out. Oh my goodness....I don't know what else to do with that dog!!
Ashley and I took David to the Farmer's Market last Saturday.
I love going there. I bought some homegrown tomatoes and some South Carolina peaches.
I took all my peaches and made a peach cobbler with them and it was so easy and delicious. It's called Lazy Day Cobbler and I thought I would share the recipe with you. There are so many good berries and fruits out in the summer and this recipe is super easy to make. It takes about 5 minutes total. No kidding.
Lazy Day Cobbler
1 stick butter or margarine (place in the oven in the bottom of a deep dish to melt)
Beat togerher 1 cup sugar, 1 cup self-rising flour, and 3/4 c. milk. Pour over melted butter but don't stir.
Empty 2 cups fresh fruit or 1 can of fruit over batter.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over top. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.
I finished my book The Paris Wife while we were in Europe. It was very interesting, but a little dark. Now I am reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. It is about the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was written from the perspective of the woman that was in love with him. I didn't know much about Frank Lloyd Wright but I am enjoying learning about his life. (I love biographies. They are my favorite!) I had some Barnes and Noble gift cards, so I went over there the other day and got three more books that I am looking forward to reading. I got Hoda's autobiography just because I love her.
And since I have kind of a Paris theme going this summer, I also got Paris I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down. This one was written by a guy from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who moved to Paris because he had always dreamed of living there. It is supposed to be a funny look at what living in Paris is really like.
Then I had to get some fun, easy, pool-side material so I got Sophie Kinsella's Mini Shopaholic. I love her British humor and her books are perfect for light summer reading!
In between all that, I have been reading some professional development type books about teaching that I heard were good. So I am pretty excited that I have done so much better this year with making time to read! That was a goal of mine for 2012 and I think I've done a pretty good job so far. Have you read anything good? I'd love to hear about it!
I kept David today for Ashley since she is working at Mother's Morning Out. We had fun playing outside and going to Target. Mark is home, so he took some time to read books with him.
My two sweet boys....
It is looking pretty cloudy right now, so I'm thinking we may get another good thunderstorm this afternoon. I TiVo'd NY Med last night so maybe I will watch that. I loved Boston Med a few years ago, so I think I will like it. I would also love to take a nap, but I doubt Rocky will go for that. Haha! Maybe I should call The Dog Whisperer??!!