Sunday, June 30

Dinner in a Tavern




After Liturgy today, we went on a little adventure to meet up with two of Father John's brothers and their wives, our nephew, and my parents-in-law.  We went to dinner at a quaint tavern that in an old town a few hours away.  I really liked to old-fashioned, yet elegant atmosphere!

Friday, June 28

Beauty at Home




We snuck in another trip to pick blueberries this afternoon, and got back just as the clouds started to roll in.  I hope that a big storm with come and take away the oppressive heat!

My newly thrifted brass bowl has really come in handy.  I've been using it to hold my jewelry while I bathe.  Speaking of thrifted things, after a year of scouring various secondhand shops online, I finally found my magical unicorn Madewell robe jacket in Sea Floral. I 🖤🖤🖤 it.

Monday, June 24

Pretty Things




I found this gorgeous bowl when I went thrifting this morning.  It's made of metal and I think that it will be a perfect place to keep little bits and bobs in the bathroom.

Our roses are blooming on the patio and I simply love this creamy pink one.  I wish that I remembered what it is called.  It was purchased on clearance at Walmart for only $4!

Our daughter is learning how to paint her nails and is tackling French manicures currently.  I am very happy to offer her my nails for practice!

Sunday, June 23

Greek Feast


One of the new meals in my summer repertoire is what we like to call Greek Feast.  Here's how I put it together:

Tzatziki Sauce
3/4 English cucumber, partially peeled and grated
1 teaspoon of salt, divided
2-4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups Greek whole milk yogurt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
dill

Grate cucumber, toss with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and squeeze dry in a cheesecloth.  In a mixing bowl, combine remaining salt, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, pepper, and chopped dill.  Add in the cucumber.  Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for a few hours.

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Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

3 Chicken Fillets, cut into pieces
2 Red Peppers, cut into pieces
2 Green Peppers, cut into pieces
1 Red Onion, cut into pieces

Marinade
2/3 cup of Olive Oil
Juice of One Lemon
6 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed
2 teaspoons of Paprika
2 teaspoons of Thyme
4 teaspoons of Oregano
4 teaspoons of Salt
2 teaspoons of Black Pepper

Mix half of marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Place chicken pieces into ziplock along with the marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Mix second half of marinade in small bowl.  Place vegetables into second ziplock bag along with the new batch of marinade and refigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent charring.

Assemble kebabs, spray grill grates with oil, and grill kebabs until fully cooked.

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Zucchini Milano

Zucchini, cut into coins or half moons
one onion, chopped
one tomato, chopped
one cup of shredded cheddar cheese
salt
pepper
butter or oil
oregano

Saute chopped onion and zucchini in butter or olive oil until tender.  season with salt, pepper, and oregano to taste. Add chopped tomato and cheese to pan.  Cover until cheese has melted and serve hot.

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I also like to purchase a tray of frozen Spanakopita (spinach pie) from our grocery store and serve them with this dinner as a little treat.  The brand I like best is Athens.  Someday I will learn how to make this Greek delicacy on my own!

Hats in Church



My friend Kelly and I are wearing hats to Liturgy today. We decided to do it together for moral support. That's how we ended up wearing scarves on our heads, too. We picked a Sunday to start and never stopped. Now, there are a handful of ladies in our church that cover their heads. Maybe we'll see more hats now, too!

Friday, June 21

Midsummer's Eve




We're road tripping to visit family for a couple of days. Papa Bear spent our time in the car teaching us about website development and videography as he drove.  It was my sister's birthday yesterday and she surprised ME with a beautiful bookmark that she cross-stitched.  I will always treasure it! 

I'm babysitting my niece and nephews in my parents house while everyone goes to a Midsummer's Eve Ball right now. Tristan and I will be enjoying Margaret and John's slow-to-bloom love story this fine evening.

Wednesday, June 19

A Fast-Free Wednesday


If you don't post pictures of your meals on a fast free Wednesday, did it even happen?

Monday, June 17

Banana Bread


Our daughter baked banana bread for The Day of the Holy Spirit.

A Daily Art Calendar


Robert Henri | The Beach Hat, 1914 | Oil on canvas 

My friend, Kyrie, told me about her amazing daily art calendar (Art Page-a-Day Gallery Calendar, 2019) and it has brought me so much joy the past few weeks. I've already pre-ordered next year's!

Saturday, June 15

Peonies


Refreshing Our Dining Room Chairs



We tackled a big project this week!. We bought this dining room set three weeks before we married and I wish that I had thought about how easily the fabric on the chairs would be ruined and had chosen wooden seats instead. We decided to bring them to an upholstery shop to be redone as an anniversary gift to one another this past week, so I called and was given an estimate ($35 to $65 per chair depending on the fabric we chose) and told to unscrew the seats and bring them in. When we removed the seats, we saw that to recover this type of chair was just a matter of stapling new fabric to the frame and foam cushion. We bought a heavy duty stapler and staples ($45) on Wednesday and the fabric ($50) yesterday. My husband started the recovering process last night at about 8:30 and finished up at 11 pm.  I absolutely love how they turned out!  The fabric is soft and able to be wiped!  I only wish that we had done this sooner!

Peonies in Our Daughter's Room


Friday, June 14

New Furniture



Our daughter has been saving her pennies to buy a dresser that she spotted at the thrift store. Papa picked it up, we cleaned and polish it, and placed little bowls of baking soda inside to freshening everything up.  She's really looking forward to lining the drawers and putting her clothes inside.  I love watching her develop her own style!

Seaside Village Wanderings









We visited  nearby seaside village today while Father John brought Holy Communion to a parishioner.  We browsed a bookstore, bought candy at the candy shop, wandered through one of my antique stores (I wanted to walk away with that tiny loving cup, but I restrained myself), and swooned over all the lovely antique jewels in the window of a jewelry shop (Pearls! Cameos! Coral! Jade!).  It was a wonderful morning capped off with lunch at a seafood restaurant with my brother-in-law and his family!

Wednesday, June 12

Tuesday, June 11

Sweet Thirteen




We threw a birthday party for our daughter and invited her wonderful school friends. It was a lovely few hours and I am so glad that she has found nice girls to spend her time with!  The theme was swans and flowers and she baked, iced, and decorated her own gateau (a lemon bundt confection!).

Monday, June 10

Oak Leaf Hydrangea


An oak leaf hydrangea is on my wishlist for the Rectory garden.
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