Monday, July 15, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 28/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happiness for the past week.


Peach season is here and the peaches have been out of this world. I'm eating them almost every day. They're sweet and incredibly juicy. I've had juice running down my arms while eating them. Sometimes I eat them over the kitchen sink just to contain the mess.


I've been reading this wonderful cookbook, Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson. The recipes are slightly retooled versions of old cake recipes from the past. I've enjoyed relaxing with this book on my bed, under the ceiling fan. Some of the recipes may be bit advanced for my fairly limited baking skills, but I'm thinking about trying a few.


The small Bears are in a Lincoln Log phase again. This comes and goes every few weeks. These Lincoln Logs are very old. They belonged to my father-in-law and his brother when they were children and were handed down to the Bear and his brother and finally to our children. They date to the mid-1940's. We have tons of them. The Bear is known to dive into the bin himself for some building fun too.


Friday night, we had fajitas and margaritas. I've been using this marinade recipe for a few months and I think it's perfect. We prefer our margaritas non-frozen, with fresh lime juice. He makes the drinks and grills the meat and vegetables; I slice, marinate and heat the tortillas in the oven. It's a team effort for a meal that we all enjoy (sometimes we make virgin margaritas for the small people too).

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Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you left about my Cabana Stripe throw blanket. You are all much too kind. I really like how it turned out and I'm proud of myself for using up all of that yarn. Now I feel good about moving ahead with yarn I prefer to use for my projects. I'm glad you enjoyed the story behind the throw too.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm so happy you're here and I hope you enjoy your visits to my blog.

21 comments:

  1. mmm love that vintage cakes book.

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  2. Lovely happy things. The vintage cakes book looks interesting x

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  3. Those blocks look really good, and how special to have them passed down :) xx

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  4. Those blocks look so cool, I bet my kids would love them. It's always the oldest toys that are the best! We have some wooden building blocks what we saved for little J, but the kids keep stealing them to play with them, she has no chance. :) I love peaches, they are so nice - and I also love fajitas! We've not had them for a while so we must cook them soon. Loving your photos this week. :)

    xx

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  5. Oh I love that the kids play with toys handed down over generations. I've never heard of Lincoln logs before. Such lovely summery happy things.

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  6. What a lovely lot of happies x
    Clare x
    http://summerhousebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Oh, that peach looks so fresh and yummy! I also like to freeze them and use them in smoothies. Your fajitas look delicious. Those are a favorite in our house. I love non-frozen margaritas unless I am lying on a beach... then it has to be frozen! I recently bought a margarita mix at Williams Sonoma that we just loved.

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  8. Hey Jennifer,

    I have never had a margarita!

    But I have eaten a lot of peaches and nectarines lately.

    I feel I need to catch up with your posts. I shall do that now!

    Leanne xx

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  9. I love fresh peaches, so I'll be joining you over the sink for a virtual snack ;) Wendy

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  10. Peaches are so delicious! I may go and have one now :) What a wonderful post.
    Hope you have a lovely rest of your week~

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  11. Oh that peach looks so good Jennifer - I'll have to wait a while for my next one. Love your post - especially the wooden blocks hand-me-downs!
    Keep cool and have a wondrous week!
    Joy x

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  12. I love the peach, that would make me happy as well. That fajita looks especially delicious as well. :)

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  13. Hi there! Thanks for the visit today! I'm already a follower of yours but haven't visited in a very long time! I love that old cook book! What a neat one!

    the peach looks delish!

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  14. I am always captivated by your Monday posts...
    Always interesting subjects, and awesome photos...
    I truly enjoy your blog, Jennifer...honestly!
    You have such a sweet way of describing the simple pleasures in life...
    And...I must pick up my crochet hook VERY son!!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  15. Another great week , I so want to cook some cakes from that book.

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  16. I had forgotten all about Lincoln Logs! My brother and I used to play with them when we were little. I am in the middle of our move - we actually leave in a couple of hours to drive to our new home - so didn't have time to comment on your post about the Cabana throw. It is so bright and beautiful!

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  17. I'm a huge fan of peaches, but they haven't been great here yet. Another couple of weeks. I love baking with them, yum! Yum to your fajitas photo too :)

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  18. Oh, I am so jealous of your peaches! I adore them and here they are rarely that sweet or juicy. I've been eating a lot of nectarines (over the sink - so messy!) but they're not that sweet. It's so much easier to eat more healthily in warm weather I find. Love the sound of your fajitas and margaritas - yum. x

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  19. Your peach looks delicious. I've stopped buying them as I find them rock hard when I buy from the supermarket, perhaps I should try buying some from a greengrocer, they usually have far superior fruit to that in the supermarket. I've never heard of Lincoln Logs, it looks great fun. There were no passed down toys here, but I've made sure that I've kept lots of things which my two played with to pass down to their children.

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  20. That baking book looks so so nice! Also like the look of those fajitas...
    Marianne x

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  21. Wonderful Lincoln Logs!!! May I play, too?
    xx,
    Gracie

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