Summer Dinners

Summer at the Yeh house means swimming and friends… swimming and friends… more swimming… and more friends… Most of the time, we end up with a few extras for dinner.  My go-to dinner with friends in the summer is usually barbecue or pizza.  Though summer has just begun, I have already been trying to think of something new.  Foccacia bread has been a long time favorite around here, and so simple to make.  I decided to just bake some bread and have the kids build their own sandwiches.  In general, my kids are not huge sandwich fans.  However, thanks to the focaccia, this dinner was a big hit!  So, I decided I had to document it for future reference.  Next time I don’t know what to make for a simple summer dinner, please remind me of this post!

Biscuits and Tea… and Peach Jam!

Normally, once summer hits all routines and structures fly out the window.  This summer, however, we are still gathering a few mornings each week to read together and to enjoy our Thankful Thursday tea parties.  It’s an opportunity for devotions, discussions, drawing, and devouring yummy treats.

One of our favorite new tea party treats is biscuits.  Though I didn’t get a chance to pick as many peaches as I would have liked before they started rotting off the tree, I was able to make a few jars of peach jam this year.  (Sadly, one broke in the sealing process, so we literally only have 2 left now that we’ve consumed one!)  Anyway, biscuits, tea, and peach jam on an overcast summer morning surrounded by my favorite people… lovely!

Here is my favorite biscuit recipe that I literally have taped to my baking cabinet for quick reference:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 TBSP baking powder

1 TBSP sugar

1 stick butter (cold)

1 1/4 cup milk

Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar.  Cut in the butter abut 1 tsp at a time.  Add the milk.  Mix to form a dough ball.  Roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut out biscuits with any cookie  cutter.  Bake @ 420 for 12 – 14 minutes.

ENJOY!

Father’s Day 2019

We had a wonderful Father’s Day celebrating my awesome husband and dad to our kids!!  Before church, we had peanut butter muffins and sausages while opening the kids’ homemade cards.  Sierra made a “fortune teller” and the first fortune he picked read, “Today you will go to an Escape Room.”  Since he had so much fun at Allison’s birthday, we decided to do a family escape room for his special day.

Wow.  We did “Grandma’s Surprise” and escaped with 4:53 remaining.  I have never had an hour go by so fast!  What a great family activity… it was a blast!

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad we know!!

Allison turns 14!

Allison’s birthday just so happens to fall on National Donut Day… Unfortunately, she is not a huge donut fan, but she is a huge pastry fan!  She was the first one up on her birthday, so I got to have special time with just my girl, opening her “under-the-bed-present” before she sent me off for pastries!

Her party was on her actual birthday this year, so after breakfast we got right to work cleaning up and preparing for the party.  The theme was “science” with 2 activities:  First  was “Guess the Concoction.”  The girls were able to raid our refrigerator and pantry and make up a 3-ingredient concoction while one girl was out of the room.  When that guest returned, she had to see if she could guess the ingredients.

Some concoctions were pretty bad, while others were super sweet.  They really got into this, which made it super fun to see!

After the game, we rushed through dinner, cake, and presents before sending the girls off to their second activity: an Escape Room.  It was called “Sector 13” and took place in a chemistry lab where they had to find an antidote to save one of the workers…

The girls came home so excited about their Escape Room adventure.  They were able to escape with 1:55 to go!  I was so impressed, as none of them had ever done an escape room before and this was an intermediate challenge.  The girls wandered outside with the animals, picking strawberries and peaches, and sharing all the cool things that took place on their adventure.  I see another escape room adventure in our near future!!

Allison declared it one of her best birthdays…. hooray!  Happy birthday, to my very favorite 14 year old!!!

Piano Recital 2019

We have four kids who take piano, but only three who participated in the recital.   The fourth is a lot like I was; terrified of recitals.  I go back and forth as a parent as to whether I should force the situation, but ultimately decided to let her have this year off.

This recital was my favorite to date.  Our piano teacher this year is so incredibly gifted at finding what makes each kid tick, and then encouraging them in their strengths.  We call her Mary Poppins.  Never have my kids been so enthusiastic about piano.  (Even our sweet S who didn’t play in the recital really enjoyed learning piano this year!)

They each have some music for the summer, and have already started practicing, even though we take a break from lessons.  By fall, I am usually longing to hear them practice away, but this year I may actually grow tired of so much piano; and I am ok with that!!

Fire!

When Malachi and I finished reading the Narnia books, I wasn’t sure what we’d read next.  Then Natalie suggested the Sugar Creek Gang series.  While I can’t say I love the books, I will say they are great for a boy Malachi’s age.  We recently finished book 3, in which the gang needed to make a fire, but had no matches.  They used an elderly gentleman’s eyeglasses, which brought back memories of me killing ants and burning newspapers with a magnifying glass when I was a kid…

The next day I introduced Malachi to the joys of using a magnifying glass to start fire, and he’s been hooked for a couple weeks.  They’ve done origami paper, Magnolia leaves with their friends names burnt into them, and of course marshmallows!  At least once a day you can find my kids outside playing with fire!

ALIVE!!

For weeks I’ve neglected the garden… (and the house, and everything else!)  With sickness, rain, and finishing up school, May was really just a blur.  But, this past week the sun came out again.  The sickness is (mostly) gone, so we’ve enjoyed open windows and welcomed the warm spring air.  Once again, I was able to get out of bed before the kids and enjoy my morning run with the dog and quiet time with God.  The garden is pretty non-existent due to the chickens and rats, but at least our flowers and peaches are thriving.  I was even able to cut a few wonky bouquets to freshen up the kitchen.  Once again, I am feeling ALIVE!

On the to-do list this week: peach jam!!  (And preparing for Allison’s 14th birthday!!)  The kids have caught the organization bug, which has me all kinds of happy!!  In between playing and reading, they will hopefully continue organizing their lives while I organize mine!  My organization list is a mile long, and I am already praying I get it all done before school creeps up on us, again.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by for some peaches!!

p.s.  Did you see those red flowers on our cactus??