Friday, August 25, 2017

A Busy Summer and a Delicious Dessert

We've had a wonderful summer entertaining, golfing and traveling!  Blogging has been on my mind but I've not sat long enough to complete a post...until now.  I hope your summer has been enjoyable and that you were able to do some fun things outdoors!

We are really enjoying our new back porch (J's grilling area).  We've spent a lot of time entertaining and just enjoying the warm weather there.  I especially like J doing most of the cooking outside!  I make salads and such indoors and he does the rest.  
It's a plan that works great for us!!

(Please don't look at my sad plants, we were gone a few weeks and they were neglected a bit!)

We are also enjoying our new home!  
Last weekend the front sidewalk and garage approach were poured and now people can actually come in our front door!  We will finish up the landscaping before winter.
We took a trip to see our son who is living in Montana.  Our daughter and SIL went for a few days, too. I'll have several posts about that in the next coming weeks.  We are heading back sometime this fall so J can do some camping/hunting with the Favorite Son!  I'll be doing some reading and a few projects while they're doing their thing.

We also have a new addition to the family, Ranger!
 He's a Border Collie, like his 'big sister' Sallie.  She's taken to him quite well and they have a lot of fun playing, running and, unfortunately digging in some of my new landscaping.  Thank goodness I don't have a lot out just yet.  :)
It's hard to get a good picture of them, they are always on the move!  
Precious Daughter took this picture of Ranger his first day at his new home.

We're in love with this little guy

I have been doing some cooking this summer and something I made the other day was so easy and so delicious, it just had to be shared!
The recipe for this easy summery Peach Galette is HERE.  Believe me, it is easy and SO delicious with Ina Garten's Vanilla Ice Cream!.
I'm hoping to get back into the posting mood. It's such fun to share our lives and ideas with good friends!  
Enjoy these last days of summer!

I'm joining these parties full of good ideas and inspiration:
Share Your Cup Thursday


Christine Graves said...

I am loving your porch, what a great spot to dine or just relax. Your new addition is just the cutest, that sweet face!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I was reading along, enjoying all the lovely photos, but heart did a flip when I saw your adorable new addition to the family. I am simply beyond jealous!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hey there! Welcome home! I'm glad your travels were enjoyable. LOVE the new digs!!!!!!!!! Those floors are amazing, and that fabulous outdoor fireplace is going to be a real boon in a few weeks! I'm happy for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to your new 4-footed friend!

Catherine said...

Hi Zenda, welcome back! Your home is looking beautiful and I am so glad you are enjoying it to the full. I will download your peach galette recipe as there are still plenty here is summer in the shops in the UK and it will be great for a dessert for the family. We have been having lots of family visits and took two young grandchildren to a traditional farmhouse in Wales for a weeks holiday (without their parents). Just about rcovered.

Kim said...

It sounds as if you have been enjoying Summer to the hilt, Zenda. Oh my goodness, your Ranger is adorable. Oh dear.....puppies and gardens.......! Love your outside entertaining area. It must be such a wonderful space to entertain. You truly do have the most beautiful home.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I love your beautiful new house! I especially love the kitchen and perfect for cooking and baking. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Snap said...

What a fun post! Love your new home -- the kitchen and the back porch. Ranger is just too cute! Nothing better than puppies! Happy Monday!

Jelica - A Pretty Fix - Craft Blog said...

The house is so lovely! But I especially loved your pics of the fur babies :) So adorable. Glad your summer has gone well and that you've had time to enjoy your home. Take care!

Creations By Cindy said...

I just love your home and I am so jealous over that beautiful kitchen. Seriously, so happy for you. Loved the pictures. Are you getting to slow down a tad now that the home is built dear friend? I know you are enjoying your outside dining area. So very nice. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

You have been busy. Sometimes life gets in the way. Your home is beautiful. Such a lovely place to live. i hope you get to enjoy your new home and of course your new addition Ranger. What a cutie. xo

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

That covered porch is the best! Dan and I do the same- he grills and I make something to go with it ahead of time like a pasta salad. Being under that covered area must be great especially when it's real sunny and hot! I enjoy seeing pictures of your home- you guys made a lot of great choices. The new sidewalk and driveway look wonderful. Love the new pup- he's so sweet. You've been a busy one this year!

krishna said...

The wall to wall entertainment center is stunning..

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Stacey said...

So much goodness in one post.:)

I'm glad you had a nice summer. Visiting family is always the best!

The puppy is so adorable!! Stop me if I've already asked you this...did you read Chaser the Border Collie? I loved the book and admire John Pilley and Chaser from afar.