September 20, 2018


New kitty puzzle for his 3rd birthday!
Pretty purple, below! Friends for 25 years!! Today is her 72nd birthday...her daughter is in town to celebrate.
My niece is past 40 days old and will be baptized this coming weekend.
The Russian fest was last Saturday. 
So hot!  It was fun for these little boys, because of this inflatable house!  They got sweaty.
I made a bunch of cookies to sell.  $2 each.
I baked this gluten-free cake for Paul's birthday.  We put a mini scoop truck & chocolate rocks on top!
On his actual birthday, we went to the Red Balloon cafe to play!
And gave him this Bruder crane toy truck!  Then, cupcakes with more chocolate rocks after dinner.
One of his favorite books right now is Green Eggs & Ham.

September 13, 2018

Spinach triangles

My dad's 68th birthday would have been this past Sunday September 9th.  It's been 3 years plus a few months since his repose.  We made "spanikopita," or spinach triangles, which he loved, to share at the meal after Liturgy:
Although this recipe isn't exactly what I did, it is similar...I simplified it.
I bought a package of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry and cut the 2 "sheets" into a total of 18 squares.
I put a dallop of the spinach, onion, egg, feta in the center and folded it over pinching the seams.  I brushed egg on top.
 Baked and looking beautifully browned:
We'll make them again soon.

September 6, 2018

Back to the books...

While our girls headed back to school this past Tuesday, I have been back to the books, too. The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith, Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith (because I enjoyed her book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so much),and Educated by Tara Westover.  I recommend all of them!
My newest niece, Angelica, is now a month old.  Her big sister, Juliana, is holding her, she can now change earrings, after getting them pierced last month.
I found a Monarch caterpillar in our yard it has been there for 2 days and I'm hoping to see it grow and develop into a butterfly!
What books do you recommend?

August 28, 2018

Nearing the end of summer...

We had a nice visit with my Godson last week.  His father drove with him from Colorado to Virginia to help him get settled in for college life.
We've been going to the free forest school at a nearby park.  We hike a little, play in the water, discover neat mushrooms, fungi, moss, read stories together & eat our packed lunch.  Someone made a neat rock arch!
It's gotten hot & humid again.  It's 92 degrees Fahrenheit today.  We went to church this morning, where it's nicely air conditioned.  We have a window unit in our house not central "air" so it feels hot everywhere but in the living room.
I held my 3 week old niece again today. 
I actually wore a sweater one cool morning last week! 30 weeks along!!
Both our girls are in band now.  The 1st football game of the season was Fri. Aug. 24th.  Olivia plays vibraphone, Hannah keyboard.
The sky was so pretty!

August 16, 2018

Homegrown tomatoes

Our tomatoes are flourishing this summer.  These cucumbers were from my sister.
My niece got her ears pierced on her 13th birthday!  It's a tradition in my family... my sisters and I...and my girls all got their ears pierced at the age of 13. We went with her and then we all had Chipotle for lunch afterwards.
She is adjusting the surfing dog!  She enjoys baking & made a really nice beach birthday cake!
 Chai tea at Red Balloon cafe!
Summer concert in the park.  This Tues. it was a brass band, they played the traditional songs, the national anthem and some different songs...Bohemian rhapsody & Hey Jude (I still love the Beatles)!
Our church festival is Sat. Sept. 15th.  We started baking (I will freeze these and defrost and decorate to be pretty Russian nesting dolls a few days before)!  If you're in the Cincinnati area...please come!!  St. George 118 N. Lebanon Rd. Loveland, OH.