1) Three day weekends. I just wish Kevin was healthier so we could get out of town to cooler weather. Hopefully he will be up for something like that soon enough.
2) Being able to sleep in this morning, especially when I stay up late the night before.
Goals for the Day:
1) Clean the house
2) Bring Garbage Cans up from the street
5) Get the lawn mowed
6) Put out the rest of my 4th of July decorations
7) Watch a movie
8) Get our Fireworks rounded up.
9) Plan our menu for tomorrow.
10) Clean some more!
From the Camera:
Making a sign today.
Nothing too crazy, but maybe something like these....
Making one for my front porch! Fun. Fun.
From the Heart:
In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....
Next time you pass a vending machine or gumball dispenser, check your change purse. If you have enough change to buy a soda or snack, tape the change to the side of the vending machine with a note saying "Snack's on me!"
If you don't have tape on hand, leave the change in the change dispenser at the bottom of the machine with a similar note. You will make someone's day!
How many times have you gone to the vending machine only to realize you don't have the right amount of change, or that you forgot your wallet all together? Help make someone's day and provide a free snack for them.
Step It Up:
Encourage the recipient to pass on their good fortune and leave their change for the next person. See how long the chain lasts. Or commit to doing this act once a week at various vending machines. You could also do this with parking meters!
Keep It Simple:
Next time you buy a soda or a snack, buy two. Leave one in the machine so the next person gets one free! It might not be the flavor they like, but they will either leave it for the next person or bring it to someone they know.
From the Kitchen:
Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake
Cheesecake Portion of Recipe
Junior's Cheesecake With Cracker Crust
1 1 /2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T sugar
6 T melted butter
Four 8-ounce packages PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, at room temperature
1⅔ cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
Combine all ingredients and press into a 9 inch spring form pan.
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 package of the cream cheese, ⅓ cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch together on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times.
Blend in the remaining cream cheese, one package at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each.
Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat in the remaining sugar, then the vanilla.
Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Beat in the cream just until completely blended.
The filling will look light, creamy, airy, and almost like billowy clouds. Be careful not to over mix! Gently spoon the batter over the crust. Wrap the sides of the pan in aluminum foil.
Place the cake pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes halfway (about 1 inch) up the side of the spring form. Bake until the edge is light golden brown, the top is light gold, and the center barely jiggles, about 1¼ hours. If the cake still feels soft around the edge, let it bake for 10 minutes more (the cooking time will be about the same for both the 8- and 9-inch cheesecakes). Remove the cheesecake from the water bath, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 2 hours. Chill until cold.
Cheesecake recipe adapted from Junior's
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup packed light brown sugar
sliced pineapples (8 canned slices)
15-20 maraschino cherries
1 and ⅔ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
¾ cup milk
½ cup pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F
Prepare topping first:
Place ¼ cup of melted butter into a 9-inch cake pan
Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
Lay pineapple slices on top and add cherries in the spaces!
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
Whisk in the sugars.
Whisk in the egg, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and whisk to remove lumps.
Pour batter into the pan on top of the pineapples.
Bake for at 20 minutes and then loosely tent with foil to prevent browning.
Bake an additional 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes and invert onto large plate.
Let cool completely and use a HUGE spatula to transfer this on top of your cheesecake.
Chill until cold!
From the Spirit:
“The temple will be an ever-present reminder that God intended the family to be eternal.” Ezra Taft Benson, “What I Hope You Would Teach Your Children about the Temple”, Tambuli, Apr 1986, 1
From the Schmidt's:
Sleeping in is a wonderful thing! Something I don't get to do very often either because my schedule or because my internal clock wakes me up early automatically.
I've been thinking about this lately.
Not this time, but the time before when Kevin had surgery he said he began praying when they told him to close his eyes at the beginning of the procedure and when he woke up he said Amen. That was amazing to me. I wish he could remember everything about that prayer he offered up. I guess that brings having a prayer in your heart at all times to a whole new level.
Speaking of Kevin, he is still in some pain, but it has let up a little today. Thank goodness! No E.R. visit for us.
Lexi found this recipe for this smores dip we are going to try this weekend. It's super easy to make. You put chocolate in the bottom of a baking dish, top with cut marshmallows, then serve with graham crackers. She make a mini version in the microwave last night and loved it. Kyle even wants to give it a try too. Just what I need, chocolate in the house when I am dieting. Yikes! I've cheated on my diet for 6 days straight now. Okay....7 now. Time to be good and stick to the diet. I have a doctor's appointment with my cardiologist next week and I want her to be amazed when she sees me next time. She told me the last time she saw me that if I would lose a few pounds they might be able to get me off the blood pressure medication. She said I was on the "baby dose" anyway, and the last time they did an echo cardiogram everything looked good, expect for this thing that happens to me when I lay flat on my back. She wanted to do a stress test on me and another echo just to double check things, but I think the stress test is out of the question since there is no way I can run with my knee these days. I also want to lose a few pounds for my knee too. So, I have to be good and stick to my plan.
I have some errands to run this afternoon so I better get going.
Take care my friends. Have a great day and we will talk again soon.