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Iz the Liz

Liz is ignoring me

I’ve already introduced you to my littlest brother. I rudely passed over the beautiful woman standing beside him, though.

I didn’t mean to be rude.

Let me now take a moment to introduce to you my sister, Liz.

Lizzy Lou.She's so lovely

Lizzy Llama.

She is pretending I'm not there

Lizard Breath.

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Elizabeth.

Or pretending she isn't posing

I mentioned once that I was there when she plunged from the depths of my mother’s womb.  It’s true. I was only 7 years old.  I made her a birth-day cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

She wants you to think she is engaged in something behind me

She didn’t eat any.

She just cried a lot.

And the nurse wiped her butt with her hat and then put it on her head.

I was traumatized.

Maybe she really is

Now she helps me bake cakes for everyones birthdays.

She is an amazing cake baker.

Ha! She looked!!And she also makes funny faces.

Its a family thing.

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This tablecloth reminds me of being very small and building forts under the card table.

75 peppers, picked last night.

I think I’ll buy some gloves on my way home tonight…

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I had plans for this post.

I wanted to give y’all something for being so lovely as to read my ramblings.

And I suppose I still could…

Have I mentioned we have a plethora of cucumbers?

Can I ship a jar of pickles without it breaking?

I can smell Heaven when I look at this picture

Would a loaf of zucchini bread be as good after a long hot drive?

My neice asked me how to make jam yesterday, and now I want to make more

Do I dare give up one of my precious bottles of apricot jam?

How I love baby feet!

Are my adoring fans in the market for a pair of precious little baby shoes?

I highly anticipate calling my children little monkey someday

How about leftover fabric scraps from my latest creations? No, not really, you don’t want those. I just can’t stand to throw them away. Its a curse.

Steve took a lot of pictures of my failure cookies, I think he is collecting blackmail

I so wish I had the time my own counter space to make you a batch of sugar cookies.

I harvested my cumin! Aren't you impressed?

Or do you, my dear readers, not care at all about a give away and simply want to hear a post where I contemplate the life of a spider in my garden?

I've been making fishy faces a lot lately, I'm not sure why

Or where I give my philosophy of why kissing pictures are a bad idea?

Can you twist your face up like this?

Or should I have a contest where you all guess what is happening in this picture?

Help me readers! Help me know what to do!

Or just comment below, and if I can find anything in the mess that has become our preparations for moving maybe you’ll find yourself the lucky winner of your item of choice.

Or something else I decide to put in a box and send your way.

Have y’all figured out I don’t really know what I’m doing here?

Thanks for reading. I couldn’t do what I do without you.

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Wedding Cake Cookies

A isn't for Amy

First things first, I need to thank Amy for giving my an excuse to buy a wedding cake cookie cutter.

The shower was for her soon to be sister in law

THANK YOU AMY!!!

I don't know her name

Secondly, I want to scold the world for the lack of attractive wedding cake cookie cutters available.

I made a lot of cookies

I just wanted a simple cookie cutter without an ugly heart on top or an awkward 4th tier. I ended up getting the awkward 4th tier cutter and using a pizza cutter to cut them off.

This is one of my favorites

The lengths I have to go to. Sheesh!

Remus ate a lot of them. More than me.

But I love them.  I think they turned out well.

Are you going to ask me what A stands for?

And they traveled well, too!

I'm a little embarrassed to tell you

Now it is time to experiment with a little flavor to my cookie dough.

Not that it has anything to do with me...

Any suggestions besides lemon?

It isn't going to be my name, afterall.

I love these pictures with all the cookies together in the box.

It's Amy's maiden name

They were a lot of work, but I’m already ready to start playing with frosting again.

And I'm a little afraid of the type of blog traffic the name might generate

But I’ll wait until I have my own kitchen, and a house without a big dog.

Why would I be afraid of that, you ask?

Have I mentioned before that Steve and I aren’t pet people?

A is for ArreolaI also made the cake.

I'll stop talking now

Just a simple chocolate cake with cheesecake filling and a yummy chocolate butter cream frosting.

Just look at the cake and don't think about it.

Do you like my pretty pansies?

Delicious.

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Recipe Failure

My friend Amy is throwing a bridal shower for her soon-to-be sister-in-law.  She asked me to make a cake and a few dozen sugar cookies for the affair.

No big deal, I’ve done cake. I’ve done sugar cookies.

Easter Cookies

I have my handy-dandy Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Recipe.

betty-crocker

Betty Crocker will never fail me, right?

Wrong.

I’ve made these cookies a hundred times.  I made 2 batches on Sunday night, and this is what happened:

 "Ohhhhh... What a world! What a world!"

I almost cried.

I may have cried.

Steve was very calm.  And excited that I had just made a double batch of sugar cookies that would NOT be leaving the house.

He recommended we try again, and so I did some research and found new hope.

This recipe had some good recommendations, so I tried it and…

Pretty but plain

It is perfect.

They are soft, delicious, and they don’t melt into a puddle of goo.

Just a little comparison for you

No Fail Sugar Cookies

6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
2 cups butter (4 sticks)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

This is a great recipe when using cookie cutters. It doesn’t spread! Your cookies will be the same shape after you bake them as they were before.

Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and flavoring. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to butter mixture. Mix well.

Put a handful of the freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to desired thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Put the rolled dough, including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer. Your dough will be chilled and ready to cut and bake with no wait and no added flour! Repeat the process with scraps after cutting cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on rack.

Coming up next: Pretty wedding cake cookies!

So exciting the audience will stop and cheer

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Summer Schedule

Isn’t it nice when you have a plan?

I find it so nice to have a plan that I’m going to share my plan with you.  Because in my little world I pretend you care about that sort of thing.

Just like you care about the number of jars of pickles I was able to process last week.

21 jars.

Pickle

If you’re on my Christmas list I sure hope you like pickles…

Allrighty, this is how the next few months look for the Flynn Family:

Now through Aug 19, we are still house-sitting for the Balls while they vacation in Mexico.  I’ll be spending this time baking and decorating cookies for a bridal shower my friend Amy is throwing.  Look forward to some pretty pictures from that.

Aug 19 we are driving to Sequim with my family and some of their friends, and we will camp at Mom & Dad’s property that night (I hope Steve has mentioned this to Mom & Dad…)

From the 20th to the 22nd we will be camping at Lake Ozette (I think, otherwise we’ll be in Sequim) with Steve’s family, while my parents hike around the lake.

From the 23rd to the 28th we’re going to sleep  at my Grandma’s house while they are in Utah.  Then we’re going to spend 2 nights sleeping in my parent’s basement.  You care where we sleep, you really do.

And then…. We’re going to Utah!!

This is where I find out if any of my friends from Utah actually read my blog.

We will be driving down on Aug 30, and we’ll drive back home on the night of the 3rd.  I’m so excited to meet my new niece, Molly, and to see family and friends.

The next week we will be moving all of our stuff to our new apartment in Ellensburg!!! My last day at Pacific Crest will be September 11th.  I really, really, really hope I’ll have a new job figured out by then.

Sometime the following week, we’re hoping that we can make another short trip up to Sequim so Steve can build some rabbit hutches with Dad.

School starts on Sept 23rd, the day before Steve’s 26th birthday.  I think once we move I may actually get to see my husband for more than an hour a day, I’m really looking forward to that.

And that’s it! Summer will officially be over.  I’m hoping we can throw a camping trip or 2 in sometime after that, if it isn’t too cold and work schedules permit, but in all reality Fall will have begun along with the next chapter in the saga in which we Flynns take part.

We sure look forward to seeing as many of you as we can on our adventures, Happy Summer!

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Molly

My brother, Keith, informs me that his wife had their baby today.

Being an Aunt feels more real when it is your own sibling that has a child.

Not that the Mitchells, Flynns, and Kenningtons don’t feel like my nephews and nieces. Cuz they do. I just didn’t feel like an Aunt yet.

All the official everything:

Molly Joelle Smith was born today at 2:13 pm MST in Payson, UT.  She is 7 lbs, 5 ounces and 21 inches long.  She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and all 10 fingers and all 10 toes.  They went to the hospital at 6:10 this morning and the doctor broke Stacy’s water around 8:00, so she had a good 6 hours of labor.  She liked the epidural.  Molly was delivered by Dr. Takasaki, who also delivered Stacy and some of her siblings! It was his first multi-generational delivery.

Congratulations Keith & Stacy, and welcome to the world Molly!! I can’t wait to see all of you!

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