Hot Chocolate Mix, Pickled Beets, & Butterfly Hugs

Quentin’s  cold seems to be making its way through everyone.

Summer colds are the worst.

I mixed up a batch of hot chocolate mix for soothing sore throats. I followed this recipe from Tammy’s Recipes.


Hot Chocolate Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup dry non-dairy creamer
dash of salt

Combine all ingredients and stir well to mix. Store in an airtight container.

To serve, add 1/4 cup of mix to 8 ounces of hot water, adjusting to taste. Stir and enjoy!


Our garden is still producing quite a bit. Yesterday, we picked beets for the second time.

I wasn’t even sure if we would like pickled beets, but we had some with supper last night and they were great.

There is one more patch of beets that is doing quite well.


Spirit FM is collecting butterflies to encourage cancer patients.

We worked on these Wednesday afternoon.

I like how cheery these turned out.



It is nice and sunny here today and is only supposed to reach 80º.

I love it when its not so hot out.

Enjoy your day!



It got nice and warm here yesterday. I was glad to see that summer really hadn’t left us. :)

We turned our air conditioner on for the third time this summer, and Quentin and the kids even got in the pool!

Early in the day, we did some thrift shopping and stopped by Slaughters to get more coneflowers and another blueberry bush. They were both 25% off. We will keep checking back because last year we bought blueberry bushes late in the season at 75% off, and they are doing well this summer.

Just before dark we all went down to the River with Quentin to fish.

He said it was just no fun by himself, and we could walk the dogs while he waited for something to take his bait.


Bambi LOVES to fish.

Bambi LOVES to fish.





Enjoy your day!


Summer Cold & Chicken Noodle Soup

When Quentin came home with a cold yesterday we whipped him up this chicken noodle soup.

Madison gathered the carrots and parsley for the soup from the garden and made garlic herb biscuits with our own garlic and herbs also.

With Quentin’s cold, soup, and cooler weather I feel like summer has left us. It is not going to be hot for several more days.


Chicken Noodle Soup

1 medium onion chopped

2 Large carrots chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

1 T. olive oil

1-2 quarts chicken broth(we used homemade)

handful of noodles

1 cup of chopped chicken(I used 1.5 lbs. cooked)

1 T. parsley

Saute veggies in oil until soft. Add chicken broth and cook veggies until tender. Add noodles and simmer 5 minutes. Add parsley.