- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
~~~The location of paradise has far more to do with the person than
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Even though summer has been here for a while, its easy not to
notice. Sure we notice its too hot, or raining, but sometimes we
hardly notice summer has actually arrived. We just go from season
to season without much notice. One day we are hauling in firewood,
the next it seems we are planting seeds in the still-cool garden,
but we haven't really noticed the change. Is it because we have
seem them come and go so many times we take them for granted???
You Haven't Noticed Summer Yet if
1.The air-conditioner is so loud you can't hear the birds singing
early in the morning from your bedroom window.
2.You haven't noticed a hummingbird fly because you are eating
breakfast inside and not on the deck.
3.You haven't helped one of the kids (or grandkids) find a stick for
roasting a marshmallow on. (Speaking of marshmallows, have you made
your first S'more yet, with a creamy light brown marshmallow melting
the chocolate Hershey bar into the graham cracker?)
4.You haven't stood outdoors with a grandchild braving the
Michigan Bird (mosquitoes) long enough to watch the first stars
come out and listen to them say "Look! There's another one!"
5.You haven't woke up with a slight little kink in your back from
sleeping in the tent and been glad you did.
6.You haven't been delighted to discover some baby Foxglove
seedlings peeking out from behind the fading Forget-me-nots in the
7.You haven't gone for a swim in the local pond, or even stuck in
your big toe yet!
8.You haven't bent to pick a wild strawberry from the field and let
the wild-berry taste remind you of the strawberries you used to find
when you were a kid.
9.You are still eating meals in the kitchen because its too much
work to carry everything outside or take the picnic to the park.
What's on your list for summer? Have you noticed? It's here !!!
~~~ Simple Book Wisdom ~~~
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on
Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches
every day of your life." ~~Walt Disney
"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on
the shelves." ~~Gilbert Highet
Peaches 'n Cream Dessert
3/4 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 pkg. vanilla pudding mix (small)
1/2 t salt
3 T butter or margarine
* 1/2 c milk
* 1 egg
* 1 can (20-oz) peaches; drained, reserve juice
* 1 pkg. (8-oz) cream cheese
* 1/2 c sugar
* 3 T reserved peach juice
* 1 T sugar
Combine flour, baking powder, vanilla pudding, salt, butter, milk
and egg in a bowl; beat 2 minutes. Pour into greased pie plate.
Drain the peaches, saving the juice. Mix together the cream cheese,
½ cup sugar, and the peach juice. Spread the peaches in pie plate.
Spread cream cheese mixture over peaches within 1 inch of edge.
Mix 1-Tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over pie
top. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Serves
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it
connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil
government with the principles of Christianity." ~~ John Quincy Adams
~~Simple Gardening ~~
Instead of buying expensive plants next year, try starting them
from seed right now! Many of the expensive perennials that you
might buy someone else started from seed for merely pennies and sold
it to you for many times what they have invested. It's not hard to
start plants from seed. Here's how I do it.
Pick a container doesn't need to be anything special. It can
be plant trays you bought your plants in, paper cups, or about
anything that has drain holes in the bottom. Fill with potting
soil. I use potting soil mixed with peat moss. Wet soil well. Do
this first. Some potting soils are resistant to moisture and take
some mixing. Plant your seed. If they are very tiny, you don't
need to cover them. Keep moist until they sprout. I just leave
them on the workbench in my potting shed. After they have sprouted
I move them to a shady place in the garden, say under a tree, until
I transplant them to the garden or a larger pot. Just make sure to
not let them dry out.
Next year you can walk past all the perennials at the garden
center and smile smugly at all the dollars you have saved!
Keeping it Simple,