Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A few of my favorite summer things


Being at the beach with our grandchildren is at the top of the list of my favorite summer things.  It was a special time. This is Shell Island, adjacent to Panama City Beach, Florida.  It was very beautiful and we were so thankful the oil spill had not reached this area.

The Morgan family loves peaches.  

 Summer means the hummingbirds will arrive and fascinate us. They are amazing tiny creatures and so much fun to watch. I have so much to  learn about photographing them. 

I like reflecting on special times and memories of summer.

Laura is having a fabulous giveaway of a beautiful turquoise necklace. Visit her wonderful blog for details.

I am joining the fun at  Outdoor Wednesday @asoutherndaydreamer .Visit and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor posts.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tis the season for spiders!


All things bright and beautiful,
 All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful: 
The Lord God made them all.

Cecil F. Alexander
Hymns for Little Children, 1848


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aunt Pauline and Aunt Margaret

These are my mother's two sisters. Aren't they beautiful?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mama Dot's Brown Sugar Cookies

Most of these ingredients you probably have on hand. 

These cookies are simple to make and delicious.  This is a friend's family recipe.

                                                      Brown Sugar Cookies

1 cup softened butter                                
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped pecans

Cream softened butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour to which cream of tartar and baking soda has been added. Add chopped pecans and mix. Make into a ball and divide into four parts. Roll into four logs and chill throughly. After dough is very cold cut cookies 1/4 inch and place on baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 325 degrees. For crunchy cookies bake a few minutes longer.

Mixes so easily in no time.

Divide this into four equal parts and roll into logs.

I placed each portion on a piece of wax paper and rolled it into a log. Chill until very cold.

Use a cerrated knife to cut the cold dough. Easy!

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 12 minutes or several minutes longer for a crunchy cookie. 
This recipe makes around 120 half dollar size cookies. More if you can resist not eating some of the dough.  Cool  and twist slightly to remove from pan. Freezes well. Enjoy!

I am joining Susan for Foodie Friday @designsbygollum.blogspot.com