Just squeaking in with a July update

playing frisbee at the beach

Grandkids helping me peel carrots

Wow, I didn’t realize it had been so very long since I’ve been here. We’ve been busy with all things summer-related including time at the beach, setting up a little pool here in Idaho, attending graduations, weddings and other family gatherings, going to camp, having the grandkids over, gardening, and painting the living room.

Garden ingredients prepped to go on a light summer pizza

Here are a few pictures of some of the happenings.

 

 

 

We decided to paint our Idaho living room Sea Salt since we liked it so much at the beach house. Love it here too!

 

Napping with auntie

 

Trying out the new pool

 

 

 

At a family wedding with some of our kids

 

 

And hey, I even have a couple of recommendations for you!  One of the things that I’m trying to do more this year is read fiction.  It’s not something I’ve done much in recent years and I decided I have been missing it.  Here are a few of the books I’ve read lately.

~ The Winter Sea  I’m only halfway through, but really enjoying it so far.  It is a story within a story, and is set in Scotland in two different time periods.

~I Am David  I read this in three days flat as I found the story very interesting, about a boy who escaped the concentration camps during World War II.

~A Quiet Life in the Country  This one is a detective story and has clever insights into characters and a delightfully surprising humor.  I borrowed it for free on my Kindle.

Then finally I have a bit of cleaning advice to share, compliments of the ladies in charge of cleaning our beach house between guests.  They lined our oven with this Non Stick Oven Liner   I never even knew these things existed, but I wish I’d known about them MUCH sooner!  Just set one on the floor of an electric oven or on the bottom rack of a gas oven, and it will catch all the spills and be incredibly easy to wipe clean as needed. Have you heard of them?  Do you use them?

Enjoy your last month of summer!!

 

{ 4 Comments }

  1. Have been using a liner for a year or two it certainly saves a lot of work. My cooker has sides that self clean when the oven is on hot (burnt off) but spills are always a problem

  2. PlainJane says:

    I’m glad you posted again! I’m always encouraged by your words. 🙂 I love the idea of the oven liner. I’ve always used foil, but this seems like a great product.

    • PlainJane says:

      Side note: Have you checked out the Instant Pot? If you haven’t yet, I think you’d love it. I totally love mine. It’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow-cooker all-in-one. I have the 8 qt. (the largest size) which is big enough for me to feed my family of five and have enough leftover for another meal.

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