I’m still catching up after my vacation blogging hiatus.


H and I drove up into the Adirondack Park again, this time to pick up Things One and Two from camp. We missed them; Thing One was there for four weeks and Thing Two for two weeks. Even though it’s a long drive, we love heading up into the ‘Daks.

Happy Sweet 16th to Thing One (26 July)! We had dinner, cake, and presents at home on her actual birthday. H’s Mom, Dad, and Brother joined us for that party. We had yummy chicken spiedies off the grill and Thing One baked her own cake, a Snickerdoodle cake from The Cake Mix Doctor book.

Three Cakes

We had a second party up in Remsen, NY at my Sister C and Brother-in-Law B’s house. Another barbeque; hamburgers, hot dogs, and kielbasa dogs off the grill. Big thanks to C & B for providing the food and drinks; that made it a lot easier for us to travel up to Remsen. All we had to bring was the cakes. (Clockwise from the top: Fresh Orange cake, Snickerdoodle cake, and Devilishly Good Chocolate cake, all from The Cake Mix Doctor book.

This party was huge! Besides the four of us: my Dad, Brother T, Sister B, Bro-in-Law B, Sister L, Bro-in-Law F, Niece S, hubby M, and grand-nephews J and E, Nephew B, wife K, and grand-niece M, Nephew J and g.f. E, and Niece H! Niece J showed up as we were heading out.

Happy 33rd Anniversary to Sister and Bro-in-Law C and B (3 August)!