Busy Summer...Lazy Morning

ONE MORE WEEK LEFT!!!!!  {can I get a 'wahoo!'}  School starts soon and I feel like I'm about to be released from the mental institution from which I've been bound since June.  {aaaaak!}  Don't get me wrong...I dearly love hangin' out with my babies - but you know how summer kind of becomes unscheduled?  unruly? unrestful?  (I'm talking about me, not the kids here) 

Now I realize that public school is not a daycare, but the fact that they're learning, experiencing life lessons, socializing, making fond memories of horrible cafeteria food, knowing that I can stay home and do my thing - it brings me great joy.  MAMA'S READY!

So...on with it now...I digress.

My ENTIRE FLIPPING FAMILY has been sick with a GI-bug.  That's right.  Gastroenteritis. {not the flu}  Barf. Diarrhea. Lysol. Clorox wipes. midnight cleanings. You know what I'm talking about.  You can feel it in your gut right now.  It leaves haunting, traumatic memories.

To make it worse, my cute mom is here visiting from Arizona.  She got it, too.  "Here, mom, as a token gift for your long journey from us to you!"  not cool.

SO...after an exhausting week of cleaning & disinfecting, I made us all a little treat for Sunday dessert.  

It's a lemon pound cake, cut in thirds, topped with fresh strawberries {with a splash of lemon and sugar}, and lemon cream.  (lemon curd folded into whipped cream) 

The basic parts to this dessert is found on my BFF Kadie's blog - Lemon Berry Trifle .  I bake my pound cake into loaf pans, but either way - it's lemon pound cake.  Also, for this dessert here,  instead of cooking the berries, I just used fresh strawberries.

It's fresh, bright, and utterly delicious.  I'm going through a lemon obsession right now and this dessert makes my soul feel bright and happy!

...and do you ever just buy some fresh flowers and feel so happy when you wake up in the morning and there they are in the sunlight?!  me, too.


Inspired by Granny

SO....I caught another bug....you know, when you see something somewhere and you say,  {in your teenage high school voice}, "oh...my...gosh...I have to try that...like, NOW..."  And then you ignore everyone and everything until you've had your 'fix.'  What? No?  That doesn't happen to you?  oh....

Well.  I was prancing around the internet one day {I don't browse, I prance} and saw Carina's Craft Blog.  I don't even know how I found it, but, like the child that I am, I saw all of the bright colors and drifted far away from the safe clutches of boredom.  She had the most beautiful granny square afghan with the most amazing colors ever ----and so the bug hit me.  Carina did a full tutorial HERE on how to make a granny square - **however, I only put one single crochet between my sections and I like the look of it better with this particular yarn I'm using.  AND THEN...Carina did a tutorial on how to join granny squares. !!  What the?!!  Can you see her amazing blanket?!  Can you see why I want one so bad?! 

SO...here is my progress.  18 squares done, a bazillion more to go.  Wahoo!  Thanks, Carina - you're amazing and you ROCK. {I'm pretty sure that phrase 'You Rock' will never grow old for me...just like Joan Rivers....}

Although I am lamenting the fact that I can't find the AMAZING colors of yarn that Carina uses (found and purchased in Denmark...a little far for me...) I did find some yarn that matches my home.  I'll start with something subtle for my house while I search for bright yarn.

Now go put in a good movie, throw the kids outside to play, and go, granny, go.