She's home! Mike went to pick Anna up at her drop-off point in VA. They got home late but we all stayed up until midnight or so talking. Anna had a good week at camp and had much to share.
Earlier in the day, Mike took Allen and Lizzie to a Youth Sportsmen's Day up in Waldorf. They had a wonderful time learning about archery, shooting, animal tracking, fish identification, etc. They got home around 6 pm, lightly sunburned and happy. We were a very tired family this morning.
Last night, Sarah decided to have some friends over for dinner after church this morning. It was very informal, and we had roast chicken, sourdough cracked wheat rolls, corn, turnip greens, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, watermelon, apple dumplings...and lots of lemonade.
I made these apple dumplings based on a recipe that was recently posted by my friend MaryAnn over at A Joyful Chaos. You can see her recipe here.
Place 5 or 6 slices of apples on each triangle of dough; wrap loosely. Try to use one slice each of several kinds of apples in each dumpling. Place seam-side down in a well-buttered 9x13 glass dish.
This is a wonderful dish to make with children since there is a lot to do: peeling and coring apples, rolling up dumplings, etc.
Grandad did his share. Both my Dad and my aunt have (had for aunt Joan) a love of cooking. I will have to ask Dad where they got that. Probably watching all my many great-aunts (dad was 6 when his mother passed away).
Speaking of blueberries...the amish store is accepting orders for frozen and fresh blueberries. The frozen are $37 for 30 lbs. They don't know the price for fresh yet. These blueberries are the best! Usually the fresh blueberries come in 20 lb boxes...which takes my family 5 days to eat. If you'd like to order through me, let me know. We have been feasting on raspberries this summer. I never tire of that! This past week I was in Walmart and noticed a few senior citizens trying out the free samples of ham. It got my curiosity, so I made sure it contained no eggs or dairy, then tasted it. Delicious! No fatty parts or fake taste! So I asked for 4" unsliced. It cost about $10 but made a large bowlful. The brand is Sahlens. I diced it to put on top of our salad for dinner that night.
With the hot weather, we've been enjoying fresh and cool meals.
One night we had crab claws from Crabknockers. Only $5/bag!
I found this picture of "the cousins" in Sarah's folder. Love it!
This is a long post but lately I've been having trouble finding the time to get online. Allen is busy writing reports, Sarah has several blogs, and everyone else enjoys it too. It is one of the few things to do in this heat! Here in southern Maryland, we are breaking several records with our current temps. We will have a little break this week for which I'm very thankful. Meanwhile, I haul lots of garden hoses for watering the gardens.