I heard a man on TV yesterday say that, ‘July is like the Saturday of summer.’  Days move a little slower, vacations are taken, afternoons at the swimming pool, evenings of playing with neighborhood friends.  Yep, it’s definitely July.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler




Cherry Cobbler

Last week, we made our way out to the cherry orchard to pick our share of cherries.  Out of all the ‘u-pick’ fruits that come into season, I think cherries is probably one of our favorites.  There are big fans of cherry desserts around our house, so we made sure to pick enough for several rounds of crisps and cobblers.

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It’s been a little quiet around here for the last week, but with good reason!  I spent last week down in Louisiana, working out the details for photographing a cookbook project, getting some shots of the author and her family.  In between, I was able to visit New Orleans and the French Quarter, along with enjoying my first beignets!

Continuing what my husband calls my ‘Farmers’ Market World Tour’, I visited a quaint Saturday morning market set in a local park of a smaller Louisiana community.  The produce was beautiful, and the music of a blue grass band filled the air as shoppers visited the vendors.  I always love seeing the region specific goods that vendors come to sell, and this market was no different.  Boiled peanuts and fresh shrimp sold by the pound were popular stops.  I enjoyed a fresh made watermelon and lime juice while soaking in the market vibe.

While it felt good to go away and have a new adventure, it felt equally good to be home again.

Of course there are pictures, I don’t go much of anywhere without a camera these days.  Some you may have seen on my Instagram feed, others are with my ‘big camera’.

Before I sign off for the weekend, be sure to head on over to, A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt to see more farmers’ market images.  Tiffany invited me to share what $10 will buy at my local market.  It was a fun challenge!

Have a wonderful weekend!
















Our summer is off to a grand start!  We are checking items off our Summer Bucket List and enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine.  One of those items on our list was to throw an ice cream party for our friends and neighbors.  A couple of years ago we did this for the first time, and the boys have been wanting to have another one ever since.

Today, on ‘The Creative Mama’, I’m sharing our ice cream party, along with a few tips on how to make planning and throwing a party fun for everyone.

How to Have an Ice Cream Party

How to Have an Ice Cream Party

Have a great weekend!

During these busy days of summer I am finding myself drawn to simple.  Simple meals and easy routines have been the theme.  Thankfully, this is the time of year when eating simply could not taste better.  Over the weekend, we made our usual trip to the farmers’ market.  I was amazed at the amount of produce filling the vendors booths.  Beautiful, French Breakfast radishes, baskets full of salad greens, piles of asparagus, spring garlic, green onions and our favorite snap peas.

Strawberries & Whipped Cream

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