Sunday, June 23, 2013


There is so much to be grateful for in my life and this week was a good reminder of that.  I am blessed to be home from our trip to San Francisco.  After a few bumps in the road, we are recovering!
-June 21 - Summer Solstice is almost my grandmother's birthday. As she would proudly state, it's the longest day of the year (meaning the longest amount of sunlight in a day).  Each time I hear the weather reporter say that, I think of her!
-The annual sandsculpting competition in Hampton Beach has come to end.  Check out the amazing sand "castles" here.
-Allie found a fun summer show that we have been following with baited breath, The American Baking Competition on CBS. 10 contestants from across America compete for judges Paul Hollywood (British artisan bread baker) and Marcella Valladolid (chef and magazine editor). Each week, one contestant is eliminated after participating in three challenges - signature, technical and showstopper.  It's very interesting to see the bakers as they do their best to bake various items - croissants, macarons, pies, cakes, breads, pretzels as required in each challenge.  Along the way, we get to learn a little about each contestant. We already have our favorites (Go Frannie, Darlene and Elaine!) and best of all host Jeff Foxworthy brings a lightness to the show that contrasts with the the great stress the bakers are under. We are hooked and wait every week for a new episode.
-My nephew finished kindergarten!  He will start first grade in the fall. Congratulations, Theo!

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