Penny's Passion: 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Five on Friday - July 19, 2019

Let's hear a rousing HOORAY for Friday!  This week has been long and short all at the same time.  Ever have one of those?  Regardless, I'm excited the weekend is near.  Here's my five for this week~

1.  Lion King
When Lion King originally came out in 1994, it was one of the first movies I ever took my son Ian to experience.  He was three years old, sat on my lap and was mesmerized by what was taking place on the huge screen in front of him.  Now, 28, he, his wife, me and Eric are going on Sunday to see the newly released 2019 version.  I can't wait to experience it again!  In case you don't know the story, here's the synopsis from Fandango ~
Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

2.  Hershey's Caramel Whipped Topping
Hershey's has once again tempted us with a new whipped topping flavor - this time it's caramel!  Some of their flavors I could take or leave, but this one piques my interest.  I'm thinking of putting it on pancakes, in coffee, heck just squirting it directly into my mouth!  A serving of two tablespoons is only 10 calories.  Heck, I might just take a can to work and when I get a craving for something sweet take a hit.  Have you seen it in your stores yet?  I'm definitely going to be on the hunt for it this weekend. 

3.  Essie's Summer Collection Nail Polish
Looking for a fun new nail color?  Check out the colors in the summer collection from Essie.  There are only here for a limited time, so scoop them up while you can!




I'm starting to think about the books I want loaded on my Kindle for our long plane ride to Ireland.  The Latte Factor keeps bubbling to the top.  I heard the author on The Rise podcast and he sold me on wanting to read every page of his book.  Amazon says this ~
Discover #1 New York Times bestselling author David Bach’s three secrets to financial freedom in an engaging story that will show you that you are richer than you think. Drawing on the author’s experiences teaching millions of people around the world to live a rich life, this fast, easy read reveals how anyone—from millennials to baby boomers—can still make their dreams come true.
 Click HERE to grab your copy and we can figure out how rich (or not) we are at the same time.

                                    

5.  Be careful when you pick up your prescription....
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Enjoy the weekend!  We've got fun stuff happening over the next few days.  We'll be seeing Footloose at the Muny tonight, meeting with the bride we're working with on Saturday, then seeing The Lion King on Sunday.  Monday will be here before we're ready for it!  See you next week.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Let's Make a Blackberry Cobbler

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'm still thinking about the plump, juicy blackberries we recently picked and today I'm going to share a recipe with you using them.

This past weekend, Eric and I visited our go to place for picking fresh fruit - Eckert's in Belleville.  If you live in the St. Louis area and haven't been -- GO!!  Right now there is a trifecta of things you can pick.  There's blackberries, peaches and vegetables.  This fall we'll be returning to pick apples.


From the time we loaded the tractor for our short trip to the blackberry bushes, I could already taste the blackberry cobbler I wanted to make!  The vines at Eckert's are planted in neat rows on a trellis arching towards the sky.  With the vines being loaded with fruit, we filled out basket in record time!


When we got home, I started scouring Pinterest to find the perfect cobbler recipe I could try with my freshly picked blackberries and settled on one titled Best Kentucky Blackberry Cobbler from Top and Exclusive Foods.  It was definitely a winner!

Here's What You Need
2-1/2 cups fresh blackberries, washed
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 stick of unsalted better, melted


Here's What You Do
Combine your blackberries with the sugar and let it sit for 30 minutes.  Something magical happens to the fruit's juice by doing this.


 After 20 minutes of your fruit and sugar being combined, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with a wooden spoon.  Stir in the melted butter and stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.  You might have a few clumps.


Pour batter into an 8x8 baking dish (or similar size).  No greasing is necessary.


Pour the blackberry/sugar mixture evenly on top of the batter.  Make sure to scrape the bowl and get all the sugary goodness on top of the batter.


Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.  45 minutes worked for mine to reach the golden color I was looking for.  Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before digging in.


Serve warm or room temperature.


This recipe was so easy to make and the flavor is the best!  You, like me, probably already have all the ingredients right there in your kitchen.  Just add some fresh blackberries and you are set to go.

I'm hoping to get out to Eckert's again before the end of the season.  We will definitely be making another cobbler if we do!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - July 17, 2019

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Weekending - July 12, 2019

Oh my goodness - aren't summer weekends just the BEST!  We had great - a little warm, but great - weather this past weekend and Eric and I took full advantage of it.  Here's the low down ~

First I have to say that Friday was a bit sad for me.  My dear friend, Sharyn, lost her father last week and the funeral was Friday morning.  Her dad had been my high school math teacher and I'm sure I'd pushed his buttons more than once!  He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend to many as was evident by the full church for his memorial service.  The community's lose is heaven's gain.  He will be missed.

Friday night we had tickets to the Muny, which is our outdoor theater in Forest Park.  It was the perfect evening to enjoy a picnic in the park before seeing Cinderella under the stars!  We decided to go super simple and not make a big fuss over the food we packed.  My mom and dad recently visited Wisconsin and picked up our favorite cheese - white cheddar and cherry.  Adding that to a couple slices of hard salami and some crackers and we were set.


This was the Rogers and Hammerstein version of the show and it was cute, but honestly there were a very disappointing moment.  First, the theater was full of adorable little girls dressed in their blue Cinderella dresses.  You could literally hear them gasp when the ugly old lady magically spun around and turned into the Fairy God Mother.  But when Cinderella wore a ballgown that didn't resemble the Cinderella dress she' known for, well my heart broke a little bit.  Some things I just don't think you should mess with and Cinderella's dress is one of them.


Saturday Eric and I wanted to get out and enjoy the day so we headed to Eckert's to pick peaches and blackberries.  We even stopped by their new sunflower maze.

There is a bumper crop of peaches this year at Eckert's.  You can definitely pick until your heart's content!


If picking the peaches yourself isn't your thing, they have plenty in the country store for you to choose from!


As a matter of fact, the country store has about anything in peach flavor you could ever ask for.  It's literally all things peaches ~






The blackberry bushes are loaded with fruit so I hope we can pick again before the season is over.  Not all the berries we picked made it into our baskets.  They were so juicy and sweet!


While we were there, we ran into a blogger friend.  Julie blogs over at Two Blues Fans and it was great chatting with her in real life.


I'll be sharing a recipe I made with those big, juicy blackberries later this week.  Here's a sneak peek ~


For dinner we had reservations at Tony's in Alton.  As I mentioned on Friday, it had been years since we had been there.  It did not disappoint!  The steaks were as good as we remembered them being.


On our way home, we swung by one of our favorite ice cream shops - Dairy Haven.  This is one of those places that is cash only and is closed during the winter.  So you need to soak up as much of their ice cream while you can!


Sunday Eric had to work and I spent a lot of time reading a new book and catching up on email.  Wheh he got home, we ordered pizza and spent the night binge watching a new show called You on Netflix.  Have you seen it?  It's a good one and Eric and I both stayed up way too late watching "just one more" episode.  This dark, romantic drama is rated for mature audiences, so wait until the kids go to bed to check it out.



And that my friends is a wrap up to our weekend.  Hope your week is off to a great start and I'll see you back here soon.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Five on Friday - July 12, 2019

Happy Friday!  Who's ready for the weekend!! I'm excited to share my five with you today, so with no further ado ~

1.  Amazon Prime Day(s)
In case you haven't heard, July 15 and 16 (next Monday and Tuesday) are Amazon Prime Days.  A huge 48 hours of saving!  If you are not a current Amazon Prime member, now would be an excellent time to pick up a 30-day trial membership.  You can do that HERE.  I've got my eye on a water proof Kindle, more smart plugs for our Echo and maybe picking up a few more packing cubes.  What's on your list?




2.  Ed Sheeran No. 6 Collaborations Project
It's here!!  Ed's new CD releases today and hopefully it will be waiting for me when I get home from work.  I pre-ordered it a while ago and imagine it will be playing on repeat all weekend.  The CD is comprised of 15 songs.  He'll be singing along with Justin Bieber on I Don't Care, Travis Scott on Antisocial, and Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars on BLOW.  Grab your copy HERE.

No. 6 Collaborations Project


3.  JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding:  The Lost Tapes
We'll be setting our DVR to capture what TLC is airing at 8:00 pm on Saturday - JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding:  The Lost Tapes.  My love for all things wedding coupled with my obsession over American royalty has me so excited to take a glimpse into what this two hour documentary will be showing us.  It's hard to believe it will be 20 years on July 16 that the couple, along with her sister, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.


Are you into making your own popsicles?  Check out this mold from Target.  It makes your popsicles into ring pops!  Each set makes eight pops.  We know the kids would love these, but I'm thinking about some boozy pops for the adults!  Perfect treat for the summer heat.  Click HERE to grab a mold for yourself.

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5.  My dream....

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Hope your weekend will be wonderful.  We will be enjoying Cinderella under the stars at the Muny tonight.  Dinner at a favorite restaurant we haven't been to in years is planned for Saturday.  We're hoping it's as good as we remember it!  I'm also hoping to make a stop at Eckert's for a little blackberry picking and checking out their new sunflower maze.  See you back next week!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Something Special at a Wedding

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  So glad you popped in.  Today I'm thinking more about a wedding I worked on a couple weeks ago.  I'd like to share something special the bride did ~

If you've been a reader of my blog for any time at all, you know that working on weddings is a true passion of mine.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful couple - Kristina and Adam.  If you missed the first post about their wedding, you can catch it HERE.

Photo by Chosen Photography
Kristina and Adam had some very special touches mixed throughout their wedding.  The one I'm sharing with you today has to do with her bouquets.  Faith's Florals created the beautiful flower arrangements the bride and bridesmaids carried and Kristina add a unique touch to them.

Photo by Chosen Photography
For the bridal bouquet, Kristina added pieces of lace from her new mother-in-law's wedding dress from her wedding 28 years ago.  Isn't that a sentimental touch!


Not only did Kristina's bouquet have an sentimental touch, the bridesmaids bouquets did too.  Each of their bouquets had an added charm attached to the handle with a picture of Kristina and that bridesmaid.  Such a special keepsake for each of the them to remember their friendship with the bride!


These were so easy to make using supplies from Sun and Moon Craft Kits.  I purchased the "trays" in 1-1/2 circles, glaze and glass domes.  Weddings can get expensive, but this thoughtful touch cost less than $20 total for all five bridesmaids.

Kristina's tribe was a phenomenal group of women!  I can totally understand why they mean so much to Kristina because each of them were so sweet and friendly.  The charms were a great add to their bouquets and I know they were appreciated.

Photo by Chosen Photography
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