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Monday, June 29, 2015

Looking a bit festive

Our nations independence day will be on Saturday July 4th. We are preparing the house and getting recipes for delicious food ready as well. This recipe like this one are perfect for the birthday of our great nation

these red white and blue fruit kabobs look great, taste great and pair well with pudding dip.

1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup milk
1 package instant pudding (any flavor: vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate)
1 half-pint of blueberries
4 bananas
1 pint of strawberries

Place Shamrock Farms Sour Cream, Shamrock Farms mmmmilk and pudding into a blender/food processor and blend for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Chill 1 hour. Peel and slice bananas about a ½ inch thick. Remove strawberry hulls and slice in half. Take skewers and assemble according to photo; serve with the dip! Tip: Squeeze citrus juice over the bananas to prevent them from turning brown (lime, lemon or orange works). Serves 6-8.

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What will you be preparing for this great holiday? Share a recipe or link to a food post here I would love to visit your blog as well.

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Let them Play Ball

Let them play ball. In this case let them play ball but in the mean time let them take a time out and search for valuable rocks and create mounds of dirt. I believe all of my children have had their turn playing in the dirt in their early ball years.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

From The Flower Garden

The weather here in southern Illinois is some of the best I have seen for a while. The cooler summer weather and the amount of rain we have been blessed with has been great. The flowers sure do agree with me about the weather. Don't they just look wonderful

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Come Visit Be Ready To Be Spellbound

We discovered a new park today. This mystical park was one that has been around for a while and we had even heard a tale or two about it. The magic inside this place is one that will mystify every prince and princess as well as those interested in Dungeons and Dragons. This mystical magical place where sward and sorcery live is a place that is undefined by time. It is a place where on August 22nd 1993 a young man last his life. Jeremy "Boo" Rochman died on that date as a result of a car crash on Giant City Road only a few hundred feet from his home.

Barrett Rochman the father of this young man who was also the president investment firm decided to build a memorial park to honor his fallen son. He purchased 3.5 acres across the street from the Rochman house. The theme would be Dungeons and Dragons as his son had loved D&D From the near by university sculptors, carvers, and painters were hired to create out of wood, stone, metal, and cement a mystical place.

The park officially opened in 2005. The wood and stone castle is the centerpiece of the park. My grandchildren spoke of how the castle winds in paths and is full of tunnels, stairs, and bridges. They were delighted to find the hidden doors and passageways. My adult son went in the castle with the young ones and stated while they could easily travel around the castle it was harder for him as he crawled and scooted to get around. Flag pennants fly from the castle, gargoyles and knights stand guard. Jeremy's own extensive sword collection is bolted to one of the lofty inner ceilings of a tower of the castle

 While the castle is grand it is not the only attraction at the park. The trees and flowers help nature play a role in and among the gremlin, gnome and other fantasy creature sculptures. Don't forget to check above your head as the sculptures live there as well in the trees and poles that extend past the ground. Follow the stone path and you will find a giant , sleepy dragon waiting there. Three wizards seem to be frozen in time waiting to have a battle of spells. Pegasus and unicorn are found in the park as well. Perhaps one of my most favorite places were the fairy and butterfly benches that seemed to call you to sit a spell.

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