We had a little surprise party for my daughter. She graduated college and got a promotion at work! It was really hard to plan this as a surprise, I was tempted to just tell her. We tell each other everything so she just wanted to know things and I had to lie to her several times. But it was a surprise and it was fun, she seemed to love it. She got some nice gifts - coffee maker, coffee bean grinder, coffee, cookbooks, money, you know- all the important things in life! At the table she said to "You lied to me!". I said "I know, I had to, I won't lie to you anymore, unless I have to". And yes, I made the cake! I did the palm tree and sun freehand with frosting. This is a great accomplishment for me since I hate to bake.
This song is for my daughter!

Contests - My friend, Dar, at Peeking between the pages is giving away 5 copies of "Off Season" by Anne Rivers Siddons. She is a great Author so you will want to enter this one!
Amendment!!! - Dar is also giving away 5 copies of "The Walking People" by Mary Beth Keane, so be sure to enter both!

I won a book!!! It is from Toni at "A circle of books". The book is - The Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand. It sounds like a great steamy book, can't wait to get it.

Top 5 - With summer coming and all the fruit coming out now - favorite fruits
1. Peaches - love homegrown fresh peaches. especially on icecream.
2. Strawberries - Especially strawberry shortcake, or strawberries on icecream.
3. Blueberries - Blueberry coffeecake!!! and on icecream!
4. Raspberries - They are expensive here, but I do love them... on icecream.
5. Cherries - Yum! haven't tried them on icecream but I bet it would be good!

There are places around here where you can pick peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries! You can pick them your self, its a little cheaper that way.


  1. Yay Ashley!!! Congrats. It's hard to believe you graduated college. I remember building couch pillow forts with you in the living room and reading book, after book, after book to you!!

    I looove picking my own fruit. It has become an annual thing now to go pick apples at Lyman Orchards each year. Matt, Casey, Josh and I went last year with our friend Melissa. It's so fun. When were done we get apple cider. Then I go home and either bake an apple pie or make apple crisp. Yummy!

  2. Congrats to Ashley.
    She look really happy.She got a lot of nice things. Cake looks yummy!!!
    Congrats to you on winning a book.
    Top 5:
    1] Fugi apples(I know they are out of season but they are my favorite]
    2] Strawberries
    3] Watermelon
    4] Black Raspberries
    5] Blueberries
    I hate picking berries, don't mind fixing them.

  3. Wendy,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog with your encouraging words about lace knitting. I glad I am not alone! Congrats to your daughter what a great achievement.

  4. Oh my gosh Mom, I posted all about the party too! Our blogs look identical now! :-D

    It was an amazing party I was so excited, I've never had a surprise party before! You know how you said you thought I would cry, well I think I was beyond crying. I was like overwhelmed by it all! I told everyone I know all about it! Thank you so much mommy.

    And thank you everyone. I actually really needed this today. I had a bad day at work and I was getting really discouraged so hearing congrats from all of you really boosted my spirits!

    I love you guys <3

  5. You're a great mom!! Looks like a great party!! (P.S. I need your address again - I want to send you something! shelleyupnorth at gmail dot com )

    My 5 favorite fruits:

    1. Blackberries
    2. Raspberries
    3. Strawberries
    4. Blueberries
    5. Oranges

  6. Congratulations! What awesome pictures. My oldest daughter just graduated high school. Still can't believe it.

  7. Hey - thanks for keeping with my blog even though you couldn't comment for a bit - I didn't realize that I couldn't embed comments with my new layout, I was so sad. My first day of my giveaway the comments were broken :( Congratulations to your daughter!

  8. Sorry I'm so late with this. Been sick with headaches. Congrats to Ashley-how awesome!

    Thanks for posting the giveaways. Good luck.

    5 favorite fruits:

    That's a hard one because there are so many more than 5.

  9. I am so late... Congrats to Ashely.. she looks like a doll. :)

    Yumm on the cake.