It feels so much better to have cooler weather this morning. Last week temperatures were more than 100 on some days.
We had a nice week at the cabin by the lake. The children kept cool swimming in the lake. We had a great time, but I was glad to be back home again and I think everyone else was also. Joe took his boat along so they also did a lot of fishing. They caught a couple of meals worth of bass and bluegill.
Benjamin had to stay out of the lake most of the time because he had stitches in his foot from an accident in the yard. Benjamin is always active and it was difficult for him to keep his foot elevated the first few days.
We put in our hay before we left last week and only had 74 bales in the field. This was a lot less than we usually get from the second cutting of a 4-acre field. The dry weather has kept the hay from growing. The field has hardly had much rain since the first cutting. My corn isn’t doing the best either with the heat and dry weather.. It is not tall and is tasseling already.
Susan, 16, and Verena, 14, have started detasseling. I am not sure how Verena will be able to hold out but she wanted to try it. I am glad for the cooler weather for the detasseling.
Loretta had her 12th birthday on July 1 while we were at the cabin. She wanted cupcakes instead of a cake. We invited Jacob, Emma, and family to join us at the lake for a cookout on Loretta’s birthday. Joe barbecued chicken and hot wings and I made a pizza casserole in the slow cooker. We also had cupcakes and ice cream in honor of Loretta’s birthday. I never used a slow cooker before but I really liked it. While we were there I made a roast, wet burrito casserole, pizza casserole, breakfast casserole and bean dip in the slow cooker. It was nice to put something in there and be done with the cooking part. Everyone loved the bean dip.
Joe took care of the grilling and one night we made baked potatoes on the grill. They tasted good with butter and some of the children wanted ranch dressing on theirs.
Loretta thought her muscles felt a lot more relaxed being in the lake water last week. At first she needed help coming out of the water but by the end of the week she could come out by herself.
Last week we received a wedding invitation from nephew Albert Jr. and Louanna. Their wedding is Aug. 16. I would like to go get material to sew for the wedding. I also have to help cook and wear a hunter green color.
I will share the slow cooker bean dip recipe with you.
2 pounds Valveeta
2 pounds hamburger
1 quart salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 (16-ounce) cans of refried beans
DIRECTIONS: In a frying pan over medium heat, brown hamburger with onion and drain. Mix everything together and put into the crockpot on low. Heat thoroughly.
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