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Four-day weekends go by too fast


Of course the two-day variety go by even faster. There always has to be *something* to complain about, yes?

It’s easy to get used to day upon day of relaxation, though. Don’t deny it!

So here are four days crammed into one post. I’m crazy magic like that.

And this is Crazy Carl. He zooms over Reeds Lake every Fourth of July. He’s 73. You wish you could do that, dontcha?

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And here’s my kid walking out where it’s DANGEROUS. I’m such a bad mom.

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And when we returned from the parade and the other celebrations, I made this. Nom, nom, nom!DSC_2344 DSC_2347

And on Friday night, the one immediately AFTER the Fourth of July, they thought it might be a good idea to camp out in the backyard. “They” being the boys. But they didn’t think about the overzealous neighbors who didn’t get the boom-booms out of their systems the night before. They were back inside before 11:00. But at least they had fun setting up!DSC_2393triptychorangeshirt

On Saturday morning, my husband had the brilliant idea to visit the new Downtown Market. Our first time. I’ve never seen my child so excited about “grocery” shopping before. It didn’t hurt that the first booth we came to was the caramel corn booth, complete with Unicorn Poop. What nine-year-old could resist THAT? But he was geeked about everything. Honey. Apple strudel. Cheese. Cherries. Blueberries. Go-Nuts. (ha!) He even suggested I should go ahead and get some asparagus, “even though Dad doesn’t like it.” He was obviously forgetting his own dislike of 99% of the world’s veggies.

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And then there was Sunday, which revolved around Scott’s comment that the farmers’ market strawberries would go great with some angel food cake. Well, yeah…duh! So of course I looked up a gluten-free angel food cake recipe and cracked myself a dozen eggs. I’ve made angel food cake once before and that was after putting it off for years with the thought that it must be hard. (It wasn’t.)

This one was just as fun to make. And I honestly think it tasted just like any other angel food cake. Except maybe a bit sweeter from the powdered sugar. I may try a different one next time to tone down the sweetness, but otherwise, topped with smashed up strawberries and Redi-Whip, it was sooooooo good. I wish I had a shot with the toppings, but I’m sure you can use your imagination.DSC_2524 DSC_2508