Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Quick Update on the Band Camp: Mon. and Tues. went well; those kids are really working hard, and what sounded like "BLAP SQUACK" on Monday morning was starting to sound more like actual music by yesterday afternoon. Keep in mind, however, that my hearing WAS almost gone by then, however, because I was working in the file room right off of the band room and the ENTIRE DRUMLINE was inside practicing. Let's just say that by the time they went back outside (2 HOURS LATER!), I was getting pretty good at that whole rhythm thing...dumdumdum da dumdumdum da dumdumdum......LOL :)

Anyway, now for the real reason that you all come to visit me....come on, don't be shy, admit it, you guys love my Mom more than me! HAHA! Yes, Helene, I DID get up early to type this (not too much earlier though....that alarm went off and I went, "UGH!"


Whoever wrote the song, "It's Summertime and the Living is Easy," must not have had any children.... (Seriously!) or they wrote it AFTER the children were all grown and gone and they had forgotten just how BORED children can get! HA!

We are now in the "Dog Days" of Summer, the natives, err children, are getting restless, and they are looking for something fun to do. What about making homemade popsicles with them? I used to have my kids make these when they were all still at home, and they had a lot of fun with it. They enjoyed creating new flavors, and it seemed that all of the neighborhood children knew when we were making these, because they'd all flock to my patio like vultures! :)


3 oz. Jello

1 pkg. Kool Aid
1 c. sugar
2 c. hot water
2 c. cold water

Mix 2 cups hot water with Jello and add Kool Aid of same flavor add sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add 2 cups cold water. Pour into 2 oz. (or larger, if you want to) Dixie cups (plastic works better, but paper is okay, also) and place in freezer. When it starts to gel, insert popsicle sticks into each cup. Makes 12 to 14. May be frozen up to one week. Can be made with diet Jello and diet Kool Aid and omit sugar, for a good diet snack.

**P.S.: Put cups into muffin tins and then freeze. Also, the texture is sort of flakey ice with a hint of gelatin binder. Very good and yummy, just not like store-bought popsicles.

These are seriously yummy, and can be addicting, so watch out! I know that in today's world, some parents don't like the idea of koolaid or jello -- they feel that they are too full of dyes and sugars. So, I found another recipe that I thought might appeal to those of you who would rather have something a little healthier!

Peaches n' Cream

Two ripe peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
1 cup plain or vanilla
¼ cup milk

Put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until just mixed. Pour into molds and freeze for about two hours. Insert sticks and freeze overnight or until firm. I haven't tried these, so if any readers do, please let me know how they turn out!


Did you know that today is a National Waffle Day?? I'm confused on this one, because I read a post this morning that it was yesterday (August 4). I love waffles ANY day of the week, so either way, celebrate National Waffle Day in your own way no matter WHAT the day! :)


Have a Wonderful the Baptist Church in my small-town is treating the band and the workers to a FREE lunch at their church. Since their church is located right next to our school, all we have to do is walk across the parking lots and we are there!! They are the nicest congregation and are so awesome to do this for us every year. It is a HOT lunch (what a nice treat----the kids LOVE IT!) and they don't even allow us to help clean up. They tell us that they just want to be able to serve us and to help us all to relax for a bit. Such a nice thing to do, and very, very appreciated from all of us. :)


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  1. I was VERY excited to hear that you are a band mom as well! Only we know the agony of trying to help out while the drumline is rehearsing-arrrghh! Those loud, unexpected cracks! I'm going in for uniform day tomorrow, but luckily, there is no rehearsing for anyone! I love Marching Season--my most favorite time of year!

  2. Did you see the Hobbes post yesterday? :-)

    Thanks for all your hard work with moms minutes :-) You will be rewarded :-)

    I knew the idea but never had real recipes for those. Thanks mom! Alex will report back soon :-)

  3. "BLAP SQUACK"-That made me giggle. I had the perfect image in my mind.
    I hope you have a great day and lunch. And I really loved the Popsicle idea. Thank mom for me!

  4. Thanks for the tips on the freezer pops. I had been looking for an alternative to ice cream. I am on low cholestrol diet. God does lead us to what we need. I love your blog and the inspiration. Have a great day.

  5. I just love popsicles. I make them all the time. Out here in the desert we have to stay cool somehow. I always have strawberry or peach popsicles on hand, and I don't even have any kids at home. I use 1 lb. of fruit,
    2/3 cup of orange juice, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup of water, just Blend and pour. all I can say is Yummy.

    Hope you have a great day!

  6. Hi All!! Sssssshhhhh...don't tell anyone...I am being so very sneaky and using the Band Director's computer to check my! LOL

    I won't get into any trouble, because she is outside and I am inside...the perks of being a Band Mom! :)

    Thanks for all of your great comments, and I'll tell my Mom that you like her popsicle idea. Linda, I LOVE your recipe for popsicles; thank's for posting it!

  7. Ah, popsicles, mochis, peaches n cream, waffles... so many great treats : ). All great summertime sweets.

    As for your time with the band, it sounds great, but I hope your hearing has returned to normal by now, hehe.

    Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas