If any of you are following my pinterest boards, you may have noticed an obsession with peach recipes lately. I decided to share a few that look especially delicious that I am thinking about trying this week.
I have never made any kind of cobbler but this one looks easy enough to give it a try!
Then there is always the peach smoothie... I love making smoothies so I know this one should be a winner!
I have never made a pie, but this one looks like something I could handle.
My Great Auntie Mildred used to make jam and it was delicious! This recipe doesn't require canning, which is a good thing since I don't know how to can anything. Maybe next year I will learn! This is not her recipe obviously, but I will have to do a search to see if hers exists somewhere. This one just looked easy so I thought it was worth a try.
And peach ice-cream?! Shut up! Here is the link to that recipe... I just ordered an ice-cream maker and can't wait for it to come in the mail to try this out.
Well, there you go. Some fun and tasty new recipes to try if you go out to the orchard for some peaches soon before they are all gone! Enjoy! I know I will.
On Wednesday, it was unusually cool and cloudy in the morning so we decided to go to Entz Orchard to pick some peaches. I have been wanting to do this for so long!
Last fall we went and picked apples at the orchard, and the kids had so much fun! They had many varieties and I feel like the prices are very reasonable. You may recognize the cute little rows of trees from some of the pictures I have taken this past year. The lighting is amazing and I love shooting there.
Here is a map in case you would like to go pick fruit at the orchard! Just make sure to call first, and let Elaine Entz know that you are coming! Doug and Elaine and their family are the sweetest people! They immediately make you feel welcome and relaxed. They guide you to the best trees for picking and give you suggestions for picking a good peach. You can also follow them on facebook for updates on when the orchard fruit is at it's prime picking times and you can find their phone number there. I was intimidated my first time to drive out there because I am terrible at directions, but it was super easy to find.
When we got there, the peaches were just beautiful! Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows peeked through all of the tree branches.
Kien had so much fun going around gathering the peaches and kept showing me ones that he picked! He loved that the trees were just his size!
Ethan and Kaia were good at guiding their little brother and sister and telling them what to do. They have a lot of practice at that! ;)
Nora kept running up and down the rows and loved putting them in the bucket too!
Pure joy on that face!
After a little while, the sun came back out and it started to get hot again so we knew that it was time to go. Kien decided he was tired and laid down in the grass. So I had to tickle him to get this smile!
They picked so many peaches they could hardly carry them all to the weighing station! It looks like I will have to make a special pinterest page for peach recipes. :)
Doug and Elaine's oldest daughter was there to weigh the fruit and pay.
We ended up with over 20 pounds of peaches! I am for sure going to make this a tradition at our house... and you should too!
Last year's fourth of July wasn't quite as we had expected... I had been sick and run down with a bad cough for over 2 weeks, and Ethan, our oldest son who had been hospitalized for pneumonia the previous year and has asthma that he has been on medication on ever since was coughing a lot and having issues more than usual. Nora was also feeling run down and not her usual self and also had a cough. We had went to a funeral of a dear family friend that morning and my parents had watched the kids for us so I didn't realize she had gotten worse until my Mom suggested we make a dr. appointment for her.
She happened to have an appointment for her nine month check up that afternoon that was supposed to be the previous month but we had rescheduled for one reason or another. I brought Ethan along to the doctor appointment for fear he could have pneumonia. The doctor listened to him and I think decided to up his medication but no pneumonia! Thank goodness! Then he listened to Nora and had a troubled look on his face. "I think she has pneumonia." My heart sank. My poor little baby! Here the whole time I was worried about Ethan, (with good cause) and it was actually Nora that had it this time. They sent us home, and put her on antibiotics and said to come back Friday if she wasn't getting better. I went home feeling miserable and we just laid in bed with her the whole day. I could hardly move, I was so sick but was more worried about Nora than myself. That evening we went to eat for our anniversary even though I didn't really feel up to it. and the next day, which was a Thursday, I made an appointment for myself because I hadn't been able to hear out of one of my ears for about a week so. I figured I might have an ear infection. When I got there, the doctor told me I was a lot sicker than I realized. I probably had pneumonia and signs of possible asthma along with the ear infection. He gave me an antibiotic, and a steroid and didn't do a chest x-ray because I was on antibiotics anyway and they would have done the same treatment for the pneumonia if that is what I had. I went home and collapsed on my bed with exhaustion again with Nora and we spent the rest of the day nursing and resting so that we both could get better. Below are some of the instagram pictures I took that day and the next.
The next day was Friday and I took Nora to her appointment. I took Ethan with me just to check on him again and they did a chest x-ray on Nora and he immediately made an order to admit her to St. Francis in Wichita. I had to drive her straight there and I hadn't packed anything for either of us. Ethan tagged along since I wasn't able to drop him off with anybody. I took this picture as soon as we arrived at the hospital.
A few days later, my husband brought me my camera. I knew I wanted to document this just like we had when Ethan was in the hospital. I am so glad I did. Plus it was a way to give me something to do and pass the time.
Kaia had visited her the first night, but then she had a fever and stayed with Grandma so I didn't have any pictures of her there since I didn't have my camera with me then. Ethan felt sorry for her because he knew what she was going through. HERE is a link to Ethan's pneumonia post. Kien missed us very much since he wasn't allowed to stay and visited a lot. My parents visited daily and we had plenty of other family & visitors come and keep us company. My sister even drove down from Lawrence to surprise me and keep me company and give me a break from holding Nora all of the time. I was so grateful for that!
This is the oxygen monitor that would go off whenever the levels would get to low. Especially when she was sleeping.
Kien liked to lay in the bed and watch cartoons while he was there. :)
Her poor club hand... one time it came out and had to have the i.v. re-inserted. Poor baby!
She had about a half hour without this attached to her hand and she kept wiggling it around. I felt so bad when they had to put it back in! :(
The antibiotics were given to her through this I believe. Along with i.v. fluids.
She had to wear those things on both arms when the first couple of days because she would try to tear out her tubes. Poor baby couldn't bend her elbows! She quickly learned that if she didn't mess with them we would let her take one of them off. At least that way she had one hand to feed herself and play with toys.
When I wasn't holding her, she was either in this crib or the high chair that she constantly tried to stand up in. Almost the only thing she would eat was Cheerios.
She slept A LOT. But every hour or so the nurses would come in to do her breathing treatments and woke her up. Even in the middle of the night. Every hour... So needless to say her days and nights were mixed up.
She was NOT a fan of the breathing treatments!
I didn't get a picture for some reason, but along with the breathing treatments they had to take this rubber hammer like thing and tap all over her back... like a baby massage! It was supposed to help loosen the gunk in her lungs I guess.
The last few days... they used this tube sucker thing to clean out her nose. It was amazing... and a little gross how much stuff came up. I think it finally did the trick though and after MANY times of using this, her numbers went up!
We ended up staying 10 days there, after having to change antibiotics because the first one wasn't working and she wasn't getting much better. She spiked a high fever one of the nights, and the next day the doctor on call thought she heard a heart murmur which was probably caused by dehydration from the fever. She also ended up with a urinary tract infection and thrush from all of the antibiotics. She had a monitor for her oxygen levels taped to her toe which she was constantly tearing it off and making the machines beep like crazy. The tubes and wires she was attached to did not come off for NINE DAYS. She was on oxygen for nine of those days. The last day she was able to take them out but had to be monitored a lot to make sure she could maintain good oxygen levels.
These were taken right after her tubes and wires were taken off. She was SO HAPPY!
This is my favorite pic of all... because we got to go HOME! A day late for the 4th, but it is one 4th of July I will never forget.
One year later... She is doing great! No sign of asthma so far, the heart murmur is very minor and she will probably outgrow it. We do check on it every time she has an appointment though.
This year she got to spend the 4th with her cousins... We also ate lunch at my parent's house and went to my brother's in the evening, but I didn't take my camera with so... no pictures of that.
She even got to hold a sparkler or two! :) Ethan was more than happy to help her out with that! ;)
She squealed in delight as the fireworks lit up... and she wasn't scared a bit!
It was really nice to be home this year! The summer is going by so quickly... I meant to post this before our trip to Minnesota, but with packing for 5 people, traveling for 5 days and coming home to piles of laundry, editing and e-mails... it just didn't happen. But, I still took pictures every week, even if I didn't blog about it right away! So... here is week 12 (I think) of our every day lives!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!
On Saturday we photographed Kevin and Amanda's wedding. We were a little nervous about the rain, but we decided to go ahead and do a first meet outside anyway. It was lightly sprinkling out and I had gone to Target earlier and bought umbrellas but we ended up not needing them. Kevin had the best attitude and the rain didn't bother him at all! He just said, "It's supposed to be good luck, right?" I love his way of thinking. It actually worked out well because I had a nice little cloud cover in the middle of the day for pictures. ;)
Amanda gave me a letter to give to Kevin to read before he saw her for the first time in her dress.
I love first meets!
I may have teared up a bit when Kevin turned around and saw her for the first time. He said, "You look perfect."
Then he quickly moved in for a kiss!
He also surprised her with her beautiful wedding band. GORGEOUS!
Kevin grew up on a farm and is now a farmer as well and Amanda is super excited to be a farmer's wife! They are perfect for each other. I saw these silos and a barn next to the hotel so of course we had to take a few of the pictures with them! It was a gorgeous day and I wish you all of the luck and happiness in the world with your wonderful sprinkle rain on your wedding day!