First Summer Weekend

This last weekend, we went to a fun Greek festival at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox in Irvine (there was a good looking LDS church a block down the street :). The pastries and baklava were to die for, and gyro delicious.

Gyro pizza

Later on we saw Disney's latest movie "Brave" and really enjoyed it. The graphics were great as always, the humor was spot-on, and the theme was heart-wrenching.

My parents (Spencers) visited yesterday, which I loved. Mom brought us some snacks and Mom and Dad both helped us find the right plug for the wall at the hardware store so the wall wiring is fixed! Our microwave works again, yay! It also enabled me to do more with my newly-recovered counter space:

We had pizza, watched "Cheers" on Netflix (one of our favorite older shows), and fiddled with the upstairs laundry doors. Overall in the few hours they stayed, we got a thing or two done and greatly enjoyed the company. I can't wait for them to come back on the 4th of July, and I'm so excited for our first mini-family-party (especially since I found great food deals and have a few fun ideas). This may turn into a tradition if the fireworks over the lake are good!

Here's a fun jello cake idea for July 4th - I'm doing something similar, but without the cake.

what you need

cups fresh strawberries, divided
cups boiling water
pkg.  (3 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any red flavor
 Ice cubes
cup  cold water
pkg. (12 oz.) prepared pound cake, cut into 10 slices
cups blueberries, divided
tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

make it

SLICE 1 cup strawberries; cut remaining strawberries in half.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 min. or until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, cover bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Cover with COOL WHIP. Arrange strawberry halves on COOL WHIP for stripes of flag and remaining blueberries for stars.

kraft kitchens tips

Prepare as directed with fat-free pound cake and COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.
Prepare using JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin.
Layer cake and fruited gelatin in dish as directed. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Beat 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with whisk or mixer until well blended; gently stir in COOL WHIP. Spread over gelatin layer. Continue as directed.

Neither of us slept well last night because of Maya having stomach trouble all night, which includes a few accidents (ick). She's feeling better today and I'm feeding her smaller meals a few times a day with rice and chicken broth to make sure her stomach stays calm. My stomach wasn't too happy with me either, so I cut my gym time short. Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel back to normal. One outing we always enjoy is the bark park - the dogs had a blast tonight.

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