While we visited Oregon this month, I found a cute quilt shop in Cannon Beach called Center Diamond. They had some cute, beachy quilt patterns and fabric.
I loved the lighthouse quilt patterns because we were able to hike to three different lighthouses. The series of patterns that includes these lighthouses is called Sentries of Light. Check out their website. Here are pictures from some of the sights we saw.
|Cape Mears Lighthouse|
|Tillamook Rock Lighthouse|
|Cape Disappointment Lighthouse|
Cannon Beach is also the home of the famous Haystack Rock where during low tide you can check out the amazing tide pools there. I loved the colorful starfish.
Summer is a time for strawberries and they just happen to be in season now. Here are a couple of recipes that I tried out on my family this month and they gave them a thumbs up.
Strawberry and Yogurt Ice Pops
2 cups yogurt 1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced ½ cup blueberries
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until somewhat smooth. Pour mixture into 10 to 12 small paper cups. Put a popsicle stick in each cup. Put in freezer and freeze for 5 hours. To serve, peel off paper cup and enjoy.
I got this recipe from Baking with Blondie. This recipe also makes delicious cupcakes.
Strawberry and Yogurt Bundt Cake
1 cup butter, softened ½ tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar ½ tsp. salt
3 eggs 1 cup yogurt
3 Tb, lemon juice, divided 12 oz. fresh strawberries, diced
Zest of one lemon 1 cup powdered sugar
2 ½ cups flour, divided
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 10” Bundt pan. Sift together 2 ¼ cups of the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in 1 Tb. Lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt. Do not over mix.
Toss strawberries with the remaining flour. Gently fold them into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool at least 20 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Whisk together the remaining 2 Tbs. of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.
Along with all the strawberry recipes, here is a book called Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski. It's another kid's book that I enjoyed reading. It's about a family that moves to Florida in the early 1800's. I enjoyed the accents of the different characters.