Sunday, July 18, 2021

July Happenings

How is your July going? Hope you're enjoying every minute of this summer. I think we will all agree that we have to work around the weather, and it is what it is. I try to take advantage of the good weather since summer is for having fun! I pick an easy menu, a signature cocktail and get out some of my favorite dishes. Sometimes I even add candles and a vase of flowers. At the end of the post, I'll share how to make a blueberry lemon martini that is delicious. I am not a martini drinker, but even I loved it. I'm thinking of serving them at my brother's 60th birthday party that I am hosting at our camp. 
Joe takes great pride in edging our lawn. After living in our house for over 25 years, I decided to take a photo. 
We had a Tea Party with my sweet grand niece Lily when we watched her one afternoon. 
For a MacKenzie-Childs brunch, we enjoyed Original All Bran Muffins (thanks Marie!). This recipe is a keeper when you are craving a breakfast muffin. 
Please join me for angel food cake with Speedy Meringue Frosting (thanks Kitty!)  

Lauren's Grape Poppies are blooming like gang busters, and I shared seeds with some folks who asked Monique and I are always up for a challenge and we had great success with our poppies this year. 

Here is the recipe for the blueberry and lemon martini. I changed it up a bit, and will list my changes. 
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
3 ounces club soda (I did have any so I used San Pellegrino blood orange sparkling beverage)
2 ounces blueberry vodka (I used Mountain Huckleberry vodka)
2 ounces simple syrup

Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon or lime slice.

We're home this weekend attending a memorial celebration and dog sitting for our grand doggy Chase. We just had a good laugh.  Occasionally we dance in the kitchen when our favorite song comes on, and Chase wanted to be part of our dance. 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Such beautiful photos, Debbie, of food, flowers, hummingbirds, and home. Your July looks like it’s been wonderful. I’m dog sitting again. I think we have a doggie hotel here!

  2. Beautiful home! I do the trimming weed wacking here I could use look adorb back there.The poppies♥All the checks..and that you dance:)

  3. I got your first Mail Chimp subscription email! Your yard looks so beautiful and I see Maggie is doing well there! ♥ I grew Lauren's Grape once and loved them but just ran out of room for poppies as I made my sunnier garden space smaller and more manageable a few years ago. I have to try Marie's muffins. I do love a breakfast muffin but don't like it when they taste like cake or dessert. Kitty's cake looks spectacular too! We hope to get enjoy another weekend at our daughter's lake home before summer is over. Time is flying!

  4. Oh my goodness, I am in love with your property and all your collections in use, Debbie. What a beautiful garden stake/totem near the grill! Your summer sounds delightful.

  5. Your home is gorgeous! I like the color of your brick. The day lilies are pretty colors. :D

  6. Debbie, it's fun to see more of your beautiful home. The photo with the perfectly manicured lawn, the bright blue sky framing the red brick, and the neatness of it all looks straight out of a publication. Love your back terrace with the awning. You look adorable serving in your checks.
    My poppies didn't bloom, but I'd like to try again. They are gorgeous!!!

  7. Your patio looks wonderful decked out in MKC style! I'm glad you are making the most of your summer, and a lemon blueberry martini sounds fabulous, cheers Deb!

  8. Debbie I love your beautiful brick home and garden…classic…just like you!


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