All in a Day Strawberry Jam

As a child, summer was by far my favorite time of year. Summer vacation, lightening bugs, swimming, fireworks…the list goes on. As an adult, I feel much the same. Then as well as now, my all time favorite thing about summer: THE FOOD. BBQ and corn-on-the-cob, ice cream and burgers from the grill. And of course, the best being all the fresh fruit  you can eat. Strawberries, blackberries, watermelon, and peaches, to name a few.

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History Museum of Monroe County

I spent a happy few days visiting my family in southern Illinois last weekend, and squeezed in a first-time trip to the History Museum of Monroe County. Like many Monroe County locals, my family has lived in this area since our ancestors emigrated from Germany in the 19th century. As you can imagine, pride in the community’s culture and history runs deep.IMG_3217

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U.S Naval Academy and a bit of Annapolis

IMG_2970Spring has been busy! In April we were treated to a visit from family, and spent a few days taking in D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. Quite often when Frank and I have a day in Annapolis we usually spend an hour walking the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. The campus and buildings are impressive and it’s a chance to learn a little U.S. history. Certainly a visit is always worthwhile whenever family is in town.

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