Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made It - Flowers, Frosting, and a Freebie!

I'm enjoying the best part of summer and linking up once again with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!

I love this part of the summer when my flowers are thriving, and I'm remembering to keep them watered.  My window boxes and the crock by the door have filled in so nicely!

The ivy had grown so much, I had to give them a trim the other day.  They were trailing all across the porch!

The flower bed has really taken off.  Here's a picture from a post I did on May 25th...

Here we are just seven weeks later...

I also love the daisies I planted on the side of the house...

I suddenly got a craving for a German Chocolate Cake the other day, so I decided to try out the recipe from one of my favorite books, The Cake-Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free.  The cake part wasn't a problem, but I had no idea how long it took to make the frosting.  I had to cook evaporated milk, sugar, butter, etc. on the stove for twelve minutes, stirring constantly until it thickened and turned golden brown.  Well, after twelve minutes, it wasn't golden brown, after 14 minutes, still not golden brown, finally I just said enough.  My arm was ready to fall off!  Of course, it quickly then turned golden brown and thickened too much.  So I had to do a little doctoring of my own to get it back to a consistency I could actually spread on the cake.  Even if it wasn't the prettiest cake, it was certainly delicious!  The cake mix doctor hasn't failed me yet!

I have provided you with a link below if you'd like to check out this great gluten-free resource!

After some hard work on social studies lessons and packets this week, I needed a fun break.  So, I put together a cute 2015-2016 School Year Calendar.  

Here's a peek at some of my favorite months...

You can grab this calendar just in time for back to school at my TPT Store for FREE!  Enjoy! 

Make sure you stop by 4th Grade Frolics for lots of summer Monday Made Its!


  1. I am loving having a garden at my house this summer. Yours looks great. I absolutely love the window boxes!

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  2. Your garden is beautiful! We don't have much space since we live in a townhouse, so I've had to be resourceful with railing planters :) Love the calendar freebie too!

    Emily @ Comfortably Classic

  3. Your flowers look amazing! I love gardening, but my green thumb has never fully developed. Your flowers have inspired me to give it another try. The cake looks real yummy, too. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. What a green thumb! I am most impressed by the "before" and "after" views. My mom gives me flowers that look beautiful but in my "after" views they are just barely alive.

    My Bright Blue House

  5. Stephanie...the flowers are beautiful and all, but I'm still drooling over your house. You sure did make a pretty one!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. Funny story about German Chocolate Cake. It's not German at all! I didn't know this when I chose it for my family heritage presentation in 8th grade. Sad face! haha And then my dog ate it. Literally. The whole cake. And I just knew my teacher wouldn't believe me. Thankfully, my dad went to a bakery in the morning and dropped of a new one for me, saving the day. :)

  7. Your house is BEAUTIFUL! I've never been to your blog before, definitely following - love it!

  8. The flowers look great!

    And the calendar? Super adorable <3

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  9. Looks like you have accomplished a lot. I don't have much of a green thumb, but I am trying to keep my pepper plant alive and have just starting trying to make my own sprouts. I love your cute calendar you made. Thank for sharing and for the freebie :)

    @ Wiley Teaching

  10. The calendar is very cute. Thanks so much.