Today we went out to a prairie reserve park for a short hike and we found so many pretty flowers! It started out as a nice walk with a breeze despite the slightly humid day, but before long the camera batteries died, we saw a water moccasin, my mom squealed, and we were ready to head home. 
 
 
This last wednesday, Logan graduated from 8th grade! The class had a nice ceremony followed by a reception, then the family went out for ice cream. 
 
 
We've been sprucing up the plant life around the house. Last Friday my dad and I planted some hanging potted flowers and some herbs for the back deck. Last year we tried a lot of varieties of basil, but we decided this year that traditional large-leaved was the best. So we ended up with basil, cilantro (which we use ALL the time!) and dill. 
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This little guy isn't new, but he's cute! The flower is about the size of an eraser on a pencil.
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These flowers aren't new either, but we call them the Lazarus Plant. We got it last summer and it died in the heat of July with a few too many days of missed waterings. My dad then did a super-watering week and brought it inside for the winter and it came back to life!
 
 
Yesterday I decided to try a new white cake recipe I found here. I only made half though, because it seemed like it would make a lot of batter and I only need a little.
 
 
Got some new plants for the summer! Click to enlarge.
 
 
Last weekend we went to the asian food market with the cousins and family (and soon-to-be family Elijah). They had lots of fun foods and lots of things I would never, ever try (i. e. dried squid) but they also had lots of fun dishes and kitchen supplies. I found these super cute bowls that look like they are straight out of Anthropology. 
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