Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Savoring!

Wow, summer has finally found us in Montana! I love the summer, the gardens, the pool, the barbecuing with the family. My favorite time is the twilight hour, when everyone is relaxing on the patio, and the sky has that rosy golden glow promising another beautiful day tomorrow...

We had a lovely fourth of July this year, the only thing missing was my oldest daughter, she is still living in NY, and we miss her terribly. We tried a new recipe this year that I found in Taste of Home, and it was so delicious I thought I would pass it along! This was an easy meal and so darn good!

Ranch Chicken Bacon Skewers


1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 drops hot pepper sauce
1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 12 strips
12 bacon strips


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the ranch dressing,
barbecue sauce, chili powder and hot pepper sauce; add chicken. Seal
bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially
cooked but not crisp. Drain on paper towels.
Drain and discard marinade. Place a chicken strip on each bacon
strip; thread each onto a metal or soaked wooden skewer.
Grill skewers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-6 in. from the
heat for 10-14 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning
occasionally. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

I served this meal with rice, asparagus, watermelon, and lemonade pie for dessert. We finished it all up with a grand fireworks show! Sweet Bliss!

We received a custom order for our body butter and sugar scrubs this week. It is an exciting offer from a nail salon owner, and it could mean a future collaboration with mutual benefits. I am sending out the first order today, so cross your fingers for us!

I just received a supply order from Faye Goode of WoodcotDesigns on I will be presenting some new earrings soon, they will be something new for me; glass pearls of several different colors. We will see what I can come up with...

Until then follow my lead and step outside today, take a deep breath and savor the summer.


  1. That sounds delightful.... lovely post, I was almost sitting there with you, you described it so well. Will definately borrow your chicken kebabs recipe!

  2. that pool looks SO refreshing! and twighlight is beautiful, I love it too.
    Thanks for inviting us to your yard and yummy sounding meal. :)

  3. Yum,Yum,Yum! Shona, where are you in Montana? I have been across the whole darn state a few times delivering Motor Homes. I enjoyed, one time, staying in a beautiful motel in Livingston.

  4. We are in Libby, Montana. It is very beautiful here as it is in Livingston.

  5. Great photos. Glad your enjoyed your 4th of July.

  6. Nice Blog! And wish I had the green thumb you seem to have! Following you now from Blog Advertising...

  7. Thanks Sandra! My husband helps a lot with the flowers and garden! He does most of the grunt work! I just weed a little and water a lot! LOL Thanks for the follow! I am following you as well.