Hi everyone and a very warm welcome to

It’s time to remember the blessings, highlights and favourite moments of the week. Susanne and friends are sharing over at Living To Tell The Story. Why don’t you join us?

This week I have a few promises to keep from past FFFs.

Like books and sweet treats and girls’ fun.

1. Let’s begin with my book list. I have too many good books from the library these past few weeks. (is that possible??) I requested some of them weeks ago and they all came at once. And a few of them are are very thick!! I don’t like to speed read especially if it’s a book to savour – like . . .

What have you been reading lately? I’ll add it to my tbr list.

2. A few details about our girls’ day out – we had a lovely lunch, time on the beach, even a dress up time at the dollar store 🙂

and a visit to the talented Susan Christensen‘s art gallery. CLick on her link to see some lovely Island scenes.

3. Did I promise a sweet treat recipe? Yes m’am! Here it is  – step by step.

  • build a driftwood campfire

  • Toast a marshmallow

  • Bring this type of cookie – yummy shortcake base with milk chocolate top.

    My kayaking buddy brought them and I can’t remember the name. But oh. my! they are so good. And then you don’t have to bring chocolate. Saves a step.

  • Let the chocolate melt in the hot sun.


  • carefully place toasted marshmallow on cookie  – slightly trickier than it looks!

  • Enjoy! This is my new favourite s’more recipe.

4. It’s the season of showers! Wedding that is. We had a lovely shower for my almost daughter-in-law this week and a family one is planned for her next week! I won’t forget my camera next time . . .

5. And finally, a perfect beach day with my sister this week – the best of the summer so far.

Ross Lane Beach (click to enlarge)I love watching the children play in the waves.

It seems like yesterday that my own little ones played here.

I know it won’t be long, Lord willing, before I’ll bring little ones to the beach again.

I’m looking forward to that day!!

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Thanks so much for coming by this week.

Hope you enjoyed your visit!

May your weekend be filled with summer joys!

with love,

14 thoughts on “promises to keep

  1. Jody says:

    I'm an E. Goudge lover too. I adored Linnets and Valerians and am just finishing up the Damerosehay books.Great looking S'mores! Jody


  2. Willow says:

    I posted my book list on my FFF (Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan). I also hauled along on my week's house sitting adventure Walking on Water and Circle of Light by L'Engle, a popular large one volume history of the Church.I too love watching the little ones play in the waves at the beach.Have a happy weekend!


  3. JernnyR says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful island with everyone. Someday I hope to visit. In the meantime, I'll just open your page with anticipation of the beauty you share with us.


  4. Your photos are always so beautiful. I want to jump right into them! What a great idea – to use the chocolate cookies. I love those!! I'm glad you had such a nice time with your friends, and congratulations on being an almost mother in law. 🙂


  5. Barbara H. says:

    I have never seen those cookies. They look so good and it looks like they make scrumptious and easy s'mores.Love those beach photos.I've never read Goudge but a friend of mine loves her books. I just finished up a Narnia reading challenge for Juky at readingtoknow.com and read three of the Narnia books for that and am in the midst of a book about the series that I mentioned on my FFF today as well as a great book called Beyond Suffering by Layton Talbert


  6. Jerri says:

    Awesome beach photos – my fave is the first one with all the clouds.I haven't read Elizabeth Goudge … looks like you're definitely a fan. I know I read Airs Above Ground by Mary Stewart years ago, but can't remember anything about it!


  7. Susanne says:

    Love the pic of the little one pulling his John Deere wagon on the beach. Your week sounds full of wonderful blessings. Lots of books, fun with friends, days with family enjoying God's creation and family celebrations. Such is the best of life!


  8. ellen b says:

    Oh I like that recipe for somemores with the chocolate already installed on the cookie. So you've been enjoying bridal showers , too, this week. I'm still in southern California and didn't do a fave five this week. I'll have a big catch-up next week when I'm home again. Love the beach photos. Enjoy your weekend and stick that camera in the to go pile for the next shower!!


  9. I am getting quite a pile of books too (just on my Kindle). So little time; so many books! Mere Christianity is one of my favorites, although it’s one I have to go slow with. Lewis packs a punch with his words.I love the dress-up picture. How fun!


  10. Joanne says:

    Kathie, Lovely post once again:) So thankful for all the photos you do share and so enjoy them!Your TBR list looks interesting.I have a lovely pile too, some of which you may enjoy, both fiction and non-fiction:1) The reluctant entertainer : every woman's guide to simple and gracious hospitality (although I love entertaining, I discovered her blog and am now enjoying her book) I forgot to say that it is by Sandy Coughlin2) Reading with the stars : a celebration of books and libraries by Leonard Kniffel3) The namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (loved both the movie and the book)4) In my mother's kitchen : three generations of simple, delicious family food by Trish Magwood5) What I learned from a simple blessing : the extraordinary power of an ordinary prayer (loved this simple book by singer Michael W. Smith)6) The world of Rosamunde Pilcher…beautiful gardens! (love her fiction as well as her non-fiction)7) Edge seasons : a mid-life year by Beth Powning…you would love this book as it is very descriptive!8) 90 days of God's goodness : daily reflections that shine light on personal darkness (love anything by Randy Alcorn)9) Joy for beginners…. new book by Erica Bauermeister10) Best staged plans…new book by Claire CookThe last two are very light reading…So, there you have it..you asked and I gave:)I know how much you love anything to do with books so your wish was my command:)Have a great weekend!love,Joanne


  11. nikkipolani says:

    What a fun week! I don't get to beach much and have so enjoyed your summer beach photos. All this time, I've thought the little ones you've been photographing were related to you one way or another ;-o Oops. Dress-up at the dollar store sounds like lots of laughs and fun.


  12. Kathie, your beach photos are so beautiful! I've never been to that particular beach. And what a great idea for your s'mores. I actually bought those cookies a couple weeks ago and they are so good! I'm reading Terri Blackstock's "Intervention" right now. It's a page turner which is not good at 11:00 at night! Have a lovely weekend. Blessings, Pamela


  13. Jientje says:

    I'm drooling all over my keyboard over the S'mores recipe, it looks sooooooooooo good! At the moment I'm reading a House in Tuscany by Frances Mayes, and Bella Tuscany is next up. After that I have a Year in Languedoc by Patrick Moon. Don't know if I will like it as much as a Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, we'll see! I love the beach pictures, makes me want sunshine and blue skies all the more. The weather in Belgium hasn't been all that great lately,we've had lots of showers! Rain that is.


  14. Faith says:

    oh YUM!!! We love those cookies….and now I know what to make for dessert on Saturday evening!Looks like you had a lovely week with friends, food, and books! enjoy the weekend!!


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