Friday Favorites: Another Heat Wave

 It has been a busy and productive week.  We have been swamped with unbelievable heat and humidity this week and while the lake is usually like bathwater this time of year it was nice and cool and refreshing after our rainy summer.  I have been focusing a lot on getting the older two boys ready for school and trying to tick off all the items on my to do list this week so we spent lots of time at home. 




On our way home from North Carolina Saturday we stopped in the Pocono Mountains and took the boys hiking through Bushkill Falls.  It was so great to be up and moving after so much time sitting in the car.




My husband brought home a few loads of sand Monday night so we could fix our beach and Ian helpfully used the excavator to get it all spread out.  It's so nice having a soft, sandy beach again after all the rain in July washed most of our beach away.


Taken the next day at Alec's party; it's the only shot of the finished beach I've got.

 


We had a group of Alec's friends over this week for a party/ cookout by the lake and I think everyone had a great time!  The weather was perfect (if cloudy) and his friends are all so nice. 






Alec made this fabulous frozen Oreo dessert to share with his friends and I think it was a favorite for EVERYONE that day! 





I put on some new nail wraps this week; another fun "summer" set!


I found some time to read my book outside-- I'm loving the Rose Code but the 600+ pages feel like they are taking forever to get through!





We've spent time in the lake this week trying to keep cool.  The water has been refreshing with heat indexes in the 100's.






I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and found that even with all the junk food and ice cream we ate all vacation long I somehow managed to drop .8 lbs!  I had such high hopes to exercise 5 times this week but if I include our hike at Bushkill falls I only managed 3 workouts.  I need to get better at working out but am happy that I keep making baby strides towards my weight loss goal.


We had a quick moving thunderstorm after dinner on Thursday and it left behind a beautiful rainbow... with oldly yellow colored skies. 






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  1. Congrats on your health goal- you got this! Love that swimsuit too :) The nails are adorable and the hikes looked amazing as always- have a great weekend!

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  2. We have had unbelievable heat as well! Look at you, losing weight on vacation, that’s awesome! That Oreo dessert looks amazing and I’m glad you got the beach fixed!

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    1. I could not believe I lost weight on vacation; I don't think that has ever happened before!

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  3. I'm jealous of all your water time!

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  4. The yellow skies apparently happen after storms around sunset! Great rainbow!

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  5. Sand!!!!! Fun!
    That rainbow is amazing!!!
    You always have the best desserts

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    1. Alec was making an espresso cheesecake just today! I love that kid but need him to head back to school to save my waist line. LOL

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  6. I hope you share that frozen Oreo dessert! It looks delicious and it's something that everyone in our household would love!

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    1. Yep! One of his friends actually asked if she could bring a piece home for her younger sister. I thought that was so sweet!

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  7. The falls you saw along your hike are gorgeous! As is that lovely rainbow set in golden skies! Love it! Hope your weekend is as sweet as that scrumptious looking dessert!

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    1. The falls were amazing this year; we've been before when it was a dry summer and it was just a trickle. I think my boys might have mutinied if the falls weren't worth the hike. It was HOT day and they did not want to stop. LOL.

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  8. Lake life sounds great when it's hot! Your son's oreo dessert looks delicious! We just started school and it is nice to get into a routine. I think we will have a little fun and go down the river tomorrow !
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  9. The oreo dessert looks sooo good. I have a similar recipe and should make it for a party soon. We have a major heat wave going on as well. Have a great weekend!

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    1. It was amazing and such a huge hit with everyone that tried it.

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  10. Your hike to Bushkill Falls looked beautiful and peaceful. The Oreo dessert looks so delicious! Those are beautiful photos of the rainbow!

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  11. So much goodness this week. Happy weekend. Enjoy.
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  12. Beautiful waterfalls and rainbows. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  13. That oreo dessert looks so good. Do you have the recipe for it? It seems like a good Summer dessert. I love seeing rainbows. I always get excited.
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    1. I sure do! We used this recipe:https://www.sweetspicykitchen.com/desserts/easy-frozen-oreo-dessert/ and doubled everything for a 13x9 pan size.

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  14. Great photos again Joanne. It really does look like you live in paradise.

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  15. Oh, girl, may the WW gods shine on me tomorrow. I have been just lousy about eating well. And have indulged in a bedtime snack every night this week. No bueno. Proud of YOU, though.

    So we need that recipe for the Oreo dessert. Or maybe not. Depends on the scales tomorrow. I want to make a caramel ice cream sandwich dessert. But again, it depends on the scales tomorrow.

    We have had crazy rain. And our pool water is cold. All week have wanted to get in but every evening we get these monsoon storms that dump rain and then our water gets even colder. Going to turn on the heat in the pool and hope for sun this weekend.

    Love the beach you (re)created. And your time in the lake and outdoors reading. I always try to make out the titles of your books. One recently was a Christina Lauren. Am I right?

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    1. I did well on vacation... this past week not so much! LOL. I did; I read Christina's book Soulmate Equation recently.

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  16. Oh gosh, your own beach. What a wonderful place you live. Enjoy the summer for af long as you can!

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    1. Yep, we truck in sand every few years to replenish what the rain washes away.

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  17. I can't even imagine how delightful living on a lake must be. The party and dessert look great. Have a wonderful last few weeks to summer.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to make the most of the 2 weeks we have left.

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  18. Ugh, we've been having the heat wave as well. Hoping it lifts with the rain this weekend! That Oreo dessert looks so good! I enjoyed The Rose Code. I agree that it was a big book though! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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    1. It is so lovely today! I do not miss that humidity at all.

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  19. Ohh! Send some of your heat this way. It's been quite chilly here today.
    Lovely photos! You are so lucky to have your own beach. It looks like Alec and his friends had a good time.
    Well done with your weight loss! That is amazing. I am hoping my extra pounds starts dropping off soon. x

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    1. I'd be happy to! We seem to have weeks where it rains non-stop, then it's cold for a week, and then we get record breaking highs for a week... it's just all over the place.

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  20. That dessert looks amazing. How fun to live on a lake! I'd love it. Love your nails too.

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