Tuesday Tidbits #234 Small Town Americana

Here We Are at Tuesday Again!

Hello Friends!

I’m sure glad you are here. How was your week and the 4th of July? We had a fun and very active week, with every day being jam-packed! I’m proud to say I stayed in the present and did very little social media, as well as being absent from all my blogging friends’ posts. I hope to slow down this week to catch up with all of you.

Another Beautiful Lakeside Street Post!

Even though we were busy, the 4th of July Weekend was spent with family and friends, and it was fun from the start! A Birthday Celebration took us to Cleveland for good times and good food.

Cleveland, Ohio

Back home again, we watched our town fireworks with fabulous friends. Then on the morning of the 4th of July, we headed to the lake to watch the fun festivities… Bike and trike parades, swim races, the watermelon toss, a tug of war, a water balloon fight, and sack races. Our Lakeside Community came together and created a remarkable time for all ages! Lots of memories for many were made! We had small-town Americana at its best.

This firetruck was decorated for the 4th of July parade.
I giggled when I saw these kayaks decorated!
Betsy Ross made it to the parade!
We even had ants at a picnic for the parade! Do you recognize Dawn from Hugs n Blessings ?
Swim races!
Sack races!
Sidewalk Chalk Contest!
Incredibly sweet!
It was wonderful to see the turnout! We love this town!

Of course, I made this dessert for a gathering down at the lake with friends. Remember when I shared it with you a few weeks ago? It sure is tasty and pretty! Find the recipe here.

Our fun friends on the 4th of July!

Family Birthday

A day of rest was needed, but then after that I had to prepare for a family event here at the house—my brother and sister’s birthday party. I wanted to make it special, so I dug out my Mom’s old cookbooks and tried to find the pineapple cake she made for special occasions. It is not on a recipe card, and we believe she made it from 3 different recipes. This one turned out pretty tasty, but we still are unsure if it’s ”The One!” A delightful time was had at the Ole Homestead. Our childhood cottage once again entertains our family while we reminisce! Total bliss!


What’s Blooming?

Speaking of Bliss… my first-ever Bee Balm is blooming! A gardener at the lake shared this plant with me last summer, and it took! I’ll have several more blooms soon!

Bee Balm!

As you can see our gardens are full with butterfly weed, zinnias, Gerbera, and Blazing Star.

Who loves Hydrangeas? Our Strawberry Vanilla is starting to bloom! The Lime Lights are not quite ready.

Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangeas are beginning to bloom.
Our neighbor’s Double Delight is gorgeous, don’t you think?
And it’s even more beautiful when fully bloomed.

Thank You!

We had a wonderful week!

As I always try to convey… we certainly appreciate all of you. Thank you for joining us for another Tuesday Tidbits.

We wish all of you a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy what this upcoming week brings to you. And whatever you have planned… make every day count and be thankful for your Blessings.

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49 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits #234 Small Town Americana

  1. Nancy, what a marvelous week that you had. Your town is definitely a slice of Americana. I love every photo with all the smiling faces! I would love a helping of the trifle, it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing you lovely week and Happy Tuesday!

  2. A lovely time had by all. Wonderful looking strawberry shortcake. Happy belated birthdays. Beautiful photos.

  3. Your town certainly knows how to celebrate the 4th Nancy, how much fun! Your 4th of July Trifle is so pretty and Pineapple Cake sounds wonderful! Those flowers, swoon, especially the Double Delight! Glad you’re having such a great summer, and there’s more to come!

  4. That’s such a good reason to write down our recipes so they can be replicated!!

    1. Yes indeed! My Mom was not good at that. When she cooked, she never used a recipe, and she was a fabulous cook. But for baking, she used recipes. So where is the Pineapple Cake Recipe???

  5. Oh that July 4th party on the lake looks so Americana and so much fun! Love the old-fashioned races, parades and just seeing people getting together to happily celebrate our freedoms, Nancy! No wonder you love it there! Take a breath and enjoy your week!

  6. Nancy, it looks like you had a fantastic Fourth of July celebration! I love it when the little ones decorate their bikes for a patriotic parade. I remember my children doing this when they were little. The pineapple cake looks delicious! How thoughtful of you to make it for your brother and sister. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, sweet friend!

    1. The Pineapple cake was delicious but we knew it was not the right one.
      Thanks for enjoying our fun 4th of July!
      Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  7. Just like the Fourth here. Not. 🤣🤣🤣. Made me cooler just looking at your delightful post wo thanks for that! It’s HOT here so even imaginary water helps. ❤️

  8. This post is the epitome of summer life with happy children, beautiful blooms and even a visit to Cleveland, which is always an excellent thing! That trifle looks spectacular!

  9. What a fun, small town celebration! Those kids are going to reminisce some day with their grandchildren about the “right” way to celebrate the 4th of July.

  10. America at its best. Milk Street runs a segment every week where they try to help a family recreate an old family recipe. It is a fun segment and maybe one you might want to enter your pineapple cake.

  11. So glad that you all enjoyed an amazing July 4th celebration!
    Loved the floral blooms. My Beebalm (Monarda) didn’t survive the final cold snap of the winter and I’m bereft. Will have to get some new ones next year and try them in a different area of my garden.
    Have a great week!

  12. That dessert looks amazing. We had a little party at our old condo. Two boys visiting their grandmother made much smaller versions in individual cups that looked very similar to that. They were so proud, and it was delicious. We were missing the lovely big parade, tons of good friends, and the fabulous lake. Other than that, very Americana here in Prescott, too. 🙂

  13. So many blessings occur while spending time on this magical lake….one of them came in the form of meeting you dear friend! I whole-heartedly concur it is a wonderful slice of Americana and even though the group was a bit ANTZY about being in the Parade I believe we’ll be back again! (We should have raffled off the much sought-after pie!! “Food for Thought” next year!) Hugs to you for tagging me in your lovely post!😘🥰😘

    1. It was such a fun day on the lake and seeing you and your family dressed for a picnic including the Ants… was nothing but perfect!
      It’s always a joy to see you sitting on your front porch when I walk by.
      And today I got to see the littles!
      Have a lovely weekend!

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