A Quartet of Sisters Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday and time for the Hodgepodge questions this first week in August! Thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond!

1. Do you have a sister? Tell us something about her. If you don’t have a sister, tell us about a friend who has been like a sister. Or tell us about a sister-in-law if you have one who is extra special. 

I have 3 sisters and 4 brothers. My sister-in-laws are extra special, too. The photo above is of us sisters in age order, youngest on the left and oldest on the right.

My oldest sister Kathy is a gifted teacher. Vera has the gift of hospitality. Lana is an amazing organizer. We all challenge each other to follow Jesus closely. We all sing and have sung in choirs, trios, duets or in a ‘rock’ band. We all can cook for a crowd.

2. Resister, assister, insister, persister…choose one of the words listed and explain how it relates to you and your life lately. 

Right now since I’m working on dropping unwanted pounds I would say I’m a resister. It’s interesting what a great resister I am in the morning up until about 3pm and then it gets tougher for me to resist so I switch to insister, telling my brain I do not need to have this or that as it will derail my plan. I’m working on some healthier eating habits, too. I want to be able to walk in England in September without huffing and puffing and sweating more than I need to because of excess weight.

3. Share a favorite song, book, movie, or television program that features sisters.

How timely as we pulled out BBC version of Pride and Prejudice on Monday evening and are watching all the episodes again with the 5 sisters who are all quite different from each other.

4. August 3rd is national watermelon day…are you a fan? ~ Yes

Do you like watermelon flavored candy?  NO

Besides eating the melon as is, do you have a good recipe made with watermelon? 

This Watermelon Cucumber Salad is perfect for a summer get together.

5. ‘Tis August…what are three things you’re looking forward to this month.

Our Coast kids are hopping over for a long weekend visit, Addy starts soccer this month so I’ll enjoy watching on the sidelines, and I’ll be helping a little with Vacation Bible School.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I’m making this dessert again this week for a dinner we are having here on Saturday evening. It has a few steps but is pretty easy to make. It’s a dessert you can make a few days ahead. I think it would easily serve 10-12 people. I’ll give you the link so you can see how much prettier you can make it look with whip cream and fresh strawberries on top. I only used a large carton of good Strawberry Ice Cream. My carton was not 1/2 gallon so my version is not as tall as the showstopper…

I used vanilla wafers and regular Strawberry Ice Cream.

To see the showstopper version of this cake and get the recipe click below!

You can find the recipe here.

It’s called Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake because she used Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream. I call mine Strawberry Ice Cream Cake since I didn’t find the shortcake version of ice cream to use. It is not overly sweet. Hopefully I’ll remember to take a photo of the cake decorated with whipped cream and Strawberries on Saturday.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

29 thoughts on “A Quartet of Sisters Hodgepodge

  1. Oh my! Ellen, you have your very own version of Little Women. 🙂

    What is it with watermelon candy? I know of no one who likes it!

    Your dessert looks and sounds delicious. Alas, I must resist.


  2. That is a lovely photo of you and your sisters! Applause to you for “resisting!” It would be hard to resist that dessert. It has been a while since we have watched that version of Pride and Prejudice. I think it might be time . . .

  3. Your sisters are all lovely, but I’m wondering which one is you. Your recipe sounds delicious, but it would definitely call for my being a resister should I decide to make it. So, I will be still a resister and leave it on your blog. LOL!

  4. Your dessert looks so good. I’m going to try that before summer ends. Have fun with VBS. I missed ours as it was early this year and happened the week our new grandson was born. Sisters are a blessing-agree!

  5. I think your dessert is very pretty and looks and sounds delicious! Aren’t sisters just the best…I’m blessed with two. Hope you have a great day Ellen!

  6. I love it that you and your sisters challenge one another to walk close with the Lord.

    Good for you turning into an insister when your brain tries to coax you to eat things that will interfere with your goal! Philippians 4:13

    I plan to give the watermelon cucumber salad a try. Thank you for sharing the link.

  7. What a beautiful picture of you and your sisters. I’m amazed at how many similarities there are between you and I. I too have 3 sisters and 4 brothers. I am 3rd youngest in the family. Love all my precious siblings and their beautiful spouses – so thankful for them all and for their families. They can’t possibly know how much I cherish each and everyone of them! That watermelon salad looks so good. Good for you to be a resister – it’s so hard – believe me I know! Blessings to you!

    • Rosella, We are blessed with our families. So glad you have good relationships with yours. Bev’s salad was real good and I think you’d enjoy it. Blessings to you, too!

  8. I love the photo of you and your sisters. Gosh family life must have been hilarious when you were young with all those siblings around. That desert looks delicious. B x

  9. Love the photo. That is a lot of siblings! So true, the resistance fads as the day goes on. That salad sounds yummy. Sounds like a busy August. Thanks for the recipe, that dessert looks delicious.

  10. I’m so late in commenting on everyone’s posts. I enjoyed your answers. watermelon cucumber salad sounds interesting. I once tried (I saw it on another blog), watermelon served with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and feta cheese. It was actually good.

  11. Ellen, great sisters and good-looking deserts for you ! I am a persister who persists until something has been done. My challenge is the online jobs of transcription and proofreading that I have failed to land on , over years.

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