We took off to Beaverton today for a long-overdue visit with my mom, grandpa, aunt, uncle and cousins. I swear, my family is like medicine to me: whatever ails me always feels better after a dose of them! Since August has only just begun it seemed like the perfect time for a family birthday celebration - many of us share that month for our birthdays, and my cousin Sandy and I even share the same date. The "girls" (our next-to-youngest generation, seeing as how the youngest generation are still too little to be allowed free rein in the kitchen) decided to put on a pot-luck dinner complete with a special dessert created by my cousin Sandy. As you can see by her super-cute calendar cake, July is a busy month for us!