In Full Bloom

My one attempt at flowers this year.  Petunias from WalMart.  Our vegetable garden keeps us so busy there’s no time for pretty things.  I do use quite a bit of the thyme growing in the top of the planter.


Christmas In July

This little hutch came from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  It was easy to assemble and a lot of fun to work on!  The top shelf has a tiny Christmas tree, some porcelain mice I bought at Disney World when they first opened, a book of bedtime stories and a snowman snow globe I made out of polymer clay.  The middle shelf contains a jar of peppermints I made from poly clay, a tiny tea set, a tin of Christmas cookies and a JOY sign made from painted scrabble tiles.  The bottom shelf holds a glitter house village made from poly clay.  The della robbia spray has poly clay oranges and nail art fruit slices.

The drawer opens and contains miniature Christmas tree decorations, including lights, tinsel, icicles and ornaments.

The wreath is made from beads and nail art glitter.



Introducing A New Chicken To The Flock

We have a new addition to our flock.  A pretty little red hen.  Don’t ask where we got her…  😉   She has a little apartment in the hen house where she’ll be able to get adjusted to the rest of our girls.  It’s a goat carrier modified with a feeder, water and some place for her to feel secure at night.  We’ll let her join the rest of our chickens after about a week.  She awarded us with an egg about 2 hours after arriving at her new home.



I took this photo from our hot tub.  The blackberries are close enough to pick to add to a glass of champagne.  Life is good!


The only basil we have this year is grown on our back deck in pots.  I’ve made pesto twice now with the basil leaves, garlic, toasted pine nuts, parmesean, lemon and olive oil.  Toss that with pasta and some sauteed shrimp.  Yum!



Cooking From The Garden

Our morning haul from the raised beds usually fills a large colander and inspires the evening’s dinner.

Pickle marathon 2017 should start soon….

Gotta get my sauerkraut crock out of storage.

Roasted beets, carrots and garlic with sauteed beet greens and blue cheese.

Spanikopita pie with our spinach, garlic and goat cheese from the freezer.


Garden Update

Our Jerusalem artichokes are almost as tall as I am.

We’re headed for a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes this year. We have 3+ beds planted from our own saved seeds.

We’ve been enjoying the heck out of beets and beet greens.

These pepper plants are ghost, red Caribbean habanero or pimentos from saved seeds.

The green beans are starting to come in.

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