cakes and bobbles

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I made up a tiny little batch of Russian Tea Cakes last night. I used this good old reliable recipe. I don’t know about tea but I love these with coffee. I usually don’t have sweets with tea for some reason.

In other news…

I leaned how to knit a bobble last night, I’m about to start an Agatha Christie book I’ve not read before, I’m growing a sweet potato vine, and it’s raining.

Happy Tuesday!

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1 tiny zucchini!

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I’ve got one! A tiny one!

Actually I don’t even have a picture of it. I decided to let my Russian Sage take over that part of the garden because the bees were so happy with the purple flowered monster that smothered everything else growing there. Yes I have hundreds of bees buzzing in the hedges this summer. No one has been stung and all the mosquito spraying our city has done seems to have had no bad effects – I can’t imagine more bees than we have already.

Yesterday while out watering I decided to poke around and I found a tiny squash. There are several flowers on the plant so I may see more yet. Also a volunteer sunflower (from the birdseed I suspect) and one of the other patches of morning glory seeds I planted are growing pretty well behind that purple jungle!

There aren’t many actual flowers left for the bees but they are making the most of them. Summer is fading.

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Sorry there are so many pictures in this post. I simply cannot make decisions on Saturday!

Summer Fresh

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I do think one of the best things about Summer is the fresh fruit and vegetables. We have a new market in town that has their own farm and also sells lots of very fresh, very local produce. Between that, the farmer’s market, and my own little garden I’ve had the yummiest fresh ingredients to cook with this week.

Also – thank you to Amber for the jar of delicious lemon curd (freshly made).

The Recipes –

Blueberry Pancakes (Krusteaz box mix – I cheated, just fling in some fresh blueberries)
Lemon Curd (by Amber & Alton Brown)
Roasted Carrots (with thyme from my garden)
Quiche (with fresh spinach)
Grilled Cheese Caprese (fresh tomato & basil – from my garden)

the last two recipes can be found my food page.

Happy fresh eating!

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birds and flowers

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I just crossed the room to pet Miss Jane who was looking adorable asleep on a chair (sorry no picture) when I spied these sweet birds enjoying the flowers just outside the window. Luckily my camera was within reach and I was able to capture the moment. I hope they leave a few blooms for me to enjoy!

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tiny progress

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I finally have a real stitching finish. It only took me a week to get the final 7 stitches done on this one. I’m going back and forth on framing and making a pillow. The design is from Little House Needleworks and it’s called Needlework School. I think it’s very sweet.

I’ve also started another little sampler, this one from Country Stitches called Dame of the Needles Sewing Roll. I have an additional pattern with threads ready to ship if someone is looking for this, just email me for price info. I haven’t decided yet whether to add this to the webshop.

I knitted Amber a wrap at Christmastime and wanted to do one for myself. I finally had a yarn combination on hand that I really liked so I’ve made a tiny start. I’m using this pattern and this yarn and this yarn. It’s hard to tell yet if I love it, need to knit a bit more I think.

A little garden news, the chives have pretty purple flowers and the cilantro has bolted (now I’m growing coriander) and a butterfly stopped by.

Happy Monday!

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flower pots

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Flowers have been planted and potted!

I know Jane’s not a flower but she’s just as sweet.

Happy Friday!

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green Saturday

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The sound of the burner on this balloon woke us up today. You can see it was a great day to get out and plant things. I quick run to the farmer’s market for a few herbs, which smelt heavenly to Jane and another run the the green house for tomatoes and a few flowers (the flowers are for another post) and I had plenty to plant.

I also planted some seeds – oregano (in the pot with the small rosemary & mint), summer squash, and zucchini. I planted lettuce earlier in the week and the cucumbers are coming up nicely along with a few other herbs I started from seed.

The snowball bush belongs to my neighbor – it’s beautiful and this raspberry lemonade was delicious and just what I needed when I finished up outside.

Three items are left on my list of things I’d like to grow this summer, thyme – I’m not sure which variety, sage, and flax for the pretty blue flowers. I think I may buy some daisies too, just because.

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