Thursday, August 1, 2019

~Vintage Table Setting~

Enjoying summer nights with a vintage table setting!
A collection of vintage plates from my mother, estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores
gives me the opportunity to set a beautiful table!
Fresh pink roses, seeded eucalyptus and misty blue limonium from the garden are used for the table centerpiece.
A collection of empty Bonne Maman jars 
hold the candles to set the mood!
Wooden bark chargers are used to display the beautiful plates!
I bought the etched glasses from Anthropologie.
My husband made the farm table from reclaimed barn wood 
that was given to us from friends.
Looking forward to more outdoor entertaining!
Hope you're all having a fun summer!!

Friday, July 12, 2019

~DIY Dried Herb Wreath for a Summer Project~

Looking back on projects that I've made,
 I saw this Herb Wreath I did last summer.
I put it on instagram but didn't share it on my blog!
Here's what I did;
I bought a grapevine wreath from Michael's Art and Craft Store.
I gathered herbs from the garden;
lavender, rosemary, oregano, sage, bay leaves,
 thyme and pepper berries.
I tied them with jute into small bouquets.
I used flowers from the garden;
limonium sinuatum-statice and strawflowers.
I tied the rosemary first around the wreath with green floral wire.
Then placed the herbs where I wanted them and then used the green floral wire and tied them onto the wreath.
I poked the flowers where I wanted them into the grapevine wreath. 

I placed the wreath on a chalkboard and displayed it in the kitchen.
When you're cooking you can just cut the dried herbs off.
I think it's time to make another one!

Monday, July 8, 2019

~Harvesting Vegetables From Our Garden~

We have been planting lots of vegetables this last spring to eat this summer. I wanted to share with you photos of our harvest!
In this raised bed we have kale, beets and bunching onions!
Artichokes did well because of all the rain
 we had this year in San Diego!

Our Potager Garden
We have lots of apples this year!
Our Golden Dorsett Apple espalier bearing fruit!
I had to make some pretty apple tarts!
Our first harvest from our zucchini!
Neighbors are loving the fresh produce!
We're growing different varieties of tomatoes in pots.
Had to try this Tomato Lemon Tart recipe from Bon Appetit.
Hope you're all enjoying your gardens this summer!

Friday, May 24, 2019

~Inspiration from the Garden~

I haven't posted in quite some time now. 
I decided today was the day to start again!!
We have made some changes in the garden but, 
we always love 
making a Peter Rabbit Garden.
I love putting lots of fun things 
in the raised bed to display for it!
Our vegetables this Spring have been amazing!
With all the rain we've had in San Diego this year,
 it has helped
with the flowers, vegetables and plants!
This is a view from our upstairs window!
As you can see the garden is really green!!
Our newest family member, Nori. She is a rescue from Labs and More.
 She is a Lab mix and is 8 months now. 
Looking forward to taking travel adventures with her!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 29, 2018

~Herb Breadsticks~

Just in time for the holidays
~Herb Breadsticks~
I made bread dough and used herbs from the garden;
parsley, rosemary, dill and thyme.
You can always buy packaged bread dough!
Roll out your bread dough into strips.
Brush with a beaten egg.
Chop up your favorite herbs from your garden!

Brush with more egg wash on top of herbs.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until brown!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

~Garden to Table Birthday Party & Craft~

I wanted to share photos of a
 ~Garden to Table Birthday Party~
 I hosted for my friend, Mary.
I had the party outside in our garden.
Rooster French Script plates were used from Williams Sonoma.
 I picked flowers and herbs for the tablesetting. 
Our friends Kim and David gave us the old barnwood,
 Stan made a beautiful farm table from it.
Fresh rosemary and cute little ceramic pigs added a nice touch.
I found pretty pillows at Kirklands Home Decor 
for the cottage bench.
Eucalyptus was used for the centerpiece.
I picked fresh flowers and herbs and used vintage mason jars.
I had cabbages inside old teapots and 
an old antique iron and vintage "Rival" Clothes Wringer 
displayed on the buffet.
A chalkboard in the kitchen read,
"Garden to Table"
A cupboard nook had more whimsical things for the Garden theme.
~Chilled Cosmopolitans~
Watermelon, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar topped with fresh mint.
Crostini with brie, apples from the garden & honey drizzled on top,
Gruyere cheese with mustard seed and fig butter and
nuts and olives.
Arugula salad with beets, goat cheese and candied walnuts.
~Butternut Squash & Zucchini Lasagna~
Homemade ricotta cheese,
spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
I used the KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment. I bought it at Sur La Table. It creates sheets of zucchini and vegetables to make healthy versions of your favorite dishes!
It was delicious!
The Birthday Cake was a
~Lemon Pound Cake with Candied Bees~

Lavender shortbread cookies & chocolate bark with sea salt & almonds.
Vintage rooster cordial glasses were used with Tuaca,
 an Italian brandy.
 For the craft, I collected flowers from the garden, dried & pressed them weeks before the party.
The girls loved being creative making pressed flower designs in glass frames I found at Michaels craft store.  The second craft was decorating flameless LED vanilla scented candles I found at Walmart.
We used Mod Podge and glued the flowers onto the scented candles. They all turned out so pretty.

With the flowers,
 I also made handmade thank you cards for the girls. 
It was a fun 
"Garden to Table Birthday Party"
 for my friend, Mary!
(in the background, Me, Linda, Tami & Mary)
Yuri & Virginia

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