Sunday, August 17, 2014

~Sunday Sunflowers~

Sunday is always a relaxing day in the garden.
It was a perfect day to cut some of our 
flowers and take some photos.
I love the different sizes and shades of yellow.

Taking photos up close of a sunflower always amazes me how gorgeous they are.

Even the stem is so unique.
I'm going to dry the ones I cut today and save them for the next planting.
I had to put some out for the birds.
I love how they grow straight up to the sky.
A little watercolor drawing.
Of course, I gave some to the chickens.

It was a hot day in San Diego,
 so I treated the chickens to some figs too!!

They love their treats.
As I was feeding the chickens
 the prettiest dragonfly flew by and posed for me.
It's wings look like stained-glass.
It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon in the garden. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

~Simple Food Ideas and Simple & Sweet Fridays #128~

A simple carrot cake with pretty pinwheels
makes a dessert special for any occasion.

Tomato and Burrato Salad with fresh basil from the garden.
Fresh Biscuits
Jams from England
When our daughter, Katie, and Harry went to England,
they went to Dovecote Farm and brought us home some.
I found the recipe for the biscuits from Martha Stewart.
I used Rosemary and Dill.
I cut them fresh from the garden.
I made a simple Asparagus and Spinach Soup to go with it.

~A Homemade Meat & Cheese Platter~

~Fresh Pineapple for Dessert~

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

~Summer Pleasures~

I wanted to share with you a project we just finished.
Stan designed a new patio area out in the garden.
We needed somewhere to rest and to enjoy
 the beautiful view from another angle.
He used brick with a cross hatch design.
We found the table and benches at Ikea.
The umbrella I bought from Patio World and it's made with sunbrella fabric and hopefully will last awhile.

I cut some white iceberg roses for the table.
The blue mason jars look so pretty with the blue umbrella.
I love the color of the wood stain. We're always digging and putting hand tools everywhere.
With this color you won't see the dirt as much.
I've been collecting suncatchers for awhile now.
Whenever Stan travels he brings back one 
from different states he's been to.
Each one is special and sparkles in the sunlight.
I love my new Tuscan Basil Topiary.
I found it at one of our favorite stores,
Trader Joe's.
I found the perfect place in the kitchen for it.

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