Wednesday, August 5, 2015

~Summer Favorites and Simple & Sweet Fridays #179~

We always love the longer nights of summer
and enjoy being in the garden.
Here's a recipe to try for a summer night.
Spiced Pear Punch

Makes 1 serving
3 cups ice
1 1/2 ounces pear vodka
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 ounce St. Germain
1/4 ounce Angostura bitters
Garnish: fresh thyme sprig

In a cocktail shaker, combine ice and remaining 4 ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
Strain mixture into chilled glass. 
Garnish with fresh thyme sprig.
Scott made us fresh homemade pretzels.
They were so good!
Figs are another favorite in the summer garden.
A fresh salad with mixed greens, feta, raspberries, candied walnuts and fig halves. 
Great combination for a light summer lunch.
Fresh Figs and Brie
Easy appetizer!
We made grilled panini sandwiches.
Scott made fresh baguette bread 
 with brie, fig jam and ham.
I love the app. 
I had to see the figs in a watercolor image.
Love it!!
I copied the watercolor and made a label for some 
Fig- Ruby Port Preserves
Here is the recipe from 
Food Network Kitchen

Bring 1 pound chopped fresh figs, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean and a pinch of salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar melts. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until a drop of the mixture sets on a chilled plate, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon each lemon juice and ruby port, and a pinch of pepper. Fill sterilized jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace, then seal and process for 15 minutes.
Our figs in our garden are just starting to bear fruit.
Can't wait to make more recipes with them.
I also wanted to share with you photos of our garden.
A miniature olive tree!
Morning Glory
More Dahlias in bloom!

Stan is going to make a post to hang a new gate door I found
under our pink trumpet vine.
Ornamental cabbages are the prettiest purple.
Pumpkin vines are growing everywhere.

We made some peach sorbet over the weekend from fresh peaches.
So refreshing from the hot weather!
Beautiful sunset in San Diego!
I also wanted to share with you some Hand-Stamped glassine gift bags and tags for my Etsy site. They'll be added soon!
Something new for the holiday. 
Thank you again 
for always joining in every week and sharing your creativity!!
It inspires all of us!!

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  1. Jody and Stan,

    I love all of your summer favorites! Yum to the grilled panini and fig preserves. I like how you made the label for the preserves-very neat. This week's features are lovely. I'm definitely going to make the au gratin potatoes and zucchini parmesan bread. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.

  2. Thank you for the feature, Jody! What a nice surprise to see this morning!

  3. Jody and Stan,
    What a great post filled with your favorites!

    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  4. Jody and Stan,
    The touches of thyme sprigs on your table are simply divine, dear friends!!!
    The pretzels and fig salad speak volumes of Summer's bounty from your Gardens!!!
    I so~o~ enjoy a "walk about" in your lovely Gardens!!!
    The ornamental cabbages are g o r g e o u s!!!
    "Mr. Ed" planted some for us, but the baby bunnies devoured them as soon as the seeds sprouted!!!
    Perhaps another year!!!
    Thank you for hosting Simple and Sweet Fridays! each week!!!

  5. Jody,
    I always love seeing your garden so pretty. Every recipe looks so yummy especially the panini ohhhh so delish.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  6. I'd like to spend summer evenings at your place ~ special cocktails, delicious treats, and beautiful flowers. There isn't one thing on your menu that isn't a favorite. '-)
    Thanks for hosting.

  7. Wow, all of the food you posted just looks scrumptious! Thank you for hosting!

  8. Jody-

    I love coming to your party. Your garden is something I have always dreamed of. It's beautiful!

    Thank you for hosting,


  9. I have been avoiding bread and thus craving it. Those pretzels look amazing!

  10. Thank you Jody and Stan for Sweet and Simple, appreciate your work keeping such a lovely party going. Have a great week.

  11. Beautiful photos, lovely garden, and yummy food!! I have a question for you........I love figs but never had them fresh, they are available at my the skin edible or do they have to be peeled?? Don't laugh.......I really have no clue!!! thanks.....

  12. I so love your post today, and thank you for hosting and the great recipes! Jo

  13. Your glassine gift bags and tags are stunning!
    Thank you so much for hosting another week of amazing ideas and for the lovely feature!
    Happy weekend to you both!

  14. Thank you ever so much for featuring my Chocolate Cosmos photo from Focus Friday: Brown. I am honored and thrilled. Thanks also for letting me play with Simple & Sweet each week! You're an awesome hostess! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  15. Your posts are always such a delight. The summer salad looks delicious and you were so creative to print out the watercolor image of figs to label Ruby Port Preserves. Have a great weekend. Ann Marie at Iris Abbey

  16. Thank you very much for featuring my Crochet Cacti!!

  17. fresh salad with mixed greens and figs looks great.. I never kno when to eat figs there is a tree in the next garden that always comes over into mine.. but I'm not sure when to pick them either.. terrible. Such a lovely post so many wonderful things that you posted.. thanks for sharing them all.. Have a great new week with love Janice


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