Wednesday, February 24, 2016

~Our Trip to Washington State and Simple & Sweet Fridays #208~

Stan and I just love the Northwest.
He promised me a trip to
 Washington and Oregon when he retired.
So, he bought us tickets on Southwest
 and we were on the plane last week.
Washington was having their annual 
Flower & Garden Show
 at the 
Washington State Convention Center. 
We flew into Seattle
 and it was a beautiful clear day.
You could see for miles!!

After we landed,
 we decided to take a road trip to one of our favorite nurseries,
Christianson's Nursery in Mt. Vernon.
The weather was just perfect for sightseeing!
It was a photographers dream.
We saw lots of old barns and structures.
We were in Heaven!!

Last year at this same time,
 we saw Snow Geese in La Conner and they were back.
Thousands of Snow Geese
 migrate each winter to the
 Skagit River Valley near La Conner
 in Washington State.
There are also Trumpeters and Tundra Swans
 which love the rich farmland. 
Stan couldn't take enough photos of the birds,
there were so many of them.
Just Beautiful!!
Our next stop was 
Christianson's Nursery in Mt. Vernon.
Their Primrose Store
 has everything I love!!

We met Laura, who 
  designs and puts together all their displays. 
I just love the pretty vignettes!
Christianson's has the most beautiful Greenhouses.

It was a fun day at the Nursery.
I'll be sharing more photos of our trip on the next post.
~The Northwest Flower & Garden Show~

Christianson's Nursery was there too!!

Another road stop to 
Astoria, Oregon!

Can't wait to see what you've 
 been working on this last week!!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

~Edible Flower Bark & Stan's Retirement After 38 Years & Simple & Sweet Fridays #207~

I love the Victoria Magazine.
 They have so many wonderful articles and inspiring photographs!
In the March/April issue of Bliss Victoria,
they had an Edible-Flower Bark article in their Cooking and Entertaining section. 
I knew I had to make some for our family.
It was their special Garden Issue and
 you know how much I love gardening.
I always have edible flowers growing in our garden,
that way I can use them in any recipe.
 I used some white chocolate,
then heated it up and poured it onto 
some parchment paper to harden.
I used flowers from the garden.
Roses, calandulas, lavender, pansies, geraniums
 and chopped pistachios.
I sprinkled some salt onto it.
A beautiful bouquet of color!!
With some vanilla ice cream,
it was a perfect dessert!!

My husband Stan is officially retired now.
After 38 years working for the same company,
we decided it was time.
We made a special dinner to celebrate.
Ahi, Avocado and Shrimp Stack for starters.
Filet mignon, mushrooms and tattooed potatoes for dinner.
Our daughter, Carly,
 made her famous bearnaise sauce.
It was delicious!!
Some strawberries for dessert!
It was a meal our family will never forget.
Happy Retirement, Honey!!
It was a wonderful weekend!!

Hoping you all had a great week too.
Let's see what you've been working on!

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