Monday, July 11, 2016

~Summer Refreshing Frescos, Flowers in the Garden and Another Refinished Outdoor Table~

I wanted to share with you a recipe I just made.
~Martini de Camaron~
I was reading the section Food in 
The San Diego Union-Tribune
and saw this recipe.
It was created by Maria Ines Curiel of 
Karina's Mexican Seafood Restaurant.
Here is the recipe.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
With it we had sliced jicama with Tajin seasoning.
Stan made a salad with tomatoes from our garden.
I made a fresh loaf of bread.
Easy summer meal.
I also wanted to share with you some meringue cookies,
 I made for a party.

I dipped them in white chocolate,
then added sprinkles.
Here are some recent photos of our garden.
We started them from seed about 3 months ago.
We finally got some blooms, so happy!!
~Pink Lady Lily~
~Sally Holmes~

Our pumpkins are taking over our garden this year.

Our finished teak table.
Our teak table was in need of refinishing.
Stan sanded it down and put teak oil on it.

I don't know if you've ever seen a chrysalis for a Monarch butterfly.
We have seen many in our garden this year.
This one was on our barbecue cover.


  1. What a lovely post! beautiful garden and a fabulous meal from shrimp to meringues! Would love to try that recipe- I admit I don't think I've ever had Jicama!

    1. Online they say, "Jicama looks like a potato, is crispy and juicy like a firm pear, but it tastes sweet and starchy like an apple. It is delicious raw and makes a crunchy, flavorful addition to salads." It is a perfect description of what Jicama is!

  2. Great post! All of your treats look delicious! Your flowers are gorgeous and your teak table really looks nice redone.

    Have a great week.


    1. Hi Judy, Thank you for the wonderful compliment! Have a great day!

  3. Your martini's look fabulous. Love your garden photos love-in-a-mist is one of my favorites. Love your meringues as well, would you mind sharing that recipe, yours looks so good. Happy new week with love Janice

    1. Hi Janice,
      Here is Ina Garten's Meringue recipe.
      I did not add the roasted berries instead i dipped them in white chocolate and sprinkles.

  4. That recipe looks good! Is it very spicy? Love your garden (always)! I can't believe the difference in you table and chairs. Like new! Have a great week!

    1. Hi Cindy,
      The recipe is delicious and it is not that spicy! You can add as much spice as you want! Have a great week too!

  5. :) Lush..and that Ricardo's bread? Looks just like it..we love it!

    The a transformation!

    1. Hi Monique,
      I used a recipe from Laura Calder. She was on The Food Network, French Food at Home. It's called the Miracle Boule. Here is the recipe.
      Bon Appétit!

  6. You've been busy and it all looks so delicious and pretty.

    1. Hi Amalia, Our family loves trying different recipes. Cooking is definitely a family favorite tradition! These recipes are very simple to make and so good! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Everything looks delicious. I am going to make that wonderful dish with the shrimp. thanks so much for the recipe.

    Your pumpkin plants looks very healthy, mine isn't so great. Do you get more than one pumpkin per plant?

    Garden looks so good.

    Thanks for the wonderful post and have a sunny week.


    1. Hi Mary, Our pumpkins are doing very well this year. I'm sure with Stan retired they get some extra tender loving care. Yes, we do get more than one pumpkin per plant. The bees in the garden have a lot to do with that. We're lucky! We planted lots of flowers to attract them.
      Roses, Queen Anne's Lace, Borage, Dill, just to name a few. You have a beautiful garden too, Mary. Have a wonderful week enjoying your garden ♥


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