Wednesday, August 20, 2014

~Lighten Up Your Kitchen and Simple & Sweet Fridays #129~

Adding more light in our kitchen and family room,
 was as easy as changing out our curtains.
I have always loved our burgundy and gold pen striped curtains,
but we needed a change.
Before our daughter, Katie, moved to England,
I had her help me find new curtains and hang them.
Boy, did it make a difference with the sunlight.
We found the embroidery curtains at
 Bed, Bath and Beyond.
I fell in love with the small flowers embroidered on them.
The white corbels are a good accent piece 
with the new curtains.
I love the softness in the room now.
Especially,
 with the summer light shining through them.
Now we have more of a view of our garden.
An easy way to change a room,
~NEW CURTAINS~

Carly made Stan and I dessert to celebrate.
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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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