I'm so glad you're joining us today. Pull up a rocking chair and tell me about your week. Earlier this month, I took a day trip to southern Kentucky to visit the Mennonite and Amish communities. I came home with happy memories and plenty of fresh vegetables.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Let's get out of the blistering heat and relax at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. It's so hot today, the news is warning people to stay indoors and crank up the a/c. Come on inside where it's cool. Pour a tall, frosty glass of your favorite summertime beverage and grab a slice of pie.
Here you go, a lemon icebox pie, freshly prepared by Homemade Interest.
More ideas from last week's party:
When outdoor temperatures spike, it's a great time to stay indoors and fluff the nest. Belle Bleu Interiors decorated a French pastry table. Love the idea of putting fresh lemons on a cake stand.
Love how Olla-Podrida spruced up her baker's rack.
Homespun Hydrangea served the perfect summer dish, a crunchy pea and bacon salad.
The Painted Apron explores the beach house lifestyle, focusing on a beloved stretch of sparkling ocean, known to locals (from New Orleans to Pensacola) as "The Coast."
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I'm glad to see you this week at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. The Dog Days of summer have arrived a tad early in middle Tennessee. It's hot and dry, and my container garden hovers on the brink, always thirsty and ragged. But I'm not complaining, mind you. Summer is grand. It's vegetable and flower season, and when the mercury rises, it gives me an excuse to stay inside during the hottest part of the day, thinking about cool, refreshing dishes to serve. Grab a plate, a fork, and a tall, frosty glass of sweet tea.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Warm summer days have a slow rhythm. They can't be hurried, and it's best to let them have their way. Summer also cries out for lighter entrees and frosty desserts. I love cobblers, but a dessert pizza was made for hot, lazy evenings. I imagine dinner on the porch, barbecued chicken and slaw, and the pizza. A fizzy peach cooler would be a nice compliment, but anything with ice and fruit would hit the spot. We don't need to turn on the radio. The night provides its own music. Crickets, bullfrogs, the far off hoot of a barn owl. Down on the lawn, lightning bugs appear, floating in lazy patterns.
Yes, indeedy. I'll make that pizza.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
I'm happy to see you at this week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Like many of you, I've planned meals around summer produce. I'm taking a relaxed approach to everything, from baking to taking photos. I'll snap a few pictures in natural light, and then we're ready to eat. For better or worse, here's what I've been up to.
A savory, fruity grilled arugula-brie-berry pizza with pancetta and caramelized onions had a steep learning curve, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
An easy recipe for peach-pecan cobbler was a nail-biter and a time-eater--all because I took the mad scientist approach. But it sure was delicious.
A recipe for a grilled dessert pizza is coming soon.
Flank steak fajitas with nasturtiums were fresh and fun.
Bandy and I grilled pork tenderloins, peaches, tangerines, peppers, and onions. We've been producing quite a few scorched earth dishes!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
I'd planned to make a blueberry cobbler, but most of the fruit disappeared--fruit I'd supposedly hidden. Not well enough, right? However, I found quite a few peaches. I remembered a series of recipes I'd seen on Pinterest, and several had involved the unlikely mix of fruit, cake mix, and 7-Up. You've seen those recipes, haven't you? The ones that call for three ingredients? Or the ones that get a bit adventurous, deviating from an already strange procedure. I chose the latter route.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The kitchen is a barometer of my well being. If I'm rolling out dough, I'm in a happy place. All is well in my world if I'm stirring, chopping, zesting, crimping, or peeling. If the kitchen is too clean, if I don't have a minor burn or two, I'm probably circling the edge of the abyss. But outdoor cooking is another domain. Grilling is the realm of Men. Fire, alchemy, smoke, magic.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
I'm delighted to see you at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. The holiday weekend is almost here, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you are bringing to the party. If you're looking for ideas, here are a few outstanding blogs to visit:
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A wispy breeze washes over me as I step into the Memory Garden to check the butterfly bushes. It is early morning, that magical time before summer heat pushes down like a hand. My rubber boots sink into the fresh mulch as I check the bushes for spent blossoms. As I snip, I observe the bushes' general health. The lacy Buddleia davidii aren't just shrubs, they are symbolic. They mark the resting places of my Yorkies, Mister and Zap.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Is it hot where you live? The temperature reached 96 degrees on my hilltop, and I've been thinking about ways to cool down. I spotted lots of ideas at last week's party.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. It's a beautiful day on the hilltop, sunny and clear, not too hot. I'm getting ready to plant flowers in the trellis beds (I haven't identified them, so I'm calling them Pink Things). I hope you are enjoying these early days of June.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It was high summer the first time we saw the house. The yard had umpteen trees, but I didn't see any fallen leaves. The patios and yard were pristine. I never really thought what would happen when autumn arrived, seeing as I'd lived on a bald hilltop for a decade. Trees were a novelty. I hadn't raked a leaf in years.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
After three days of relentless rain, the sun came out, blazing in a peculiar blue-green light. I looked up from my desk, out the window, and saw a rainbow--and the faint etching of a second rainbow. You can see it in the upper left corner. Well, you would have thought I'd won the lottery or an all-expense paid trip to Europe. Nothing could have thrilled me more than a double rainbow. Shoot, even one would make my day!
Monday, June 6, 2016
As June begins, I'm celebrating the hydrangeas at Rattlebridge. After two bloomless summers, the shrubs bounced back, surprising me with drifts of pink, blue, and purple. They're plump and gorgeous, adding color (and a bit of magic) to the shake and stone cottage.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
It's time for Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I hope you had a fun, food-filled holiday. I'm looking forward to seeing your recipes and projects. Last week's party was stellar. Here are a few highlights: