Thursday, April 7, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to  Foodie Friday and Everything Else. We've had a windy week on the hilltop. I'm looking forward to calmer weather, and I bet you are, too. 


In other news, I passed my final exam for the Master Gardener's program, and now I will begin logging in volunteer hours (40 are required to become a Master Gardener). This is where the interns work with experienced gardeners and receive hand's on guidance--plus volunteer hours help fund the UT extension program.

I'm pleased to share a few highlights from last week's party:

You'll love the spring tour of Cheekwood by Carol Mattingly Photography.



Let's take a delightful trip to Replacements LTD with House at Forest Manor. 


Join Shelia at Note Songs for a tour of her beautiful kitchen. 


A child's bedroom gets a sophisticated makeover by In the New House Designs.




I'm enjoying a layered spring salad by Home Is Where the Boat Is.



Step into an early spring garden by From My Carolina Home.
Redbud March 26 close


Smell the flowers from the garden at Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.



Be sure to get the recipe for Spinach and Kale Salad with Broccoli Croutons by The Painted Apron.
spinach & kale salad


Get your pencils out to jot down the ingredients for Estelle's Texas Caviar.


Try an inventive, refreshing libation: Pineapple Jalapeno Infused Tequila by Grey is the New Black.
Pineapple Jalapeno Infused Tequila - an easy way to wow your margaritas!

The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party Guidelines:

 ***No "rules," anything goes.

 **Share your food photos with a larger community at Top Food Bloggers on Pinterest. Send me a message @ Pinterest if you'd like to join (so I'll be sure to see your request--otherwise, it may get lost in the feed, and I don't want to miss your note)

If you need more assistance, an UPDATED guide to the linky party is available HERE.

Note: This week, the Inlinkz thumbnails will appear in random positions so everyone will have an opportunity to be in the first column. 
Let's Party!

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations on passing your exam Michael Lee! You'll be digging and planting up a storm this spring with all your knowledge! Thank your sharing my Layered Spring Salad! I hope you have some warmer weather on your hilltop than we are anticipating this weekend :)

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    1. The temp is supposed to plunge into the low 30s here, too, and I am dreading it.

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  2. Thanks for hosting Michael Lee! The wind had certainly been crazy here in western NC, and we are hoping the trees around the house stay standing!

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    1. I'll bet you're getting our insane TN weather. I can't remember such a windy April.

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  3. Thank you so much for the feature! Congratulations on passing your exam!

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  4. Congratulations Master Gardener Intern, enjoy your 40 hours.
    Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Congratulations on passing your Master Gardener's exam. With all of your gardening experience, it must have been a breeze for you. Thanks for hosting and sharing all of these beautiful photos with us. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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  6. Woohoo!!! Congratulations on completing your program and now onto 40 hours of volunteering! You'll be our gardening expert.
    You sure did have some strong winds to knock down your chandelier! Your potting shed is going to get a work out.
    Thank for hosting, Michael Lee and have a great week out in your yard.

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  7. I agree Michael, the winds have been crazy this year! I hope you have a nice weekend:@)

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  8. Michael Lee, congratulations on your passing the MG exam! Armed with all that reference material and expert resources sure makes gardening that much more delightful, doesn't it? I'm sorry the wind did the damage it did to your lighting. We had a lesser mishap with some metal facing on our garage. Thank you for hosting us.
    Rita

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  9. Love the features - those tulips!! Congrats on the Master Gardner's exam...something I will never be able to accomplish with my 'black thumb' - lol! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

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  10. Great party! Thanks for hosting!!

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  11. Congrats on passing your Master Gardener's exam!!! That is so wonderful!! And, thank you so much for featuring my tequila! I hope you stay warm this weekend, they are saying that we might have a freeze Saturday night!!

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  12. Congrats Michael Lee, that is so impressive! Even though I love flowers but I have a total black thumb, the only thing I can grow is a weed! Thanks for choosing my salad as a feature, I think I'll celebrate with a little jalapeno infused tequila, wowza! I also wish I had Mary's layered salad to dig into tonight, yum. Thanks for being such a gracious host,
    Jenna

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  13. Hi Michael,

    Is that your vine-covered wrought-iron fence? It's beautiful!! Congratulations on passing the Master Gardener exam; I know you'll enjoy putting all that knowledge to good use. I've wanted to take that class for years and never gotten around to doing it. Good for you! :-D

    Thanks so much for featuring me this week; I look forward to reading the other posts! I hope you have a great weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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    1. Yes, that's my fence with the vine. I have enjoyed it so much!

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  14. Congrats on passing your test dear Michael Lee, wow, a Master Gardener, I'm so impressed and happy for you.
    Great features too. I'm posting two recipes as well.
    Thank you for having me again this week.
    FABBY

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  15. Congrats on becoming a Master Gardner! Thanks for hosting! Enjoy your week.

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  16. Hi Micheal Lee and congratulations on becoming a Master Gardener! Hopefully we'll get to see some of the gardens you work on. We had crazy rains and winds today and trees were uprooted and roofs caving in! Goodness! Thank you so much for featuring my little kitchen! I'm really humbled you would like it. Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Congratulations on passing your exam! Your gardens will be amazing this year!! Thanks for hosting this wonderful party. Loved the features too! Have a beautiful weekend, we are going to have COLD and possible SNOW!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Congratulations on your Master Gardener Internship! Great features- thanks for hosting!

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  19. This as always is a wealth of beauty and inspiration! Thank you Michael Lee for featuring my blog today! I love and adore Foodie Fridays and each post that shares such informative and lovely articles! Have a lovely weekend! Hugs!!!

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  20. Thanks for the fun and have a nice weekend. :0)

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  21. Michael, congratulations on earning the Master Gardener designation! I've heard it's quite a process. Thanks for hosting.

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  22. Congrats on your master Gardner certification! Now I know who to ask when I have questions. Yay! Stay warm. Low 40s and gusty just north of you in ky. Brrr. Sheila

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  23. Michael, a big congrats on your M.G. internship degree! I do not have a 'green thumb' myself or to put it more bluntly ... 'if I were a Farmer I would starve to death' ... ☺. That said; while quickly scrolling through all the lovely features you posted I could have sworn I seen a Budgerigar (Budgie) sitting in the Spinach and Kale Salad. Do you see him? -Brenda-

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    1. Gosh, it does look like a Budgie! You have a keen eye, Brenda!

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    2. Thank you Michael for the compliment but some might put it down to an over-active imagination since the recipe doesn't call for one but am glad though that you seen it as well ... ☺. Wishing you a beautiful weekend! -Brenda-

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  24. Thanks so much for hosting the party! Please stop by and join us for Funtastic Friday. We'd love to have you and your friends join us.

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  25. Hip, hip, hooray for the Master Gardner certificate! I've no instincts for gardening. I have a tendency to over-water indoor and outdoor plants! That's why I love perennials as they do a good job of taking care of themselves other than the occasional dividing.

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  26. Sorry, I'm late linking up. I had family visiting.

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  27. I'm so impressed that you passed your master gardener's cert - congrats in a super huge way to you!! You know, that's something I've wanted to do for years and you've just inspired me to look up where in my area I can get started - thanks a billion for the nudge!!

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    1. That's wonderful! We found out about it in the newspaper. You might find out about your local master gardener club on Facebook, and from there, you can leap to the state site to find out about the next class.

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  28. Yay! I got my first link-up from my new blog.... Living On Loblolly Lane.

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  29. I'm catching up on my favorite blogs since I've had my grandchildren visiting.
    Congratulations on finishing the master gardener course. I did it in Alabama a number of years ago. Attending classes and studying took a great deal of time and effort. How did you keep up your blog too? I'm amazed.
    Wanted to tell you I will be linking up tomorrow with a fantastic garden post of my friends garden. You will love it.
    I've been out all morning working in my garden and now I am ready for a hot tub bath to soak my weary muscles but first I will be reading your other posts.

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    1. The course was 40 hours in the classroom (once, sometimes twice, weekly), followed by 40 hours volunteer work. So far, I have only earned hours by bringing food to the meetings. We do have a year to earn our hours, though. My blog started to flail after Zap died, and I haven't regained my footing. Need to kick myself in the pants, don't I, and get busy.

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