Thursday, May 15, 2014

Foodie Friday -- May 16th

Welcome to Foodie Friday.

It's Advil Season. 
A time for sore muscles, blisters, and sunburn--the best time of year if you are a gardener.

 I've spent the last few weeks cleaning the flower beds, checking to see what survived the severe winter and what needs to be replaced. 

The potted plants are starting to take off.

And the irises are in bloom.

A dear friend sent me some rhizomes last fall, and I was so worried that the Polar Blast
had hurt them. But the mighty iris prevailed.

This flower bed has sunny and shady areas.
Bandwidth planted 18 mandevillas today.

He is helping me mulch tomorrow. 

The bald hilltop is "Pretty in Pink" this year.
We've also planted a large potager, but I'll save that for later.

Meanwhile . . . 
Are you familiar with the MYSTERY INGREDIENT CLUB?
Here's how it works: A secret ingredient is assigned to members, and they incorporate it into a recipe (sweet or savory). 

The next club meeting will be held Monday, June 2, 2014

** Participating members can host the party. This means that you don't have to follow any rules or do any "hosty" things. You'll be mailed the Inlinkz thumbnail code prior to the event, which you can add to your post. This is totally optional.

**You can add your link at any participating blog. Your thumbnail/link will be seen on all MIC clubbers' blogs

** Other than using the secret ingredient in a recipe, there are no rules. 

** If you'd like to play with us, just leave a comment (or email me at and type MYSTERY CLUB in the subject header. 

** The secret ingredient will be unveiled via email.

** If you'd like to host the party on your blog, you'll be mailed the Inlinkz thumbnail code prior to the event.

**This isn't a weekly meme. The MIC meetings happen mysteriously!

Come on and join us. We'll have a great time!

Are you contributing a recipe to this week's Foodie Friday?

 If so, locate the blue Inlinkz icon in the lower, left-hand portion of this post. Click on the icon and follow the directions. After you complete the process, you will see a red "x" beside your name. This allows you to delete your link if you made an error; the red "x" is visible to you only.

You can read a complete guide to this linky party HERE.

It's pretty simple: there are NO RULES.

You don't need to "like" our Facebook page or be a follower of this blog to participate. Nor do you need to include a backlink or Foodie Friday button in your post. Add as many recipes as you wish, old or new.

If you'd like to share your food photos--or photos of other FF participants on Pinterest, join the Pinterest foodie board, Consuming Passions. Leave a message on the most recent "pin" if you'd like your name added to the list.

Every Friday, we are joined at this big, virtual table--thank you for stopping by today. I'm grateful to all of you who spend your days cooking. I'm grateful to old and new friends who contribute recipes every week. I'm grateful to friends who leave a comment. I'm grateful for the silent folks, because you are brought here by your love of all things culinary.

We are food people. And that's a marvelous thing.

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Have a great weekend!

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  1. Your garden looks lovely....Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks for hosting, Michael Lee. Have a great weekend!

  3. Your garden is so pretty. Spring has come to the mountains too and it's definitely pollen season. Our temperature will drop into the low forties for the next few nights and newly planted tomatoes & tender annuals must be protected. Burr..

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  4. I'm pink rather than green with envy over how your garden is growing! Beautiful iris!

  5. Your garden is growing beautifully~there is nothing better than a yard full of blooms :) Thank you for having us today~
    Yes, I want to play! Please send me the mystery ingredient!

  6. Your yard is looking so pretty, Michael Lee. I love the touches of pink and the iris. Thank you so much for hosting your wonderful party.

  7. Simply stunning photo's! and a great party!! Blessings, Catherine

  8. Hi Michael Lee,
    Your flower are just beautiful, great photos! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

  9. Wow, your garden looks amazing!

    Thanks for the linky party. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  10. Michael Lee, your garden time is paying dividends. Everything looks lovely! My iris bloomed more profusely than ever this year. I think they liked the severe freezes. Thanks for sharing and have a grand weekend.

  11. Beautiful flowers! I love all of them...and the irises are so delicate. Thank you for hosting!


  12. I don't have any yummy dishes to contribute, but your garden/yard looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing those beautiful plants.

  13. Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing two summertime frozen treats—my extravagant Lemon Ice Cream Sandwich and festive Strawberry Chocolate Party Balls.

  14. The flowers in your garden are so lovely! I really should plant some once the frost danger is past. Meanwhile, your photos brightened my day!

  15. Had to chuckle at "Advil Season" Michael, I feel your pain:@) Your gardens are very pretty-Happy Weekend!

  16. I admire your patience in planting such a stunning garden. Thank you so much for the party. Happy Spring.

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing the garden! of course i am partial to iris... are you enjoying the different looks? spoons, horns, flounces, there are 100,000 varieties, ALL enchant me... the mustardy one is thornbird, one of the tallest and most prolific ones for me, can be 4' high. its was a prestigious medal winner ;-) from pots to beds, it all looks fabulous, i know you having a wonderful time~

  18. What lovely flowers! I can't wait until ours start blooming here in the midwest. Thanks for hosting the party!

  19. O, my...everything here looks so delicious...and your flowers are lovely.

  20. Your garden is just beautiful! Love all of the pink!

  21. So many yummy recipes shared this week! LOVE your Mandevilla - my favorite potted combinations are Geraniumms and rambling Petunia - they joyfully fill pots - I do appreciate you hosting - have a blessed weekend,

  22. I was so busy on Friday I forgot to link up! But, I wanted to ask you where you got that cute teepee in your garden? Is it made from sticks and twigs?