Saturday, August 22, 2015

In the Garden 8.22.15

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Well, it has been over a month since I did a garden update, so I decided to take a few photos this morning while the dew was still on the flowers and veggies.  Gardening has not really been that enjoyable this year.  With the excessive heat we have been having here in the Northwest, being out in the hot sun is not my idea of fun.  The garden seems to be handling the heat fine though.  We do try to keep it watered well on these hot days, our lawn and several other plants are as dead as can be though.  I for one cannot wait for the cooler days of fall to arrive!

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Cosmos

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Green Beans

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Marigolds & Tomatoes

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Beets & Carrots

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Italian Roasting Peppers

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Broccoli

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Orange Bell Pepper

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Marigold

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This photo is to show how the one Early Girl tomato plant has decided to take over the entire garden bed.  Also planted in this bed is four varieties of peppers, two cucumber plants, and some marigolds.

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Kale

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Green Bell Peppers

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Zucchini

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Feverfew ~ self seeded next to our plum tree

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Applemint ~ gone to seed

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Echinacea

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Sunflowers

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Zinnia

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Zinnias

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Sweet Pea

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Corsican Mint ~ self seeded in the bricks that line the foundation of our home

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Garlic ~ drying on the racks, we will soon be cleaning them up and storing them

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Grape Tomatoes

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Sun Gold Tomatoes & Basil

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Fresh veggies harvested from the garden this afternoon.  Menu planning was going through my head as I picked the veggies.  I see a few meals that I can make with the produce in this basket, along with some zucchini bread and cake!

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Tonight for dinner I roasted some of our beets from the garden.  Very simple and very delicious!

Oven Roasted Beets

Peel beets and cut into small wedges.  Add some olive oil, salt, and pepper…mix together to coat all the beets.  Add a sprig or two of rosemary and thyme.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until fork tender.

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I also made a veggie quiche tonight.  I made a whole wheat pie crust and filled it with fresh picked veggies – broccoli, pepper, zucchini, tomato, and garlic.  I whisked together 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and salt & pepper to taste.  I added the veggies and about a cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese to the pie crust and then poured the egg & milk mixture over the top.  I then baked it for about 50-60 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  If you make this quiche, keep an eye on it while it is baking, as your oven temperature may vary from mine, also let it cool before slicing so it can set up a bit.

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While I was outside this morning taking photos of the garden, this is what the sky looked like.  There was a red glow around the sun due to all the smoke from the fires in Eastern Washington.  This is the first day that the smoke has made its way west of the Cascades.  It was a very hazy day with a burning smell in the air. 

Please pray for all the fire fighters and volunteers that are battling these wildfires, the families that live in the fire zones, and also for some much needed rain here in the Northwest!

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Little Story About Claire & A Bear

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A couple of years ago, on the way home from the store, we stopped at a yard sale.  Most of the stuff was tools, which of course made my hubby very happy!  I decided to stay in the van and wait for him, but then I spotted this adorable bear sitting off to the side.  I asked my hubby if it was cheap enough to buy it.

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Now there were three reasons that I wanted him to buy that bear…

1) I have always loved bears

2) I knew we could use it as a footstool in the living room

3) I had hopes of future grandchildren playing with it

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Well, needless to say the bear was cheap enough to come home with us that day.  This was well before our daughter and son-in-law were expecting our first grandbaby.  For the most part, Ben (as he is affectionately known as in our home), has been moved back and forth between the living room and our home office.

Claire has seen Ben many times before, but usually ignores him.  Well, the other day she walked right up to him and tossed off the little blankets that were resting on his back.  She then pulled Ben by his ear to move him away from the wall.  I decided to bring him out to the living room for her.  She had such a fun time playing with Ben the Bear!  This was what I had imagined when we brought that big, stuffed bear home!

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All that playing can really be exhausting though…her Papa was tired too, so they fell asleep together on the couch!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Flowers

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This is our “new” smaller flower garden.  All that green grass in the background use to be part of the flower garden too.  This past winter we decided to downsize the garden and I’m very happy we did.  Although it was beautiful having a large flower garden, it took a lot of upkeep to maintain it.  There is a mix of perennials and annuals in the garden, including my favorite pinks that line the walkway.

Below are some close-ups of a few of the flowers in this garden.

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The garden below is in our backyard.  Usually I plant veggies in these raised beds, but I decided to fill it with flowers instead.  There is a mix of sunflowers, zinnias, and sweet peas.

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The other day when I was taking some pictures of the Echinacea, I had a few visitors that decided to “photobomb”  my pictures…lol!

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If you look closely at the photo below you will see two bumblebees and a butterfly, all sharing the sweet nectar from the same flower!

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And finally, some photos of the little bouquets that are filling the house!

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