Tuesday, February 21, 2017

~Hellebores & Our Garden Shed ~

I love hellebores. 
Stan and I went to La Costa Nursery in San Diego County 
and bought some new plants for our garden!
Hellebores are easy to grow and can live for decades. 
They're deer proof and drought tolerant!
This one is called,
~HGC Love Bug~

This hellebores has longer stems.
~Penny's Pink~
Can't wait to plant them!
I made some new wreaths for the garden shed.

I'm going to add fresh flowers
 from our garden soon to the wreaths!!
Our flower seeds from 
Floret Flower Farm
are getting bigger everyday!!
 Basil plants happily growing in a tomato can!
I made parmesan heart crisps to add to a salad!
We made fried rice with peas and mushrooms for dinner.
Ina Garten's recipe 
Iced Prosecco with fruit for dessert with
Ina Garten's
Ending to a wonderful day!!
We're leaving tomorrow for 
Seattle, Washington's
I'll be sharing on Instagram!

Monday, February 6, 2017

~Love Lavender~

Who doesn't love Lavender!
The scent is so relaxing and fresh,
 I love the color purple!
I have placed it,
here and there in the house.
I can't get enough of the smell.

Some new purple Italian appetizer plates,
I found on a shopping day in Little Italy.

A lavender wreath hanging in our entryway!
Just got these pretty lavender edible papers from 
Can't wait to make lavender sugar cookies!
I ordered 
The Lavender Cookbook
by Sharon Shipley
from Amazon. 
There's lots of delicious recipes inside. 
Lavender always makes me smile!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

~Walking Through the Garden~

Our garden this winter is so green.
We've had so much rain in San Diego.
I planted some Sweet Peas, love them!
The cabbages just love this weather!
Our alstroemerias will be blooming soon.
I can't wait!
~Forget-Me-Not Flowers~
~Miniature Gardens~


Stan did a good job on this succulent arrangement!
The succulents love growing in this birdbath.
Stan definitely has a green thumb growing his Spanish Moss.
This arch is not in bloom yet.
It has a rose, snail plant and purple trumpet.
I can't wait to share it with you when it does bloom!
~Happy Gardening~

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

~Simple Winter Mantel & Chocolate Dipped Biscotti~

It's always hard to put everything away from Christmas.
Adding our small boxwood wreaths
 on the mantel adds some greenery.

I added some mini lights too!
Fresh cut flowers from the garden .

A very simple Winter mantel.
Since it's been raining in San Diego, 
I decided to make some biscotti.
Rachael Ray has a good recipe here:
Some melted chocolate and crushed almonds.
Make a very good Winter treat!
Hope you're all staying warm this winter!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

~Winter Days in the House~

After the holidays, I was looking for a little inspiration 
from our garden. I wanted to bring some flowers inside to add some color.
 A garden vignette!
Antique silver trays and garden pots with pansies 
add some color to the miniature lights. 
I decided to keep the lights up from the holidays.
They give the house a warm feeling.

I think I'm going to keep my 
star up for awhile.
 I love sparkle it gives the entryway!!
We made a Winter Crostata over the holiday.
I promised to give you the recipe.
It's a Ina Garten recipe.
 I just changed the fruit to winter berries,
 I bought them at the farmers market.
We also made brie in a puff pastry with stars.
I served it with pears and crackers.
I just tried a new recipe from Giada.
Grilled Salmon and Pineapple with Avocado.
Our daughter, Carly, loves her Spinach Pine Nut Pesto,
 so we made that instead with it.
It was so good!!
We are so happy!
San Diego has gotten a lot of rain lately.
I love sitting next to a fire,
 thinking about how beautiful our garden will look!
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