I was gently reminded today that I hadn't posted in awhile... It's not that I've been sitting around eating bon bon's, or that what I've been doing hasn't been post worthy, because clearly it has. It's just that there's so much and how does one choose what to share?
I've had a project going that I've been waiting for a bit of color to materialize. It started back last summer when I bought a couple of old windows I had great hopes that I would build a little greenhouse out of them but I never got around to it. So they sat in the garden area looking cute!
It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago my husband added a couple of hinges and we built a simple greenhouse. Now this took all of about 10 minutes, maybe a little bit more if you include the time it took remembering to pick them up the hinges at the hardware store. But seriously I love it!
I started with a few veggies that could withstand the cold; kale, spinach, snap peas and arugula. As you can see after two weeks I have a little bit of green going on! I'm hoping to move it around the garden to other beds as my garden grows!
As you can see my garden isn't very big and takes a bit of planning to get the most use out of the space. Seeds often go to waste as I usually don't need a whole pack. I thought about sharing my extra seeds if anyone is interested. A give-away perhaps... Let me know if you're interested!
An impromptu dinner with friends inspired me to try a few new recipes. I always anticipate the meal turning out fabulous, but one never knows when trying something new! It's all about the company anyway isn't it?
After borrowing a cookbook from my son-in-lawdaughter, I have a new cookbook on my wish list: American Masala. One can never have too many cookbooks and the food in this one tastes as wonderful as the photos! Best of all recipes modified are still incredible!
Dinner started with a Mango (omitted), Pineapple, and Grapefruit salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette served on a bed of lettuce.
It was followed by Goan-Style Shrimp Curry, I regret not getting a photo of the dish plated but it still looked very similar to this:
We also had Abha Aunty's Sweet & Sour Eggplant... modified of course, both served with Basmati Rice:
Condiments included Haree Chutney (modified), Plum Chutney (from summer's bounty), and Plain Yogurt (necessary since the food was quite spicy)!
There was ample Malbec, Sauvignon blanc and yes Seleta we served Cristalino!
For Dessert I served a simple Gateau au Citron or, French-Style Yogurt Cake with Whipped Cream. It went into the oven like this:
And looked something like this when served (borrowed photo from Orangette):
I have made this recipe found on Orangette so many times I've lost count. It's simple, delicious and palette pleasing after a spicy meal!
I'm so thankful for Hubby & Great Friends who appreciate my efforts!
See what happens when Grandma takes Granddaughter out for breakfast.... Strawberries!
She can't get enough of them!
I try to be very responsible when she is in my care and the first thing my daughter says to me is "Do I smell syrup on her breath?" Well only because she ate all her pancakes and wanted more and ours had a bit on it! Next time I'll have to make her gargle!
Grandchildren... The next best thing now that mine children are all grown up!
Thanks to Little Brown Pen, her post reminded me I needed to share this sweetness!
Upon waking to a sunny day I knew I would spend the day working in the garden! First we went looking to buy some "Native Plants" at the Historic Deepwood Estates. We found the ad in our local newspaper. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, wrong place & date. Lucky for us it was a beautiful place for photos and good company! The gardens there were designed by Lord & Schryver..... Beautiful!