Yarn bombing in the back yard (goodbye to sewer pipe ugliness!)

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August 17th view of my garden with sewer pipe in full view

August 17th view of my garden with sewer pipe in full view

Hi there folks!  Here is a different topic that I haven’t written about before (brace yourself). Our sewer system is such that the pipes come above ground.  I’m not sure who came up with this brilliant idea, but it certainly wasn’t someone who cared about how the garden looked. Life is too short for me to be bothered by this ugliness.  I mean, I take a LOT of photographs standing in this exact spot.  So this summer I decided to do something about it.  (drum roll please…)

Yarn bombing the sewer pipe!

Yarn bombing the sewer pipe!

Ta Da!  Doesn’t that look a thousand times better?

Same day, from the other side.

Same day, from the other side.

I love it.  It is fun, bright, and has flowers!

Yarn bombing the sewer pipe with sun flowers

Yarn bombing the sewer pipe with sun flowers

My family thinks I am crazy.  You’d think they would know that by now, wouldn’t you?  I just wanted to cover that ugly pipe.  That is exactly what I have done.  The idea was 100% mine. I made up a pattern for the green cover.  I used the internet to find a sun flower pattern, and the leaf pattern.  I only covered one side in sun flowers. I am tempted to crochet bright pink flowers for the other side… Undecided still (and a million other projects to finish).

The ugly pipe bothered me. I found a solution. I’m now much, much happier about it. :-)  Like I said, life is too short.  Go on, do something to make yourself smile.  It just might catch on!

Dana
P.S. I’m going to go through my pattern below for those that are interested.

pipe cover

pipe cover

This isn’t proper enough to be a pattern, but I think you could use it as a guide.  How to start?  A simple 42 stitch chain. It was trial and error and this seemed to be the right fit that I wanted. I love the double crochet and all I did was alternate pulling the stitch in front and in back.  It gives a great weaving pattern.  To break things up, after ten rows I did two rows of plain double crochet, two rows of single crochet, another two rows of double crochet, and then back to my front/back alternating.   The top is a simple single, double, single crochet in one stitch followed by slip stitches on either side.

Center of sun flower

Center of sun flower

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/09/18/crochet-sunflower/

The sun flower pattern came from Skip to my lou.  This seems to be a lovely blog.  The problem was that her pattern for the center wasn’t exactly clear.  But I really liked the bobble look, so I really played around with it and managed to make it work.  The petal portion of the pattern was perfect and I love the petals!

perfect petals

perfect petals

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/01/free-crochet-sprin-pattern-leaves-101/

The leaves were much easier!  “medium fat bottom leaves” from the site Cre8tion Crochet.   I love finding the perfect patterns!

Medium fat bottom leaf :-)

Medium fat bottom leaf :-)

all together

all together

Sun flowers to brighten up the garden

Sun flowers to brighten up the garden

That was fun!  And easy!

Dana

Wordless Wednesday – Blooming Globe Artichokes

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Artichoke plant covered with artichokes

Artichoke plant covered with artichokes

I always have a struggle with “Wordless Wednesday” postings.  I think it is perfect for showing some pictures that really don’t need much explanation.  O.K., so there is my problem; I love chatting about my plants and the pictures I take of them!

Entire Globe Artichoke Plant

Entire Globe Artichoke Plant

Take the above picture, for example.  What a horrible looking creature my globe artichoke plant became!  It is much taller than last year. In fact, it is taller than me.  Well, I do realize that a person who is five feet, three and three quarter inches tall is not a tall person.  But for a plant, that is a different story. The winds really picked up this summer and down came part of the plant.  That oh so beautiful orange rope was dutifully tied by my hubby to keep the plant upright.  He is correct, it is doing the job! (but maybe a less obvious/ugly rope could have been used???)

A bee enjoying the globe artichoke flower

A bee enjoying the globe artichoke flower

Never the less, the plant survived and is thriving with loads of blooms on the artichokes.  The artichokes were quite small when it would have been appropriate to harvest them to eat. I decided to use them for flowers instead.  Maybe next year I will venture and actually eat them!

vegetables in a vase...

vegetables in a vase…

A blog I like to read  ( http://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/in-a-vase-on-monday-a-summer-breeze/ ) has a Monday post of ‘Flowers in a vase from the garden’.  I don’t think I have enough flowers to do this, but I was thinking maybe my vegetable arrangement would do? :-)

Kitty joining in the photo shoot

Kitty joining in the photo shoot

While I was trying to get a good shot, our kitty decided he wanted to be a part of it.  This happens quite a lot!  He really likes being with me when I’m in the garden, especially if I have my camera.

I think I got it.

I think I got the shot.

Globe Artichokes in bloom

Globe Artichokes in bloom… and my last picture.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!
Dana

 

Organic Garlic sitting pretty in a hand carved wooden bowl

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Harvest of Winter Planted Garlic

Harvest of Winter Planted Garlic

Growing garlic is easy.  Most things are easy to grow, actually.  It might be a bit harder if you have a cat that likes to dig up the beds, but if you can keep that under control you’ll be laughin’!   I won’t mention any kitty names…

So sweet ...

So sweet …

I posted loads of garlic pictures and a “how to” list in a previous post.  You can see that here: http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/growing-garlic-is-easy-peasy/

Waiting...

Waiting…

Still waiting... (beets/beet root are in front bed)

Still waiting… (beets/beet root are in front bed)

After waiting and watching all winter, spring and part of the summer, last week it was finally time to harvest the garlic.  It is now drying out.  I am absolutely delighted with the size of them!

Vallelado garlic

Organic Vallelado garlic up close.  Look at the size of those individual cloves!

We planted a lot of garlic, which is good.  We use a lot, and now I have spare to share.  And share I did, with my friend Catherine.  Look what she did with my garlic!

Chicken pasta salad with roasted peppers served with garlic bread

Chicken pasta salad with garlic, roasted peppers and rocket (arugula) and served with garlic bread

Talk about being spoiled!  She and her ten year old daughter made this for my daughter and I.  What a lovely afternoon we had together.

Lunch is served

Lunch is served! Catherine also enjoys living in the countryside.

The garlic bread was especially yummy!  They used our fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese, and butter on toasted sourdough bread.

fresh garlic bread

fresh garlic bread

Isn’t it fun to share? ;-)

Not to change the subject, but did you happen to notice the wooden bowl that my garlic is sitting in?  No?  I’ll show you again:

Garlic in wooden bowl

Garlic sitting pretty in our hand crafted wooden bowl

I love it.  It is pretty special, too, since it was given to us as a wedding gift.  Oh the story gets better!  The wood used is from a tree that was felled from my husband’s grandparent’s home place.  Isn’t that neat?

Spanish Chestnut hand made wooden bowl

Hand crafted Spanish Chestnut wooden bowl

Spanish Chestnut wooden bowl

Spanish Chestnut wooden bowl.  I’m using our Irish woolen blanket to prop it up.  I love Irish handmade items!

It was crafted by Gerard Fox from a Spanish Chestnut tree and is simply beautiful.

Gerard Fox is the craftsman

Gerard Fox is the craftsman

It is nice to be able to use it, even if just for rather dirty garlic! I love having such beautiful things all around…

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea with a backdrop of end of season lavender

like sweet pea in a vase…

I hope you have lots of beautiful things all around you, too.
Enjoy the moment!

Dana

In the moment: Harvesting Organic Karina Peas

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A very simple snip

The pea plants have so many peas

Yesterday evening, as I was picking our peas, I became completely aware of the moment.  Do you ever get that feeling of suddenly knowing exactly where you are or what you are doing?  Not just going through the motions, but really being aware.  I had that moment yesterday.  Where I happen to be is living in the country, growing organic vegetables, expanding my flower garden, and being able to enjoy the company of friends and family (among other aspects of my life).

Organic Karina Peas

Organic Karina Peas

But it was the gathering of those fresh peas that really struck me as doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.  Gathering fresh vegetables from our garden that we tended and cared for, sharing them with the family and then taking pictures of them (of course, you know me by now!).  Pretty simple.  Facebook is a great way to see how friends and family are doing, and what adventures life is taking them on.  Yesterday in the garden, I knew my adventure was very different from so many people I know. But it is my adventure, and it is exactly where I am supposed to be.   What an amazing feeling that is!

Organic Karina peas

Organic Karina peas

Now, about those peas!  This year, I asked my husband to create little teepees for the peas to grow up.  I really think they are lovely to look at in the garden, instead of a straight wall of peas.

Pea Plants on left in  2013

Straight walls of Pea Plants on left in 2013

It just gives a very different look to the garden.  Well, I think it does.  :-)  I’m not sure we got the exact shape correct, as the peas seem quite packed in.  I would like to try them a bit larger next year. (take note, husband!)

Peas growing up their tee-pee

Peas growing up their teepees

The harvest from yesterday was amazing!  We definitely had more peas than in the previous two years.

This 11 inch colander is filled with peas!

I filled our 11 inch colander

Pea plants from a lower perspective

Pea plants from a lower perspective

Organic Karina Pea plants

Organic Karina Pea plants

Peas are easy to grow.  I consider my garden proof that whatever I can manage is easy to grow!  We made this bed last year and had already decided that it was going to be for peas.  As with all of our beds, we added a lot of our own compost to the soil over the winter.  I think that is the most important aspect of gardening: keeping the soil healthy.  Then, we simply read the instructions on the seed packets and set to work: ‘Sow March to May in shallow trench 5 cm deep and about 5 cm apart.’  These seeds were from The Organic Centre in Rossinver, County Leitrim.  http://www.theorganiccentre.ie/   Support your local organic centers! (or buy local organic produce when you can)

Lovely sized peas

Lovely sized peas

Ha! Oh I should mention that I am not a huge fan of peas.  I am sure my husband will laugh when he reads this post because our family only gets peas in the winter when he cooks them.  I’ll eat them, but I don’t really like them; EXCEPT homegrown peas.  They taste completely different.  These guys are so incredibly sweet.  The kids and I ate them uncooked with our dinner last night.  I’ve been munching on them while writing this post today.  They. Are. Awesome.

pea pod up close

pea pod up close

I hope I’ve convinced you to give peas a try in your garden next year!  Here is a link to my post from this time last year which included peas:    http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/end-of-july-garden-tour-featuring-brussels-sprouts-and-globe-artichokes/  It is amazing how things change depending on the weather and the different items we plant in the garden!

Peacock

Peacock

My posts usually end with a flower.  But I took this picture of the peacock (he is the pet of a friend of a friend!) this past winter and still haven’t posted it.  So I think it is going to fit in nicely here today (my pea pictures landed next to the peacock in their alphabetical ordering as it happened).

I hope you are exactly where you want to be.
Dana

A lavender wreath with roses and herbs

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In the beginning...

In the beginning…

I have been just itching to make something with my lavender since I started harvesting it a couple of weeks ago.  I knew I wasn’t going to have the time to make lavender wands. It had to be a relatively quick and easy project.  Since my wreath from last year was fading a bit, I decided another wreath was in order.  I made two different style wreaths last year, but I didn’t want to do the same again this year.

Well, I guess this one is the official "in the beginning..."

One of last year’s wreaths

Where did we go for ideas before Pinterest??? What an amazing site to visit!  I perused the site a few times, and the one thing that stuck in my head was using greenery of some sort with the lavender.  I wanted to get the wreath made quickly, without spending a lot of time looking for items to add to it.  I actually stumbled upon the greenery in my garden.  Oh I know, that is terrible to admit.  It is an herb of some sort that we don’t use, and it is totally neglected.  I think it is thyme.  (shhh, don’t mention to anyone that I don’t know what herb it is)  ;-)

Lavender wreath in progress...

Lavender wreath in progress…

I had to start with taking the old wreath apart. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep some of it or not.  But as I fumbled through ideas of how I was going to make it, I decided to take it all apart.

Lavender with herbs and roses and Spanish Moss

Lavender with herbs and roses and Spanish Moss

To make the wreath, I pin small bunches of items to the frame with metal pins that are “u” shaped. You simply push them into the straw-framed wreath base. I find the pins to be the easiest way to attach things.  I used a lot more Spanish Moss this year, to completely cover the base.  Most of the roses are my favorite type and most fragrant: Rosa Jacques Cartier (1868).  There are a few of the Pink Peace hybrid tea rose and Queen Elizabeth Floribunda Rose, too.  I was experimenting to see which type dried best.  I still think it is the Rosa Jacques Cartier, although they are quite tiny.

finished wreath and all the mess on my table

finished wreath and all the mess on my table

The little bouquets of lavender are tied together with raffia and then pinned to the base.  I wanted it to be easy to make (kinda mentioned that a few times already). So I decided to start with a basic pattern.  I had enough greenery to alternate it with the lavender.  Those happen to be all of the roses I dried earlier this summer.  It was just enough, which was lucky for me!

hangin' on our kitchen wall

hangin’ on our kitchen wall

My 14 year old daughter was the first to see it and exclaimed that she really liked it.  Phew! It passed the first test of family approval! It was nice to hear she liked it, too.

I couldn't do it without my lavender!

I couldn’t do it without my lavender!

Besides, it will be hanging on our kitchen wall and we’re all going to be looking at it for a while.  Better to make something we all like…

Lavender with cornflower

Lavender with cornflower

My lavender has been buzzing like crazy this week.  There are so many bees!  And a few butterflies.  I’m glad I didn’t harvest all of it.  Plus I hate loosing that pretty purple in the garden.

Using an egg cup made of pottery.

Using an egg cup made of pottery.

I have lavender all over the house at this stage.  Lots of it is still drying out. I have quite a few large vases filled with lavender, and a couple of tiny vases, too. I also have containers full of the tiny blooms which are used for sachets.  So much lavender!

dried lavender & dried roses

dried lavender & dried roses

Lavender Wreath with roses and herbs

Lavender Wreath with roses and herbs

I loved hanging the wreath on the fence.  That spot is supposed to have hedging in front of it.  But the hedging isn’t doing well right there.  It was just calling out “hang the wreath here for a picture!”  Yes, it really was.

See? It really is easy to create things from your own garden.  Have you made anything that just made you smile?

Since it is lavender season, I’m going to put my link in for making lavender wands and my lavender wreath from last year.  Let me know if you make something with your lavender!

http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/lavender-wands-my-first-lavender-wreath/ 

http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/english-lavender-in-full-bloom-lavender-wands/

Dana

The special people in your life

My sister with her son and my son in the summer of 1999

My sister with her son and my son in the summer of 1999

Everyone in your life is put there for you.  Just for you.  It is amazing when you think about it.  So many lessons to learn, and so many people to help you learn them.  Life isn’t just about learning lessons, though.  There is so much more!  Those special people in your life have so much to give you.  They are in your life to bring you joy, happiness, and love.  Maybe Patience too. Well, at least I need help with that one!  Nothing is by chance.  I have had, and continue to have, the most amazing people in my life.  I feel so blessed.  I’m still learning (some of us are slower than others!).  And God continues to put people in my life to help me, and bring me joy, happiness, and love.

My sister;  I have a hard time with this one because I’ve had to say “was” since September 21, 2001.  I have no doubt that God hand picked her to be in my life.  Joy, Happiness, Love (and a bit of Patience, too!) would describe Kelly perfectly.  Nothing is by chance, Kelly was in my life for so many reasons and I continue to learn from her life which was filled with genuine love.

I’m thinking about the amazing people who are in, or used to be, in my life because today is Kelly’s birthday.  I am so thankful to have had her in my life.  I miss her and I wish she was still here with all of us…

In honor of Kelly, my daughter made chocolate peanut butter pie.  Chocolate and Kelly went hand in hand.  I know my sister is smiling with us, as we laugh over her mild obsession with chocolate.  :-)

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Everyone is there for a reason…  Thank you for being in my life :-)

Dana

Heart wreath of baby's breath

Heart wreath of baby’s breath

Lavender Season – a delight to behold!

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Lavender up close

Lavender up close

We moved into our home four years ago. My husband and I really like living in the country, and our home suits us just right. The yard was more or less a blank canvas for us, except for the established lavender garden. What a treat! Lavender! So pretty to look at, and a scent to match that beauty!

One view of the lavender garden

One view of the lavender garden.  (As a side note, the fields in the background are planted with potatoes and the plants have bloomed with white flowers!)

Our first summer here, one of my sisters-in-law suggested I dry the lavender. I’ve been drying it and finding different things to do with it ever since. I have really grown to love it.   It is so fragrant that I don’t even need to brush past it to enjoy the scent; it is already wafting in the air.  It truly is a relaxing fragrance too.

Lavender garden with an old milk container squished in

Lavender garden with an old milk container squished in

Full lavender garden view with milk container

Full lavender garden view with milk container

Someone with so much lavender in their yard surely has to do something creative with it!  I surprised myself last year with the number of lavender wands I made.  The colors of the ribbons I used to weave the lavender were so pretty to work with.

Lavender Wands

Lavender Wands

I shouldn’t forget the wreath, either.  I was really delighted with how it came out.  This year I just haven’t had the time to spend on crafts, unfortunately.  That is a huge unfortunately, because I really enjoy making things with my hands.

Lavender wreath with dried roses

Lavender wreath with dried roses

There is still a bit of time left to work with the lavender, so I just might get something made.  This past week I have been cutting some of it to dry for bouquets.  (All is definitely not lost!)

If you would like to try your hand at making lavender wands, you can have a look at my post from last year:   http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/lavender-wands-my-first-lavender-wreath/

Lavandula angustifolia Lavender in our fruit and vegetable garden

Lavandula angustifolia Lavender in our fruit and vegetable garden

Even after working long days, it has been so wonderful to go into the garden and cut lavender. The lavender I just planted last year was the first in need of cutting. I can’t believe how much it grew!  Lavandula angustifolia Lavender.  It was just a bit bluer than my established lavender, and the blooms were a bit thinner, too.  But still beautiful.

Nature also enjoy the lavender

Nature also enjoying the lavender

I bet you didn’t think I could pose this many pictures of lavender, now did you?  Even the different times of day give it a different appearance!

Lavender in evening sunlight

Lavender in evening sunlight – this looks almost pink (but is definitely purple)

Clematis Bagatelle 'Dorothy Walton' and lavender

Clematis Bagatelle ‘Dorothy Walton’ and lavender

Lavender and play house

Lavender and play house

A sunny evening with dark clouds in the background

A sunny evening with a dark sky in the background

I loved how the lavender gave some pretty color to our fruit and vegetable garden.  I was sad to cut the color away…

Lavender close up

Lavender close up

One last view of the lavender garden

One last view of the lavender garden

And that is the story of my lavender this season!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of my pictures.  I wish I could share the beautiful scent with you too! Maybe one day we’ll have the technology to do that. :-)

Dana

 

 

 

 

 

A stone tower in the garden (of course. Don’t you have one?)

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Tower in the garden

Tower in the garden

And you probably thought I was kidding, didn’t you?  … So this is the story of friends getting together to enjoy each other’s company, share gardening stories, and have a walk about our gardens.  “Tour” is such a formal word.  We were among friends and there was laughter,  a relaxed atmosphere, and it was a very enjoyable day!  Oh, and yes, that tower is in a fabulous garden.

Susan and her egg painting

Susan and her egg painting

The organizer of everything wonderful is my dear friend Susan.  She has such a wealth of knowledge, and knows tons about plants too!  I couldn’t ask for a better friend.  We laughed when I took this picture because I love the painting above her head.  It was a very sly way of me capturing both. :-)

I love Irish pottery

Beautiful Irish pottery

I love pottery.  Isn’t this purple design lovely? We enjoyed coffee (or tea) and homemade scones at the start of our visit.

Cup of tea to start our morning

Cup of tea to start our morning

Susan’s garden is amazing.  There is a great deal of beautiful stone work in addition to the tower!  It has a very welcoming feel all around. I found it difficult to capture it in pictures, try as I may.  Even though you might not get the entire feel of the garden, I think you will enjoy seeing bits and pieces as captured through my lens.

Stone entryway to an open garden (perfect for gatherings)

Stone entryway to an open garden (perfect for gatherings)

Stone hideaway that is very much like Newgrange in County Meath!

Stone hideaway that is very much like Newgrange in County Meath!

View of the lake  from lower garden

View of the lake from lower garden

Not so much a gardening picture as a picture to remind us to sit and enjoy the view...

Not so much a gardening picture as a picture to remind us to sit and enjoy the view…

The sound of the water on the shore is so relaxing

The sound of the water on the shore is so relaxing

Leaving the lower gardens through the stones

Leaving the lower gardens through the large stone entryway

Blue hydrangea

Blue hydrangea

I especially love the boxwood lining the path/garden.

I especially love the boxwood lining the path/garden.

I don't think I was completely successful in capturing all of the front garden. There was was too much for my lens!

I don’t think I was completely successful in capturing all of the front garden. There was was too much for my lens!

lacecap hydrangea

lacecap hydrangea

hydrangea which is supposed to be green (but is quite pretty the color it is)

hydrangea which is supposed to be green (but is quite pretty the color it is)

Flowering dogwood tree (definitely not the official name...)

Flowering dogwood tree (definitely not the official name…)

lambs ear flower (yes, I really must work on learning the proper names...)

Stachys byzantina (lamb’s ear flower)

One of my favorite flowers! Lychnis Coronaria (dusty miller)

One of my favorite flowers. Lychnis Coronaria (dusty miller)

Filipendula purpurea (Japanese Meadowsweet)

Filipendula purpurea (Japanese Meadowsweet)

Debbie loved the color contrast here, and I have to agree it is so pretty!

Debbie loved the color contrast here, and I have to agree it is so pretty!

Annabelle hydrangea underneath a cherry tree

Annabelle hydrangea underneath a cherry tree with boxwood lining the front

I've called this picture "Susan's Lamp" as I need to come back and fill in the names of plant/shrub/tree. Stay tuned...

I’ve called this picture “Susan’s Lamp” as I need to come back and fill in the names of plant/shrub/tree. Stay tuned…

View of lake from main garden area

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your morning coffee here?

These wonderful ladies are mentoring me in my gardening adventures!

These wonderful ladies are mentoring me in my gardening adventures!

It was a full morning just at Susan’s house!  I will save the pictures from Debbie’s and Gio’s garden for another post.   I’m grateful for my friends, and that they share their love of gardening with me.

Happy gardening (even better with a friend)!

Dana

 

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Hydrangea Selma

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In the beginning...

In the beginning…

Now that is a horrible picture to start a blog post with!  And actually, that is not even (exactly) “in the beginning”.  That picture is the year after I bought my hydrangea Selma.  I had to dig it up and help the soil a bit.  The poor hydrangea was not happy.  Even with digging it up and helping the soil, it took last year for it to really settle in!  Last year the plant looked nice and healthy, but didn’t have any blooms.  Thankfully, this year is going much, much better!

Earlier in the season

Earlier in the season

A cherry color if you ask me

A cherry color if you ask me

The foliage is a lovely almost  burgundy color

The foliage is a lovely almost burgundy color

The white centers are becoming more prominent

The white centers are becoming more prominent

(the green leaves are from another plant)

(the green leaves are from my leycesteria formosa plant)

Still filling in with blooms

Still filling in with blooms

And here are two pictures of the plant when I bought it in August 2010.  I prefer what it looks like today :-)

 

It looked lovely when I bought it!

It looked lovely when I bought it!

This is what it looked like when I bought it in August 2010

This is what it looked like when I bought it in August 2010

 

Another “Dana version” of Wordless Wednesday!  Here is a link to what we did to the soil to help the health of the hydrangea, if you’d like to read about that:  http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/hydrangea-selmas-new-life/  

I’m so glad I had the chance to share all of my hydrangea pictures!
I should really challenge myself to actually post with no words…  But what fun is that? :-)

Dana

A perfect day for roasted veggies (and the beets in the garden are looking well)

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Roasted onions, chic peas & beets

Roasted onions, chic peas & beets

Blog posts:  I never know what is going to inspire me.  For a while there I was getting all up-tight about blogging and who was reading, commenting, or “liking” my posts.  But that was really taking all of the fun out of it for me.  So I’m going to go back to what originally enticed me to blog: sharing what I love.  And tonight, that means sharing what I made for dinner!

Roasted beets (beet root), onions, and chick peas with rice

Roasted beets (beet root), onions, and chickpeas (garbanzo beans) with rice

The weather has turned quite dark, wet, and cold, which is perfect for roasting veggies in the oven.  I have never roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans) before.  It was one of those ‘throwing dinner together from whatever I could find in the fridge and cabinet’ kind of nights!  I was really pleased with how it came together.   The chickpeas are quite tasty and after I roasted them with olive oil they were somewhat crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside (and still tasty).

My daughter thinks she set her plate up nicer than mine...

My daughter thinks she set her plate up nicer than mine…

I used a high heat: 450 degrees Fahrenheit/ 230 degrees Celsius.  The beets and onions I peeled, cut, and covered in olive oil and Herbes de Provence spices.  The chickpeas were covered in olive oil and a bit of Cajun spice mix.  They were cooked in about 30 minutes, after turning them half-way through.  SO EASY.  and delicious.

Organic Robuschka Beetroot

Organic Robuschka Beetroot

My beets in the garden are a little late this year.  I planted 3 beds of them “on time” in early spring.  But none of those seeds came up. None.  Not one.  I think my kitty had something to do with it…  So my husband planted another bed for me in May.  His plants fared much better, and have even survived being thinned out and replanted.  I’m O.K. with that.  At least we’ll have beets!

Our bed of Robuschka Organic beetroot

Our bed of Robuschka Organic beetroot

I think our favorite way to eat beets is to roast them.  But hopefully we’ll have enough to pickle some as we like them that way, too!

There, now that is a blog post I can be happy with.  :-)

Happy roasting veggies if your summer is chilly!

Dana

Keeping the purple color scheme from the beets... Purple hydrangea :-)

Sticking with the purple color theme from the beets, here are some purple hydrangea :-)

 

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