I’m joining The Novel Bakers
with Gathering in the Garden:
From lifelong friends, artists, and gardeners, comes a delightful little gift book full of ideas to transform ordinary events into garden parties, complete with menus and recipes.
I had a little Gathering in the Garden inspiration and fun with Shelley Snow’s scarecrow, “May Rain”, dressed in her rain gear, complete with slicker and umbrella. . .
May Rain was something I could identify with since I traded my flip flops for rain boots with our record rainfall this summer!
“May Rain”, Shelly Snow,
watercolor, from Gathering in the Garden
I gathered some clothes and a trellis to grow
a gardening version of May Rain.
Her trowel is always handy. . .
And her rain boots are flowering with
hydrangeas and buzzing with a bee stake.
The Indoor-Outdoor Picnic section was full of inspiration!
I brought the indoors, outdoors~
complete with a faux bois rug from inside my Potting Shed.
May Rain is picnicking with
her trusty side kick, Will Rain~
Constructed from a shepherd’s hook and
a cable-tied piece of rebar for arms,
Will is oufitted in my husband’s fishing waders~
Prepared for record rainfall
and rising waters!
A old garden rake makes a
makeshift rack for wine glasses and
a gathering in the garden picnic~
And a bottle of rosé makes a food-friendly
summer and fall picnic wine,
chilling in a favorite urn~
A recipe for Foggy San Francisco Roll-Ups
was included for this May Rain picnic.
I’m calling them Rainy Day Roll-Ups!
Quick & easy~ good for rain, sun, or fog, everyone has their own version of these tortilla pinwheels.
Rainy Day Roll-Ups
2 cups fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped fine
3 whole artichoke hearts, drained and chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped (I used some chives instead)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 small package (3 oz.) cream cheese softened
1 – 2 teaspoons to taste of ranch-style dressing mix
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used several chopped sundried tomatoes instead)
3 or 4 (6 inch) flour tortillas (I used spinach)
Mix all ingredients together and spread evenly on tortillas. Roll up them up jelly roll fashion. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours. When ready to serve, cut the roll-ups into 1/2 inch slices.
A Staffordshire Bouquet has been growing
from a vintage Reliable Seeds box.
Joining The Novel Bakers
for Gathering in the Garden.
Look for more gardening gathering on
Wednesday September 4th!