Category: Summer

In the Potting Shed: Botanic Blooms and Butterflies

Summer blooms are waning in the garden but my Portmeirion Botanic Garden provides a continual flower show year round! I had a little tabletop and dish gardening fun with blooms and butterflies in the Potting Shed. The beauty of these blooming dishes is I don’t have to wait until next spring to enjoy the short but…

Summer Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Peach, Tomato and Corn Salad is a celebration of summer produce! This fresh and flavorful summer salad makes the perfect side to accompany your grilled main dish or for a light vegetarian lunch, celebrating farm stand fruit and veggies in season at their peak of freshness! We had some friends share their Mac’s Pride Peaches…

Ladder Trellis and Favorite Summer Vine

By mid August, the flowers in the garden are heat-stressed and looking a little tired (just like me ;) but my favorite summer vine is still going strong and growing by leaps and bounds! This is my third summer with Black-eyed Susan vine. It blooms all summer long until frost, which is typically November here…

A Summer Table in a Cornfield

 Summer is slipping away and I set a table for a little alfresco dining. . . in a cornfield! A simple table for two with corn as the guest of honor and summer’s sweetest vegetable~ the essence of the season, at its peak of flavor and availability. Field corn was planted this summer in the…

No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream for National S’mores Day

No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream is perfect for the lazy days of summer and for celebrating National S’mores Day! The first official s’mores recipe was published in the Girl Scout Handbook in 1927, but this camp fire treat is believed to have originated even earlier, with the recipe for ‘Some Mores,’ ultimately shortened to ‘S’mores’. The…

Lakeside Nautical Table and National Lighthouse Day

I’m at the table with a little nautical fun in celebration of National Lighthouse Day! National Lighthouse Day is observed on August 7th, honoring the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea across America’s shorelines. On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an…

More in the Garden Grows Than What the Gardener Sows

By the beginning of August wild vines and volunteers are thriving, unlike the flowers planted, that were faithfully watered and tended to. I chalked up my Potting Shed door with a little garden truth and proverb: “More in a garden grows than the gardener sows”. It certainly applies to the morning glory sprouting up and growing with…

At the Table: Fleur du Soleil

I’m at the table with Fleur du Soleil or Sunflowers, which say “summer” no matter what language you speak. Sunflowers were for $3.99 a bunch at Trader Joe’s, impossible to resist for the price and the smiles they bring with their cheery faces. Grown for beauty as well as harvested for seed, sunflowers symbolize the sun,…

Easy 5-Minute Potting Shed Door Update for Summer

Hang a garden apron and hat on a garden shed door~ a 5-minute update and easy alternative to a wreath, for the lazy days of summer. I found a blooming gardening apron a couple of weeks ago while enjoying some retail therapy. This Esschert’s Garden apron was $9.99 at T.J. Maxx. When I bought it,…

Weekend Waterview: Hot, Humid and Boating with Dogs

Happy Sunday! I’m sharing a little weekend waterview from our boating excursions over the last couple of weeks. We’re lying low in the comfort of the A/C this weekend, since it’s so crazy hot that even the normally refreshing lake breezes feel like a convection oven! When it’s not so dog gone hot, Chloe &…