Tuesday, July 29, 2008
These are the canna lilies. I also have some red ones. They have been here for as long as I can remember and require very little work.
Here is one of the zinnias. These reseed each year and just sprout on their own in the spring. As with all of my flowers, they are very drought and heat resistant. I love flowers but do not like to spend hours each day watering. My flower beds tend to be a mixture of whatever sprouts from last year's seeds.
This is a type of butterfly bush. Honestly I have only seen bees and wasps flying around it. The flowers are nice, and bees help the garden so I gladly keep it around.
A sunflower that just came up this year. Some were planted here years ago so I am guessing that is where the surprise one came from this spring.
The fig tree loaded with figs. I like these best when I eat them right off the tree.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I was very happy to receive The Smile Award from Megan of Megans Cookin. Her blog has some beautiful pictures that will certainly bring a smile to your face.
Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude (not necessarily at all times - we are all human)
2. Must love one another
3. Must make mistakes
4. Must learn from others
5. Must be a positive contributor to the blog world
6. Must love life
7. Must love kids
These are the rules:
1. The recipient must link back to the award's creator (http://www.thebabblingsofme.blogspot.com)
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award
3. You must choose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere.
5. You must post the characteristics of the recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.
Now for the fun part, passing the award on to some of my favorite bloggers!
First is Terri at PennyAnnPoundwise. Her blog reminds me that saving money and living a simple life is fun, which makes me smile. I enjoy her money saving ideas and inventive ways of looking at things.
Next is Susan at A Peaceful Valley. Her two little boys and adorable cats make me smile. I also enjoy her creative writing and interesting blog entries. I feel like I am peeking in the window of her home with each post.
Third is Rhonda at A Home with a Smile. The name of her blog says it all. Whether it is a fabulous thrift store find or an fun craft project, her light-hearted posts are a joy to read.
Fourth is Monica at The Homespun Heart. I have counted her blog as one of my favorites many times. Monica's energy and love for her family is evident in her blog. Her love for the Lord shines through as well. With the smiling faces of her little ones, how could I help but not smile too.
Finally is Elise at Nest Sweet Nest. Elise is a new blogger like myself. Her blog is becoming one of my favorite reads. Being new to the blogging world myself, I smile at seeing others join in.
Thank you again to Megan for the unexpected award. It is fun to know others are enjoying my blog and the silliness that is my life!
Monday, July 21, 2008
None of them are professional, but I am getting closer to passable I think. I like the red one the best. I need to make two cakes for a neighborhood party this weekend. It is my birthday as well as a neighbor's. I think that style looks more party-ish than the other two. I also have plenty of the sprinkles, which I bought on clearance at CVS a few weeks ago. I am confident that I can make two pretty 9x13 cakes for much less than the price of a bakery cake.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The bad karma continued with dh have problems with his mower as he was given the wrong blades. My parents received a lovely shipment of melted ice cream. The FedEX truck for our route was broken yesterday so the ice cream sat an extra day in the heat. The company is going to replace the ice cream with coupons, which are a much safer choice.
I hope everyone else has been having a better Thursday. If Friday does not start off any better I will be hiding under the cover until sometime next week!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
If the tomatoes you grew this year did not do as well as you had hoped, do a bit of research on other varieties. I do find that the more disease resistent types are better for where I live. I would love to try the heirlooms but am not convinced I would get one decent tomato. I always think a garden is a work in progress from year to year. Once you find what works best, you can enjoy wonderful fresh (organic) produce for a fraction of the cost.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The dough prior to going into the refrigerator. I used a large glass mixing bowl and covered it with plastic wrap. In my mind I had images of it rising out of the bowl and all into the fridge.
The dough after 24 hours in the refrigerator. The bowl was big enough! Whew!
This is the finished foccacia. I used a jelly roll pan (15" x 10") and it seemed to be a good size. The bread was still thick enough to slice in half for tomato sandwiches tonight. You could use a large cookie sheet without it being too thick.
A close up of the dimples and herbs